The Bivouac (general rallye raid news)

Discussion in 'Racing' started by PackMule, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    9 months until Dakar starts and still no sign of what KTM plans to do with a 450. I am surprised, I really thought we would have seen their factory riders testing 450's at the first round in Dubai.
  2. Aussie66

    Aussie66 Been here awhile

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    They have been testing in North Africa last month. Every 450 engine they have past the revenue exc, sxf old rfs etc etc ...... then followed a great cliffhanger.......................... the best basis for a new engine is :...............................................................
  3. Leipo

    Leipo '08 wr250r

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    a 2-stroke? :rofl
  4. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    OOOhhh! Now there's an idea! :lol3
  5. Aussie66

    Aussie66 Been here awhile

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    Sx-f
  6. italrally

    italrally Been here awhile

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    I think they will use the 690 lc4 engine basis and put a new 450 head on the engine !

    may be new front tanks and a smaller fairing and than they will have a very

    good rally gun.

    In Dubai all the bikes had problems, may be not Casteu with the sherco, but he changed also the engine.

    Marc Coma and James West took their rally 690ties without problems to the podium.
  7. Bluebull2007

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    By the way, does anyone know how Luca Manca is doing? Has he recovered? :dunno
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    MEGO Africa Racer

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  10. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    Isn't the SX-F 450 a 5 speed? I guess KTM could cram in a 6 speed if they want...
  11. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    I could see the xcf .. thats what the factory guys use here in desert racing
  12. SafariBerg

    SafariBerg Oz Safari Addict

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    a 70 degree sloper 450 based on LC4 mechanicals
  13. cross-country

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    nice!... but I think
    70 degree sloper based on RF4 twin cam motor
  14. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    It's not April 1st down in your neck of the woods anymore, izzit Garry? :lol3
  15. Aussie66

    Aussie66 Been here awhile

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    i am not joking,

    Apparently the sx-f is proving the most reliable and most promising. Possibly with a Husaberg 450 cylinder and valves. PS gearbox change is relatively simple. (words were whispered by a certain KTM testrider, who also just won a rally and speaks spanish). An no the 690 frame etc will not be used as it is too heavy for a 450 engine. A new trellis frame is easily built.

    Be assured that it will look like a 690 rally bike, just smaller and lighter. (A bit like the Sherco masterpiece). Got the hots for carbon.

    Credit to Casteau, every single brand of bike broke in the challenge except Sherco, unless i missed an engine change but that could be precautionary, and not because of a breakdown in the desert.

    Even 690's broke down.
  16. Gian

    Gian dreamer

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    It looks that Come could race Tunisia with a 450cc... let's see, as they say NPO is having some problems...
  17. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    What type of problems? Seems their rallies were pretty well subscribed last year?
  18. Gian

    Gian dreamer

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    they talk about financial problems.. hope it's only a voice!
  19. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    Is that still the same DOHC engine as in the 07 and 08 450/505 SX-F? I am seeing lots of those bikes being parted out because of broken engines that are too expensive to fix.... In fact I'll be using one as a base for my rally bike and put a RFS in it. :pynd
  20. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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