The Bivouac (general rallye raid news)

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  1. DUCK BOY

    DUCK BOY WWW.ROADTOTHERALLY.COM

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    Still trying to sell the KTM? I was just changing the oil on mine hoping for a good day to ride.
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    It's baaaaack!!!!!! :lol3
  3. skibum69

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    now I'm keeping the bike to put into a rally lite setup and selling the whole meca systems rally kit-you interested?
  4. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    I dont know if its 205 but you all know VW is not going to field a team.. So with Mitsubishi and Vee out... now there is just BMW and that really isnt a factory team.. so I belive they will soon be taking in A LOT more bikes in the coming years..

    Go Ned
    Go Jonah
    Go Bill

    GO team USA!
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    Tau Anvil African by trade

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    jIP PLEASE MAKE US FEEL BETTER.

    All with a built - up Dakar bike and no entry raise your hand....:lol3
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    Bravo - a (possibly) once in a lifetime journey. :clap Let us know how the 950 goes....:rofl
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    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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  8. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    <HR style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #575757; COLOR: #575757" SIZE=1><!-- / icon and title --><!-- message -->from the archives...
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    24 and Zero… Aussie’s undefeated in Oz Safari title fight against allcomers – since 1985. :D

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    1985 – CHAPMAN “wynns safari” over RAHIER. An epic sportsman’s battle over nine rounds, between the Dakar legend and (to become)
    Safari icon… Gaston showed true sportsmanship of unparalleled sort, when he guided the “lights out” Chapman in the darkness of the morning
    start to the final day, with the words; “You follow my lights… and then, when the sun come up – we race!”

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    (so folks, the 25 year Aussie dominance of the Oz Safari could have been broken – before it even started –
    if not for the sporting gesture of the great little Belgian).


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    1986 – 1988: All Aussie battles; CUNNYNGHAME and CHAPMAN take Sydney – Darwin victories,
    with GODDARD champ in 1988 after grueling 15 round continental title fight.

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    1989 – CHAPMAN takes third Safari belt; NEVEU DQ’d in 4<SUP>th</SUP> round on technicality after unsportsmanlike conduct
    (from the defending 1988 Dakar Champ), with result he “closes the gate” on the Safari…
    thus coining the Safari term “a real Cyril”.

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    1990 – HEDERICS – first title in “all aussie” nine round battle.

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    1991 – HEDERICS defends title. Un-tipped bantam weight French contender (Richard) SAINCT makes rallye debut ,
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    1992 – Hat trick for HEDERICS… South African prizefighter (Jeremy) DAVIES knocked out in round four after early battle for the lead.
    Swedish challenger (Olle) OHLSSON taken out by the Cagiva heavyweight CRASHINGHAME late in round 7…
    after entire field decimated by desert survival epic.

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    1993 – GODDARD makes it two title belts, after two year hiatus.
    Victory over BMW heavyweight and Dakar veteran LOISSEAUX (France) who take 2<SUP>nd</SUP> step on podium.

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    1994 – HEDERICS vs GODDARD vs CHAPMAN –
    Hedge takes fourth title as Goddard crash & burns
    in all Australian champion three way championship battle.

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    1995 – CITRUS vs DAIRY vs PENGUIN.
    Hederics takes fifth national title fight from Riley and Hoffmann.

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    1996 – “THUNDER DOWN UNDER”
    International heavyweight prize fight – HEDERICS vs KINIGADNER vs ORIOLI;
    in a “no holds barred” tag team match. The Italian Stallion (defending 1995 Dakar Champ) Edi Orioli
    went out early in round 1 with simple equipment failure, leaving “Kini” and Hedge to wage a battle up front.
    The Austrian dominated early… the wily Australian relying of his stamina and knowledge.
    At one point the Australian stopped round three to help the Austrian (ran out of fuel on road section)
    towing him to the next refuel fuel point; explaining with Rahier-like sportsmanship…
    “in Australia we like to win – or lose – on the track…”.
    The fight was decided on the following day when Heinz knocked himself out with a self administered uppercut
    after getting lost from the change rooms on the way out to the ring for round 4.
    Swedish cruiserweight and ISDE medalist GRÖNLUND stands on 3e podium in defense of Europe’s honor.


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    Mac Haig with one of the two factory Belgarda TT660 Yamaha's for he and team mate Edi Orioli
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    The man with a big finger in the Honda domination pie throughout the 80's, 90's and into the 2000's... Mr Peter "DUCK" McDonald.

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    KTM first SAFARI WIN!
    1997 – Rookie HAYDON knocks out all-comers on debut! Including Frenchman SAINCT
    in round two (terminal mechanical heart failure of an underprepared bike).
    Aussie’s Sinderberry and Shearer share podium.

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    1998 – NO TITLE BOUT STAGED



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    1999 – HONDA vs KTM: Riley, McDonald and Greenfield square off against Haydon, Caldecott and Coaker
    in a Northern Territory all domestic dust up…
    NT rookie GREENFIELD emerges victorious for Honda on home soil.
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    Haydon with #1 in 1999...

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    Back in those days, Coak was pioneering the Husaberg cause in rally competition under the support of friend, mentor and longtime Safari competitor - Olle Ohlsson SWEDEN.
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    Clown Olle mech's at the 1999 UAE Desert Challenge - same bike Coak used at the 1999 Aust. Safari.

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    2000 – CALDECOTT dynasty begins…
    Andy’s first (Northern) territorial victory over middleweight US contender (Casey) McCOY on XR400.

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    2001 – CALDECOTT defends title in NT.
    McCOY back from USA with heavyweight XR6.5 but loses out in points battle for podium,
    to team mate Greenfield (2nd) and KTM “UK ring in” Coaker (3rd).


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    2002 – CALDECOTT hat-trick!
    Defeats Sinderberry, from (Alfie) COX (Sth Africa) third, and LUNDMARK (Sweden) 4<SUP>th</SUP>,
    while McCOY (USA) retires in New South Wales FIM World Cup points match up.

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    2003 – FOUR IN A ROW for CALDECOTT; after tripping over the bucket and nearly drowning in round one…!
    A convincing defeat of international contenders; (Jean) BRUCY (France), (Carlos) DeGavardo (Brazil) by Caldecott;
    who took podium from local GHR Honda riders - Sinderberry and ex-pat Aussie Coaker.

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    2004 – GHR Honda “Young gun” CUNNINGHAM victory
    over “all aussie” podium (Channing and Schwarz)
    as international challenge from YAMAHA (David) FRETIGNÉ (France) and McCOY (USA) fades in middle rounds.

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    2005/2006 – NO SANCTIONED SAFARI TITLE MATCHES CONTESTED

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    2007 – GHR GRABHAM B takes “YOUNG GUNS” battle
    to new heights over YAMAHA debutant – 18 year old (Jake) SMITH… from a field of “Safari Stalwarts’”.

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    2008 – Back 2 back GHR/GRABHAM tiles in “Young Guns II” shoot out;
    from RodF (Yam) and “Brother Damien” GHR.

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    2009 – “SMITH Jake” VICTORY vs SMITH Todd vs GRABBO Ben in “fastest ever to date” Safari battle…
    It’s just not boxing any more… it’s ultimate fighter stuff! The pace escalating from 2007 thru 2008…

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    Glenn Hoffman at extreme left of photo celebrates the GHR teams 2009 victory... over 20 years of safari competition and multiple wins and placings as
    both rider and team owner/manager... is without a doubt the most experienced MOTO rally team manager in Australia.

    2010 – GRABHAM heads all CPW/KTM #1, #2, #3
    from (Todd) SMITH and (Matt) FISH in domination of the “toughest WA Safari yet staged”…

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    2011 – “THE KING of RALLYE :queenie vs. THE WIZARDS of OZ”… :D
    one man; DESPRES (KTM RedBull) vs. 6 man Aussie tag team title defense
    (CPW/KTM x 2 Grabbo/Fish, GHR Honda SMITH’s x 2 & YAMAHA x 2 Rod F/Diener).
    Safari BrothersTodd SMITH and Jake SMITH victorious with the lone Yamaha of Fagotter in third,
    as French champion retires injured during round 6 and opts to “live to fight another day”, thus missing the prize ceremony.

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    <o:p></o:p>So there you have it fight fans… the sporting headlines from the 24 Oz safari title matches held to date…
    Despite some good attempts from overseas challengers, the Australians remain undefeated…
    WHO will claim the title in 2012…?
    Will it be one of the international stars, spurred on by the efforts of “Cyril Mk II” to take the crown,
    or will it be another victory for the Aussie bred elite of scrub pilots that currently dominate? :dunno
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    I look forward in anticipation of another 12 months, until we get the chance to find that out…!

    One thing that the seasoned professional Despres will no doubt take back to the “euro” fight camp
    is that the “ground rules” of the Australian conditions may well be a trifle different perhaps
    to the “establishment” of the F.(rench)I.M., as well as the tenacity of the “Aussie scappers” that fight over “their” title…
    but in the brawl “down under” that has become the Australiasian Safari these last few editions;
    the tactical sparring of years gone by from safari veterans and the “gentlemen Dakar racers” has been tossed out of the ring…
    this new generation of “YOUNG GUNS” come out from their corners swinging right and left hooks straight from the bell! :nod


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  9. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    thanks for the history lesson, did you pop it up on Seth's thread:lol3
  10. Pete640

    Pete640 Long timer

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    Sneek me in too.......:freaky Come on - Id do it for you...
  11. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]There are only six Canadians to ever have finished a Dakar Rally in its 29-year history: Lawrence Hacking (2001), Guy Giroux (2002), Eric Dubeau (2002), Shawn Price (2003) and Bob Bergman (2005), Patrick Trahan (2011)[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Interviews with Lawrence Hacking and Guy Giroux[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] [/FONT]
    <TABLE border=0 width=217 align=left hspace="5"><TBODY><TR vAlign=top align=left><TD height=136 width=211>[​IMG]</TD></TR><TR vAlign=top align=left><TD height=2>[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]Bob making it look easy.[/SIZE][/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-2]Photo: Maindru Photo[/SIZE][/FONT]
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]You know it’s easy to watch a half hour of TV coverage as people ride their bikes up and over sand dunes, in and out of camelgrass and at high speed over dry lake beds, and think what a blast it all must be. I did anyway, until I read the diaries of 2005 competitor Bob Bergman and was aghast at just how much preparation and utter commitment was required just to finish the thing.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]When I finally put down his diaries I picked up my list of “things to do before I die” and promptly removed the Dakar. But that’s just me. Thankfully there are people of far greater determination and resilience out there than I, some of whom have actually done the Dakar. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]CMG caught up with two of such Canadians at the Toronto Motorcycle Show; Lawrence Hacking and Guy Giroux and got the low down of what makes someone do such a thing as the Dakar. Oh, and if you want to know just what it’s like on a day in day out basis, then you should also check out Bob Bergman’s diaries which we published on CMG last year.[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] [/FONT]
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Lawrence started riding bikes back in his teens, first with motocross events and then enduros. In 1985 he entered and completed his first International Six Day Enduro (ISDE) going on to finish it four more times. A job with Yamaha Europe meant that he got to see the Rally des Pharaons and his interest in rallies was set. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]In 2000 he decided to try to be the first Canadian to complete the Paris-Dakar rally. Nine months later – Jan 2001 – at the age of 46 and without any official factory support he was in Paris on a Honda XR650 …[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]PERSEVERANCE[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]My goal for the Dakar was to get through technical inspection, get into Africa and then just get to the rest day. I figured if I could get to the rest day I could finish. From past experience I knew that once you get past the halfway point you get stronger, your body adapts and you get more comfortable with everything.[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] [/FONT]
    <TABLE border=0 width=235 align=left hspace="5"><TBODY><TR vAlign=top align=left><TD height=136 width=229>[​IMG]</TD></TR><TR vAlign=top align=left><TD height=2>[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-2]Photo: Maindru Photo[/SIZE][/FONT]
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Everything was going very well and so on the second day in Africa I was thinking, “Shoot, I can win this thing, I’ve got it in the bag! I’ll just pass all these guys … Why are they going so slowly?” And then I hit a big rock in the dust and bent the front wheel (he had to cut the lugs off the side of the tire to clear the fork and complete the remaining 500 kms in that shape until he got to base and swapped wheels).[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Dakar is the race that you can calculate the risk out of the least, but then it’s not about luck either; I don’t really believe in luck. There’s a good story about the golfer Arnold Palmer; a guy approached him and said, “Wow you made a great shot, you must be really lucky.” Arnold’s response to that was “Yes, the more I practice, the luckier I get!”[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]HIGHS AND LOWS[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] [/FONT]

    <TABLE border=0 width=246 align=right hspace="5"><TBODY><TR vAlign=top align=left><TD height=136 width=240>[​IMG]</TD></TR><TR vAlign=top align=left><TD height=2>[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]Check for drop-offs before launching over dunes![/SIZE][/FONT]
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The camelgrass was by far the toughest. There had been a lot of rainfall in the desert and the camelgrass root system retains the water, so the camelgrass becomes like a series of solid pylons throughout the desert … but not spaced quite far enough apart to make a straight line. When these big bikes are full of fuel they don’t want to turn that much, they just want to go straight.[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The sand dunes are fun though. You know, you’re there to have fun and the sensation of riding sand is incredible! It’s like surfing; one key rule – never ever ride over something you can’t see because it could be 30 meters straight down, so you always put your front wheel over and have a look before going. Many people make a big mistake by not checking and just hoping for the best. You can’t – not in the Dakar, every meter can put you out of the rally.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]You can also make some big serious mistakes in the dunes if you bury the bike and you’re all alone. I hit some soft spots, flopped over and fell in the sand – in 35-37 degree heat – and quickly figured I couldn’t do that more than three or four times each day or I’d be in trouble. So I was very careful – it’s much better to slow down and pick better lines.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]LIFE AFTER DAKAR[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] [/FONT]

    <TABLE border=0 width=226 align=left hspace="5"><TBODY><TR vAlign=top align=left><TD height=166 width=220>[​IMG]</TD></TR><TR vAlign=top align=left><TD height=2>[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]What to do after the Dakar? Beijing – Ulaanbataar of course.[/SIZE][/FONT]</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]I think that if you concentrate on things very intensely your mind gets better and better at concentrating. People warned me that when I got back home I’d feel like I’d have nothing to do, because you get so used to focusing with spoon-bending concentrating for 10 hours a day, and once back home you’re back to shoveling snow – it’s like your world is spinning around you. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Dakar is all a test of who you are, to your ultimate ability, and it’s hard to describe what you go through during that race; we can tell you all about it but until you live that whole experience it’s pretty much impossible to convey it in its entirety. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]It boils down to the sensation of riding motorcycles across that type of terrain. It’s really, really incredible – that’s what sold me on the event, seeing those guys on TV flying down the desert in total freedom, just the sensation of doing that – it’s the essence of motorcycling.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Guy started riding bikes at the very early age of five, taking part in his first race at the tender age of thirteen. Since then he has dominated the world of dirt in his home province of Quebec, becoming the provincial off-road champion no less than 13 times.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]But his racing career spans far beyond La Belle Province, with three championships in the national off-road series and two top tens in the Pro Canadian MX. Oh and throw in a Bronze and Gold medal from the ISDE as well.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]FOCUSED AND SMART[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]My goal was to finish, to make it to the end of that race. I had been training on a KTM but the first time I even saw the bike that I would use for the Dakar – a KTM 660 – was at the registration the day before the start![/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] [/FONT]
    <TABLE border=0 width=236 align=left hspace="5"><TBODY><TR vAlign=top align=left><TD height=136 width=230>[​IMG]</TD></TR><TR vAlign=top align=left><TD height=2>[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]Guy tackling the dunes.[/SIZE][/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-2]Photo: Maindru Photo[/SIZE][/FONT]
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Right from the start I really paced myself as I knew I had to save my bike and my body if I was going to finish. I started off never going over 120 kph, and I didn’t make any mistakes. If you keep going 120 smart, instead of going 160 and making a mistake, you might actually make it to the end. But as the days went by and I started to get the hang of things, I was going faster and faster. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]On day eight, we got lost because we had to go up a hill, and at the top the GPSs were pointing everywhere. Then I saw Jordi Arcarons, rider #3 (the low rider number signifying more experience) go to the other side; I watched him thought ah, he’s fucked if he goes that way, and I kept going on my route. He made the right choice though – if I had turned with him I would have got a top 5 finish that day. [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]After that I learned that if someone had any number under five to follow him![/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]DISTRACTIONS[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Three days from the end I was doing a TV interview with a crew in a helicopter while I was riding – using a microphone in my helmet. They had taken an interest in me because I was the fastest rising guy from the pack and wanted to ask me how the rally was going.[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] [/FONT]
    <TABLE border=0 width=246 align=right hspace="5"><TBODY><TR vAlign=top align=left><TD height=136 width=240>[​IMG]</TD></TR><TR vAlign=top align=left><TD height=2></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Then, as soon as the live interview ended and the helicopter was flying away, I hit a soft spot and the bars started to flap – I went straight over them and landed on my head! The interviewers must have still been able to hear me in their headphones as my grunting from the crash brought the helicopter right back. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]I got up and started looking for my bike and found it 50 feet back. All I could think about was my bike, and when the interviewers came back to ask what was happening I said, “Now I’m going to Dakar to the finish – I don’t give a shit, shut that mic down I don’t want to talk to you anymore!”[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]That crash left me with a dislocated vertebra and some sleepless nights from the pain. But also with the realization of how much of a mental thing the Dakar is – your ride is really so much in your head. [/FONT]

    Patrick Trahan

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  12. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    Good stuff Deadly :thumb

    The link in there to Bergman's Diaries doesn't appear to be valid anymore. Anybody have a link to a copy that is still good?
  13. Brodovitch

    Brodovitch Team ⌘R

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  14. Enduro10

    Enduro10 Been here awhile

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    Correction: Carlo de Gavardo, a brilhant driver (now racing trucks in rallyes) is from Chile, not Brazil...
  15. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    I know its trucks and not bikes but this is an awesome read on Lawrence Hacking's truck build and show how much work goes into one of these vechicles.

    http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?4199351

    After reading it imagine showing up in 2010 and dnf'ing after stage one due to mechanical issues...then not having the resources to go back in 2011.......I imagine he is pretty darned determined for this upcoming Dakar :deal

    :pynd
  16. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    thanks Deadly for that, I still hate you:lol3

    ps I need to talk to you about tents one day soon:D
  17. Bluebull2007

    Bluebull2007 Adventurer

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    Im looking for a riding partner to chase the last 4 legs of the Dakar. If you can get to Peru/Bolivia I can help whoever organise a bike (either by buying or renting 650-800-990 maybe) then we do it.

    My plan is currently as follows: To ride my 800GS to Uyuni in Southern Bolivia late Nov, I happen to be managing a mine out that way so I will be leaving the bike there over Christmas. Around the 5th January, I plan to fly to La Paz, and then connect through to Uyuni.

    Alternatively I can blast down the Pan American with "AN Other" down to Arica on or around the 5th; but it will be more fun doing our own mini Dakar from Uyuni across this...........

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    BTW this is on the progam for Dakar 2013....


    and then through this..........

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    Before dropping down into the Atacama Desert to meet the Dakar boys slaving on their own journey north through the desert back to Lima.

    The plan is then to get up early (04h30) and blast through on a combination of dirt and hard top to stay with and slightly ahead of the mass of vehicles following the Dakar route. The stages in Peru will be MIND BLOWING, I ride here and believe me its going to be awesome to watch.

    Anyway just to stay with the Dakar I will need to riding around 600-900km/day so it is going to be quite trip in its own right. The trip from Uyuni I plan to start on or about the 10th Jan. Interested? Well before you put your hand up, consider the options (in Arequipa, Lima or La Paz):

    1) Rent a bike - Not easy to do at all, because bikes are not really availible, but obviously the preferrable route.

    2) Buy a bike and resell it afterwards - You will need about USD10K in cash if you want something decent, but I will hopefully find some bikes for a bit less. Whatever is needed is going to have to have some grunt to do this kind of trip though.

    Then its just a matter of discussing whether we should blast down the highway for three days or meet up somewhere like at Uyuni. :deal To do that from Peru I reckon you will need another 4-5days from Lima, 3 days from Arequipa, or 1 long day from La Paz. If you are able to make it to Bolivia, I will cover all your food & accommodation costs there, and you could shack up with us in Lima as well for a day or two.

    Should be a trip to talk to your grandkids about. If you're still interested, PM me please.
  18. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    you would say that wouldn't you? :puke1
  19. tserts

    tserts Chaotic Neutral

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    Lovely read and great archive information on this page! The party is near! :clap

    Bluebull I would love to hook up and ride the final leg but I fear it will be impossible to provide proper aid to Orfanos if I ride 700km a day. Plus I will have to recharge stuff on the way so the bike is a no go for me. If everything goes well and I do make all the proper arrangements keep in mind that I will be able to carry some stuff for you as well if you need, mainly beer, which is notoriously hard to carry on a bike (there is a thread in here somewhere)... :lol3

    Which brings me to my preparation update, which is NADA. I have been very busy at work and haven't had any time to make any contacts or arrangements. I repeat in here that if any inmates or anyone you know wants to share costs and resources to follow this Dakar independently of the official crowd I'm all open to suggestions. :deal

    Shit just 87 days...
  20. vander

    vander full-time dreamer

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    What's with that XTZ660? Who was the rider? Standings?

    There must be some work inside that tank, I can't see any air refreshing the radiator.

    Never seen that tank or tanks before. Looks like plastic, not aluminium?