The time has come... Neduro DID Dakar!

Discussion in 'Racing' started by neduro, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    Mx1west is behind many privateers in the sport and and run a well organised small company that is a pleasure to do business with.

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  2. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    +1
    Jason just hooked me up with my Neduro sponsor discount on a brand he didn't even intend to be included in the sponsorship. And he specifically said he wants to help get Ned out of the red.... So buy your Mefo Mousse from him and thank him again for sponsoring Ned.

    It's takes a village.

    Maybe take up the Mousse questions over on this Mousse Thread that I was pointed to a few pages back...
  3. z@ch

    z@ch Turn it up to eleven

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    Ned, Ernie, Thanks!!

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  4. dox

    dox How much for the ape?

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    Received my signed print today.. Thanks, Ernie and Ned :thumb

    Ordered a N2D shirt a bit late... When is the next batch of shipments? :ear
  5. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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  6. Michhub

    Michhub Major Medical

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    Should be soon..........:up
  7. juames

    juames Have Fun, Don't Die!

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  8. dox

    dox How much for the ape?

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    Thanks, Duke :thumb

    I guess your vacation is officially over :lol3
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    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    No kidding... :twitch
  10. Tork

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  11. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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  12. piercalif

    piercalif Biciveloce

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    Was incredible to seeing him after every stage coming back to the bivouac, fresh and strong.....
  13. Dread Pendragon

    Dread Pendragon Don't look back

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    I ran across this clip in a spectator video:

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    The original video is here:
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  14. woodzrider

    woodzrider Been here awhile

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    Got mine in the mail yesterday! Great work RH. Didn't get the autografhed copy though........
  15. bikepikespeak.com

    bikepikespeak.com Been here awhile

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  16. beechum1

    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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  17. nfranco

    nfranco over macho grande?

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    Got it,
    Thank you RhodeHazard!
  18. neduro

    neduro Addict Super Moderator

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    I was in the enviable position of using only stuff I wanted to use for the Dakar- the freedom of the non-factory rider who is writing their own checks is to pick and choose. :lol3

    In any event, as I look back, there were a few things that stood out as doing their job incredibly well. In no particular order, they are:

    Doubletake Mirror- I might be biased, but I can now say with confidence the DTM will hold up to the Dakar. I ran one for every inch, and could fold it away so that it was totally invisible during special stages, no downside at all. On the liaisons, it was magic to be able to see the trucks bearing down on us when we were speed limited on the GPS.

    Renazco Seat: It’s all been said before, but if 5000 miles on a 450 in 2 weeks isn’t a test of your seat, I don’t know what is. Never had monkey butt, and had a pretty good laugh watching all those poor buggers squirming on their torture devices while I was comfy as could be on mine.

    Dirt Tricks CCT: One of only two aftermarket parts I trusted in my motor (the other was a trailtech stator). Bike was perfectly quiet for the entire race. I believe in this product and think the stock KTM oil-pressure actuated CCT is not the right choice over the long haul.

    Cycra Handguards, with BRP threaded insert mounts: Never moved at all. I used to run other handguards and chase them around the bar, seemed like a daily thing to be adjusting them. The Cycras are bombproof and the BRP inserts means that unless you crash, you’ll never touch them.

    Scotts Stabilizer: A truly great product. You have no appreciation for the work it’s doing, until it stops doing it. One day, the mount post sank into the mount due to the extreme pounding we were taking on rocks… at the end of the day, I was terrified and it wasn’t until Tim fixed my damper that I realized just how critical it is to a feeling of comfort and control. I run mine on a very light setting, it’s almost unappreciable for normal use, but it takes the kick out of almost everything.

    Wolfman Luggage: I ran some custom fairing bags that were awesome to have a place to stash parts, and his Enduro fender bag- one bag stayed put for the entire race. That’s a pretty good testament to the quality of his gear.

    Klim Rally Jacket: People keep asking me about this, and I keep saying it’s amazing. One of these times, folks will believe me. I carried a ton of stuff in the thing for the whole race- Satellite phone, all my papers and money, tools, food, water, etc. We saw temperatures from below freezing, to above 120, and I was pleased with the jacket everywhere.

    With the collar zipped out, and all the vents open, it lets an amazing amount of air swirl around your core and keep you cool. With everything zipped up, you’re dry and warm. And, by having my padding and storage integrated in the same jacket, there is none of the monkey wrestling that most people experienced getting in and out of a pressure suit and jacket and camelback. I could go from a T-shirt to ready to race in 3 seconds, and never wonder if I’d forgotten anything. I love this jacket. I don’t know if it’s worth $1300 to you, but it definitely is to me.

    Sidi Crossfire Boots: Comfortable like slippers, protective like nothing else on the market. On liaisons, it was common to see people wearing Alpinestars with the boots unbuckled and open. I never saw anyone bother on the Sidi. I can’t find a link, but there was a test done by a bunch of orthopedic surgeons that concluded the Sidi was the most protective, and my experience is that other brands may compare when new, but once broken in, the Sidi retains its protection while it falls off dramatically for other brands.

    Ariete Goggles: They just don’t fog, even with single pane lenses, and I find them super comfy, which is about all I can ask for from a goggle. I ran a light blue tint for most of the race- it didn’t show dust nearly as much as clear. I’m a convert, all the Scott, Smith, and Oakley’s I have from over the years are gonna hit the trash.

    Mountain Hardware: An inmate here who works for MH sorted me out with a sleeping bag and a bunch of base layers that really impressed me. The Micro Power Stretch (I don't make the names up) packs tiny, and I wore it on many mornings under a t-shirt and the rally to stay warm on the liaison. It fit in a back pocket after the stage started, and beat the heck out of being freezing in the morning. Good stuff!

    I was pleased with everything I took, but these things stood out as doing their job extremely well. Thanks to all the companies for their help with the adventure!
  19. hilslamer

    hilslamer 2XRedheadedstepchild

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    If you have time:
    Any sort of oil cooler on the bike? Do you think it made a difference at all?

    How often did you change engine/trans oil and/or filters?

    What coolant did you run in the engine - any additives, or anything like Evans Oil?

    What tires did you choose to run and why?(no need to mention mousses...already discussed at lenght earlier)

    How often did you have to replace a chain and/or sprockets and what brand did you use?

    What brand of handgrips did you use, and why?

    How well did your airbox sealing work?

    Did you just use foam air filters or a filter skin of some sort in supplement to that?



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  20. nfranco

    nfranco over macho grande?

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    Awesome, Thank you for sharing Ned.
    If I may tack on another question?
    I'm curious about your preference for the F2R roadbook reader over the MD unit.
    Would you run the same setup again?