The time has come... Neduro DID Dakar!

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

  1. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    I was just going to say that...

    Good luck Ned - it just helps to focus the mind!

    Jxx
  2. AKjeff

    AKjeff Long timer

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    I think it helps to get the little things over with during training, so they're not a problem during the race.

    Now, nobody tell him "Break a leg".
  3. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    A sound philosophy... however, it doesn't always work...

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    Jx
  4. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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  5. neduro

    neduro Addict Super Moderator

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    I thought it within minutes of the break... :lol3

    Jenny- sorry to hear the news. :cry
  6. neduro

    neduro Addict Super Moderator

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    Couple of housekeeping things, my next post will be the start of the bike build.

    1) Good news! The formal "you're in" email came, so that's off the list of things to think about. I was pretty sure, or else I wouldn't have announced, but it's nice to have the official confirmation.

    2) I figured out how to make shipping free on Race supporter and Sponsor packages (yes, I'm not real smart at computers). Anyone who has already ordered and would like a refund on shipping, just shoot me an email to dakar at neduro dot com. New race/ sponsor orders won't have shipping charges.

    3) Strangely, the foot doesn't actually hurt (unless I try to put weight on it) nor is it particularly swollen. Ankle is 100%, as are toes... there's just a broken bone in between. I take that as a good sign... but crutches SUCK. Never had them before, anxious to be rid of them.
  7. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    Install a wheel on the end of each one, then you'll be back on 2 wheels, making them much more fun! :lol3
  8. crillyiv

    crillyiv Adventurer

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    Ned,
    There's no doubt you'll adapt and overcome.

    I know I'm not the only one here thinking this was inevitable and glad to see it happening.

    Best of luck to you. :thumb
  9. DUCK BOY

    DUCK BOY WWW.ROADTOTHERALLY.COM

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    If we are showing post crash shots then I like mine. This was at the Rally Du Maroc in Oct 2009, 9 weeks before the start of my 2010 Dakar rally. I broke my left Fibula. The next time I put on my gear was just before riding through the podium on Jan 1, 2010.

    You can do it Ned! I just signed up as a Race Supporter. Good Luck with the recovery.
  10. Flanny

    Flanny Flanny-it-up!

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    in, In, IN!

    This is great to hear Ned - best of luck. I'm in for some support too...

    Cheers!
  11. neduro

    neduro Addict Super Moderator

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    A couple people have asked about how the discount codes will work, so while I work on the first bike post, here's a little info about that.

    The codes are directly from the manufacturer (Klim/ Wolfman/ Butler Maps) or importer (MX1West/ Sidi). The codes will be good for an order, not a piece, so if you wanted a rally suit, for example, this is the deal of the century!

    You'll get a printed card with the physical shipment that will have your personal code from each company. Go to the website, put whatever you want in your cart, and put the code in at checkout. Presumably, it will work fine to order over the phone as well, if you prefer to. Presto wallah, cheap gear.

    A favor to ask- please wait for the physical card to arrive. If people call asking for the Ned discount before you've gotten your stuff, it gets confusing to manage with the vendors, who are trying to do a good deed.
  12. Flood

    Flood F5lood.

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    Now where's my damn shirt! :ddog
  13. Pcfly

    Pcfly Dude?! Seriously??

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    WORTH IT!!! I joined the cause!! Wish you all the luck!:thumb
  14. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    I assume for the already placed orders the extra few bucks we paid for shipping just go into your dakar fund? If so then my shipping charge is all yours. I figure I am going to make most of this back on the great discounts your sponsors are giving anyway :D
  15. Boondoggle

    Boondoggle Gear Grinder

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    Keep my shipping. You have better stuff to be thinking about.
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  16. freeflow

    freeflow get in or go in

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    good thing you caught me..I was just about to order some Klim Pants x 2...:ear..

    go Ned Go.
  17. neduro

    neduro Addict Super Moderator

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    Bike Building!

    In my experience, everything worthwhile is made so by the people involved, and by that measure, this is going to be a great program! There are a few adv'ers I can't thank enough, but I'll try starting here: Ganshert, who is not only great company but also pretty good with composites, c.vestal who brings incredible energy and mad skills to everything he turns his attention toward, and GSNorCal, who is positive and helpful and centered, not to mention smart and creative. 2 weeks ago (really? Am I that late? Jeebus) we got together on Friday night and got started. We'll call it a work session, but we laughed so hard through the whole thing that barely seems fair.

    I had made the decision against racing Jonah's 2007 bike (which is now for sale, PM me) because it's hard to justify starting with a used bike. Even when everything works perfectly as it does on that bike, I didn't want the mental worry of wondering what I'd forgotten.

    Further, I really wanted to make the simplest possible bike. I have a ton of miles on 530's, the 450 is essentially the same and I trust the package. I debated buying the RS Concept setup, but the cost was high and Scot, Chris and I decided we could get this done on our own. This saves me a ton of $$ and means I can have spares... so the decision to fabricate was made.

    Chris has been developing a roadbook mount system for a while anyway, so we had a very solid starting point. The tasks we had to accomplish break into essentially two categories- setup and bolt-on stuff, and fabrication. Our goal was to focus on fabrication, on the theory that the setup/ bolt on stuff could be done whenever, but the fab stuff is not only long lead, but also high risk. The pre-weekend list had three big boxes to check off- Electrical System design, Rear tank mounting, and biggest of all, Fairing Fab.

    Starting point:

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    First step on the fairing is to imagine the shape we might want. Here we go, construction paper, tape, and crayons.

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    The plan was to get an idea of the shape we wanted, and carve the first side out of foam before quitting Friday night. Here's where we stopped at 2 AM:

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    The windscreen is a 990 screen from SGMoto (Scot's company), no you can't buy one, yet.

    Like the plastic surgeon says about boob jobs, the first one is easy, it's making the second one match that is a trick.

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    This man looks serious!

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    Shaping the foam:

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    Meanwhile, Dave (GSNorCal) and I were busy working on rear tank mounting.

    Here Aurel (who was stopping at my house at the time) supervises, and C.Vestal advises:

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    Mounts complete on the 530, we transfered to the 450. I don't get no respect.

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    Here Erika, the graphic designer who made everything to do with the effort look good, tries to break a foam block, while her husband looks, uh, frightened.

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    With the foam shaped, it's time to cover it with Fiberglass. Once that cures, another part will be taken off, which will become the mold.

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    Vacuum Bagging the plug:

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    And then it was time for Crepes made by Marion, Aurel's wife.

    The team hard at work:

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    At the conclusion of the weekend, the bike didn't look much different, but we had made a ton of progress. The fairing was moving forward, the rear tank was mounted, the electrical system de-mystified, and generally, while most of the physical work of making a rally bike remained, many of the mental barriers were put to rest.
  18. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    Wasn't he in Lord of the Rings?
  19. Evil Invader

    Evil Invader Been here awhile

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    Damn this looks tric!!
    Any chanses there will be maybe some possebilletes to buy that fairing, perhaps?

    Great job you guys doin!!

    :clap
  20. Flood

    Flood F5lood.

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    I love this stuff! :clap


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