Tuareg Rally 2013 - Official Event Coverage - follow our ADV riders HERE!

Discussion in 'Racing' started by JMo (& piglet), Feb 25, 2013.

  1. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    Ned, even though Caselli is on the KTM team for future rallies, you are the American ADV guy we look up to in rally because you are one of us. Just more talented! Thanks for the commentary and hope for more when you are settled.
  2. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to Asphalt!

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    Posted the same question over in your Rally Bike Rehab thread:


    So now that you have put some good quality seat time on all three bikes (450, 505, 690), which bike would you take to the Dakar if there were no cc limitation?


    I'm guessing it's between the 505 & the 690. The 505 gets credit for power and agility, while the 690 gets points for speed, stability and seat comfort on the long transfers.
  3. sergeuk

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    with the rally over and more time on my hands than I was expecting (In Tunis waiting for British embassy to open lost passport on rally) I have thought about Wesley and the outcome. Wes came to Tunisia to win, he rode fast, I met Wes only at the last two Tuaregs but I don't think he would be the guy to take advice from his closest friends who attended the rally or our team Torque Racing, We all assume we will get away with it until we dont then we pause look for a reason to justify why it happened' convince ourselves the circumstances are not applicable to ourselves then carry on. I don't think this is wrong just how we are programmed, On the few occasions I met Wes I found him generous with his time, his spares and advice but most of all encouraging to me. Wes loved the Tuareg and will be missed.
    Roger Hawkins No 31

    PS Well done Mark Smit winning with over half an hour clear, WOW
  4. BocaLupo

    BocaLupo n00b

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    Thank you for sharing...,Ned

    congratulations for the Race..:thumb
  5. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    This :thumb
  6. Hagenblad

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    Ok, the race is over, my body hates me, I'm broke, everything taste and smells like nothing, and I'm coughing my voice to pieces... So, when is the next one?

    I started this rally with high ambitions, finishing 2:nd 2011, but that plan was soon in the thrash can as soon as the fever set in at day one. Rode sick and exhausted the first two days and then took it easy day 3. At the star wars day I went for it, and managed to stay on, but broke the sub frame and some other stuff on the bike. The rest of the week went ok, but as soon as I'm climbing the race is over. Pretty proud to have been able to push myself like this again, and 5:th will do just fine sick. A lot of comments I have to get to the Dakar start, and that also feels good to hear. Also, I got in the hall of fame now for 3 perfect Tuareg rallys.

    Thanks for all the comments, photos, and attention.

    Thanks all riders, it's been a pleasure.

    Full story on this link: http://www.facebook.com/RaidDesigns (I can copy it here if anyone want)

    /Calle

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  7. lastplace

    lastplace Been here awhile

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    Howdy all!

    First time back in front of a computer for a few weeks. This rally was a blast! Do it if you can! I was laughing all the way. The results didn't show it, but I think I rode quite well. Things didn't go my way for a top finish, but I didn't fall down and always had fun. So, I got what I came for.

    The Tuareg was challenging, with some decent terrain variety and medium-long days. You certainly get your money's worth in riding, but not the sadistic challenge of the Dakar.

    I love the big XR, but maybe it was not the right bike for me in this rally. Around Douz there are some very soft sand dunes. My chassis setup was flat wrong for soft sand, so I had to muscle the bike through that shit.

    The first stage started fine, for the first 3km! After the LeMans start, I was very near the front as we approached the first secret check a few km in. I saw the check and decided to cut a corner directly to it and make a few more passes. That's when I first buried the bike in the sand. Too much revving and clutching to try to free it got the bike pretty hot. Soon thereafter, I heard a big "pop" as my bike spewed steam from under the tank. I looked for the burst hose but could not find it. I added water and carried on. Through the first day, I stopped many times to add water and also got stuck plenty. That Honda got very very HOT! Essentially dry of coolant going slow in soft sand dunes all day! Rattles and pings, but it still ran strong. I managed to finish, but no longer anywhere near the front of the pack.

    That night, I found that the small cross-over tube that equalizes pressure between the 2 radiators had burst. I replaced it and thought that I was good to go.

    The next day Beaney crashed. I was a few minutes ahead of him and also working my way through slower riders in the dust. Easy to see how he could have crashed on such a fast track.

    After the end of the Special, we had a "navigation" stage with no timing, but with checkpoints and a max time limit. Early on, the track through a silt bed was obliterated by the many riders in front of me. I think that the roadbook was also a bit ambiguous, but I suspected a secret check at that point. I searched for it for over an hour, going back to a known good point and trying over many times. But, I never found that check.

    Next challenge was the "Thomas Garden", a downhill boulder pile in an canyon pass. When I arrived, there were 30 riders strewn throughout the canyon in different circumstances. Lots of smokey tire spinning and teams of riders carrying bikes over obstacles. Since I couldn't pass, I got off and tried to help others through, to clear my way. I spent about 3 hours in there mucking about. When I finally got going, I bopped through without a problem, needing no help, but plenty of paddling and pushing. Near the end, that dumb little hose popped and I was once again without coolant. I took the tank off and cobbled a fix, but the bike was still dry. All the wasted time meant that I timed out at the next check, missing the rest of the day's checkpoints and ruining my chances for a decent finish. That night I figured out that the hose was partly pinched by the tank. Re-routing the hose solved the problem for good.

    The next day's stage was cancelled, which suited me fine since my rear brake caliper hanger had broken somewhere along the way. I found someone willing to weld it back together and stole Dirk's used brake pads and ground them into the right shape to fit the XR. Good to go.

    The stage around Nefta was fun, especially since the bike ran without a hitch. I made all the checks and completed my 3 laps pretty quickly. Imagine my surprise when I discovered, at the next day's start, that I was seeded 70th. I was resigned to eating dust all day when Rainer, the boss, showed up at the starting line. I asked what had happened, so he booted up his laptop and looked at my timecard. Oops, they had mistakenly given me a 10 hour penalty. I should be starting in the 4th 4-rider row, not the 18th. I ran to my bike and managed to catch the 5th row off. Finally, it was fun to ride with some of the faster guys and not constantly worry about making clean passes through the dust. I'd make some passes and then make some dumb minor navigation mistakes and let other riders back past, only to pass them again pretty quickly. I think I started to develop a reputation for "going fast the wrong way." What a hoot!

    The next technical challenge was the uphill "Silles Pass." Rocks and steps, but not as tricky as the Thomas Garden. I got off and walked the line before trying to ride it. As I was getting back on, about 8 guys piled into the rock garden and promptly got themselves stuck in the worst bottleneck possible. I rode up without incident, but halfway through my radiator spat some steam from a pinhole created by my new radiator guards. D'oh, dry again with lots of tough stage to go!

    Despite running for more than 2 stages without coolant, that bike continued to run strong. It would rattle like a can of spray paint in the sand, but never failed to pull hard.

    Second-to-last day we started out in some soft dunes. My bike handled better with some suspension tweaking, but the throttle stuck wide open a few times. Disconcerting. I couldn't close the throttle with the pull cable, so I took it apart to find the slide jammed in the carb. Most likely from sand in the carb, and disassembly in a sandstorm probably didn't make it any better. I freed the slide with some channel locks and continued. The bike was getting harder to start, probably from tight valves. 20 minutes of kicking every time the throttle stuck in the dunes wasn't much fun. The third time the throttle stuck, I decided that my day was over. Got to ride in the unstoppable 8-wheel drive sweeper truck.

    The XR was done. I didn't want to ride with a stuck throttle any more. (Not a blown motor as previously suggested.) A bunch of beers into my expected "night off," Patsy Quick asked if I'd like to ride her personal 690 Enduro on the last day's stages. Absolutely!. I pulled my nav gear off the XR and clamped it to the 690 in about 10 minutes. That 690 rips! Patsy has it perfectly set up for the soft sand and it pulls quite a bit harder than the XR. The starter button, however, sometimes doesn't work. I guess I am destined to pull my tools out on every stage, so I had to take the 690 switch apart to get the bike started.

    Great rally. Fun bunch of people. Thanks to IYSK Wine, Renazco Racing and the other sponsors.

    fun fun
    Charlie
  8. BocaLupo

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    Yesterday night, at 1:30 PM, Polytimi arrived safely Home..., at Athens Airport, a welcome party between fellow Rally Raiders... begun...!!! :clap:freaky

    Well done Polytimi..., well done.....!!! :clap:clap

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  9. BocaLupo

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    We are very proud of you...!!! keep smiling Timi... !!!

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  10. Gian

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    A big hello to Timi from my friend Giovanni Uliana who was assisting at the Energia & Sorrisi team, he told me today back in office that he helped a bit Timi on the last day as she was having some engine problem :)
  11. brent tex

    brent tex Been here awhile

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    Well done to all my mates at Rally management services. Ned you kicked some serious butt, Charlie you remained determined even in the face of adversity and your mechanical abilities were certainly tested. Dave you were the glue that held the team together and your attention to detail didnt go unnoticed, well done. I cannot wait to do a rally with you guys, the experience that you bring to the table is priceless.
    Congrats on a successful rally.
  12. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    Yes - Dave and Colin from RMS worked tirelessly to make sure everyone got out each morning and came back with no mechanical issues - and the whole team retained a laid-back feel throughout, it was always a pleasure to be around them...

    I snapped this photo from the final (parade) stage that was run in the afternoon after the official timing was over... as you can see, Sid seems to have grown about a foot taller over lunchtime:

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    (That is actually Sid on the left, he let Dave gear-up for the final lap through the dunes - he had a ball!)

    Jx
  13. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    A role-call of the IYSK Wine / RMS supported riders this year:

    #97 Ned Suesse (USA) 2nd O/A Moto Profi
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    #75 Charlie Rauseo (USA) 30th O/A Moto Profi
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    #133 Dirk Kessler (CAN) 14th O/A Moto Amateur
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    #137 Mike Krynock (USA) 32nd O/A Moto Amateur
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    #319 Sid Milton (GBR) 34th O/A Moto Amateur
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    #317 Jean-Luc Solans (FRA) 52nd Moto Amateur/Retired SS5 - injury
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    #331 Bart Combs (USA) 60th/DNS due to injury before race.
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    Jx
  14. ScotchBonnet

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    I think all competitors will agree with this now Jenny!!
  15. ScotchBonnet

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    Im bumping this for Wes whom I didnt know but had a huge amount of respect around the bivouac. Clearly a great racer with many friends here. Rest in Peace Wes.
  16. E-Ticket2

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    Oh look ....!
    An actual sighting of the legendary and elusive "Mikeypacabra."

    Way to hang in there, Mikey. :thumb

    And thanks again for the excellent coverage, Jenny! :bow

    Cheers, E-Ticket
  17. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    Great write up, Charlie! Thanks for taking the time. Sounds like, despite a lot of mechanical issues, you still managed to have fun. :thumb
  18. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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  19. E-Ticket2

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    How did the Will Smith state it in "Men in Black" ....."

    "Old-n-busted" and the "new hotness" ....? :D
  20. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    Thanks SB... Many people will have raced with Wes over the years, many more will have followed his exploits here on ADVrider... and everyone I'm sure shares in the sorrow of the loss of a fellow rider.

    Wes was never one for flowers or schmaltz, so instead his family have set up a Justgiving Page to help raise funds for Riders For Health - a charity that was dear to his heart, that helps to provide bikes and training/maintenance equipment for medial professionals based in Africa, so they can visit remote villages and provide healthcare to the local communities...

    I don't want anyone to feel obliged of course, but if anyone is looking to make some sense of it all and is able to help in any way, please donate just a small amount...

    http://www.justgiving.com/Wesley-Be...ane-Riders&utm_campaign=post-sponsor-facebook

    Jx