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Discussion in 'Racing' started by beaney, Aug 28, 2012.
Hopefully I can make one of these before I'm too crippled to ride anymore, this rally looks awesome!
We're finishing off some neat rally seats for riders, its always a pleasure supporting.
I'm really looking forward to this one! My first rally was the El Chott in Tunisia in 2002, so it will be really nice to return to that country after 11 years. My plan for the Tuareg is just to have some fun with none of the stress of a competitive Dakar effort, and to meet new friends and hang out with old ones.
Also, I'm trying to spend very little money on this. About a year ago, Sid Milton (our Dakar team's mechanic from the UK) and I decided that we'd enter the Tuareg 2013. Originally, we were thinking of riding bikes from the UK to Tunisia and using the organization to carry our spares. But, 2 little kids and a wife put the kaybash on spending that much time away. Then Dave from RMS stepped in and began to organize a team, mostly from the USA, but using Sid's UK-based vehicles. I'm helping a bit with logistics, but it is nice to have Dave taking the lead on most of the preparations. All I need to do is prep my bike and put it in a container in Oakland on December 20. If all goes well, it will be in Tunisia waiting for me when I fly there in March.
I really want the old-school primal rally experience, so I've decided to work on my own bike and stay in a tent next to it. Even though they are available, there will be no hotels or mechanics for me. It will be nice to focus solely on the bike, the roadbook and myself for the whole week.
Over the years, I've owned plenty of cool rally bikes from a KTM660RFR to our custom-built KTM 525s, to new 690RFRs with a few factory (and our own) special tricks. All of them eventually got sold to pay of the credit cards that financed them. So, I've settled on a good old 2003 Honda XR650R as my rally bike. I have 2 of them in the garage and have owned 4 over the years. I know these bikes well and feel comfortable on them. Not the fastest or most nimble bike in the rally for sure, but simple and easy for me. No big rally fairings either, just some universal rally clamps, an ico, and a F2R roadbook reader from RMS. Other than doing some maintenance that should have been done years ago, my rally-specific prep for this bike will take about an hour.
Since shipping to Europe by container takes over a month, those of us in the USA are just finishing prepping our bikes now. Here's a photo of my cramped garage with 2 XRs. I'm planning to take the one in the background. For your amusement, I'll post some more photos showing the bike as it gets closer to ready.
Still bummed I had to pull out of this one but looking forward to hearing all about it. Have fun showing all those Europeans how to ride fast in the desert!
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Hey Charlie! - you never told me you had a BRP, never mind two of them!!!
My first rally - the Tuareg in 2008 - was also on an XR650R - a bike I bought in the US in 2007 (that's a Nevada plate in the photo) and shipped back to the UK/Europe... happy days!
Looking forward to catching up with you in Tunisia then (if not before in the US) - big bikes rock!
Very cool to see so many ADVriders and even former Dakar competitors taking part this year.
Added you to the list Jenny, although you still have to tell us the bike....
aquavit aka Dirk Kessler CAN KTM 690
Beaney aka Wesley Beane UK 690E
GSNorCal aka David Peckham USA (are you riding Dave or doing support?)
Jean-Luc aka Jean-Luc Solans FRA KTM 690
JMo (& piglet) aka Jenny Morgen UK
Lastplace aka Charlie Rauseo USA XR650R
LukasM aka Lukas Matzinger AUT FE570
Neduro aka Ned Suesse USA XCF505
Schattat aka Tony Schattat GER Yamaha WR450F
Yay, ADVer's! Go Guys!
This is on my list
You and I should start looking into this for 2014. With a few east coast guys we might be able to arrange better deals on shipping.
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I love enablers like you, Doug. Now get that knee working!
Let's all be bad influences.
Shounds likes its going to be a riot - Im very envious.
Come join us Neil. I think Patsy and Desert Rose have rental bikes and some more room. It's gonna be a hoot!
We finished our outbound customs clearance today, with the carnet stamped, etc. Loading middle of next week. Then 1 week til Dakar, then a month off, then Tuareg.
Is it overkill to work in the Safari this year too???
super-secret spy-shot of a certain competitor and his weapon...
Ssssshhhhh! Keep it under your hat.
Dave, Mikey and I shipped 6 bikes from Oakland today. The nice thing for the US-based competitors now is that we can't work on our bikes any more. We'll see them the day before the rally in Tunisia.
Left to right:
Ned's KTM 505XC
My mighty XR650R
Dirk's KTM 690E
Mikey's KTM 525
Jean-Luc's KTM 690E
Bart's KTM525 (ex-Jonah Street 2007 Dakar race bike.)
For me, prepping the XR was pretty easy. It was already set up as a decent desert bike, and the navigation equipment was ready and sitting on a shelf after the last time I used it at one of our rally schools. A few months ago, I sat down with a pad of paper, looked at the bike and made a list of things that could use fixing. Then, as the weeks went by, I looked at that list and crossed off things that I thought really weren't needed. (The closer to the shipping date, the looser the criteria for deciding what was necessary.) So, the list gradually got shorter as the bike sat in the garage. Not done: lacing up straight rims, putting on a better skidplate, new grips, bleeding the brakes, etc. Done: newish tires, mousse, chain, sprockets, front brake pads, new wheel bearings, adjust the valves and put on the too-nice new Renazco seat. Good to go.
Yeah, Wildman! (Bart) Go GO GO!!
Thank you sir! It is sure to be a wild adventure.
Great to see so may inmates joining this event !
Guys when your all said and done - can someone please tally up the total expense for the event?
My 40th is coming up in 2015 and I have already planted the seed with the wife.....
Would even consider buying a bike that would have been used in the previous 2013 rally (and maybe stored there) - to make logistics easier? I'm from Ontario Canada.