Tuareg Rallye 2013 - The Next Adventure

Discussion in 'Racing' started by schattat, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. schattat

    schattat Long timer

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    Day 3 evening and my bike was ready for day 4, newly rebuilt I was happy and took some well earnt rest to get prepared for the following race day.
    Again, race day. I was fully motivated now, started at the back of the pack. The 2 guys with me went off, directly missing a hidden checkpoint several hundred meters from the start. I decided to trust my own navigation judgement and did my own thing. I was riding and caught up with Peter Hardy, a really funny US fellow. We compared notes to get out of the camel grass on to the CP2. There I met up with Ed and rode a bit together with him until the dunes started again. Just upon entering the dunes sections it happened again, the bike dies on me. Arghhh!!! It gets going again but only 400m. I take the tank of, check the spark. Then when I press the starter button, a nice splash of water sprays on my face, great, the brand new gasket isn't holding up :becca. Yet again, nothing to do but wait for Mr.Sweep.
    Here some pics I took with my GoPro whilst waiting:
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  2. schattat

    schattat Long timer

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    Day 3 evening I analyse the issue with the help of some friends from Finnland. Their mechanic helped me reassemble my bike. We had a hunch the the bottom of the cylinder head was no longer planar, but warped a bit. WE didn√Ąt have a glass plate or anything similar to check, but why else would the gasket not hold (new, tourqed down correctly)?
    Day 4 starts again with me in the back, motivated and ready to go. I "nurse" bike at the beginning a bit, but eventually see it's holding up pretty well. A fews kms into the stage I come across my friend Guillaume who crashed and broke one of his left hand fingers, he's out unfortunately. The day is a long one, I ride the whole day with Ed and another English bloke. The transfer section mid-day was through the mountain region of Tunisia, a bit chilly, wish I had had a thicker jacket. We pass through many villages and see many locals, especially little kids. A lot of friendly waving as we pass by. Later during the day there is a faster hard packed section, I gun it a bit more since the bike has worked flawlessly for the last 155km. 5th gear hitting about 140km/h and it dies yet again.I stop and see a tonne of liquid spewing out from the left hand side. I think it's fuel from a hose gone loose and turn the fuel tape off. No good, still running out. I get off the bike, touch the juice and smell it. Hmm, not fuel but water. I check if one of the radiator hoses had gone loose, nope all tight. I try to find the source and it's the cylinder head. Darn, the next CP is literally under 1km away. Ed goes there, gets a towe rope and rides back to tug me to the CP where I let him go on and wait for you know who. At this point I was just fed up of having the rip apart the engine again, and with no more parts and limited resoursces, I figure it's time to not touch the engine any longer.
    Only back home I take it apart to find this:
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    Incredible how much water pressure there was to cause this channel on 2 different spots on the bottom of the cylinder head and top of the cylinder barrel itself! For sure there was no way in hell to have been able to fix it during the rallye.
    I had to have it welded. I then got some very fine grit sandpaper and shaved down the surface of the cylinder head to make it look new:
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    Nonetheless, the bike is running again, new cylinder installed and fixed head, all good. I have, however, gotten myself a new toy anyway, 2012 WR450F with EFI :evil Can't wait for the next build thread (cough, rear tank subframe, cough).

    I would also like to thank all the awesome people I was fortunate enough to meet during the rallye, including Jenny; the Finnish team along with their Estonian riders; the helpful sweep guys; Charlie, Dave and many other US boys; and many others! :thumb

    BTW, I still have some nice GoPro footage, which I still need to edit and upload. Whenever I have enough time!!!
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  3. tehdutchie

    tehdutchie Long timer

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    Bad luck indeed Tony, great for sharing your experiences though!

    Looking forward to seeing you on the new bike!!
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  4. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    Goodness, it does seem so long ago now doesn't it?!

    It was great to finally meet you Tony, especially after so many years of communicating and exchanging information here on ADVrider!

    It was also a pleasure to help support and promote your Tuareg campaign this year, and while you clearly didn't get the race result you wanted, you certainly kept us all entertained with drama and some lovely images... here are just a few I managed to snap along the way...

    A typical view of Tony most evenings!
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    Occasionally the bike did move under it's own power!
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    #87 Tony Schattat - Tuareg Rallye 2013
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    The look says it all... start of Day 4:
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    Tony helping out with another rider's electrical problem:
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    Ed & Tony at the finish!
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    Jx
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  5. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    Rough rally for you Tony, very sorry to hear it did not go better.

    Looking forward to the new buildup! I have a 2011 WR450 (last year for the non-FI) and might consider a 2012 in the future so certainly would like to watch your buildup!
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