XT 500 at the Bredslau Rallye in Poland

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  1. Nenne

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    Hi Folks,
    just came back from the Breslau-Rallye in Poland and this is my synthetic report:

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    <st1:personname productid="Klaus Nennewitz" w:st="on">KLAUS NENNEWITZ</st1:personname> PLACES 16 TH OVERALL ON HIS OWN-BUILT XT 500 RALLY-MACHINE IN THE BRESLAU-RALLY<o:p></o:p>
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    After last year’s fourth-overall position on his KTM <st1:personname productid="Klaus Nennewitz" w:st="on">Klaus Nennewitz</st1:personname> has accepted a new challenge for this year´s edition of the hardest Off-Road Rally in Europe: in springtime he was addressed to build a modern Rally-racing machine based on the Yamaha XT 500, the first single-cylinder off-road bike of the Seventies that had changed the world of adventurers and Off-Road racers forever. Frenchman Cyril Neveu won the first edition of the Paris-Dakar in 1979 and for the 35 th anniversary of the bike the Rally-version is supposed to start at the South-American Dakar <st1:metricconverter productid="2011 in" w:st="on">2011 in</st1:metricconverter> January.<o:p></o:p>
    The participation in the Breslau 2010 was the first test of the prototype under tough conditions.<o:p></o:p>
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    The project started in March and final assembly was accomplished in the Beverungen-based Yamaha-shop of Meinhold Müller, well known for his experience with this classic bike: only the (reinforced) frame was used of the original bike while the (more powerful) engine is off the street-model SR 500, wheels, brakes and suspension are from modern Enduro-bikes whereas all the other components like the 3 aluminium-tanks with <st1:metricconverter productid="25 litre" w:st="on">25 litre</st1:metricconverter> capacity, the airbox and exhaust-system where manufactured by Müller, Nennewitz and friends from the motorcycle industry.<o:p></o:p>
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    Just a few days before technical scrutineering in <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Dresden</st1:place></st1:city> the machine was finished to face the test during 8 stages and <st1:metricconverter productid="1800 km" w:st="on">1800 km</st1:metricconverter> against the European Adventure-Rally specialists.<o:p></o:p>
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    The prologue in <st1:city w:st="on">Dresden</st1:city> with a Trial-style track was just an anticipation of the difficult challenge that was waiting for the riders in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Poland</st1:country-region></st1:place>: daily stages between 200 and <st1:metricconverter productid="560 km" w:st="on">560 km</st1:metricconverter> over sandy military-areas, through sumps and water-crossings up to the hips and rollercoaster-like tank-tracks demanded everything from riders and machines with extreme dust and heat.<o:p></o:p>
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    The Rally-XT held up perfect to the task: from the start Nennewitz was in a top 10 position until a sump during the second stage in Poland almost caused him to leave the bike buried in the mud forever: only after 2 hours of digging with bare hands and with the help of two fellow competitors did he manage to get the bike going again, leaving any aspiration for a top-position behind.<o:p></o:p>
    A part from that inconvenience nothing else could stop the team: daily airfilter-change and general inspection of the bike were the only routine-duties before the study of the new Roadbook rounded up a long Rally-day. <o:p></o:p>
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    Last year’s winner Robert Leischner won the event also this year on his KTM, together with him and seventh-place finisher Lars Krämer Nennewitz finished third overall in team-classification.<o:p></o:p>
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    Team-manager Meinhold Müller assisted at the start and was impressed by the professionalism of the event that calls 100 motorcycles, 170 cars and 70 trucks to the start on the historical Augustus-bridge in the centre of <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Dresden</st1:place></st1:city>. Approximately 1500 people moved with the bivouac, a dimension that is only matched by the <st1:city w:st="on">Dakar</st1:city> where the Rally-XT is supposed to start in January <st1:metricconverter productid="2011 in" w:st="on">2011 in</st1:metricconverter> <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Buenos Aires</st1:place></st1:city> if the present negotiations with sponsors lead to a positive result.<o:p></o:p>
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    Ergebnisse:<o:p></o:p>
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    1 1 Robert Leischner (D) 23:15:29 <o:p></o:p>
    2 52 Roger Dell'Ava (CH) 23:26:18 <o:p></o:p>
    3 16 Oliver Post (D) 23:40:06 <o:p></o:p>
    4 51 Jan Siegel (D) 23:57:57 <o:p></o:p>
    5 5 Marcus Kettler (D) 24:34:06 <o:p></o:p>
    6 17 Beat Juen (A) 24:34:24 <o:p></o:p>
    7 76 <st1:personname productid="Lars Kraemer" w:st="on">Lars Kraemer</st1:personname> (D) 25:25:35 <o:p></o:p>
    8 6 Frantz Roquesalane (F) 25:27:46<o:p></o:p>
    9 9 Bart Van Mieghem (B) 25:32:36 <o:p></o:p>
    10 20 Rico Van Der Sanden (NL) 25:36:45 <o:p></o:p>
    …..<o:p></o:p>
    16 4 <st1:personname productid="Klaus Nennewitz" w:st="on">Klaus Nennewitz</st1:personname> (D) 26:41:40 <o:p></o:p>
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    Links: <o:p></o:p>
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    http://www.marathonrally.com/news/15697.0.html<o:p></o:p>
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    http://live.abenteuerrallye.com/?topic=results&typ=krad&stage=g<o:p></o:p>
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    http://www.marathonrally.com/news/grosser_dresden_breslau_sonderbereich_vom_25_juni_bis_3_juli.15713.0.html<o:p></o:p>
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    http://www.motorrad-mueller.org<o:p></o:p>
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  2. Nenne

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  3. tHEtREV

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  4. tHEtREV

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  5. debaisley

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    what a beast
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  6. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    Awesome bike! Can't believe that this used to be an XT..... You (?) did a heck of a job on the build!!! :clap
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  7. Garthe

    Garthe ROCKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS...

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    boy...my xt NEVER looked like THAT. Very nice :bow . You should do a build tread on that one.
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  8. brucifer

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    That's friggin' awesome! Nice job!
    Good luck in the Dakar. :thumb
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  9. R3B

    R3B Lazy Motorcyclist

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    Cool !

    But one small thing, its not an XT500, its an SR 500 engine, The XT500 has a Points cover :-)


    I like it to see an oringinal winner every 5 years in the Dakar, Gooo!!!! Klaus Gooo!!!!!!

    Would be nice if he could get Henno to take part again too, he made it on a almost standard XT500 in 2006.

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    And allthough he didn't get a topranking place he succeeded in riding it out to the end on his 1978 XT...

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  10. tHEtREV

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    Yep, and they say so in the link I posted...

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  11. R3B

    R3B Lazy Motorcyclist

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    Ah, i see it now, if it needs more power, they better go for a XT500 '76 (34 HP small inlet so more grunt) HL500 (prity rare these days) or bring it to PAMI :-)

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    Click on Gottfried's HL to go to his shop.
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  12. Osnabrock

    Osnabrock Ditch GPS

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    That's a really nice bike. Good luck running the Dakar!
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  13. Off-Road-Adventures

    Off-Road-Adventures Mid-life-Crisis? Me??

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    Hi Fellas

    Does anyone know here I can get a large tank that will fit the XT500 like the ones in the photos in this thread? Where we ride, in Africa, there are many places where you need a fuel range of 500km or more. Acerbis say they dont make their 32 L tank anymore, I damaged my one and I'm told it cant be fixed Maybe a XT600 Tenere tank could be made to fit, has anyone tried to do this?

    Thanks guys
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  14. yokesman

    yokesman Been here awhile

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    I just saw this,

    if still needed try theses guys

    /www.gilimoto.com.br/index.php?route=product/search&filter_name=xt660+tanque&page=2
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