2016 Pre-DAKAR: arrival, START podium ceremony/PROLOGUE and LEG 0 liason thread

Discussion in 'Racing' started by RhinoVonHawkrider, Nov 4, 2015.

  1. Miguel Tavares

    Miguel Tavares Adventurer

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    Anyone know anything about the exhaust system? It is not the previous years Akrapovic!
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  2. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    I agree (sort of). The time will come when paper is switched to digital, for better or worse. I don't see it having an impact on "cheating"; as we're calling a team using its resources to help their racers (not cheating btw albeit it the purest in me sees it as unsporting).

    Right now top teams have detailed gps files of the route :nod

    Right now the top riders are studying the route, in detail, and training for the route :nod

    Right now team managers are already planning stealth, unofficial, support truck routes :nod

    Mustached men have been deployed to remote locations :)

    In summary, top teams already know the route (maybe not wp's) so how would digital make a difference in regards to cheating? Being in IT for a living I can assure you digital does not mean safe in regards to keeping things secure and secret :nod I'd presume the roadbookbis already in digital format prior to being printed...and it is not safe and secret...how can it be if top teams already have the route?

    Yes top teams have the route already, sucks but its true.



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  3. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Just send it!

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    Almost that time of year again! :clap
  4. ArthDuro

    ArthDuro quarantined

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    Yes this is the new quick-release model

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  5. 640 Armageddon

    640 Armageddon Xplorer Supporter

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    I cannot share my opinion, people would think I am biased :lol2:rofl

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    Now. The most important thing, which is either wrong or alien is that the bike has 30 liters of fuel and 1.5 liters of oil. They claim 123 kg FULLY loaded... That cannot be right... 30 lt is approx. 22.5 kilograms. So, they say the bike is 100 kilograms empty?
    That is weight gate... :fpalm

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  6. wilkinsonk

    wilkinsonk soup de grimace

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    Did you help design some of the carbon bits? Beautiful bike and I like that they've added protection to the header pipe under the foot peg. Great attention to detail all around.
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  7. Balkan Boy

    Balkan Boy Long timer

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    This is a proper Factory bike.
    I suddenly like Helder's chances for this year.

    Has the big boat arrived at BA?
    I think Facebook is getting a lot of Dakar content from the participants who share it with their communities. Hence the lack of first-hand information over here.
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  8. Myway

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  9. beechum1

    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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    Yes. FB photos abound of unloading.
  10. hubilado

    hubilado Motoquiero Super Supporter

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  11. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Unicorn breeder

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    Great photos Armageddon!

    Some random observations looking at the photos...

    No e-start button, so kick start only (confirmed by the spec sheet) - is this the more potent YZF motor perhaps, despite the tank graphics?

    Is the water tank still in the swing arm, as there dosen't seem to be any room in the skid plate?

    I also noticed a couple of potentially vulnerable electrical connectors: one behind the left hand radiator, and one under the subframe on the right hand side - let's hope the Salar isn't wet again this year!

    Go Helder! Go #7!!!

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  12. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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  13. Myway

    Myway Long timer

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  14. nry

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    Great detailed pictures those, a very tidy looking bike indeed. Not sure I'd have a lot of faith in the Irritrack still being there at the end of the rally though, it looks really exposed.
    1.5L of oil is pretty good and I love the effort that goes into making sure the temperatures on these bikes are kept under control as best as possible. I've noticed that it's only the Australian entries that go with massive radiator protection, all the other teams / nationalities stick to simply mesh covers. Does anyone have any info on how often radiators are damaged and need replacing either through crashes or being holed ? The OEM Honda ones that I think the Dutch teams go with are all press fit fittings and will pop joins if bent around too much.
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  15. theantipaul

    theantipaul Reforming Neandertal

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    Yeah, the front view of the Yammy is fugly! And I agree, the Irritrack looks like a question of when, not if it takes a hit.

    Did you hear of an issue with those, they are Sumitomo connectors, properly prepped and assembled I've had them pull 44watts with a Squadron in a bucket of water for over an hour without failure. With that test, I doubt there would be any water/salt intrusion.
  16. VxZeroKnots

    VxZeroKnots Long timer

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    I think it's like a Farichild A-10, or my little splotchy colored dog, so ugly it's beautiful. Sure the sumitomo's may have passes a bucket water intrusion test, but what about the flush testing the iphone cases went through eh? :lol3
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  17. solitary1

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    I noticed the lack of a starter button too,also the orange map switch is missing on one photo and a "set" button is further inboard instead
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  18. wilkinsonk

    wilkinsonk soup de grimace

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    Look just behind the mudflap in this photo and you can see the welds from the water fill hole in the swingarm.

    Also hard to tell regrading the YZ versus reverse WR engine as the e-start would have been hidden behind the front fuel tanks/fairing, but I have a felling this is a YZ engine and WR gears.

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    If they are running the WR engine, then the started looks like it could easily be removed and fitted with a block off plate.

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  19. Baja Dad

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    What is the big CUBE under the oil cooler on the front?
    Is that the Irritrack unit?
  20. wilkinsonk

    wilkinsonk soup de grimace

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    Consensus seems to be Irritrack.
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