Hero? Legend? Fool?

Discussion in 'Racing' started by JMo (& piglet), Oct 4, 2009.

  1. StrumminJ

    StrumminJ Londoner in garlic land

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    Hey Jenny, I guess you're right into it now so close to the start. So all the very best, I'm rooting for yer gal.

    Even just a finish would be a helluva result on a new, unproven, Italian, stock engine bike, so don't go hurtin yerself. Bit like David Casteu on Cagiva's return to the Dakar - '04 I think it was. Hope you don't get the mechanical aggro he had, so I can take my Tenere into the Libya rally next year, inspired by you and yer Yam...

    If you checkin here before it all gets going, let them know the heroeslegend.com site is acting up, and there's a load of (660 Tenere) bikers wanting to follow you through the rally.

    Cheers !

    Jon
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  2. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Unicorn breeder

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    Hi Jon - thanks for your encouragement and well wishes!

    I see what you mean about the Heroes' site - hopefully they will get that sorted soon... keep it bookmarked x

    As for the Yamaha - part of the reason I chose the Tenere was that the engine is already pretty well proven... It's been around in the current XT660R since 2003, and a number of people have used that bike as the basis of an overlander - Damon I'Anson from BIKE magazine even took a 660R on the 'highest motorable road in the world' - over 18,000ft in the Himalayas a couple of years ago, so mechanically the Tenere ought to go the distance? Likewise my wheel and suspension mods are damn near bullet-proof, and bike feels great on and off the road...

    My only concern is it does weigh a lot compared to a stock Enduro type bike with a big tank (but then so does any 650cc class rally bike of course) - but by all accounts, the distance involved in this particular event means most riders favor a larger capacity machine for strength, longevity and lower maintenance...

    I've no doubt the bike is capable of making it to the end... the question is if I am?!

    This could well be my last post before the event, as I'll be heading south tomorrow, need to collect my passport on Tuesday (nothing like last minute eh?), then catching the train to Paris on Wednesday... I'll do my best for you guys, and aim to bring us both back in one piece!

    Finally, here it was on the trailer before I delivered it to my assistance crew last week (it won't look this shiny ever again!):

    [​IMG]

    xxx
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  3. StrumminJ

    StrumminJ Londoner in garlic land

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    is the Gauloises logos ? ! :D

    And I'm sure you ARE upto it, not least from all the blood, sweat, time and wonga that you must have put into the preparation, surely a big incentive !

    And I guess now the bike's gone, there's not much left to worry about, or much you can do about it anyway - sighs of relief ?

    So I hope you really ENJOY it, and watch out for the soft sand in Mauritania and the kids in Senegal.

    Bonne chance !
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  4. G-Funk

    G-Funk That "Retro" Digital, Umm ..... Dude.

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    You go Jenny ...... :thumb :beer

    I'll definitely be watching your progress.

    Best of luck, eh!

    G.
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  5. rallyman1978

    rallyman1978 Been here awhile

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    Good Luck with the Rallye Jenny :clap
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  6. Gary B.

    Gary B. Older than dirt...

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  7. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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    You're my hero! :lurk
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  8. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Unicorn breeder

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    Many thanks for all your encouragement and well-wishes everyone!

    Please check in to the Heroes-legend website where you should be able to track my progress once the event has started... (race no. 041)

    http://www.heroeslegend.com/

    Got to go, I have a train to catch in 12 hours!

    J xx
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  9. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Unicorn breeder

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    Hi Everyone - Nate at RallyRAIDio has asked me if I can phone in with some reports during the event - not making any promises, but I'll see what I can do...

    Hopefully this link will be up and running during the event too:

    http://www.rallyraidio.net/

    xxx
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  10. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do

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    :clap :clap


    Any calls that Jenny makes I'll upload directly to this thread, too. :thumb


    Go Jenny Go!
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  11. regie308

    regie308 Long timer

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    Thanks! PackMule :D
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  12. Dazzer

    Dazzer Been here awhile

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    Hi Jenny

    I know how good a rider you are and how much hard work and time you have put into this

    I wish you all the very best,and I'm looking forward to seeing your photos of you at the finish in Dakar

    Have Fun

    Dazzer
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  13. grimmboy

    grimmboy Chris Grimm

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    Don't get into a super-moto race like Billy and me did and almost loose it before you even get there :evil

    Be safe have fun, Grimmy

    I wish I was there...
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  14. regie308

    regie308 Long timer

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    I have been going to the heros site to see JMo's progress but i can seem to find on the website anywhere that it lets you look at riders???

    can anyone help me?
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  15. Dazzer

    Dazzer Been here awhile

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    try this link from the 24th

    http://www.e-track.fr/hl09/index.php?cla=24
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  16. StrumminJ

    StrumminJ Londoner in garlic land

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    Sorry I didn't get to see you off, Jenny - back from Paris on Friday, I hoped to come to the Monteils-Ales track to see the start, get some pics to post here, and wish you well. As it's about a 3hr drive from home, and on the same day as SE France started holidays (24hr road chaos), tried calling the organisers, many times on all the different numbers, and sifting the press and web to find out the timing, no reply or info anywhere...

    So, figuring Ales was 80 kms from the ferry at Sete, the departure probably not before the afternoon, I took my chance, grabbed the nipper and arrived just after midday... to a ghost town. Local gossip says the boat from Sete was cancelled, the new connection from Barcelona, and the start much earlier for the longer drive - so I just missed you, and instead went sightseeing in Arles, albeit with some fun offroading in Le Gard (GPS says turn left on unpaved road, oh yeah !). I really feel for the organisers and riders, though this isn't the first time Comanav's last minute cancellations have screwed up a big event.

    If anyone finds out what changes have happened, please post. The boat from Barcelona arrives in Tangiers (?), 300 kms from the original first stage start in Nador. I can't see them changing the course/roadbooks etc. so I guess there will have to be a new liaison to Nador, but I guess the timing will be tight.[​IMG]
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  17. Molgan

    Molgan nub

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    Here you go:

    http://www.followmap.com/hl09/main/Main.aspx

    A few pics from Richzrx12 @ xt660.com (hope it's ok to post):

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    [​IMG]
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  18. StrumminJ

    StrumminJ Londoner in garlic land

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    Thanks Molgan, and from the track map it shows they're in Almeria, so I guess they can get to the start point in Nador easily.
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  19. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do

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    Just got a RallyRAIDio call from Jenny! Uploading now! :clap :clap
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  20. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do

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    Jenny's rung in with her first call-in. The weather's thrown them a curveball thusfar, but the tone of her voice says she's having a grand time. :ricky


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    If she has a thread going on the 660 forum and someone wants to cross-post this, please do by all means. :beer
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