Safari bike pics - past & present

Discussion in 'Australia' started by mike cramb, Jul 9, 2007.

  1. troy safari carpente

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    EDIT: I had the wrong rider/year earlier for Graham... thanx for finding the correct name to the pictures Gadget :thumb

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  2. Gadget678

    Gadget678 Long timer

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    I was riding in that Safari on a DRZ400. Unfortunately Graham was listed as a DNF 20201108_092921.jpg
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    LWC3077 Been here awhile

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    Whats that little pump? thing next to the cylinder?
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    LWC3077 Been here awhile

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    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    Auxilliary external oil pump. The factory LC4 Rallyes were equipped with them as original.
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    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    You're welcome...

    I did not think that Motorbooks would have a listing anymore.

    Shame about missing out on the copy that was available on e-bay. 20 bucks is a steal, considering how rare it is.

    Keep an eye on e-bay... another might pop up some day.
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    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    The rogues gallery of OZ Safari MOTO winners...

    Chappie 1985, 87, 89 with HONDA
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    AJC 1986 on Yamaha
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    Mick 1988 privateer Dominator special.
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    & 1993... Kawasaki
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    Hedge
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    1990 privateer XR6.
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    ... and 1991, 92, 94, 95, 96... all on HONDA MPE
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    Andy H 1997 KTM
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    Greeny 1999 GHR HONDA
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    Andy C 2000... KTM
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    ... & 2001, 02, 03 factory orange.
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    JC in 2004 with GHR
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    Grabbo 2007 & 2008... with GHR
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    ... and 2010 on KTM
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    Jake S 2009 and 2012 with GHR
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    and 2019 on Husqvarna
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    Todd S 2011 with GHR
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    The Smith brothers...
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    These three... Grabbo, Jake and Todd... pretty much dominated most of the three podium positions of all the WA Safari's from 2007 through to 2012...
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    Then Rod F got the job done for Yamaha in 2013 & 14...
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    ... and again in 2017 & 18
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    GTinAus nutsplitter

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    Seeing this thread resurface, bought on a rash of nostalgia.

    Gave me a hankering to watch some old videos, but the quality is deteriorating, as they have not been aired for nigh on 20 years.
    So I have started to digitize , and touch up the faded colour a little.

    Going to take a while, although I have found a few of the latter ones (NSW ones & most WA ones) missing. Must have lent them, but cannot remember who to.

    Also found a lot of behind the scenes photos we took, may post some, most do not have bikes in them, but shows what went on during surveys and around the camp at night.

    Unfortunately, or fortunately, Troy, I don't have photographic evidence of multiple punctures at once, or broken front springs.
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  9. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    How about when we jumped the buffalo wallow up @ Seven Emu that time in 1988... the one with the big handbag in it... geezes how Bob jumped when he poked that stick in to check the depth...! :rofl

    ... or the pebble removal with your special firecrackers, up in the range between Aileron and Laramba...? :evil
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  11. david61

    david61 Queue, a word with 4 silent letters....

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    Just an observation, I well aware that KTM know how to screw a winning bike together, but from what I can see of the wiring harness, it seems covered in really cheap open connectors. I would've expected sealed "Deutsch, Weatherpack" or similar across a bike like that, but of lot of the connector/wiring are exposed to dust/moisture. Seems odd...
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    You're not the first to make that observation David.

    While I thought the wiring on my old LC4's was okay... in recent years I note there have been more and more criticisms of the wiring looms on the LC8 950/990 and Superenduro... the 690 R's in particular seem to get repeated criticisms... and most recently a close friend of mine purchased a 2018 model ex-DAKAR 450 Rallye... and the first thing he saw fit to do was to "foolproof the chintzy wiring" (as he put it).

    As modern bikes get more and more electrics/electronics on board, you'd think that this would be an area of improvement... but still we see the same "clip together" sugar cubes are commonplace. I dunno...? Maybe what a manufacturer spends on "bold new graphics" can be saved with inexpensive connectors... but that doesn't sound as good in the brochures... does it ?
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  13. enookway

    enookway Are we having fun yet?

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    A few years ago Boltons had Comas 09 Dakar 690 on the floor.
    https://www.bikesales.com.au/editorial/details/2009-dakar-winning-bike-lobs-in-oz-17914/

    While it was an awe inspiring alter of godliness to be in the prescence of, closer inspection revealed quite a few brackets and bits of hardware that did not look like they came from the worlds no 1 offroad motorcyle factory.
    Not agricultural by any means, but not what I would have expected.
    Maybe racing bike R&D is like any industry: "Nothings as permanent as a temporary job that works".

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    ^^^
    Looks a bit too shiny and new to be 'Comas' dakar winning bike'
    Almost looks like a replica of a Dakar winning factory replica doesnt it?
    Seems a bit lacking in ingrained dirt dust and rub marks....... although, I guess it could be.

    A bit like Tobys 'DAKAR WINNING 450' that was on display at Bright at the 2016 KTM rally. Chatting to Toby, that bike was still at the factory. It was a repro, and (like the above) had no signs of wear in the places you would normally expect- footpegs, fuel tanks, engine cases. His winning bike was handed to him some months later, after KTM had pulled it down and inspected every mm of it for wear assessment etc.

    Andy Caldecotts (RIP) 2006 bike that he crashed, ending his life, was a total wreck.
    Talking to those that know, the factory engine was pulled, tanks and subframe replaced, as was the nav tower that was KO'd.
    The bike that got back here and was sold was closer to the consumer/garden variety rally replica.

    At the pointy end of the field, I guess the factory are very careful about what is actually let loose after the event.
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    ^^ If the Bikesales.com.au article that Ennokway linked is correct... then that means that there is an ex-factory Repsol/RedBull KTM KTM 690/700 Rallye with Marc Coma's #2 DAKAR livery on it... somewhere in Australia in private ownership... :1drink :ear
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    Coma’s great rival Cyril at the ‘11 Safari... I was lucky to get this snap as he wasn’t here long ...
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  17. enookway

    enookway Are we having fun yet?

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    I just had a closer look at that article, dated 2010 (not the 1st April either).

    I saw it in 2015. Maybe old mate who allegedly bought it traded up to Meonis 950:D.
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    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    I recall that Mudboi wore the French military flag on his riding jacket for that Safari... :norton

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    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    If you look closer at the other pictures in the article... it shows that the bike has scuff marks and rally "patina" on it... remember that Comas factory bike after a DAKAR is realistically only 14 or 15 days old... and fettled by a factory machanic every night with service bits and pieces (in the event he did bin it)... you can see some scuffing on the cases and rally side number plates...

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    ... on the bar clamps where the (ASO) Irritrack mounting frame would have been...

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    Here is a pic of Coma on the same bike in the 2009 DAKAR...

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    I recon it's legit. :nod

    ... it would be really interesting to know where (in Australia ?) it is now...? :ear
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    Or if it was only here on a world tour.... who paid for it to visit?