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Discussion in 'Australia' started by poppy, Oct 24, 2017.
Good on the Tassie bloke for wearing his flannie.
great pic showing all there
but i thought it was find wally pic
Epic images... takes me back to what the original "Oz Safari" was like -
(pre-1995 - before teams were allowed their service crew vehicles and the like)
Looks like it was a "ride of a lifetime" for many...
Well done to Liesky and the KTM mob... I'd say...
all the guys I talked to tonight said it was a great ride and don’t know what all the fuss is about.
Sounds like they were looking thru rosey (Orange tinted) coloured glasses!
Reports I've heard were that there a few 'dickheads' that fucked it up for a lot of others by passing unsafely in the dust making it dangerous.
I'm all for having a crack and boy racing, but not if it is at detriment of others.
A fair number pulled-out for various reasons - not sure of final numbers.
I think the emergency services and police involved on day one might have found the 'fuss' necessary to prevent more carnage.
Overall it sounds like it was a good Rallye tho.
glass half empty/glass half full... rose coloured (orange tint) goggles vs. green eyes of envy... Corporate PR team beating the drum (understandable) - butt hurt participants and distressed family members woeful about the the aftermath (understandable also)... "fun police" condemning an event they've only read about, and "invested parties" defending an event they were a part of...
All of these varied and - to the casual observer - seemingly opposed perspectives; you can find examples of; both on facebook, in here and on instagrams of various forms - over the last week...
The "truth" about just how the whole show went down is probably a mixture of all these different perspectives, to be honest - somewhere in the middle... Some good, some not so good... and yes - some bad. A bit like any real life scenario really?
Only those that were actually there, really know what went down, where and when... and with an event as large and widespread as this one, it is fair to say that there are likely a number of incidents that many were not directly involved or aware of... so "hearsay" plays a big part... it is all pluses and minuses. I dare say that KTM and the organisation will be looking over all of these in the near future...
In the meantime, this fan of the outback will just have to enjoy the images of what appears to have been an epic adventure across some amazing country... the "powers that be" will have to look after the matter of tidying up the loose ends - now that the fun is done...
Have had bit of an update from my man on the ground. Ok a bloke I know who's finished the epic.
Unfortunately some of what we've heard appears to be true. Perhaps not to the dramatic extents reported though.
Some people were probably being dusted when it wasn't necessary. Riders have passed then pulled back in instead of staying on the downwind side of the road. This could just be inexperience rather than deliberate discourtesy, who knows.
Maybe up to 40 riders pulled out. Remember this is a second hand guess, so it's not in concrete. These guys may have just thought that this was not for me, or friends of the few injured or whatever. They may have been for whatever reason unhappy with the event I'm sure more on this will come out.
Now without doubt the most disappointing thing here is the crapping.
Apparently someone dropped one within about a metre of another riders swag. Really. He should have been dragged through it.
By the sound of it though it wasn't a bad event all things told. Only had a couple of days that were a challenge of any kind, day 1 and day 3 I believe, with the others more transport. but some people love that crap, endless miles of easy dirt roads.
Didn't stack up against the first two as far as the riding was concerned and I think for that the High Country event still rules supreme.
I don't think this will be the end of the KTM rallies as some were surmising. They are still learning and they will only get better at it.
A "rub the puppies nose in it" photo op would have been priceless...
Nah Troy, what l would’ve done is waited to the fella went to bed, hand in plastic bag, picked up the land mine and wiped it on his hand grips.
The look on his face the next morning would have been priceless.
It works well for BMW and HD so it only makes good business sense that they copy them and reap the same rewards.
She could rub her poor all over me.
Yep, it's definitely primed...
Just catching up after finishing the Rallye and watching Finke.
Had a ball on the Rallye, some hard days, some dusty ones, some sand, some distance, some amazing sights, heaps of fun.
Yes, it was dusty. Yes, it got dustier if someone passed you. Yes, we all rode too fast to start at times. Yes, we got a talking to about calming down and showing other riders some respect. Yes, some pulled out and some were unfortunately injured. I binned it hard but kept going and straightened out the bike. Yes, we took shits in the bush. Yes, someone dropped one within about 10m of camp, once, and again it was spoken about and didn’t happen again. Yes, the organisation and logistics were awesome. Yes, the mechanics were awesome. Yes, Tyres for Bikes worked overtime. Yes, we ate sausages every day. Yes, we had chopper and fixed wing support. Yes, Careflight and RFDS came in a couple of times - the rest of the evacs were done with the ride support choppers and vehicles.
I enjoyed it, and the organisers should be very proud of what they planned and executed from my perspective as a participant.
Best you clean the air filter now I think.
Final numbers, almost, will confirm later! 27 non-finishers. 7 taken to hospital, only three admitted. Many others pulled out, too hard? Sore from falls?? Two riders, with broken bikes did not finish. Some were able to finish on KTM’s bikes. Epic!!
The last big ride I did that was anything like this was ADVx in 2015, but that was a vastly different format to the rally this year, where we were all catered for & had full tech, tyre, fuel & filter support & that cant be understated. I feel compelled to give a big shout out to the KTM Techs & the boys from Tyres for Bikes, cos I know of at least 2 nights that they worked till round 1am fitting tyres & fixing shit, unbelievable......... & also, the motorex team that were on hand for air filter servicing who were also superb, a lot of blokes had paid for the filter exchange program, but I just washed & re oiled my rotty pre filters everyday, so they made my life very easy.
Yep there were some knobs present unfortunately & by about the 2nd or 3rd day, you knew who to avoid & personally I thought it was pretty ordinary that grown men had to be read the riot act at one point for the misdemeanours of the fuckwit few, but unfortunately theres no filter to who pays their money to come along.
Having said that tho, we meet some crackin blokes just the same & some nights we laughed till we were blue in the face spinning yarns over a beer or ten, so rather than dwell on the negatives, of which I felt there were very few, Id just like to commend KTM for a superbly run event & for NSP for giving us access to some unique parts of the world & not to mention for showing us how they do bike recovery NT style. Great ride.