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Title: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on February 05, 2011, 04:36:29 pm
Hi there Guys.
I will try and keep you guys updated as to my Progress as things come along.
 
I have been asking a lot of questions and quite frankly irritating the crap out of the guys who know what happens in the challenge as well as those that have some experience.

I have broken My challenge into three parts. (I call it MY challenge because I am doing this SOLO, in many ways)

Part one: Myself
I like most people am carrying far too much weight than what I should be. Ill blame it on the good life. Too much Beer and Braai`s! On top of this I have been a lazy and under active for the last 10 years of my life. Golf is not an activity but rather a Hobby to have a good time out with mates and Drink loads of the before mentioned Beers.
Having bought my off-road bike 2 years ago I found the enjoyment again of a full physical activity.
So for training I was roped into RPM (Spinning) and Rowing by two of my friends Phil and Mark. I have pretty much kept up with this as well as much riding as I can handle or the missus puts up or whichever comes first.
I think that I am on the right track as when I started I could barely manage 3 laps on a motocross track and now I can manage about 30 minutes.


Part 2 : The Bike
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DSC_3967.jpg)
I have opted to use my 2007 CRF 450 X which has previously done the challenge with Englishman Chris Jackson as the Rider. Although the bike has done the challenge before I did not get all of the Rally equipment with the Bike when I bought it from Chris.

There have been a number of things that I needed to get here is the rough list:
1.   Wheels – I have opted to buy HAAN rims with has a Cush or Cushion drive built into the rear wheel
 
I chose these rather than the Talon Rims as the Cush drive seems to be better built. I have bought the set of rims from Gecko Motorcycles here in Dubai.
2.   Tires- I have opted to get the Metzeler 6 Days Extreme tires which are FIM homologated. I imported these from Guildford tires in the UK. Nice bunch of guys and really willing to do Business.
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DC%202011/DSC_7571.jpg)
 
3.   Bash Plate with Water Tank – I have gone with Force accessories bash plate with built in 3 litre water tank for emergency ration as per the FIM regulations. I imported this From Force in Australia.
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DC%202011/DSC_7573.jpg)
4.   Exhaust – When I bought the bike it had a Yoshimura Exhaust. It was how ever missing the low noise insert which I managed to get from Yoshimura RD in the USA.
5.   Engine – After speaking to everyone and getting their thoughts around the Engine I have decided to rebuild the Entire motor. So I have ordered basically everything except the casings for the bike. Time permitting I will include a post or three about the Bike Build including the Engine Build.
6.   Road book – I have bought the MD Road book which is made by Marco Delapagne. After a long search I made contact with Marco who in turn suggested I buy the road book through Rally Raid Services in the UK. Along with the road book I Ordered the Road book ICO bracket as well as the Switch.
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DC%202011/DSC_7576.jpg)
7.   ICO – I found ICO in the USA and they were willing to supply the unit to me.
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DC%202011/DSC_7577.jpg)
8.   Fuel Tanks – I have decided to buy Safari Tanks from RV Aqualine in Australia. I opted to get the 21 Litre front and the 8 litre Rear tank. I hope that this balances the bike a little bit.
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/tank.jpg)
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/show_image_in_imgtag.jpg)
9.   I have bought Renthal Sprockets and a D.I.D  Chain.


 Part 3 – Rally Logistics
There are a number of things that need to be listed here. Here goes my list
a.   Rally License – I have a UAE racing license that needs to be upgraded to an international license. The main things required are an Echocardiogram, ECG and Optometrist assessment of your eyes. In short the FIM want to know that I am not going to have a heart attack and if this passes they then require me to see where I am going.

b.   GPS, Sentinel, Irritrac – There are brackets and a number of plugs that are required to position these systems onto the bike. These are all available from ERTF and I have just received the order forms. Which I will be ordering shortly. The Deposits are quite hectic in value as just the Sentinel deposit is 1500 euro with a rental fee of 300 Euro for the event.

c.   Rally Support – As I said earlier this is MY Challenge. So I am supporting myself. I will be going marathon style and doing all my own servicing and repairs (hopefully very few repairs).

i.   Air filters, I have bought enough air filters for every day, so no washing and oiling filters every day.
ii.   Oil and Oil filters for Every Day.
iii.   Tires to be changed after Day 3
iv.   2 sets of Spare Tubes in case of Punctures. In case you were thinking about mousse we rarely have any Punctures in the desert so in order to keep the weight down I will not use Mousse.
v.   LOCTITE – Lots of it!
My daily routine should consist of and is not limited to:
i.   Climb off Bike.
ii.   Remove Bash plate and Drain Oil.
iii.   Replace Oil Filter.
iv.   Change Air Filter.
v.   Adjust and Lubricate the Chain
vi.   Check tire pressures.
vii.   Eat and Sleep. (I am quite slow so there will probably be no time for anything else)

It is at this point that I wish to make my objective for MY Challenge very Clear. As it is a challenge I wish to finish MY Challenge. I would only like to finish, the position is not of prime importance. It would also be a bonus if I finish in one piece, I don’t mind a few bumps or bruises and well maybe a little Saddle sore but only a little.
 
I will start posting about training rides as well as my bike build.

Does any one object to me putting it into this thread?



Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Pistonpete on February 05, 2011, 05:26:17 pm
You go on right ahead.... :)
All the best for you and those in support  :thumleft:

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Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Buff on February 05, 2011, 05:34:29 pm
Subscribed.  Sounds like an awesome challenge, good luck  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: edgy on February 05, 2011, 05:39:06 pm
Fantastic! Count me in! :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kreef on February 05, 2011, 07:54:54 pm
 :happy1:
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on February 05, 2011, 08:12:54 pm
Hi there.
I had received an email from a friend two weeks ago asking if i would like to do a Desert Challenge training ride up in Liwa. Now for you folks who do not know the UAE Liwa is an Oasis surrounded by the Start of the Empty quarter. Empty because there is absolutely nothing there.
The requirements were a Bike with and Autonomy of 180+ Km. Seeing that i have an Acerbis 24Litre tank i took some time to install the tank and the bash plate with water holder. I figured it would be a good time to see what the bike feels like with a big ass tank on it and to see if the bash plate would actually have an effect on cresting dunes

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DSC_8031.jpg)

We rented a room in the Liwa Hotel  and the plan was to leave work on Thursday after work and then to drive  up to Liwa which is 285km Away from Dubai.
In the end I was going to ride with a gent whom I had never met before. His name is Matthew Trehey. He had attempted the challenge last year but had a bad fall and broke his leg on Day 3. Along with Matt came Willem who i had the pleasure of riding with previously.

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DSC_8023.jpg)

Matt is on the Left with His CRF 450 X and Wilem is on his KTM 690 Rallye.
We set off on a 50 km Liason to the Starting point, Then with 175km leg to the refuelling point where we asked our lovely wives to come with Fuel and Refreshments.
I figured it would be a good ride but best to take it easy as if things were to go wrong it would take about 8 hours to get a vehicle in to assist or get us out.
The Route
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/LiwaTrack1.png)
The Track on google earth.
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/LiwaTrack.png)
The three of us setting off
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DSC_8026.jpg)
Now here is something that i found interesting, the elevation profile of our ride in places you will be able to see Descents of 80+ meters. Huge dunes that we had to go down, Luckily not up as that would destroy most any machine.
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Liwaverticalprofile.jpg)
Here is a little Video to top it all off.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/XPDXU6mnpNc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Sorry i seem to be a little faster than You tube.

<iframe title="YouTube video player" width="480" height="390" src="
" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

The Stats:
Distance covered : 385km
Travelling Time : 7hrs27 Min
Ave Speed : 53 Km/hr

Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Pistonpete on February 05, 2011, 08:16:29 pm
Wow...you have our attention!  :thumleft:

Is that 690 R in black?
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Rough Rider on February 05, 2011, 08:18:18 pm
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Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: BlueBull2007 on February 05, 2011, 08:20:50 pm
Excellent!! :hello2:

That looks suspiciously like one of the stages from Last years DC...  :deal:

I really hope you can show us your engine rebuild as well!

You need to add one more thing to your daily mechanical work: Check all bolts on the bike, especially your nav gear. I would do that daily. I would not worry about lubricating the chain in the desert, the sand will just make a grinding paste.

Do you really need 28l capacity on the DC?
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: BlueBull2007 on February 05, 2011, 09:47:02 pm
I here is your video embedded, looks like really nice riding.

http://www.youtube.com/v/XPDXU6mnpNc&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on February 06, 2011, 12:13:32 pm

Is that 690 R in black?
It sure is a black one. It was actually used by James West a couple of years ago when i am told , he achieved a third place on this bike.
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on February 06, 2011, 12:18:44 pm
Do you really need 28l capacity on the DC?
Hey BlueBull.

In the regs one requires a 200 km Autonomy and as my experience goes in tough areas I could not get 100 km from a 12 Litre tank. So i worry that if i only have a 21 litre tank i may run short of Fuel and as my experience goes it is not nice to watch your fellow competitors flying past you becuase you have run out of fuel.

Cheers
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: BlueBull2007 on February 06, 2011, 12:30:29 pm
Yeah, okay 200km would definitely justify bigger tanks, you only have to get lost once, and you would wish you had more.

How did you find that trip of yours, were you tired at the end of it? Or was your recovery period quite fast.
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Aquatic on February 06, 2011, 02:56:39 pm
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Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on February 06, 2011, 03:04:45 pm
How did you find that trip of yours, were you tired at the end of it? Or was your recovery period quite fast.
I Found the trip over all to be a little easier than what i was expecting. With our Baja that we have here it is basically a 200 Km Motocross track which after that I am usually poked afterwards and if we race a dual header I can barely walk for 3 days afterwards.

I think the main Difference is that the route has to accommodate cars and Trucks.

Secondly the Sand is going to be hugely different as it is quite compacted now because of the winter weather making it easier for the bike to track but very skittish on the throttle. I found myself going sideways when when the ground was not horizontal.

The Huge Dunes are going to be a nightmare in the start of Summer as the i predict a couple of riders are going to go over the bars when the front digs in! For those who have never done this the warning "Do not try this at Home " Applies. I feel that i need to work on going down the 50 - 90 Meter Dunes as i loose a shit load of time being weary of the impact at the bottom.

As for the Recovery i found i was fine the next morning, A little back pain from standing. I have to work on getting my Bars raised by at least another 30 mm.

I could have easily had another day. I must admit though after reading your RR i see what you mean about the Liason`s. Geez it is a little boring. I have the ultimate urge to wring the crap out of the throttle and get back as fast as possible. How ever riding on Tar does destroy the Tires quite quickly and on a budget I cannot afford a set of tires every day!
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on February 07, 2011, 07:25:14 pm
Ok so today was a quiet day as my work is interfering with my planning. Seems i am actually paid to do some work and well the company is the reason that i am fortunate enough to take on this challenge.

So i suppose this is where I say thank you to them "THANK YOU!!"

Today i spent a little time working through these Documents so that i actually order the correct items, Have a look for yourself!

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Iritrac%20%20GPS%20Order%20forms/Sentinel1.jpg)

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Iritrac%20%20GPS%20Order%20forms/Sentinel2.jpg)

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Iritrac%20%20GPS%20Order%20forms/Irritracorderform1.jpg)


(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Iritrac%20%20GPS%20Order%20forms/Irritracorderform2.jpg)

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Iritrac%20%20GPS%20Order%20forms/Irritracorderform3.jpg)

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Iritrac%20%20GPS%20Order%20forms/TdCom1.jpg)

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Iritrac%20%20GPS%20Order%20forms/TdCom2.jpg)

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Iritrac%20%20GPS%20Order%20forms/TdCom3.jpg)

I should be getting this order in by the end of this week!
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: tau on February 08, 2011, 08:48:38 am
Lekker kenesis

All that GPS antennas and irritrack stuff is what worries me.

More please
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Hoofseun on February 08, 2011, 01:34:43 pm
This is excellent, share more!

Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on February 08, 2011, 02:25:32 pm
All that GPS antennas and irritrack stuff is what worries me.

More please
Hey Tau.

I took a short cut and spoke to a lovely lady here at the ATCUAE who has been dealing with this for years.

Iritrack
The Iritrack basically comes as one kit which is 117.05 Euros and the rental of 350 and deposit of 1500 plus 117.06 for shipping. Yes these prices are in euros. This is everything that you require for Iritrack.

The GPS and Sentinel are on the next form and theyou require a number of items.

GPS

GPS Rental 215 Euro.
GPS Antennae 70 Euro
GPS Power Supply cable 49.80 Euro
GPS Support Bracket 86 Euro ( This is the ERTF Bracket that they always refer to)

Sentinel

Sentinel Rental 115 Euro
Sentinel Power cable 15 Euro
Sentinel Buzzer 100dB 45 Euro
Sentinel mounting bracket 45 euro

Plus do not forget the Deposits of  1000 euro for the GPS and 500 Euro for the Sentinel.

So basically it works out to 3000 Euro`s in Deposits and 1224.91 euro`s in Rental and Purchase prices for what one needs.

Hope this helps.
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: tau on February 09, 2011, 09:02:04 am
Sjoe almost R40000 for nav equipment :o

So if I am right you own the MD roadbook, ICO, mount bracket for GPS and the antennas?

Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: tau on February 09, 2011, 09:04:01 am
GPS repeater?????
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: KAT-WP on February 09, 2011, 09:17:48 am
Brilliant stuff Kenesis :biggrin:

Will keep an eye out on ur progress.  Good luck with ur preparations for this ride.  So much 2 prepare & paperwork..not 2 mention the costs
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Crossed-up on February 09, 2011, 09:37:22 am
We're watching this with admiration, trepidation, envy etc etc.  Good luck, Kenesis!
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on February 09, 2011, 01:43:46 pm
Sjoe almost R40000 for nav equipment :o

So if I am right you own the MD roadbook, ICO, mount bracket for GPS and the antennas?


Tau you are correct.

Please remember that the 3000 Euro deposit gets returned to you should you have not destroyed the unit during the event. I only know of 1 person that had to pay for this as his entire bike burnt out on the start of day 3 in 2007.

One day when i am Brave enough to calculate the costs I will Publish them for you all to see. I think i have saved a huge amount of the costs by buying the items Direct from the Vendors.
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on February 09, 2011, 01:45:49 pm
GPS repeater?????
GPS repeater or CAP Repeaters are for the Serious guys like Coma and Despres. Mainly only used in the Dakar rally. I spoke to Sean Gaugain about them yesterday, it sounds very Difficult and involved.
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on February 09, 2011, 01:55:39 pm
Ok Guys. had a little bit of Progress Today. I went past Honda to get all my Engine Parts  for the Bike. A little premature but I prefer not to leave everything until the last minute.

I am Planning to Strip the Bike on the 2nd of March.

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/ac158533.jpg)

In order for me to tell you what i am replacing it is maybe easier to tell you what is not being replaced.

So from the Top:
1. Cam Cover
2. Cam Shafts
3. Cylinder head
4. Left Engine Casing
5. Right Engine Casing
6. Counter balancer
7. Primary Drive Shaft
8. Both Gearbox shafts
9. Flywheel
10. Starter Motor
11. Kick starter Ass.

Well that is basically that.

I have been reading up on the FIM Homologations and i see that I am allowed to work on the head. I figured i would just clean the ports up and give it one hell of a polish.

Photos will follow when i Start the work.

Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: ROOI on February 09, 2011, 02:58:02 pm
Exccelent
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: tau on February 09, 2011, 03:20:09 pm
Cleaning all them casings are fun loctite ultra grey is your friend. ;D

I would love to C your cockpit when all the nav gear is fitted.
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on February 10, 2011, 11:36:00 am
Ok Guys i started work on my NAV tower last night. Basically just geting to fit the parts together.

Here is the bracket for the Roadbook and ICO. Grommets Installed.

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/d90b10c6.jpg)

Here is the Road Book opened with Grommets installed

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/9a8e8554.jpg)

Here is the Roadbook attached to the Bracket

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/91653a04.jpg)

Here is the Roadbook has been attached to the Main Instrument Bracket.

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/6f560c5b.jpg)

Here i have Installed the ICO.

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/2454957d.jpg)

Side Profile

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/c5703c85.jpg)

Here is the Bracket for for the ICO and Roadbook Switches

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/24983936.jpg)

and here is the unit complete

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/922daaf9.jpg)

Sadly i do not think that i will have much building that i am going to do this week end as I will be racing in the Ajman Enduro. Nothing beats a little sadlle time on the bike!
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: tau on February 10, 2011, 11:39:18 am
Whoop whoop lekker man.

Thx for the pics they are helping me get my ideas refined. Making the mounting plate for the roadbook and ICO is a possibility(cheap me..)
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: wiledog_X on February 10, 2011, 11:57:53 am
awesome stuff kenisis! subscribed!!!
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Skaiidawg on February 13, 2011, 06:28:25 am
I will be racing in the Ajman Enduro. Nothing beats a little sadlle time on the bike!


Bad news from Kenesis, during the 3 hour endurance race last Friday just after CP2, Al hit a piece of concrete that was under the sand  >:(, did a handstand on the handlebars and the result is a broken collar bone :( He might get an operation today but as of yesterday is undecided what is best. I will keep you posted.
Title: Re: My 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on February 13, 2011, 07:55:30 am
Hi there Guys.

As you can see from SkaiiDawgs earlier post I had a little mishap on my 14th Lap of the Ajman Enduro.

I was having an awesome race and for my standards I was flying! I know that i was definately 4th in my class at the time. Even possibly in 3rd due to the Guy in third running on a 6 litre tanks and i was on a 12 litre tank meaning that i only have to stop every 8 laps versus his 3 - 4 laps.

I came out of Check point 2 and went hard onto the gas as 100 Meters away was a one storey high Dune that was awesome to jump up and  about halfway while i was siting on my butt i hit a Concrete Block that as many of you know the front wheel loves to go over forcing the rear shock to compress and then send you flying into the sky!

It all happened so fast that i felt my Spine compress and the next thing I was almost over the bars  when i came crashing down on my left side. I felt the blow to my shoulder and heard the snapping noise and well the rest is History.

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/Clavicle.jpg)

I have been to our Hospital for Xrays and I have finally opted not to have the Operation to plate the Clavicle. I am assured that it will grow back in 3 to 6 weeks and then it will take upto 20 weeks for it to heal properly!

This means that i am with drawing my entry to this years Abu Dhabi desert Challenge and I make it my 2012 Challenge to do the Desert Challenge or maybe even go to Egypt or Tunisia depending on their political stability at the time!

I cannot begin to describe my feelings at the moment as i have gone from euphoria to an all time low! How ever i would like to thank my Family, Specially my Wife( yes Babes I promise to only hurt myself and not kill myself! You wont be getting rid of me that easily!) and my Freinds for all your support in the last 2 days!
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Aquatic on February 13, 2011, 01:06:04 pm
What shitty luck. Really sorry to hear.
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Pistonpete on February 13, 2011, 02:10:15 pm
Really sorry to hear this! Was looking forward to your racing adventures...heal well :)
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: KAT-WP on February 14, 2011, 09:11:04 am
Damn thats crap news.....glad ur more or less ok.

I had 2 ribs plated while back cause they just would not mend alone in 4-6 wk period.  It was worth plating in the end.  1 wk later i was back on my bike.  Think bout the plating option :thumleft: 
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: letsgofishing on February 14, 2011, 09:54:44 am
Damn thats crap news.....glad ur more or less ok.

I had 2 ribs plated while back cause they just would not mend alone in 4-6 wk period.  It was worth plating in the end.  1 wk later i was back on my bike.  Think bout the plating option :thumleft: 

+1

I had a compound fracture of my CB - took nearly 12 weeks to knit properly - but then, I'm an old fart  :D
Whichever route you go, I hope it heals soon!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: BlueBull2007 on February 26, 2011, 04:06:40 pm
Only read this now, thats bloody terrible news brother....I was so looking forward to your rally this year too. Hey, it gives you more time to prepare physically and practice for next year I guess.

Youre still going to carry on with the rebuild or will that also be on hold?

How is your collarbone doing?

Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on February 26, 2011, 06:49:29 pm
Hey Guys.

Sorry there is still no good news regarding my Collar bone. Took an x-ray again on Thursday and Surprise surprise it is still broken. I have to seriously consider getting the plate and Screws put in. In Hind sight i should have just done it that way the first time around and I could possibly started riding this week.

Ok enough about the depressing stuff.

I am goint to continue the build on my bike. My Safari tanks have arrived and  all the new plastics.

Here is the Before Pic.
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/4c13f08d.jpg)
Some of the parts
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/b118bc6d.jpg)

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/22d3bb45.jpg)
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/a4df0049.jpg)
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/a7caabb7.jpg)


Bike Naked!

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/c366bf35.jpg)

New Tank. I had to change my Radiator guuards with the new Force guards that came with the tank.

Old Guards

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/c8c66673.jpg)

The New guards

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/9b212689.jpg)

The Tank on.

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/d4480553.jpg)

The new rear plastics

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/6b540ed6.jpg)

As i do more i will post !

Cheers
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: tau on February 26, 2011, 09:36:08 pm
very nice how big is that front tank?
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on February 27, 2011, 11:05:10 am
very nice how big is that front tank?
It is a 21 Litre Tank at the Front!
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: BlueBull2007 on February 27, 2011, 03:27:41 pm
Its looking very nice, bud.
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: g1_ on March 02, 2011, 04:32:35 pm
Sorry to hear about your accident. Hope it comes together for 2012  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on March 05, 2011, 04:09:13 pm
Alrighty then. I went and had a chat with my Orthopaedic Surgeon and I Basically asked him to operate and plate my Clavicle as it was over 2 weeks and nothing! He went on how I am impatient and these things doo take time. I think he doesnt get the bit where i have a Time line and my bones arent coming to the party!

Feeling a little down I Took my Daughter for a Riding Lesson yesterday on her newly aquired Deal of the Decade KX 85! Ill Get into that later!

I took my bike for a ride the first since my Fall and Sadly it is an awesome bike and it give me a thrill, Sadly why becuase it I could feel the clavicle moving whilst i was Riding!

So today I decided to finish up on the Mock up.

I went and Bought a KTM Kill Switch and Horn and Installed it onto the ICO/Roadbook Control Bracket.


The Switch.


(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/09432923.jpg)

On The Bracket


(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/5e707d48.jpg)

Here I have Stripped the Front end down again!

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/875db3ab.jpg)

Here I have installed the main instrument bracket.

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/492aa01c.jpg)
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/0341fe3e.jpg)

Then With the Headlight fairing.

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/53bca1bf.jpg)

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/a6d6313d.jpg)

I will still have to make up a Fibrel glass cover to cover the Roadbool and to offer some wind protection whilst i am on the Highways!

Here is a pic of the rear Tank


(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/a22ccc57.jpg)
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 06, 2011, 03:37:11 am
I really like that braket, it looks strong and simple. Bike is looking great. So what is you fuel capacity now?

Does that rear tank need a fuel pump? I would be interested to see how you have set that up.
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on March 06, 2011, 09:20:46 am
I really like that braket, it looks strong and simple. Bike is looking great.
Thanks Boet! I like this setup as it is simple. It may not look as rallye as the JVO and Mecca Kits. It is how ever much cheaper!

So what is you fuel capacity now?
The Total Capacity is 28 Litres.


Does that rear tank need a fuel pump?
Luckily the rear tank doesnt need a pump. It works on the Siphoning effect where the carb is lower than the tank.

I would be interested to see how you have set that up.
I will post Pics when I Start with the Fuel lines and the Wiring of the systems.

 
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Aquatic on March 06, 2011, 12:27:46 pm
I see you doing your Nav equipment GHR Honda style
(http://www.motoonline.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/smith-dakar-practice.jpg)

Why not try contact then for a LED light and taller number plate
http://ghrhonda.dirtbike.com.au/contact-us/

If you need an Aussie contact/middle man, just shout
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on March 06, 2011, 02:42:52 pm
I see you doing your Nav equipment GHR Honda style
(http://www.motoonline.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/smith-dakar-practice.jpg)

Why not try contact then for a LED light and taller number plate
http://ghrhonda.dirtbike.com.au/contact-us/

If you need an Aussie contact/middle man, just shout
It looks almost the same as the setup that i am heading towards. To be honest with you i havent thought of the Headlight and the Top Fairing as yet.
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Aquatic on March 06, 2011, 02:50:34 pm
I see you doing your Nav equipment GHR Honda style
(http://www.motoonline.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/smith-dakar-practice.jpg)

Why not try contact then for a LED light and taller number plate
http://ghrhonda.dirtbike.com.au/contact-us/

If you need an Aussie contact/middle man, just shout
It looks almost the same as the setup that i am heading towards. To be honest with you i havent thought of the Headlight and the Top Fairing as yet.

All good mate.
Maybe even ask them what they thought of it. Would they change anything. What are the advantages/disadvantages of having that mount of weight on the bars?
If I recall correctly from the ADV Rider Dakar thread it is heavier on the stearing but lighter on the front wheel than the fairing tower.

Looking good by the way
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: tau on March 06, 2011, 07:44:11 pm
Kenesis she looka very nice the tanks look nice and compact. Hope you heal in time. I did a lekker ride today.Dunes and all
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on March 07, 2011, 09:54:20 am
Kenesis she looka very nice the tanks look nice and compact. Hope you heal in time. I did a lekker ride today.Dunes and all
Thank you Sir! If you need some serious dune training and you are in the vicinity of the UAE let me know i will organise for you!

Cheers
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on March 26, 2011, 01:24:30 pm
Hi there Gents.

Finally the last of my gear Arrived. My HAAN Wheels with the rear Cush Drive.

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/356932d6.jpg)

Here is a Pic of the Outside of the Cush Drive.

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/c4eb5a86.jpg)

Here is a Pic of the inside of the Cush drive system.

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/4c0427ce.jpg)

I willl post pics of the Bike with the rims on when I prepare to support my mates in 2 weeks time!


Cant Wait!
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on March 27, 2011, 08:46:27 am
OK Biys and Girls. It is now onto the interesting Stuff. Bikes should be on their way and teams are arriving this week.

Scrutineering is on Thursday and things are looking Pretty good except my name isnt on the entry list. But I will be their for some time!

Here is the 2011 Abudhabi Desert Challenge entry list

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/2011DCEntrylist.png)

There is one Junior that I would like you all to watch out for.

His name is Sam Sunderland on Bike Number 24. He is Uber fast and Super fit. If he can Navigate he will do very well.

The People that i am Rooting for



 Hopefully it all holds together.

I will be at the Super Special opener and I will post pics from there and then we will be joining the Bivouac on Tuesday to the End to get more Pics.

Apparently Eurosports will be having coverage of this years event.

If there is anything in particular that you would like to see please let me know.

AL
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Skaiidawg on March 28, 2011, 09:29:05 am

There is one Junior that I would like you all to watch out for.

His name is Sam Sunderland on Bike Number 24. He is Uber fast and Super fit. If he can Navigate he will do very well.

The People that i am Rooting for

  • James West
  • Hein van Der Merwe
  • Brittany Erasmus
  • Matthew Trehey
  • Sam Sunderland


 Hopefully it all holds together.

I will be at the Super Special opener and I will post pics from there and then we will be joining the Bivouac on Tuesday to the End to get more Pics.

Apparently Eurosports will be having coverage of this years event.

If there is anything in particular that you would like to see please let me know.

AL

See you there Al, I am in the support team for KTM UAE, driving their mechanics to CP's and startpoints....

Yes Sam is a young gun who I hope will do good...like you said hope his navigation is good.
Title: 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
Post by: Kenisis on March 30, 2011, 08:34:26 am
Ok Guys in the time is nearly apon us so i have decided to get some insight into some of the accesible people here in the UAE for the onslaught to the 2011 AbuDhabi Desert Challenge.

First off is Matthew Trehey, A good Englishman who if i have got it right is attempting his second desert Challenge after a DNF last year due to a broken leg where he had to be air lifted out of the desert.

I had the pleasure of riding with Matt about 2 months ago and I think that he is ready as long as he keeps his head and focus. The rally is after all 5 days long.

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DC%202011/206758_10150214325042506_551087505_9083273_4469506_n.jpg)

And his Sweet looking bike!

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DC%202011/190559_10150214325467506_551087505_9083281_4473286_n.jpg)

Good luck Mate!
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on March 30, 2011, 08:52:05 am
So now onto some seriously fast Gentlemen.

We have Team Al Yasi.

The Team consists of James West, Khalid Al Falasi and justin Taylor.

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DC%202011/188708_187466354625274_183618168343426_440612_6904049_n.jpg)

For those of you that do not know James. He is a very talented rider and very capable of winning this event. He shocked the world in 2007 by coming in 3rd behind Coma and Despres. He Also had a very good run on the 690 last year and now has opted to ride a WRF 450. He has also had very good success with the Baja 1000.

James has unfortunately had an inury 3-4 weeks ago where he has hurt his hand and when i spoke to him this morning he said that they had a good shake down ride this morning and his hand is feeling a litle weak so he is back on the bike all day today to regain some strength. What a legend!

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DC%202011/199067_210504458959681_205265286150265_848645_2813205_n.jpg)

Then there is Khalid.

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/99084641.jpg)

Khalid is a super fast Arab that can ride with the best in the world. As my memory serves he had a nast fall in 2008 where he hurt his back and missed out on last years event and now i am excited to say that he is back in the saddle.

I do not know much about Justin Taylor but as james told me earlier , Justin is very fast on the flat stuff! Coming from James this would probably mean that Justin could be a Top 10 Contender.

Here are some of the shakedown test photos!

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DC%202011/207461_210504332293027_205265286150265_848644_6614899_n.jpg)
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(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DC%202011/189977_210505318959595_205265286150265_848659_6166058_n.jpg)
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DC%202011/208671_210505435626250_205265286150265_848665_5976261_n.jpg)

Please let me know if you want me to get more!



Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Motties on March 30, 2011, 01:12:42 pm

Please let me know if you want me to get more!


Get more!!    :)
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: tau on March 30, 2011, 02:52:49 pm
Thx.

 JVO Yamaha.

Have you seen the bikes close-up??

Nou raak ek lus vir ry!!
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 02, 2011, 05:21:16 pm
OK Boys and Girls.

I drove to Abu Dhabi today to see the start of the Super Special. It was awesome.

I am going to appologise now as I have taken a Shit load of pics with my DSLR Camera and the Pics are going to Biiiiiiig I do not have time to get them all smaller.

I will start  posting them shortly!

Cheers

Al
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 02, 2011, 07:50:10 pm
Ok Here is the Starting order for the super special.

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DC%202011/Super20Special20Starting20Order_MOTO.jpg)
And here is the start of the pics! I tried to get a pic of each competitor for you guys!
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DC%202011/DSC_8200.jpg)
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Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 02, 2011, 07:55:10 pm
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Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 02, 2011, 08:00:34 pm
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Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 02, 2011, 08:03:30 pm
Now for some pics of my Mates

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DC%202011/DSC_8530.jpg)


(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DC%202011/DSC_8531.jpg)

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Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 03, 2011, 08:32:19 am
Alrighty then. They are off.

Here is the route for today.

Leg 1 "Al Gharbia" 290 KM  Abu Dhabi to Qasr al Sarab

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DC%202011/abu_dhabi_desert_challenge_route.jpg)

You can Follow the guys on

http://vulcain.iritrack.net/tdcom/eviewer/desertchallenge2011/

Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 03, 2011, 08:35:15 am
I assume that there is a problem with Bike No. 15 Justin Taylor. Been Standing Still for about 35 min now.

This could have something to do with the 147 Km/H that i saw him doing earlier.

Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 03, 2011, 11:16:56 am
 Bad News, maybe not really bad news but the Fuel truck did not arrive at PC 2 and the bikes could not refuel so they are going to Liason through to the bivouac. A bit crap for those who started slowly!
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Aquatic on April 03, 2011, 12:48:37 pm
Hey Kenisis

Some nice pics of the Husqys if you can/get a chance.......assumblief

Cheers
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 03, 2011, 01:05:04 pm
Thx.

 JVO Yamaha.

Have you seen the bikes close-up??

Nou raak ek lus vir ry!!
How Close do you want Boet?

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DC%202011/DSC_8533.jpg)

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DC%202011/DSC_8534.jpg)
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Aquatic on April 03, 2011, 04:22:34 pm
Hey Kenisis

Some nice pics of the Husqys if you can/get a chance.......assumblief

Cheers

Don't bother
I see they are the Dakakr BMW's with Husky badges
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 03, 2011, 05:55:22 pm
So after todays Joke of a hour and thirty minute late fuel delivery meant that the bike Field only completed upto PC 2 when they were directed to travel to the bivouac via liason.

Here are the results of the Days events. Funny how Marc Coma Reeled them all in.


(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DC%202011/viewer.jpg)

Leg 2 is 290 Km of the toughest Dunes that there is to See.
(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DC%202011/leg2_routemap.jpg)
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Motties on April 04, 2011, 09:30:31 am
Awesome pics! Did Brittany Erasmus finish stage 1? Cannot see her name on the list, but seems there may be a second page.
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 04, 2011, 05:08:50 pm
Awesome pics! Did Brittany Erasmus finish stage 1? Cannot see her name on the list, but seems there may be a second page.

I spoke to Brittany`s dad yesterday at around 3 and he told me that she had reached the service stop PC 2. So she had made it.

I am really impressed with her and she is chugging along for her finish in the challenge!

She also seems to have a good Day 2.
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 04, 2011, 05:17:52 pm
Leg 2`s Round Up.

Ride Report courtesy of my  Mate Matthew Trehey.

The first half of Day 2 was an awesome flowing sections with lovelly dunes to look at. After the refuel it became Technical with a lot of cresting Dunes.

In All a much nicer Day than day one.


So the Results from leg 2

(http://i797.photobucket.com/albums/yy257/kenisis/DC%202011/DcLeg2.jpg)

My Other Freind James West has had an Excellent day today despite his complaints of the Bike bottoming out consistenly. I hope he doesnt Rupture that rear tank!


I am leaving for the Bivouac at 12:00 tomorow. I will try and get you many more pics. I will try and post some stuff from there.

Cheers

Al
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Lew on April 05, 2011, 10:42:07 pm
I think this is one of the best reports on any thing i have read on this and other bike forums!!!What really makes me sick to my stomach is why is our rand so crap?I would give my left and right one to be able to build up a bike like that , any one in the pic's are welcome in my garage!!!I must go live in Dubai,I must go live in Dubai!!

Hope your shoulder works out ok for next race!!!!

Will be following this one fore sure.
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 07, 2011, 09:10:32 pm
Ok here is the Route map for Day 3

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I finally managed to Leave worka and my mate Sean Gaugain Asked me to Bring a spare bike through for them.

It is the bike in the middle. I have no idea why the Organisers were puzzled by it. Maybe its lack of wheels.

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Sean Organised for us to stay in their Camp, Thanks Boet!

Here are some Pics of the Gecko Team!

Sean
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Eric

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Brittany and Steve you

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The Al Yasi team came to Change tures with Mousse. Quite the tyre change i must say!
 Cameron and Joe

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Day 3 was not a good day for Sam Sunderland as his Motor gave out in the first part of the Stage. A quick repair was done and it was later found not good enough so they changed the Engine to which I was woken up at 02:30 when they went screaming around for an hour. Then it was Solid as a rock!

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Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 07, 2011, 09:30:48 pm
Day 4 had its own challenges. James west had opted not to Ride Day 3 due to the broken bones in his hand. It swelled up something unbelievable.

Here is the map of the days route.

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Pics of the Starters of Day 4.

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Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 07, 2011, 10:31:37 pm
We went to PC2 the service area and i took a couple of pics.

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Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 09, 2011, 06:42:24 pm
After we left the service area we went through to an under pass to get some pics of the guys as they came through.

Here are more:



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Have a look at This Awesome Jump from Aleksy Naumov.
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Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 09, 2011, 07:30:09 pm
I would like to bring to your attention about one young gent, Sam Sunderland. He is 21 Years old and he has made a HUGE impression on the world with his efforts here at the Abu Dhabi desert challenge.

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This is Sam`s first desert challenge and all i can say about him is that he is very fast. This last year through the Moto X season he literally laps every one. He is an ambassador for the sport helping to organise events, setting up routes etc.

As I said in one of my earlier posts is that Sam would do very well and i hope he can navigate! Sam has done just that.

Day one he took a steady start and completed the stage in 1hr 49 min and 2 sec which put him in 12th place some 23 min behind Marc Coma.
Day two Sam started at 08h19 in the morning and finished 1st in a time of 4hr 10 min 15 Sec some 13 min and 11 sec ahead of Marc Coma.
Day three was a very Disappointing day for Sam as a mechanical failure  prevented him from completing Stage 3 or 4 on Day 3. KTM UAE worked Feverishly to get the bike ready and I was woken up at 02h30 in the morning while some mad man raced around to run the bike in.
Day 4, Now this is where things get very interesting Even Marc Coma and Helder Rodriguez could not fathom what had transpired. So to Put it Simply Sam Started Day 4 at 08h08, 30 sec and Completed the stage in 4hrs 50min and 51 Sec which put him Ahead of Marc Coma by 28 Min and 36 Sec and 19 Min and 41 sec ahead of the second fastest for the day Ruben Faria.

Impressive Stuff!  GO SAM!
Some Pics

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Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 09, 2011, 07:43:04 pm
Sometimes we get to meet really nice people, I met Simon Pavey on Wednesday. Simon came through to see how Brittany was doing and lend her some support! We shared some Beers and I Braai`d for them. He really likes good `ol Boerewors and he really likes my rare Rump Steak.

There were many interesting conversations from bikes to the Dakar. Simon is a Legend! I must laugh though as one of the guys laid it on thick and Said that Simon is privileged to ride in the Dakar to which Simon said he was not as all it takes is a credit card! I think it was his way of saying that there are many ways to do the Dakar so do not take yourself out because of money!

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Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 09, 2011, 07:52:53 pm
I thought I would post this for Tau becuase of the JVO kit that he has bought for his bike.

Tau, Buddy I have some advice for you courtesy of Aal Yasi Racing!

This was one of the last pics taken of Khalids bike before he pulled a Ghost rider move on the bike!

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I am assuming that Khalid had the same problem as James with the Bike bottoming out due to the weak spring that they had installed as there was not enough time to get the correct springs for suspension setup. THe rear tire kept hitting the rear tank until it ruptured along with a backfire from the exhaust that set the bike alight!

So please Tau get your Suspension set up ASAP to prevent this happening to you!

Al
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: tau on April 09, 2011, 10:10:04 pm
Nice pics!!!!

I will install a YZ spring or something!!!

Did the bike catch fire?
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 09, 2011, 11:19:05 pm
Hey Al thanks for all the brilliant pocs and posts. Sorry I only posted now, but I have been away. Come on, there must be more stories you have as well!?


I am assuming that Khalid had the same problem as James with the Bike bottoming out due to the weak spring that they had installed as there was not enough time to get the correct springs for suspension setup. THe rear tire kept hitting the rear tank until it ruptured along with a backfire from the exhaust that set the bike alight!

So please Tau get your Suspension set up ASAP to prevent this happening to you!

Al

+1,000

Decent suspension is a must, not only for this but to give you the edge on a butt-clenching moments like those photees of Coma et al hitting that berm and landing front-wheel first in the soft stuff.


I love this shot, it emptomises racing; check out the spectator cowering in the background.  ;D

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Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Skaiidawg on April 10, 2011, 06:53:33 am
KTM UAE worked Feverishly to get the bike ready and I was woken up at 02h30 in the morning while some mad man raced around to run the bike in.


Alan sorry I woke you mate! but certain things got to be done.

After stage 2, which Sam Sunderland won, Sam told me about his off he had on a very tall dune, after jumping it and trying to safe the landing he put the bike down sideways and tried slide the bike down the dune, however the bike stuck to the side of the dune throwing him off and he rolled to the bottom of the dune with the bike stuck half way up! It took him 2 minutes to get back to his bike, drag it out and move on again!
That evening I was having dinner at the same table as Ruben Faria, Marc Coma and Helder Rodriques and all of them was talking about Sam. Ruben Faria mentioned this particular dune incident of Sam and said that the winning margin would have been even bigger was it not for that fall.
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Rough Rider on April 10, 2011, 10:22:04 am
Hey Al thanks for all the brilliant pocs and posts. Sorry I only posted now, but I have been away. Come on, there must be more stories you have as well!?


I am assuming that Khalid had the same problem as James with the Bike bottoming out due to the weak spring that they had installed as there was not enough time to get the correct springs for suspension setup. THe rear tire kept hitting the rear tank until it ruptured along with a backfire from the exhaust that set the bike alight!

So please Tau get your Suspension set up ASAP to prevent this happening to you!

Al

+1,000

Decent suspension is a must, not only for this but to give you the edge on a butt-clenching moments like those photees of Coma et al hitting that berm and landing front-wheel first in the soft stuff.


I love this shot, it emptomises racing; check out the spectator cowering in the background.  ;D

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You love it because  its a Husky  :drif:
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Would I? on April 10, 2011, 10:41:55 am
Great stuff and fantastic pics. Keep it coming.............
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 10, 2011, 11:08:53 am
Nice pics!!!!

I will install a YZ spring or something!!!

Did the bike catch fire?
Hey Tau. The bike Burnt to a cinder. I was told by Angelo that he thought that maybe the wheels and the rear spring  could be salvaged. Even the GPS and Sentinel and Irritracburnt, Sadly he wont get the deposit back from those.

You can buy Springs that handle a heavier load to cope with the extra fuel and gear through Factory Connection, BTO Sports, Dennis kirk Etc.

Tau you are gonna love the Dakar Boet!

Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 10, 2011, 11:13:19 am
Hey Al thanks for all the brilliant pocs and posts. Sorry I only posted now, but I have been away. Come on, there must be more stories you have as well!?


Quote
When i have time I will sit down and give some more of the last two Days!

Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: tau on April 10, 2011, 11:42:21 am
Nice pics!!!!

I will install a YZ spring or something!!!

Did the bike catch fire?
Hey Tau. The bike Burnt to a cinder. I was told by Angelo that he thought that maybe the wheels and the rear spring  could be salvaged. Even the GPS and Sentinel and Irritracburnt, Sadly he wont get the deposit back from those.

You can buy Springs that handle a heavier load to cope with the extra fuel and gear through Factory Connection, BTO Sports, Dennis kirk Etc.

Tau you are gonna love the Dakar Boet!



Thx Boet

I am in Namibia riding the WR. I have been doing soem tweespoor and rocky roads and the setup is pefect, however when I fit the JVO kit and all that weight it is back to square !.

The forks have been upgraded internally and they are working brilliantly.

The rear I will wan't a YZ spring as it is Titanium I had one on my old bike and it worked great. Also I can get them cheap. Funny how loosing 14kg changes stock suspension setup right into magic. My good friend and Mechanic Cecil Penny has been working on my suspension since forever so he knows what I like and need. We make everything HARD and slower rebound and static sag at 95.

Shame If my JVO bike burned I would cry lioke a baby!!!!!!!

Cool pics thx it looks like it was a sprint race everyday.
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Skaiidawg on April 10, 2011, 12:33:49 pm
Here are some pictures I took.

Our camp - KTM UAE

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Service bays - Empty and full

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Factory team service bays for Coma & Faria

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some racing pictures

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the resort Qasr Al Sarab

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Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 10, 2011, 06:51:24 pm
 :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif:


BTW did you get to chat to Kuba Pzygonski? He is a great rider, also quite young, and a helluva good ou too. Its good to see him racing again, he broke his wrist two weeks before the Dakar this year so could not compete.

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Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Skaiidawg on April 11, 2011, 09:43:16 am
BTW did you get to chat to Kuba Pzygonski?

Unfortunately not, even though he was camped 3 tents down from me! Next time....when you and Tau (and whoever else from the WD's) is going to be here for the rally as well
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 25, 2011, 03:07:11 pm
Hi there Guys.

Sorry i havent posted the pics and the story from the last Day but in my defense i have a good reason.

I went in last week for my Ti upgrade foor my left shoulder. So to finish off my 2011 Desert challenge i have now had the operation which took 2 hours to clean the bones and cear up al the scar tissue that was formed. Also me for one that does not like drugs in any form can honestly say that i hate Morphine with its drowsy side effects.But then again i dont want to think what it would have been without the Morphine.

I have had an intermedullary Device installed into my clavicle rather than a plate and screws. New age technology courtesy of an American doctor. So here is what it looks like

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So in a couple of weeks I can start training and in 5 months time i will start training for My 2012 Onslaught of the Abu Dhabi Desert challenge!



Cheers

Al
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 25, 2011, 04:48:23 pm
Sheeesh Al, serious stuff.  :o

Your mrs has probably already said this but dont overdo it too early, just let it come right before you go tearing the ring out of it (literally)!

Keep us informed on your progress towards finish next years Comp. Lets hope its a finish this time and not necessarily an onslaught.  :mwink:

Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Aquatic on April 26, 2011, 01:11:30 am
I just noticed that South Africa is well represented in the KTM pits.
Portable Shade(the gazebos) is Brad Anassis' company. Pretoria boytjie and SA drag racing champ.
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on April 26, 2011, 04:09:13 am
I just noticed that South Africa is well represented in the KTM pits.
Portable Shade(the gazebos) is Brad Anassis' company. Pretoria boytjie and SA drag racing champ.

Yep Mark and cindy Ackerman are shading the middle east, one shade at a time!
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Aquatic on April 26, 2011, 12:07:11 pm
I just noticed that South Africa is well represented in the KTM pits.
Portable Shade(the gazebos) is Brad Anassis' company. Pretoria boytjie and SA drag racing champ.

Yep Mark and cindy Ackerman are shading the middle east, one shade at a time!

 :thumleft:
And the yanks are worried about China taking over the world's economy :imaposer:
Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Kenisis on May 07, 2011, 11:44:34 am
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Title: Re: My 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge!
Post by: Motties on June 29, 2011, 11:28:56 am
Hi there Guys.

Sorry i havent posted the pics and the story from the last Day but in my defense i have a good reason.

I went in last week for my Ti upgrade foor my left shoulder. So to finish off my 2011 Desert challenge i have now had the operation which took 2 hours to clean the bones and cear up al the scar tissue that was formed. Also me for one that does not like drugs in any form can honestly say that i hate Morphine with its drowsy side effects.But then again i dont want to think what it would have been without the Morphine.

I have had an intermedullary Device installed into my clavicle rather than a plate and screws. New age technology courtesy of an American doctor. So here is what it looks like

So in a couple of weeks I can start training and in 5 months time i will start training for My 2012 Onslaught of the Abu Dhabi Desert challenge!Cheers

Al

Good one Al!! I will pick your brain to pieces afterwards :mwink: Depending on how business goes , I am aiming to do either this race or Aussie Safari in 2013 (that's enough time to get rid of my lard ass for once and for all!!)