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Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally - ON HOLD !!!
« on: November 13, 2012, 10:05:38 pm »
I’ve noticed there’s quite an interest in what guys are doing in and around preparation for some of the international Rally’s so I figured, why not do one for my attempt at the Amageza as well?

As things stand, I’m not in a financial state to do the race but I know that lot can change (and normally does) between now and the close of entries, so I’m living in hope that I can get my ducks in a row before then and I’m preparing for it as if I will be racing it.

I’ll be focussing on 3 main aspects in the build up to the event:

•   My Sponsors – if I can get any  ;D
•   My Bike  - Because everyone digs seeing Rally bikes evolve  :drif:
•   Me – My preparation from a fitness and learning perspective  :walk: :read2:

With a year to go, this will obviously be a long term project so please don’t expect everything to happen overnight.
 
I will endeavour to document every step I make forward (and backwards) with regards to the 3 points above over the course of the next year (or until entries close or are full).

This will hopefully give future inexperienced riders a platform to work from should they wish to tackle this event in the future.

So to move forward, I guess we need to assess where we are currently.
To get the ball rolling, I'll give you a rundown of what I’m working towards.

Sponsorship (Stage 0):
 
This space is currently blank but only due to me not having targeted prospective sponsors yet. This will change shortly as I set about putting a sponsor’s package together with the help of a close friend in the graphic media industry.
If any Wilddog’s have money burning holes in their pockets, please allow me to dowse the flames and relieve you of your cash  :laughing7:

Update 19th Nov 2012: I'm glad to say that this spot is no longer blank thanks to a few very generous Wilddogs:

1 x Electronic Road Book sponsored by Wayneh  :thumleft:
2 x R1000 cash donations to use for equipment (ICO) compliments of BlueBull2007 and Kenisis

Thank you gents, much appreciated  :thumleft:

The Bike (Stage 0):

I’ll be riding a 2009 WR450F which I purchased 3 months ago. The bike is stock and came with a new set of Mitas rubbers and a new chain & sprockets in a box.

As soon as it arrived in the Cape, it was sent to Droomers Yamaha for a full check-up and given a clean bill of health after a few minor fixes.

The fixes:

The valves got checked and one exhaust valve needed to be shimmed.
The piston & rings still look good.
New clutch lever as the old one was bent.
One of the forks was leaking so it got new fork seals and new oil.
I also spoilt it with a new front mudguard from a 2012 YZ, just to bring it up to date cosmetically.
I also had the bike road worthied so I could ride to the local enduro tracks when necessary. Fortunately it already had a road kit on it and the only thing that needed to change was to have a new bulb added and wired so the bike had a dim & bright setting on the front light.
It also got a full service at the same time.



Once I got the bike home, I bought a case of beers, waited for a rainy Sunday and then phoned up 2 of my mates (Adrian & Ian) and we stripped the bike down as far as we could to oil, grease and replaced nuts and bolts where necessary. I need to add that Adrian did the hard graft, Ian the supervision and me the ferrying of beers from the fridge to the garage. We also replaced the chain & sprockets (14 front, 50 rear).
The chances are good that I’ll change the rear to a 47 during the course of next year to run higher speeds on the flat stuff, but for now the 50 works great on the trails around CT. We also added a new set of hand guards as the previous one were looking seriously scuffed.

Ian giving instructions:


It was a seriously enjoyable day and I learned a ton about the bike. Adrian is a Diesel mackie so he knows his way around mechanical things and is willing to share his knowledge. He also has more cool tools than most of us can only dream of owning.

Strip club:


During Sept I got picked up an Acerbis long range tank on Gumtree for a good price. The petcock needed some work and tank needed a good cleaning but was a quick fix job.

I tried mock fitting it to the bike and found the only negative so far with the bike. A small aluminium tab that bolts the radiator onto the left shroud and plastic radiator protector was broken off, probably from a fall the previous owner had. I had noticed it previously when we stripped the bike but the shroud is light and the radiator secure so it made no difference but now with the long range tank fitted, that tab is needed to provide extra stability for the tank. It’s something that will need to be fixed moving forward. Hopefully I can get someone to weld a new tab on for me.

Broken tab:


What it needs to look like with the tank mounted:


Here's what she looks like with the tank on.


So what else does the bike need for the Amageza:
 
Besides regular maintenance, the bike’s going to need a few rally components. I’ve identified the following list but it might grow rapidly:

Road book & mounts – preferably auto-scrolling
ICO – to check and reset trip distances to road book
GPS plug point & mounts
Extra Fuel Tanks – The Acerbis tank is 12.6l which will not get me the 250km range that the organiser suggests we need to prepare for. I’ll need to add 2 rear mounted auxiliary tanks.
HID kit for front light – in case I get lost at night
Stator upgrade – to power the extra electrics
Rally fairing – it’s not 100% necessary but useful. I have a screen from my previous 660Z that I’ve already modified to use as a fairing should I not purchase one.

If I can get a setup going like the one below then I’ll be happy.





Me (Stage 0)

Sjoe, this is going to be difficult as I might need to get personal  :-[
 
Although a self-professed couch potato for the past few years, I’m no stranger to endurance sport.
 
Up until 2008 I was actively involved in endurance Mountain bike events and before that, in Adventure racing. In 2008 while preparing for my 2nd Cape Epic, I was involved in road cycling crash that shattered my left collarbone and started a string of health maladies that took 2 years to recover from  :sad4:
 
Instead of getting back into the sport, I decided to dedicate my attention to obtaining a degree through Unisa (which I’m still busy with) and thus exercise took a back seat for a while.

That was until I bought myself a KDX 200 at the beginning of 2011 and discovered Dirt biking. I was hooked immediately and since then, at least one day of my weekend is taken up in the saddle of either the dirt bike or the adventure bike.
With the help and advice from the Wilddogs, I joined the WPATV club and later that year did my first two Offroad events at Bonnievale and Wellington. It was a baptism of fire and I realised that although the passion was there, the fitness and skill needed some work.
 
Pic shamelessly borrowed from GoPhoto of a shot snapped of me at the Wellington event. Tau lapped me on the 2nd lap I believe.



Unfortunately I was nursing a reoccurring knee injury from playing squash and it was interfering with my biking so in Nov 2011, I went in for surgery to get it sorted out.
 
That kept me off the bike for the first few months of 2012 so I decided that rather than start racing too early and risk further injury to my knee, I’d focus on improving my skill and fitness on the bike for the remainder of the year. That meant regular trips to Macassar, Atlantis and Zone 7 with the Wilddogs and a few other mates.
It proved a wise decision as the knee is healing up really well and responding well to exercise.

That brings us up to date, November 2012 and the dirt road forward.

Fitness goals:
 
I’m currently 45 yrs old & weigh in at 93kg’s and it’s not all muscle  :-[. During my mountain biking days I was 72kg’s. I have no intention of getting that thin again (not that I’d be able to) as I don’t believe it’s beneficial to dirt biking anyway but I do have a few kilo’s to shed. I’ll be trying to get my weight down to less than 85kg’s, hopefully closers to 82kg’s by the time Amageza arrives.
 
To be biking fit requires an all-round fitness level which I don’t believe one particular sport can provide, so I’ll be mixing up sporting disciplines. This will hopefully also assist in injury prevention as well. I'm at that stage in my life where I don’t bounce or heal as well as I used to  ???

My primary focus will be on TITS (when my wife read this she asked “what’s new?”  :laughing7:) – of course I'm referring to Time In The Saddle. Where possible, one morning of the weekend (possibly 2) will be on the dirt bike and one evening in the week.
 
I’ll also be riding a lot of mountain bike and a bit of road bike. I’ve entered the Argus so I don’t have much choice in the matter  ;D
In addition to that, 3 mornings in a week will be spent in the gym, mostly doing cardio and circuit training. Where time allows I’ll do a few laps in the pool as well.
 
The 1st of November marked the start of my program with the initial goal of doing some form of exercise every day of the month. This is primarily to get me into a routine and improve my base fitness as once that’s established, it gets way easier from there on out.

So far it’s been going really well and I haven’t skipped a day yet. I’m already starting to feel way better even though my muscles are protesting furiously  :o Long may it continue.

I’ll keep a training diary in the form of an Excel spreadsheet and maybe just post a screen dump here at the end of each month so you guys can see what I’ve been up to.

Looking towards the New Year, my main goal besides the Amageza is to race my first full season of Offroad events in the Western Cape (Silver Class) and try stay injury free. I believe this will do a lot to sharpen my skills and help me increase my pace. You definitely push yourself way harder when racing against someone as opposed to simply training.

Then of course there's the not so minor issue of learning how to read a road book while riding technical terrain. Either that or I need to fine tune the art of wheel sucking and find someone to follow for 5 days  :lol:


That’s it for now, I’ll update this thread as things evolve. Thanks for taking the time to read my story so far.
« Last Edit: January 23, 2013, 04:50:07 pm by Buff »
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Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2012, 11:17:52 pm »
Maybe I could make a deal with you :pot:
R1000 rant towards this rally :peepwall: but only if you beat me in Atlantis :pot: :mwink:
If you dont......we could think of some other means of payback :mwink:
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Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2012, 11:24:36 pm »
I can offer you "sponsorship" in the form of free training (I have my country trax instructors) and you are also welcome to come ride the MX track with me anytime and I can help you there where I can, it's the best fitness practice.
 

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Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2012, 11:36:45 pm »
Lekker one Buff  :thumleft:

i will only stary my Amageza thread next year but I am glad you did now. I would be keen to sit at any time and go over some things, in the 1st instance the sponsorship, I have also started a sponsorship proposal all be it fumbiling my way through it, I am on page 5 already and still loads to go, but combining the minds on strategy etc could be a great help. I recon a consertative amount for sponsorship for the event will be around R30k if you are having a back up team add R10k, well my spreadsheet is on R50k at the moment  :o, I am being generous at the moment with figures though.

Please post your fitness spreadsheet, this is going to be the hardest part for us old ballies. I'm also keen to hear more about your offroad racing.

 
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Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2012, 12:11:26 am »
Buff, you and Muzz are two of the most positive okes I have met on this forum. :thumleft: and you both seem pretty serious about the Amageza so
I will sponsor you each R1,000 towards something on your bikes like an ICO or RB Holder (A proper one, not a lunchbox). I figure I need to sow here given my own rally aspirations next year and 2014. :ricky:
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Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2012, 08:28:36 am »
Jees dude, that is very generous.. thank you  :thumleft: flip I feel guilty like I am hijacking buffs thread now.
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Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2012, 08:56:20 am »
Wow, that's not the response I was expecting but thank you very much, it's great to be on the receiving end of the legendary WD generosity  :thumleft:

@Yami Super 10 - It's a deal. I'm not sure what chance I stand against a 700cc blue printed Raptor Quad in the dunes but for R1000 I'm willing to embarrass myself... again  :-[ I still prefer my deal though i.e. you pay me R1000 towards my race or find a new MC for your wedding in Dec  >:D

@Etienne - Thanks for the offer to do some coaching, I will most certainly except your help as I have a lot to learn  :thumleft:

@Fuzzy - Great plan Batman, we can get together one weekend and have a pow wow over the best way to structure the proposal. The hardest part about the fitness issue is starting. Once you have taken that first step, the momentum builds quickly. Part of my Dec holiday will be spent in the Transkei so hopefully I'll be able to get in some great trail riding up there.

@BlueBull2007 - Sjoe, thanks so much the donation Neil, hopefully I can reciprocate the favour in 2014  :thumleft:

I've also decided to dedicate my Amageza challenge to a cause very close to my heart, namely the Morgan-Belle fundraising initiative. Any monies collected over and above necessary for the Rally will be donated to Warren & Amelia to assist with Morgan's treatment. In the New Year I'll look at the possibility of launching another small fund raiser to assist in this regard.

I'm also in the very fortunate position of still having my KDX. I decided against selling her so that I could use her as a training bike. With the amount of riding I'll be doing for training & racing offroads, maintenance on the little green machine is way cheaper than the WR so it made sense to hold onto her for as long as possible.
 
However, I do not want to be in the position of "begging with a loaf of bread under each arm", so if I'm still short of funds in the lead up to the rally, I'll either be selling my beloved little green machine or putting her up in a raffle and selling tickets at R100 a pop.
 
Hopefully she can go to a Wilddog with similar aspirations as me... to race the Amageza.
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Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2012, 09:03:28 am »
As for the dunes :biggrin: Yes will be the blue monster :imaposer:
As for your green machine :pot: thought you would borrow it to me to maybe join you :peepwall:
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Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2012, 10:32:31 am »
Tell you what Yami, you can use my KDX in the dunes and I'll take the WR and we can do that enduro loop, that should even the playing field somewhat. If you feel that's unfair, you can take the WR and I'll take the KDX  ;) I'm feel the bulge of that grand in my pocket already  ;D

My wife has just come on board as a sponsor as well. After reading my post she said she will sponsor me the time away from the family for my training and a massage after every weekends training session. I'm kinda liking the direction this is heading in  :mwink:
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Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2012, 10:57:57 am »
cool to read about your prep work man
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Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2012, 07:30:23 pm »
Tell you what Yami, you can use my KDX in the dunes and I'll take the WR and we can do that enduro loop, that should even the playing field somewhat. If you feel that's unfair, you can take the WR and I'll take the KDX  ;) I'm feel the bulge of that grand in my pocket already  ;D

My wife has just come on board as a sponsor as well. After reading my post she said she will sponsor me the time away from the family for my training and a massage after every weekends training session. I'm kinda liking the direction this is heading in  :mwink:

I am off to go and show my miss your post as we speak.. someone needs to step up  :laughing4:
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Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2012, 07:38:42 pm »
Buff, I am not so sure using the bottom radiator tab to steady the fuel tank is a good idea at all. That tank full of fuel will eventually fatigue break that tab. A direct rod is usually taken from tank inner to tank inner, with perhaps a connection to the frame in the centre.
@Bluebull; very cool gesture!
 

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Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2012, 08:48:04 pm »
Buff, I am not so sure using the bottom radiator tab to steady the fuel tank is a good idea at all. That tank full of fuel will eventually fatigue break that tab. A direct rod is usually taken from tank inner to tank inner, with perhaps a connection to the frame in the centre.
@Bluebull; very cool gesture!

Hallo Danie, thanks for your input, you might have a valid point there. I got the pic from one of the guys who runs an Acerbis tank on his WR on the Adv riding forum. My tank unfortuntely never came with brackets so I need to have them made up as well.
I'll give it some thought over the weekend and see if something else can be done  :thumleft:
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Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2012, 09:39:24 am »
I need to share this with you guys because it was a defining moment in my planning for Amageza 2013.
 
After posting this initial thread, Fuzzy Muzzy emailed me and suggested we put our heads together to try and draw up a sponsorship proposal document and a costing spreadsheet. He had already done some base work so he mailed me his info.
 
This was around lunch time yesterday, so I pulled into a coffee shop and contemplated the costing spreadsheet over a cappuccino. After looking at Muzzy’s initial layout, I broke out into a cold sweat. I couldn’t get my head around where I was going to get this kind of cash from for essentially 5 days of fun… just for me. Even with sponsors it’s expensive.
When you have a young family to support and other expenses that need your attention, this is very much how one thinks about bike riding.
 
As expected, I started doubting whether it was worth it, whether I was being a selfish oaf (I am), whether I was talented enough to warrant this layout (I’m not), whether or not I shouldn’t rather just focus on the Offroad series and leave the Amageza for the boys who know what they’re doing (I should)? But I have a passion that’s burning strong and it needs to be fuelled and it’s not listen to much reasoning.
 
Then my phone rings and it’s my wife…
 
Cats - “How much do you need to do the Amageza?” she asks.
Me - “Why”
Cats – “Just tell me”
Me – “Around R10K just for entry and GPS and a shit load more to get there and race for the week”
Cats – “You really want to do this don’t you?”
Me – “Yeah, for sure but I’m doubting myself”
Cats – “Don’t” she says, “how much do you need to secure your entry?”
Me – “R3K should cut it”
Cats – “I’ll sponsor you your entry deposit of R3K, we’ll worry about the rest next year”
Me – “Babes, we spoke about this last night, there isn’t money in the budget right now, other things need our focus”
Cats – “Don’t worry, there is now, I just received a small bonus, you’re going to the Amageza babes”
 
Gees I love this woman, there’s a ton of stuff she could spoil herself and the girls with but she decides to put me first because she knows it’s something I’ve been dreaming about since its inception.
 
So boytjies, we gonna eat this elephant one bite at a time but we’re going to the 2013 Amageza  :ricky:
No turning back now, my entry will be done later today.
 
God certainly works in mysterious ways  :thumleft:
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Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2012, 10:29:32 am »
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« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2012, 10:33:54 am »
Mooi storie  :thumleft:
 

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« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2012, 03:22:54 pm »
Great stuff Buff! :thumleft:

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Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2012, 04:06:21 pm »
I will be following your exploits with great interest Buff!

You wife certainly sounds like a keeper! Beautiful story :thumleft:
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Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
« Reply #18 on: November 15, 2012, 04:33:05 pm »
Thanks guys  :thumleft:

Great verse BB, and very true, thx  ;D
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Re: Buff's road to the 2013 Amageza Rally
« Reply #19 on: November 15, 2012, 08:29:29 pm »
Buff.. don't look at that budget I sent you and have a heart attack, just gasp a little  :laughing4:..  :imaposer: It is really just a guide and outline, it is also there to plan for expences that may happen, it is no good payng R3k deposit and then sit back and realise that this is going to cost a lot more than just an entry fee, this is my concern.

I am busy talking to 2 or 3 okes who will be in charge of getting the bike sorted in Dec.. I am waiting for their quotes to come in, now if you have the time and skill you can do all of that work yourself and save a bunch of cash, I on the other hand have budgeted for everything I cannot do myself ( like make a road book holder ) some okes can sit in their garage and make one for R500, the rest of us will have to fork out R2k - R2,5k for one. You don't need to make up a water cannister on a bashplate, you can strap a 2l coke bottle to your frame  :imaposer:

in a similar manner if you budget for accomodation so you can drive up and get things organised a day or 2 in advance then great, but some of us who don't have the budget will drive up and start riding.. so even though I have 'budgeted' for accomodation does not really mean it will be an expence, there is a lot of tweaking to be done.

That being said there is no getting around what fuel will cost.. it is just a given.

Your miss is a winner dude.. 2 thumbs up.  :thumleft: :thumleft:



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