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Camelman goes racing (eventually)
« on: January 31, 2014, 08:17:11 am »

At long last!

Thanks to everyone who donated to the piggy bank!  :thumleft:  

(In no particular order!)
((If I missed you, you better PM me... Please...  Balancing a couple of balls here...  :lol8:))
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Thanks to George Booker for the entry fee discount!

Thanks to BlueBull2007 for the ICO donation last year.

Thanks to SteveD for starting it last year already, Pleco for convincing me, and Jagsding for driving it home!

Seems I will be at the Namaqua African Safari on the start line!

Its really appreciated!!

Now! Do I go for speed, or agility? Do I break the sound-barrier on the KTM 690 Oryx RR, or opt for agility on my training bike, the Kawasaki KLX450R?  :-\

I don't need range.
I need speed.
KTM hits 189.
KLX hits 150, but I can brake later as its lighter.
I don't really need to navigate.
I need speed.
Range flat taps of 150km before refuel and 20 min nap.
Open flowing roads, nothing really technical.
I need speed.

Looks like its perfect for the 690!  >:D

On the other hand, a rally-light set-up on the KLX with a 14/47 sprocket set-up might get me to 155 km/h without having to replace the piston every evening on the KLX.
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Re: Camelman goes racing (eventually)
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2014, 11:45:33 am »
Have you a long range tank fitted to the KLX?

My range on the standard is about 140kms, all terrain, slow and fast - without getting lost! I was thinking of using mine for the amageza but the cost of conversion put me off. And repairing a pucture on that 450 is a bitch - not to be done in the middle of nowhere!

If it's all open roads I'd take the 690 - even though I've never ridden one yet.

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Re: Camelman goes racing (eventually)
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2014, 11:48:51 am »
Hey Alex, Remember when we did the Roadbook Training Weekend in the Baviaans with Riaan van Niekerk… His 450 Rallye bike had no problem keeping pace with the bigger bikes, in the open, winding dirt roads (very much what the Namaqua Safari sounds like).
What's important is the acceleration from 0 to 120km, and (even more important) the breaking from 120 to 0km.  :deal:

Mmmmmm… Now that i think about it, no wonder there's gonna be some 300 smokies  ::)  ;D


P.S. Cracker… I wouldn't worry too much about getting lost. It sounds like the navigation is not the challenge.
 

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Re: Camelman goes racing (eventually)
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2014, 01:29:22 pm »
Have you a long range tank fitted to the KLX?

My range on the standard is about 140kms, all terrain, slow and fast - without getting lost! I was thinking of using mine for the amageza but the cost of conversion put me off. And repairing a pucture on that 450 is a bitch - not to be done in the middle of nowhere!

If it's all open roads I'd take the 690 - even though I've never ridden one yet.

But if you've got a chance of winning then take the one that'll give you the prize!

Yeah, the dollar is hurting my extremely low budget. I was thinking of building a rallye-light bike out of the KLX. Just adding a 15 liter tank. But in the time it took me to type this, the price increased by R100. Haibo!  ;D

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Re: Camelman goes racing (eventually)
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2014, 03:28:56 pm »
Cool Alex!! :thumleft: :ricky:

Just remember: You're not allowed to crash because you have a rally to organize!!! :deal:
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Re: Camelman goes racing (eventually)
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2014, 04:21:17 pm »
Cool Alex!! :thumleft: :ricky:

Just remember: You're not allowed to crash because you have a rally to organize!!! :deal:

Yeah. I'll be taking it slow. Checking out the Namakwa Daisies, the local curio stores and such.... NOT!
 

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Re: Camelman goes racing (eventually)
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2014, 04:23:52 pm »
No problem bud, but if you crash and break something, I am going to fly over there and personally kick your ass!  ;D
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Re: Camelman goes racing (eventually)
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2014, 05:39:27 pm »
All the best Alex !!!

I am rooting for you big time !
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Re: Camelman goes racing (eventually)
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2014, 06:01:28 pm »
ENJOY Camelman you deserve it !  :thumleft:  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Camelman goes racing (eventually)
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2014, 06:18:00 pm »
ENJOY Camelman you deserve it !  :thumleft:  :thumleft:

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Re: Camelman goes racing (eventually)
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2014, 09:00:48 pm »
jippee lekker bra.

Ek het toe maar 'n tenk vir my WR gekoop :dousing: ek dink die 450 is die tool vir die race.Ons moet oefen skreeu as jy belangstel.
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Re: Camelman goes racing (eventually)
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2014, 09:14:37 pm »
jippee lekker bra.

Ek het toe maar 'n tenk vir my WR gekoop :dousing: ek dink die 450 is die tool vir die race.Ons moet oefen skreeu as jy belangstel.

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Re: Camelman goes racing (eventually)
« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2014, 11:32:59 pm »
Lekkeeee

Gooi mielies!En enjoy
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Re: Camelman goes racing (eventually)
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2014, 06:21:18 am »
No problem bud, but if you crash and break something, I am going to fly over there and personally kick your ass!  ;D

Be careful what you kick with that knackered leg ...................  :biggrin:
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Re: Camelman goes racing (eventually)
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2014, 08:15:58 am »
No problem bud, but if you crash and break something, I am going to fly over there and personally kick your ass!  ;D

Be careful what you kick with that knackered leg ...................  :biggrin:


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Re: Camelman goes racing (eventually)
« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2014, 06:57:25 pm »
 :laughing4: :laughing4: the other leg  ;)


So Alexander - are you going to give us some tips on getting fit? I just got back from a 200km ride in the mountains and I realised I'm fat and unfit.
« Last Edit: February 01, 2014, 06:58:34 pm by BlueBull2007 »
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Re: Camelman goes racing (eventually)
« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2014, 05:54:56 am »
:laughing4: :laughing4: the other leg  ;)


So Alexander - are you going to give us some tips on getting fit? I just got back from a 200km ride in the mountains and I realised I'm fat and unfit.

I will not even pretend that I can teach anybody anything, but I have survived 3 Amageza recce's, two where I did it solo. That means getting lost and stuck often, wrestling my bike up, down and through every kind of terrain imaginable for days on end, pushing my bike after running out of fuel for hours and sometimes having to sleep next to my bike under a space blanket with my wife's last words of 'Ai, jai, jai' fading from the sat phone.  ;D


So tip 1:
  • Never stop training.

And if you stopped, due to injury or laziness, don't expect to get into prime shape in 7 days, so don't overdo it. Chill out, and take it slow. It took you months to get unfit and overweight, so expect it to take months to do the inverse!

Train to survive, and survive the training.

 ;D
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Re: Camelman goes racing (eventually)
« Reply #17 on: February 02, 2014, 04:45:03 pm »
Alex pm me if you would like to ride wcoc 8th Feb will get you in, as we did for George Booker - it will be good training - Flipping hot out there, hot roads, hot sand & bush, but who cares. From wcoc committee we extend an offer to you to come ride free for this one, just take OE license or msa club license - come join us ;D
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Re: Camelman goes racing (eventually)
« Reply #18 on: February 03, 2014, 11:58:59 am »
Hey Alex - which of your two bikes do you think would work better on the Amageza? Assuming you had big enough tanks on both bikes and you weren't going for ultimate speed and the win...

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Re: Camelman goes racing (eventually)
« Reply #19 on: February 04, 2014, 12:25:27 pm »
Donation made. However fully refundable if he beats me. :patch:
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