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Re: Racing Panda's Road to Amageza!
« Reply #280 on: September 22, 2014, 12:42:12 pm »
Very nice report Ian! :thumleft:

You guys are way more prepared than I am this year.
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Re: Racing Panda's Road to Amageza!
« Reply #281 on: September 22, 2014, 12:59:58 pm »
Looks like awesome riding there!
 

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Re: Racing Panda's Road to Amageza!
« Reply #282 on: September 22, 2014, 01:37:33 pm »
Looks really lekker Max, will have to come visit one day and ride this route of yours  :thumleft:
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Re: Racing Panda's Road to Amageza!
« Reply #283 on: September 22, 2014, 02:14:51 pm »
This weekend I really started to bond with the little KTM. It's only got about 30 hours on now, so it's really too soon to start talking reliability, but it's just been rock solid so far. OK, it's missing that steam train-like thrust and planted feeling of the 690 in the open stuff, but it's plenty fast enough, and in the tight, rocky or sandy terrain it's in another class altogether. It's just so much lighter and there's so much more suspension that for a kak rider like me it's the bizniz. And despite all the add-on shit it's still just an enduro dirt-bike, so when you chuck it on the ground it bounces and little bits don't fall off.
 
I may not feel the same way after my first engine rebuild, but so far, so good!  :thumleft:

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Re: Racing Panda's Road to Amageza!
« Reply #284 on: September 24, 2014, 09:35:10 am »
This thread is going to make me do stupid things.......

Maybe I should.
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Re: Racing Panda's Road to Amageza!
« Reply #285 on: September 24, 2014, 10:46:18 am »
I know of an Amageza entry going begging if you want to do something REALLY stupid.

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Re: Racing Panda's Road to Amageza!
« Reply #286 on: September 24, 2014, 01:29:08 pm »
That might be pushing it as I don't even have a bike yet.

Would at least like to be prepared - with regards to ability and fitness.

I' following your progress. Good luck  :thumleft:
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Re: Racing Panda's Road to Amageza!
« Reply #287 on: September 25, 2014, 12:14:21 pm »
Thanks! I don't have any mates doing it (except for new buddies made through Amageza) so it's been cool to get a bit of vibe here instead.

Update on tyres - been testing Desert front/E09 rear for about 1000km now, and overall very happy. Running Desert at 1 bar and E09 at 0.7 bar on Tubliss and no issues at all. 1 bar on the front takes a little punishment if you klap a sharp-edge rock really hard, but on balance the added traction is worth it. If anything I feel I could go even lower on the back, as the E09 is so tough, but so far I've been really happy with the traction except for a section of loose/pebbles and dust on a hard dirt road through Seweweeks's Poort, where it was sliding around a lot. Probably any tyre would have been a bit loose there. None of the dreaded Desert front shake-wobble-and-roll at all, so that's a result.

So... I have my Amageza tyre combo settled. Just as well, as I'd already bought them. Wear rates are looking fantastic, too. At the moment I'm guessing I'll stay on one front and change a rear half way through, but we'll just have to see how that pans out.

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Re: Racing Panda's Road to Amageza!
« Reply #288 on: September 25, 2014, 07:48:38 pm »
Thanks! I don't have any mates doing it (except for new buddies made through Amageza) so it's been cool to get a bit of vibe here instead.

Dont forget your creepy WD internet friends you´ve never met before! ;D


You sound well-prepped bud. Wish I could say the same. My bike is still in pieces thousands of kilometers away from me and im not to ride until I am on the Amageza. Last time I touched it was in 2012.... ::)

Sitting here with bloody flu so can´t train either. :(

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Re: Racing Panda's Road to Amageza!
« Reply #289 on: September 25, 2014, 08:16:15 pm »
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your sig says that you have an hp2. so that means you have a bike. no excuses. bring what you got. there are 2 over 200 kg 950/990 s taking part... I will be riding an 950 SE so come and play man
 

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Re: Racing Panda's Road to Amageza!
« Reply #290 on: September 25, 2014, 09:40:54 pm »
What he said.

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Re: Racing Panda's Road to Amageza!
« Reply #291 on: September 25, 2014, 09:42:11 pm »
Neil - the first time one is always obsessed and pedantic. Then you realize it's fine and you can just hack it like everything else. You'll ace it, I'm sure. Just came out 5 weeks flu and still not fit so know how you feel...

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Re: Racing Panda's Road to Amageza!
« Reply #292 on: September 29, 2014, 09:11:31 pm »
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your sig says that you have an hp2. so that means you have a bike. no excuses. bring what you got. there are 2 over 200 kg 950/990 s taking part... I will be riding an 950 SE so come and play man


Sure I can do it on the HP but there is no way in hell I put that precious machine through that.

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Re: Racing Panda's Road to Amageza!
« Reply #293 on: September 30, 2014, 06:45:29 am »
karookid the hp is fine. just ride to finish and let the pro s ride to win. or is the HP not on the same level as the SE. bietjie tong innie kies hier ne...
 

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Re: Racing Panda's Road to Amageza!
« Reply #294 on: October 01, 2014, 09:36:39 pm »
karookid the hp is fine. just ride to finish and let the pro s ride to win. or is the HP not on the same level as the SE. bietjie tong innie kies hier ne...

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Re: Racing Panda's Road to Amageza!
« Reply #295 on: October 06, 2014, 11:27:13 am »
What brand is an M404? E09 in 130/18 is just over R1200. They last super long and are uber tough in desert conditions, and Dakar proven. I chose it more for the puncture resistance than anything else. Had two on my 690 and really liked them. I'll get a lot of use out of the part-used tyres after Amageza.

That Berg looks fantastic but I guess it feels quite esoteric and I'd be concerned about parts and reliability. But that may just be ignorance talking. Why do we hear so little about them in these parts?
Just wanted to let you know about the M404, my bike had them on while I bought them so I'm not sure how many mileage they had done by done. Anyway I have done 3 trips with them on all types of terrain including fairly high speed tar sections and they hold up just as well as some dual sport tires. I would definitely buy them again  :thumleft:
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Re: Racing Panda's Road to Amageza!
« Reply #296 on: October 09, 2014, 07:13:44 pm »
Dear god, this amateur rallying lark is an expensive business. I took what turned out to be a very naughty little trip to KTM Cape Town this afternoon. There's no point in spending all this time preparing, training, buying and equipping motorcycles... just to be knocked out on day two by a snapped gear shifter, right? Well, Dave Peckham probably isn't the right person to be turning to for guidance in these matters: http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0061/7252/files/rally_packing_list.pdf?8366.

Actually, he is... but how fat is your wallet? As my good friend Brandon the Pilot used to say: "It's better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air, than in the air wishing you were on the ground." Reinterpreted to rally speak: it's better to blow your unborn children's inheritance on spare parts prior to the rally, than to find yourself willing to swap a kidney for a .... (replace with any multitude of small and annoyingly expensive motorcycle parts) to save your ass being unceremoniously abandoned at the bivouac on morning three of the Amageza.

But which spare parts, exactly? Of course a brake pedal and gear selector, and a set of levers, right? New chain and set of sprockets? Couple of air filters? Definitely enough of the world's most expensive synthetic 10W60 oil and filters for five oil changes! How about maybe a set of front and rear wheel bearings? Or some sneaky little parts like a water pump seal and a countershaft seal? And then for the real ball buster - what to do about that rather pivotal little part on a 2013 KTM 450 FI... the FI itself?? R1600, in case you were wondering - and definitely known to be the source of a lot of trouble at unwanted moments.

The good part is that I'm keeping this bike (well, that's the plan) so these things won't go unused in the long term. Small comfort!



Then there is the utter frustration of having spent the week in bed. Mostly because by Sunday I was sporting more spots than this Dalmatian, and looking even more sorry for myself. Apparently it is possible for a 44-year old man to get German Measles!

I wish this damn thing would just start now.

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Re: Racing Panda's Road to Amageza!
« Reply #297 on: October 09, 2014, 09:25:27 pm »
Surely a maxed out panda's supposed to have lots of spots  ;D

On a good point - R1600 for FI is way cheaper than buying a 2nd carburettor - but then again, why have 2 carbs??
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Re: Racing Panda's Road to Amageza!
« Reply #298 on: October 10, 2014, 06:35:35 am »
Dear god, this amateur rallying lark is an expensive business. I took what turned out to be a very naughty little trip to KTM Cape Town this afternoon. There's no point in spending all this time preparing, training, buying and equipping motorcycles... just to be knocked out on day two by a snapped gear shifter, right? Well, Dave Peckham probably isn't the right person to be turning to for guidance in these matters: http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0061/7252/files/rally_packing_list.pdf?8366.

Actually, he is... but how fat is your wallet? As my good friend Brandon the Pilot used to say: "It's better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air, than in the air wishing you were on the ground." Reinterpreted to rally speak: it's better to blow your unborn children's inheritance on spare parts prior to the rally, than to find yourself willing to swap a kidney for a .... (replace with any multitude of small and annoyingly expensive motorcycle parts) to save your ass being unceremoniously abandoned at the bivouac on morning three of the Amageza.

But which spare parts, exactly? Of course a brake pedal and gear selector, and a set of levers, right? New chain and set of sprockets? Couple of air filters? Definitely enough of the world's most expensive synthetic 10W60 oil and filters for five oil changes! How about maybe a set of front and rear wheel bearings? Or some sneaky little parts like a water pump seal and a countershaft seal? And then for the real ball buster - what to do about that rather pivotal little part on a 2013 KTM 450 FI... the FI itself?? R1600, in case you were wondering - and definitely known to be the source of a lot of trouble at unwanted moments.

The good part is that I'm keeping this bike (well, that's the plan) so these things won't go unused in the long term. Small comfort!



Then there is the utter frustration of having spent the week in bed. Mostly because by Sunday I was sporting more spots than this Dalmatian, and looking even more sorry for myself. Apparently it is possible for a 44-year old man to get German Measles!

I wish this damn thing would just start now.

Like the SPARE MOTOR.... :lol8:
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Re: Racing Panda's Road to Amageza!
« Reply #299 on: October 10, 2014, 12:03:35 pm »
If youre serious about rally, a spare motor is a good idea. This rally is just inside the distance where I think it may be a good idea to have one, so maybe next year...

Get well son Ian! :thumleft:

Im nearing the end of a second week of flu. ::) All this travelling does not help.
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