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Offline KND

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Trans Anatolia rally, Turkey
« on: August 14, 2014, 04:34:16 pm »
Hi everyone interested in rally racing.
I was on my way and entered the Rally Dos Sertoes when one on my sponsors pulled out at the last moment. With all my racing equipment stationed in Dubai, we (KTM UAE team), decided to enter the Trans Anatolia. It is an FIM race which starts in Ancara and end approx 3000km close to Ancara again.
End of last week I received a call from my mechanic in Dubai saying that my front fork leg on my KTM450 Rally has a crack, after the Pharaons rally in Egypt. The decision was made that I will bring from SA my 690 rally front forks. Two days ago, I received a call from Tom Bogenhausen that both the fork legs on the 690 has cracked. At that point I thought that it does not look like this rally is going to happen, because my bike need to be shipped from Dubai this coming Sunday the 17th to Istanbul. These parts are not readily available. Luckily, my team mate in Dubai, Mohammad Balooshi (training for Dakar), said that I can use his forks.
This is what amazes me about this sport. It is as good as me asking for two front wheels from a friends car.
Well, never a dull moment even before the race starts. I will keep the forum up to date on the progress and will post some pictures.
Keep it safe.
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Re: Trans Anatolia rally, Turkey
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2014, 05:42:32 pm »
Great story, Kobus - now bring the bike home in one piece and get a great result! Cheers, Ian

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Re: Trans Anatolia rally, Turkey
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2014, 06:15:56 pm »
We are behind you all the way Kobus !!! All the best - go for it !!!

Because we are South Africans we have a list of "demands"

1. we demand a full account of this race / adventure (with pics) on your safe return to Dubai.
2. we demand you do your best and fly the SA flag high and proud on our behalf
3. we demand you have fun

Am curious to see the cracks in the fork legs and why they crack ? I thought rally bike components were the toughest best of the best
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Re: Trans Anatolia rally, Turkey
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2014, 07:37:53 pm »
Jeez Kobus, that looks like a bleddie lekker rally. Best of luck!

See you at Amageza.  :thumleft:
« Last Edit: August 14, 2014, 07:38:26 pm by ChrisMann »
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Re: Trans Anatolia rally, Turkey
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2014, 07:50:28 am »
Awesome stuff. Good luck :thumleft:
 

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Re: Trans Anatolia rally, Turkey
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2014, 08:59:55 am »
Epic, all the best Kobus & good luck, keep it upright and see you at the Amageza.
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Re: Trans Anatolia rally, Turkey
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2014, 12:10:11 pm »
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Re: Trans Anatolia rally, Turkey
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2014, 06:56:09 am »
Thanks everyone.
Will post photos, but please connect via Face Book as well.
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Re: Trans Anatolia rally, Turkey
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2014, 08:39:52 am »
« Last Edit: August 16, 2014, 08:41:23 am by Pistonpete »
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Re: Trans Anatolia rally, Turkey
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2014, 11:41:05 am »
Thats cool Kobus, dont know how you manage to fit in so much racing between work. :notworthy:

Im also curious about the forks. Seems you are hitting things very hard? What is the underlying cause do you think?

Mohammed Balooshi tried the Dakar before if i remember correctly. can´t remember if he finished. Are you going to be doing the Dakar in Jan?

Cheers and ride safe

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Re: Trans Anatolia rally, Turkey
« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2014, 03:18:11 pm »
 :laughing4: :thumleft: sterkte Kobus, hoop jy doen goed!
 

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Re: Trans Anatolia rally, Turkey
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2014, 09:36:48 pm »
From Kobus via FB:
Today is the start of a new adventure in my life. My race bike KTM 450 RR has been released from Turkish customs and arrived at SPORMOTO, the KTM distributor in Turkey. Selçuk Bektaş has received me and very grateful for his support. Final prep work and checks to be done before we depart for Ankara for the start of the Transanatolia Rally.
 

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Re: Trans Anatolia rally, Turkey
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2014, 02:47:55 pm »
 :drif: :drif:
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Re: Trans Anatolia rally, Turkey
« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2014, 07:25:41 pm »
From FB:
"Loaded. Transanatolia here we come"
 

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Re: Trans Anatolia rally, Turkey
« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2014, 07:39:23 pm »
That's the new ETRF SpeedoCAP on the top right of Kobus's cockpit.  :thumleft:

It comes in two versions, one of which has a built-in GPS, very neat. So I asked the nice people at ERTF if one could load it with waypoints, and get to emulate a Dakar-style setup, but without the mega expensive ERTF GPS. The answer was "Non, monsieur".
Such a pity, I think there is a market for a much cheaper solution than the 550+440+86 Euro solution that ERTF offer ie this:
http://www.ertf.com/uk/produits.asp?categorie=&souscategorie=12&soussouscategorie=&num=260
plus this:
http://www.ertf.com/uk/produits.asp?categorie=&souscategorie=10&soussouscategorie=&num=228
plus this
http://www.ertf.com/uk/produits.asp?categorie=&souscategorie=10&soussouscategorie=&num=21
 

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Re: Trans Anatolia rally, Turkey
« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2014, 09:04:18 am »
Via FB:
"Bad prologue. Had a really bad crash and injured my arm. Nothing broken, just a reality check."  :eek7:
 

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Re: Trans Anatolia rally, Turkey
« Reply #16 on: September 02, 2014, 03:24:56 am »
Eish! Take it easy Kobus!
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Re: Trans Anatolia rally, Turkey
« Reply #17 on: September 03, 2014, 03:57:58 pm »
Via FB:

Day 1 of the Transanatolia was fast, lots of navigation, crossing salt lakes and on pain killers. The salt lakes was a bit scary in the sense that if you get stuck in the mud, I think it will be the last time you will see your bike. You would have to wait for a dry season.

Day 2 of the Transanatolia started on pain killers and ended on "calming my nerves" tablets. We summit about 3000m above sea level and the terrain and views were spectacular. Law of gravity - what goes up must come done. That is just where my problems started. Due to the fact that I'm a bit scared of heights especially sheer drops on a narrow very slippery path, my rear brake decided that he had enough and failed. The weight of my heavy rally bike and the fact that I was just on the brake the whole time caused the problem. The result was that I had to only use front brake and go slow. To make this even more interesting, my front brake also decide that he had enough, so no brake at all going down these very steep mountain passes. I had to stop several times at mountain streams to cool down the brakes so that I can continue. Plenty on crashes and as always only on the parts of your body that is already injured. Made it home at the end stone last. This is a rally.
« Last Edit: September 03, 2014, 04:22:05 pm by SteveD »
 

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Re: Trans Anatolia rally, Turkey
« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2014, 04:09:19 pm »
Our campsite on day 3 was just spectacular
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Re: Trans Anatolia rally, Turkey
« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2014, 04:21:20 pm »
Day 3 of Transanatolia, I realized that we we stay in the mountains. We summit 3300m and again at some point we had to come down. Starting the day again with pain killers and my 32Gi for lasting energy (which I need so much) started the in a forest. The first stage I was very comfortable with my riding and ended quite fine. The second stage was the killer going up the mountains again. Again my rear brake failed and had no brakes coming down from 3300m. Not a pleasant feeling.