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Re: Honda CRF450L and The Tankwa Cross Country Rally
« Reply #80 on: September 02, 2019, 08:23:18 pm »
And then some final checks for the day before some much deserved beers
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Re: Honda CRF450L and The Tankwa Cross Country Rally
« Reply #81 on: September 02, 2019, 08:25:50 pm »
Then the big boss of MIRA popped in and she was just as excited as us. 4 kids and 3 bikes

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Re: Honda CRF450L and The Tankwa Cross Country Rally
« Reply #82 on: September 02, 2019, 08:29:57 pm »
Lookiing forward to seeing the towers etc

Did you put a moose on the rear or just the front. Are you not concerned about the moose getting too hot?

Are you doing any kind of roadbook training in prep for this? I think there is, well from my side, a demand for roadbook training , I have spoken to Clive about this for next year. To host a few roadbook training weekends.

Muzz we are running mousses front and rear. Not concerned about the heat at all. If they survived similar and tougher conditions they should be good.

Some here might even say that they won't even heat up with 24hp at the rear...... :pot:

We will be taking the bikes for a shakedown to teste the nav equipment. Call it training if you want. Unfortunately time is not on our side for this year but I am sure some training can be arranged for future events.

Tyres are loaded and ready to be changed tomorrow
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Re: Honda CRF450L and The Tankwa Cross Country Rally
« Reply #83 on: September 02, 2019, 08:30:50 pm »
Sterkte met al die reelings en voorbereiding Charl.
Weet julle sal dit geniet en hou daai scooter aan die gang  :biggrin:

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Re: Honda CRF450L and The Tankwa Cross Country Rally
« Reply #84 on: September 02, 2019, 08:32:17 pm »
You will feel a noticeable difference with that sticker kit Charl, be warned!  Ever since I fitted that to the little 250 Rally it has transformed into a beast.   :lol8:

Following with interest.  Ek is bietjie ver, maar skree as ek kan help met iets.  :thumleft:

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Re: Honda CRF450L and The Tankwa Cross Country Rally
« Reply #85 on: September 02, 2019, 09:30:41 pm »
I found that the brake line at full compression can catch the top of the roadbook and then when the forks extend again, it can cause serious damage to either the line or the tower.

No, I not jealous at all!

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Re: Honda CRF450L and The Tankwa Cross Country Rally
« Reply #86 on: September 03, 2019, 07:50:16 am »
Larger tanks ?
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Re: Honda CRF450L and The Tankwa Cross Country Rally
« Reply #87 on: September 03, 2019, 12:08:33 pm »
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I think you may have put the fork stickers on the swing arm and the swingarm stickers on the forks, but its gonna go faster anyway

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Re: Honda CRF450L and The Tankwa Cross Country Rally
« Reply #88 on: September 03, 2019, 12:39:15 pm »
Lookiing forward to seeing the towers etc

Did you put a moose on the rear or just the front. Are you not concerned about the moose getting too hot?

Are you doing any kind of roadbook training in prep for this? I think there is, well from my side, a demand for roadbook training , I have spoken to Clive about this for next year. To host a few roadbook training weekends.

Muzz we are running mousses front and rear. Not concerned about the heat at all. If they survived similar and tougher conditions they should be good.

Some here might even say that they won't even heat up with 24hp at the rear...... :pot:

We will be taking the bikes for a shakedown to teste the nav equipment. Call it training if you want. Unfortunately time is not on our side for this year but I am sure some training can be arranged for future events.

Tyres are loaded and ready to be changed tomorrow

What mouses are you running KarateKid?
 

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Re: Honda CRF450L and The Tankwa Cross Country Rally
« Reply #89 on: September 03, 2019, 01:05:44 pm »
Lookiing forward to seeing the towers etc

Did you put a moose on the rear or just the front. Are you not concerned about the moose getting too hot?

Are you doing any kind of roadbook training in prep for this? I think there is, well from my side, a demand for roadbook training , I have spoken to Clive about this for next year. To host a few roadbook training weekends.

Muzz we are running mousses front and rear. Not concerned about the heat at all. If they survived similar and tougher conditions they should be good.

Some here might even say that they won't even heat up with 24hp at the rear...... :pot:

We will be taking the bikes for a shakedown to teste the nav equipment. Call it training if you want. Unfortunately time is not on our side for this year but I am sure some training can be arranged for future events.

Tyres are loaded and ready to be changed tomorrow

What mouses are you running KarateKid?

Michelin Bib Mousses
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Re: Honda CRF450L and The Tankwa Cross Country Rally
« Reply #90 on: September 03, 2019, 01:14:49 pm »
Lekker Charl baie sterkte aan julle almal. Lucky bastard  :)
 

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Re: Honda CRF450L and The Tankwa Cross Country Rally
« Reply #91 on: September 03, 2019, 03:25:17 pm »
Sjoe, those Honda's are looking very smart indeed... and fasssssst  :thumleft: It a very good looking bike, I'm particularly fond of that dark headlight  :drif:
Wise to run mousse's in the Tankwa, there's plenty of Acacia thorn trees in those river beds waiting for tubed tyres.
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Re: Honda CRF450L and The Tankwa Cross Country Rally
« Reply #92 on: September 03, 2019, 03:33:22 pm »
Sjoe, those Honda's are looking very smart indeed... and fasssssst  :thumleft: It a very good looking bike, I'm particularly fond of that dark headlight  :drif:
Wise to run mousse's in the Tankwa, there's plenty of Acacia thorn trees in those river beds waiting for tubed tyres.

I was checking out those lekker 2 tone barkbusters.. looks very nice
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Re: Honda CRF450L and The Tankwa Cross Country Rally
« Reply #93 on: September 03, 2019, 07:39:06 pm »
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Re: Honda CRF450L and The Tankwa Cross Country Rally
« Reply #94 on: September 03, 2019, 09:14:21 pm »
I havenít had a chance to read all posts but here is my question.

Since a 125 2T makes more power than the 450L (correct me if Iím wrong) and the 450 is heavier does this mean you are going to ride it as you would a 125 ?

As in hold it wide open all day and not back out of anything?

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Re: Honda CRF450L and The Tankwa Cross Country Rally
« Reply #95 on: September 03, 2019, 10:43:12 pm »
My point is riding a low horse power bike in any event means a complete change of riding style and carrying corner speed - have you prepped for that?

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Re: Honda CRF450L and The Tankwa Cross Country Rally
« Reply #96 on: September 03, 2019, 10:44:31 pm »
My point is riding a low horse power bike in any event means a complete change of riding style and carrying corner speed - have you prepped for that?

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Re: Honda CRF450L and The Tankwa Cross Country Rally
« Reply #97 on: September 03, 2019, 10:59:46 pm »
Okay - sounds good - could you explain a bit more


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Re: Honda CRF450L and The Tankwa Cross Country Rally
« Reply #98 on: September 04, 2019, 07:44:45 am »
I havenít had a chance to read all posts but here is my question.

Since a 125 2T makes more power than the 450L (correct me if Iím wrong) and the 450 is heavier does this mean you are going to ride it as you would a 125 ?

As in hold it wide open all day and not back out of anything?

Iím asking what your plan is for real and not being funny

I am not sure whether I am going to answer your question, but let me try.

One of our local riders who managed to finish the Dakar once told me that he prefers to ride a bike that he can ride to the limit rather than having to manage the bike and have the bike ride him all day. Hence he traded his Husky 450 race bike for a 250 (for endure, not rally).

The Tankwa being a rally, and the terrain being mostly rocky and technical would mean that there will be a lot more than speed and HP at play. This is where torque comes into play as well.
Admittedly we still need to discuss strategy, but as I have said in a previous post consistency and being smooth will be much more important than HP or riding on the throttle.

First prize for us would be to have all three bikes finish and finish well. To do this we need to manage the bikes and ourselves over the three days. Bear in mind we are not top racers and definitely will not be chasing down Kenny Gilbert on our bikes. But with proper navigation and consistency we might just do better than you expect.

Any endurance event is unpredictable. There is so much unforeseen things that could happen. Riders can get sick or lost. Mechanical issues (probably not with the Honda's) which could change the standings. Navigational errors. The list is endless. That is what makes the Dakar and any other Rally event so exciting. How many times have Geniel de Villiers led the Dakar only to loose everything due to a mistake or bad luck.

The 450 is far from a 125. I think you should get on one and take it for a test ride. You might just be pleasantly surprised  :ricky:
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Re: Honda CRF450L and The Tankwa Cross Country Rally
« Reply #99 on: September 04, 2019, 07:58:55 am »
Spot on @KarooKid, some of those riverbeds are tight 2nd and 3rd gear stuff for long sections, interspersed with river rock sections where you won't get a chance to hook 4th gear. Torque will help here. If that bike can run 120km/h then you'll be just fine, only Riding Gods can keep it wide open in the rough stuff.
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