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Offline Kenisis

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DesertX
« on: June 21, 2009, 08:04:22 am »
Hi there Guys.

I have always been an avid fan of the Dakar Rally. It is always good to watch  the legends like Marc Coma and Cyril Despres flying around on their mean machines and in my naive way thought how cool it would be to be on a bike riding the dunes.

Now my naivity is coming to reality, maybe not quite the Dakar rally but a build up to the UAE Desert challenge.

We have a off road series called DesertX that will be starting on the 2nd of October that will be open to UAE and International people. It consists of 8 rounds and the possibilty of enetring the UAE Desert Challenge which always used to be the Opener for the Dakar rally.

Now ill get to the point of my Post there was mention that there are international riders that wouold want to enter, They will leave their bikes in Dubai and then Fly in for the events.

How Many of you would actually contemplate doing this?

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Re: DesertX
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2009, 08:21:40 am »
If I had the finances, I would be there like a shot!  :)
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Re: DesertX
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2009, 08:26:17 am »
Me too  :(
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Re: DesertX
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2009, 10:04:56 am »
 :thumleft: :thumleft:

Damm- would love to - what will the costs be do do something like this???
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Re: DesertX
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2009, 01:57:34 pm »
Hi there Guys.

the costs of an event like this are basically down to the purchase of an Enduro/ Off road bike, GPS and the the FIM License which is around R1,000.00 and then you entry for each event Which is about R500.00

There are bike shops here that will store, Service and repair you bike whilst you are away.

Our first round is on October 2nd. I will let you know how it fares!

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Re: DesertX
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2009, 11:08:34 am »
Hi there Guys.

We are off to a rather slow start. Desert X has postponed the first event form 2nd October to November 13th. Seems its too close to the Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi or the guys in their cars have their noses out of joint for some reason.

I will post things as i get them.

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Re: DesertX
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2009, 03:46:25 pm »
I think I should enter - on my XR650R :mwink:
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Re: DesertX
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2009, 03:49:57 pm »
Think my XT would be up to the task? :pot:

I'd love to do something like this one day though
 

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Re: DesertX
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2009, 07:51:08 am »
Would love to be there !!
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Re: DesertX
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2010, 10:11:00 am »
Well Finally we have got off to a start.

The events have been formulated into 30km Laps totalling up to 210km.

Round one was in Sweihan which is about 100km away from Dubai.We got to the pit area and got ready for riders briefing. The Dunes around us looking good.

I must admit it is quite intimmidating being on the starting Grid next to all the Really really fast guys, One also has to remember not to get too carried away and try and compete with them on this level as they are paid to ride and i am most certainly not.

The highlights of the day were getting a huge tank slap at about 80Km/h to which my trusted bike and i flew parallel to the ground and i ended up with a love bite on my leg from the back tyre. There was a set of 3 huge dunes that we had to take on in a row. Just a little steep around 60meters in hieght. Excellent stuff!

All in all i managed to do 5 laps of the race.

Round 2.

Round 2 was once again held in Sweihan. Same terrain but different track. The organisers removed the imaginary waypoints from our GPS units this time making it a little easier for those of us who missed the checkpoints from the previous event.

At the start i decided to do attempt to complete 6 laps this time around! The easiest way to do this is to minimise the refueling process. Basically stop farting around and ride and i took an informed decision to refuel once after lap 3.

So out i went on my merry way and low and behold 2 km before the end of the third lap i ran out of fuel. An important lesson was learnt and that was check to see if the reserve on the bike works, mine doesnt.

The end result was that i completed 4 laps and thouroughly enjoyed myself, especially the bit where i spent an hour watching every one ride past me asking me if i was alright. But no fuel bringers. But thanks to John Spiller for coming to my aid. I owe hime a beer.

The down side. My bike has gearbox problems.

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Re: DesertX
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2010, 07:39:28 am »
 :useless:

But keep us posted!

Shot for going out there and doing it  :thumleft:
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Re: DesertX
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2010, 02:13:24 pm »
I agree. But the www.dont allow pics.com is slowly sending me into the abyss.
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Re: DesertX
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2010, 05:12:20 pm »
A little Video That i made of the 5th event.



I have tried to write a ride report but got impatient with not seeing where my cursor went. Will tryagain later......

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Re: DesertX
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2010, 09:40:28 pm »
Like the say over here..: "Gooi mielies"  (Give it throttle)

How many km's does a race consist of?
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