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Forum: Racing 01-05-2015, 05:10 PM
Replies: 11,280
Views: 932,977
Posted By javahead
From John's mechanic Ben: dehydration and a...

From John's mechanic Ben: dehydration and a chopper ride; no restart.
Assume this occurred prior to the stage being ended.
Forum: Australia 09-24-2012, 11:25 PM
Replies: 557
Views: 73,947
Posted By javahead
Just heard from JayBo's crew that Matt Fish...

Just heard from JayBo's crew that Matt Fish drowned his bike 38 km in, and expects to restart tomorrow.
Forum: New Zealand 04-17-2012, 08:59 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 13,440
Posted By javahead
kiwi inmate riding in aus

This from the prologue in the 2009 Aus Safari. Every time I saw a photographer I expected trouble so slowed more than usual. I never saw anyone here.
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Forum: New Zealand 11-06-2011, 09:45 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 9,017
Posted By javahead
post-mortem

The 530 is now back in NZ, reassembled and running again. Thankfully the electrical fault hadn't mysteriously disappeared - it was still without a spark.
I replaced the Trailtech stator with the...
Forum: Racing 10-02-2011, 03:29 PM
Replies: 748
Views: 100,579
Posted By javahead
Trolling through the photos I discovered this....

Trolling through the photos I discovered this. Apologies if it doesn't work for all browsers - I've not put video up before.

An interview with Seth immediately on his return to the bivouac after...
Forum: Racing 10-01-2011, 01:17 AM
Replies: 748
Views: 100,579
Posted By javahead
Seth's not letting his new but temporary...

Seth's not letting his new but temporary disability get in the way of enjoying the WA roads. We're fairly relaxed about him being in control of our lives, even though he still thinks in mph and...
Forum: Racing 09-30-2011, 04:06 PM
Replies: 748
Views: 100,579
Posted By javahead
When the key was turned the pump would whine and...

When the key was turned the pump would whine and stop as it normally would, so it seemed OK.
Forum: New Zealand 09-30-2011, 03:58 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 9,017
Posted By javahead
Troy thanks for clarifying the finisher and 100%...

Troy thanks for clarifying the finisher and 100% safari regs. I was never in any doubt about missing out on both. Finishing is not easy, and finishing every stage and every leg with no penalties...
Forum: New Zealand 09-30-2011, 09:08 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 9,017
Posted By javahead
Seth's bike had a mechanical issue in one of the...

Seth's bike had a mechanical issue in one of the stages today. Disappointing for Seth that his bike never got to the end under its own power. Not such a big deal for me because my chance of a...
Forum: Racing 09-30-2011, 08:45 AM
Replies: 748
Views: 100,579
Posted By javahead
Yep. I was there. Seth's bike was running...

Yep. I was there.
Seth's bike was running sweetly and handling nicely. I was having a good run on it until a coolant warning light came on, so I stopped to check it out. It needed what was in my...
Forum: New Zealand 09-28-2011, 02:29 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 9,017
Posted By javahead
It was very generous of Seth to offer his 690 for...

It was very generous of Seth to offer his 690 for me to ride, and a welcome surprise to be allowed by the officials.
Yesterday was two relatively straightforward sections. A longish 240km one...
Forum: New Zealand 09-27-2011, 03:17 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 9,017
Posted By javahead
Well that's it for bike 28 for Safari 2011. The...

Well that's it for bike 28 for Safari 2011. The 530 is not playing nicely. We've replaced everything except the stator to try to get a spark, and we can't get a stator here in time to avoid being...
Forum: New Zealand 09-23-2011, 08:29 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 9,017
Posted By javahead
It's 11:30 and we get up at 5:00 for what we're...

It's 11:30 and we get up at 5:00 for what we're told will be fast and rocky leg one. So this is a brief update.
The prologue was a great mix of terrain, fast and tight, rocky and sandy, with some...
Forum: New Zealand 09-21-2011, 07:38 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 9,017
Posted By javahead
Scrutineering today. Glad they checked the little...

Scrutineering today. Glad they checked the little things like the contents of the first aid kit because they're what takes time to get right. Everything was fine. We all managed to forgot our...
Forum: New Zealand 09-20-2011, 07:26 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 9,017
Posted By javahead
Documentation and scrutineering tomorrow, so we...

Documentation and scrutineering tomorrow, so we had an incentive to get the bikes finished and gear ready.
Don't expect to need a headlight, but if we do its good to know it's at least aimed...
Forum: Australia 09-20-2011, 06:51 AM
Replies: 1,538
Views: 139,740
Posted By javahead
Looks like the average will be 390km of...

Looks like the average will be 390km of selectives and 499km in total per day, assuming we've interpreted the fuel matrix correctly.
Forum: New Zealand 09-19-2011, 07:49 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 9,017
Posted By javahead
It was a huge relief to see the crates emerge...

It was a huge relief to see the crates emerge from the depot with everything intact, and no sign of the dreaded steam cleaning. We got back to base, pulled the crates apart and bolted the bikes back...
Forum: New Zealand 09-17-2011, 06:44 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 9,017
Posted By javahead
Thanks for the encouragement - this time's going...

Thanks for the encouragement - this time's going to be very interesting. I think we're ready. I hope we're ready because we'll be there later today. The bike's cleared customs and quarantine and the...
Forum: Racing 02-01-2011, 11:45 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 14,977
Posted By javahead
Go Wyobrew!

Nothing feels better than surviving an offroad race as an old noob; even finishing at the back of the field is so much better than wondering if you can do it.
2 years ago, like you, after reading...
Forum: Australia 08-10-2010, 03:40 AM
Replies: 1,323
Views: 105,821
Posted By javahead
In Safari trim the 530s were around 133-135 kg...

In Safari trim the 530s were around 133-135 kg plus 26-27 litres = 155 kg max.
Forum: Thumpers 07-14-2010, 06:14 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 90,114
Posted By javahead
I wasn't aware of this tank; it looks great. A...

I wasn't aware of this tank; it looks great. A year ago we bought MecaSystem rear tanks at far greater cost. The subframe from MecaSystem is a stock EXC one with mounting tabs welded on - no...
Forum: Australia 07-13-2010, 03:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,253
Posted By javahead
It was mainly curiosity. I wondered how an enduro...

It was mainly curiosity. I wondered how an enduro motor would handle long periods at high (for me anyway) speeds.
It was also a noisy motor from the start compared to my previous one, and I thought...
Forum: Australia 07-13-2010, 02:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,253
Posted By javahead
I ran an 09 530 in last year's Safari. Had maybe...

I ran an 09 530 in last year's Safari. Had maybe 10 hours on it at the start. Totally standard: no oil cooler. Oil and filter changed daily. No problems at all during the event.
Stripped after the...
Forum: Australia 07-08-2010, 04:07 AM
Replies: 1,323
Views: 105,821
Posted By javahead
It's not about the costs or the quality of the...

It's not about the costs or the quality of the event. The costs are fair and the quality of course and organisation are excellent. I'd be there this year but for other commitments vying for my time,...
Forum: Australia 06-11-2010, 08:10 PM
Replies: 1,323
Views: 105,821
Posted By javahead
I have a melted EXC headlight from when a...

I have a melted EXC headlight from when a filament shorted. May be rare but it can happen.

HIDs have no filament to break, and they're bright. But they add weight and have lots of connections,...
Forum: Australia 06-11-2010, 01:56 PM
Replies: 1,323
Views: 105,821
Posted By javahead
I tried these while trying to figure the best...

I tried these while trying to figure the best lighting option for last year's Safari. They seemed better suited to tight trails than fast open roads. I ended up with a different solution, but that...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 06-09-2010, 03:24 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 49,867
Posted By javahead
Yep. Sheared the vulcanised rubber bushing on my...

Yep. Sheared the vulcanised rubber bushing on my 1150GSA's driveshaft last November. Failure occurred suddenly and totally. That is there were no warning signs and it needed a recovery vehicle.
...
Forum: New Zealand 04-07-2010, 06:52 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 38,167
Posted By javahead
Chris & Monica Birch Central NI adv ride

Not entirely sure this is the right place for this, but its a great little RR.
http://www.birchy.co.nz/index.php/news-mainmenu-32/1-latest/75-chris-and-mons-excellent-adventure
Forum: New Zealand 02-10-2010, 07:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,790
Posted By javahead
All I've found are: ...

All I've found are:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=10752887&id=254441400012
and
http://www.bikesportnz.com/?p=2364#more-2364
and Chris Birch's post on kb...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 02-10-2010, 07:32 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 10,198
Posted By javahead
Agree its great for travel, navigating on foot in...

Agree its great for travel, navigating on foot in urban areas, but it wasn't immediately obvious to me that getting a local SIM was wise. Roaming charges at typically $10,000 per GB can easily mean...
Forum: Racing 12-16-2009, 05:28 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 12,217
Posted By javahead
Yep, M3DE and I might well have been dead last -...

Yep, M3DE and I might well have been dead last - but I finished when some didn't. You'll be fine in the local GNCC events - they're shorter, faster, way less technical and even I came "not last" so...
Forum: Racing 12-16-2009, 02:46 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 12,217
Posted By javahead
Ok I'm not quite 50 yet but it's great to read...

Ok I'm not quite 50 yet but it's great to read that so many other guys are getting back into serious dirt riding. Last year at 46 I got back into off-road racing after 23 years off, figuring I had...
Forum: New Zealand 12-15-2009, 10:34 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 9,977
Posted By javahead
At the risk of hijacking your thread JayBo I'd...

At the risk of hijacking your thread JayBo I'd say the officials were probably right to have closed SS8. huskyte610e, me and one other might have been the last 3 bikes through. The terrain started...
Forum: Australia 09-10-2009, 11:29 PM
Replies: 865
Views: 71,112
Posted By javahead
Not sure I'm ready for a career just yet, but...

Not sure I'm ready for a career just yet, but happy to accept your offer. Cheers!
Forum: Australia 08-18-2009, 06:11 PM
Replies: 865
Views: 71,112
Posted By javahead
Apparently electrical. The battery died and the...

Apparently electrical. The battery died and the cause remained a mystery.
Forum: New Zealand 08-13-2009, 12:25 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 12,930
Posted By javahead
Kiwi Safari Team 2010

OK we've just finished, and next year's event hasn't been announced, but we'd like to start the ball rolling with talking to anyone who's interested in being part of next year's team of Kiwi...
Forum: New Zealand 08-09-2009, 03:52 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 12,930
Posted By javahead
Jaybo and I got back a few hours ago and its very...

Jaybo and I got back a few hours ago and its very quiet here. My ears are still ringing, my hands are still tingling. I think my body is confused because the adrenaline is still flowing yet there's...
Forum: New Zealand 08-03-2009, 07:14 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 12,930
Posted By javahead
quick report from day two

Hey thanks for the support. I'm plugging away near the end of the field but having a ball. First day of deep sand was excellent but I was passed by pretty much everyone as I got to grips with the...
Forum: New Zealand 07-02-2009, 01:01 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 59,220
Posted By javahead
The bike we've built up here gets 22 litres in...

The bike we've built up here gets 22 litres in the main tank and 5 in the rear. They seem to vary a bit. I only got the full capacity after the main tank had settled itself in, and after I'd fitted...
Forum: New Zealand 06-22-2009, 02:26 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 59,220
Posted By javahead
Right now the Kiwis that are travelling across...

Right now the Kiwis that are travelling across are near ready.
We just finished transferring all the gear from the development bike to a fresh 2009 530.
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