06-29-2012, 04:05 PM
Arbitrary Soil Appraiser
Joined: Jan 2009
Location: Eagle, Idaho
I tried it last year on my 990. First off, itís a long ass race. The logistics are never ending. Yes there is shipping your bike, which is not cheap. If you plan of getting your bike anytime between X-mas and New Years day, best make alternative plans. Northing but eating and drinking happens between X-mas and New Years. In addition, there are the border crossings, which take time, and the race does not wait for you. In the Atacama, and other sections of South America there are only a few gas stations, which have lines.
While itís not unrealistic to chase the Dakar, I would suggest targeting several key stages in the Atacama.
One option for a bike would be to check with the KTM dealer in LaSenna, which had 990ís for rent. The downside of riding the 990 is that fully loaded they are pigs in the deep soft sand. But given the pace of the Dakar, the 990 is a bike which will keep pace. I would have preferred a 525 with a big desert tanks for the off road sections.
Donít get me wrong, the Dakar was worth the effort.
Good luck, and watch out for the Pisco.
In da garage:
2011 KTM 300xc
2010 KTM 990r
2008 KTM 300xcwe
2006 Ducati Monster S2R
2006 Yamaha ttr50 - it's for yard work
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