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Old 12-15-2012, 09:10 AM   #970
Dread Pendragon
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Joined: Sep 2006
Location: Logan, Utah
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Interview with the leader of the Dakar Rally TEAM HRC

story here

an excerpt:

"Q.How did you proceed with development?

"First, we built clay models. We used design clay to create models that would approximate the exterior parts of the actual machine. We more-or-less finished this work in June. That is when we had two racers-Helder Rodrigues and Sam Sunderland-come to Japan, so we could perform the fitting work at HRC in Asaka.

"In mid-July we went to Morocco in Africa for a second set of tests. . . . I chose to test the bike where I knew we could subject it to extreme harsh conditions. We had the riders ride the bike, and, to make a long story short, the bike got beat up. Almost all of the parts broke."
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