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Old 03-08-2013, 07:42 AM   #138
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Team Torque Racing travelogue - Day -1 (Scrutineering)...

The Memo Tours transport assistance truck arrived early this morning - loaded with a couple of dozen rally bikes, together with a race car in the two-tier trailer!

With the Torque Race bikes unloaded, our riders joined the rest of the throng for the event admin and scrutineering checks, that with the high number of competitors is scheduled to take most of the day...

Early morning admin line comprehensively resisted moshing to German heavy-metal played continuously over the PA...


Of course the most important thing prior to presenting for scrutineering is to make sure your graphics are fitted correctly!

Some of the IYSK Wine/RMS US-team bikes...


LukasM undertaking last minute prep.


Hagenblad's stealth zebra:


ktmmitch has come up with an innovative way to stash his axle wrench:


Walking around the paddock it was most enjoyable to see the different approaches and solutions to what are basically the same set of requirements - that is sufficient fuel capacity, navigation gear (roadbook holder, trip meter and a GPS as a minimum), emergency water, and somewhere to stash tools, essential spares and safety equipment - and despite the majority of the field being on what are essentially converted enduro bikes - no two machines were the same.

The majority of the field are [of course] on KTMs of one sort of another... plenty of EXCs with bigger tanks (including Ed Taylor's solitary 2-stroke - brave fellow!), together with a large number of 690 Enduros with all manner of tank and fairing combinations - typically from the Rally Raid catalogue, and not least a handful of 640 Adventures and ex factory 690RR and 660 Rallye bikes.

Husaburg have a particularly good showing this year, the FE 450 and 570 offering a very slim and [visually] lightweight alternative... and on a similar theme I counted a number of Husqvarna 449 and even a brace of G450X's in 'rally lite' configuration...

Over the past couple of days the organisation have delighted in telling everyone how soft the sand dunes are that surround Douz, and that it's going to be a tough rally right from the start... in fact they have described the first 7 kms of the first special as [potentially] 'hell' for riders who are inexperienced or at least not fully committed!

Coupled with the GP style mass-start, it could well be a baptism of fire for those new to the desert, especially on the bigger bikes!

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