Great bike for Rally
I can concur with everyone so far - the ADDC is a great event to start with. The single bivouac makes logistics so simple and the riding is great, once you get the hang of that dune riding. I loved the event my first time and learnt heaps. (Not so much the second time - don't crash on day 1, it sucks big time!!).
As for it being so close, don't sweat that. The organisation is great and very helpful people will get you sorted without too much drama. Just get your entry in, your license and insurance sorted and everything else will fall into place.
Best of luck
JayBo on Safari/Dakar
#101 Dakar 2015, Kiwi Safari Team, Perth, WA
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