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Old 01-12-2011, 08:50 PM   #1
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Question Malles Motos - Dakar

Well, after a bit of hunting around, i've had little success with finding information about the "Malles Motos" of Dakar.

What i do know is, that basically you enter the Dakar event as per any other compeditor, and effectivly pay around 500 euros extra, for the service of having 2 trunks (as per pic below), and 2 sets of tyres, transported around the event for you.

These trunks 'leapfrog' each other, for the duration of the event, and carry your spares, tools, sleeping gear etc.

This method enables you to do the event Marathon, with no service, backup crew etc., thus reducing cost etc.




Link to video:
http://player.sbs.com.au/dakar/#/dak...-Malles-Motos/



I'd really like to know some more information about this method of doing dakar, and what some of the logistics are.

For example, what can you pack in there?
Can you pack a spare engine as per pic, or is this against the rules?

Either way, by the time you pack:
- Spare Parts
- Tools
- Oil
- Oil Filters
- Air Filters
- RB Highlighters
- Spare Underwear
- Socks
- Sleeping Bag
- Sleeping Mat (maybe this is a luxury?)
- Tent
- Toothbrush
- etc.

... it wouldn't take long to fill.

And what about when you get back to base, and you really want a Chair or some Shade?

Should you pack a Warm Jumper/ Raincoat.

Where do you pack your Lollies, Gatoraide?

And your mobile phone, can you charge it somewhere?

I find this facinating.


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Old 01-13-2011, 03:29 AM   #2
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For example, what can you pack in there?
Can you pack a spare engine as per pic, or is this against the rules?

Either way, by the time you pack:
- Spare Parts
- Tools
- Oil
- Oil Filters
- Air Filters
- RB Highlighters
- Spare Underwear
- Socks
- Sleeping Bag
- Sleeping Mat (maybe this is a luxury?)
- Tent
- Toothbrush
- etc.
...
... it wouldn't take long to fill.

I find this facinating.

Not to mention making room for plenty

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Old 01-13-2011, 04:21 AM   #3
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I don't know how it is now, but I charged my phone by the ELF table while I worked on the bike. Also had a 12v charger on the bike.
Shade is under one of the big tents where you get your food. You can sleep there too, or take a tent. I managed to sneak a tent and sleeping bag into the back of one of the mechanics vehicles from another competitor
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Old 01-13-2011, 04:23 AM   #4
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When Simon Gets back from Dakar, I will take some pictures of his boxes.

He put and entire bike sans the main frame in a third box on The Desert Rose 4x4. Then he had a tent, oil filter for everyday, basic spares a few clothes items, bike stand, some oil (you get it free in the malles moto through elf)

It's impressive what you can get in one. You don't really need food stuffs as the organisers are good with that.
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Old 01-13-2011, 04:14 PM   #5
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When Simon Gets back from Dakar, I will take some pictures of his boxes.
I know I'm asking a lot but if you can get a shot with contents in the box, then laid out outside of the box that would be awesome to see how much can actually fit inside. Much respect to anyone who even enters the Dakar, but the people who do it with little to no support are tops in my book.

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Old 01-13-2011, 04:16 PM   #6
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Boxes have a weight limit though, if I remember correctly...
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Old 01-13-2011, 04:38 PM   #7
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Google "Bob Bergman Dakar" for his day by day account of a lone, unsupported Dakar run.
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:52 PM   #8
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Boxes have a weight limit though, if I remember correctly...
In Dakar 2007 the box weight limit was 50 kgs. But maybe it was a limit due to the airplane transport.
Maybe this limit could be higher now with the truck transport.

In Africa when a stage was "marathon" you could not have access to your box.

Sadly after 3/4 days the start order of spares... go wrong. And you got a box full "random" of items...

It's so difficult to store all the items you need just in one box...
The "2 seconds" tent outside the box, it's not allowed...
If you store some big engine parts, you've no more space for gatorade or other. Maybe in South America you could buy it directly at bivouac or at the city near. Not in Africa... But in winter you do not need so much salt in you camel back.

Not a lot of pants or jacket and when you see the "mud stage" think about maybe they could not change the items next day...
Socket and slip could be same for many days...
And same for tech shirt.

Dakar is not only a bike race...
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:36 AM   #9
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When Simon Gets back from Dakar, I will take some pictures of his boxes.

He put and entire bike sans the main frame in a third box on The Desert Rose 4x4. Then he had a tent, oil filter for everyday, basic spares a few clothes items, bike stand, some oil (you get it free in the malles moto through elf)

It's impressive what you can get in one. You don't really need food stuffs as the organisers are good with that.
PING thatcamerakid

Where are those pics?????
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