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Old 01-17-2012, 09:10 PM   #796
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Just guessing here, but I think Bill will have better luck w/ a Husky due to possible BMW connections. Why not use the bike you had??? Kind of makes since to me......
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:39 PM   #797
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Bill:

I think you did great and you are the inspiration for a lot of us. The Know-How you own today is priceless.

Keep the good work!!
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Old 01-18-2012, 11:06 PM   #798
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"Fairly" is the key word. I'm not going to get into it but Ned's bike had issues like all the rest.
I think these new rules really test the capability of any 450 out there. also considering 1 full dakar race is like the full lifespan of a 450 so it is amazing any of them hold together. how did the berg's hold up this year?
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:23 AM   #799
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Hi Bill,

Great effort , followed it from afar. The remarks in regard to bikes, yep all bikes have issues, every single one of them. The race is more in the head and body than in the bike.

You got there, you raced, well done. Sam dropped out on a technical the second day, a dutch friend of mine dropped out on the second last day (Hans Jos Liefhebber), he wanted to race the last day but wasnt medically allowed to.

Fact is its crap if you cant finish, for anyone in the race whether it is the first day or the last day.

PS Russian remarks much like eastern european remarks are indeed "straight from the bridge " as they call it.
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:08 AM   #800
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you know exactly what you need to fix; I'm sure you did little else but think about it for days. And now you've seen more official rallye bikes up close than most people alive so you really know what to do.

Don't worry about what we wankers think.
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:16 AM   #801
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how did the berg's hold up this year?
I know of one that had an injector go bad, was able to get towed off the special where his assistance was able to replace it.
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:21 AM   #802
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I wanted to say something but sometimes its bettaa to keep quiet,,
good luck

p.s.build vs buy = raise the money and buy a decent bike
Whew, decision is made then. The rally expert has spoken, oh wait, he's a computer, cubicle-keyboard commando type, never mind.

If Husky is going to provide support again it's a no brainier. If funds provide I'd seek out SpeedBrain for rally parts as their kit for the TE are showing on their site. Finish the development you started. As you said, all the bikes experienced issues. I'm in for support for 2013.
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:24 AM   #803
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I think Bianchi Pratta are selling some rally parts for Huskies as well....

check 'em out
www.bianchiprata.com

edit: just remebered this on a facebook page they made for the 449/511:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Husqv...5907?sk=photos
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:29 AM   #804
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I think Bianchi Pratta are selling some rally parts for Huskies as well....

check 'em out
www.bianchiprata.com

edit: just remebered this on a facebook page they made for the 449/511:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Husqv...5907?sk=photos
Excellent! Buy off the shelf stuff when you can by people that have done the development. I think Bill spent a lot of time building one-off parts because rally parts weren't available for the 449
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:29 AM   #805
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The Husqvarna worked great and will probably be the platform I'll use again if I can get back to the Dakar. I was actually very impressed with the bike and particularly the motor considering what I put it through on day 2. The bike ran 90 kilometers in extremely deep sand with no water and a gaping hole in the side cover spewing oil faster than I could fill it not to mention who knows what kind of oil I was bumming from the locals. I do know I dumped a quart of tranny fluid in it. If it weren't for the dunes and deep sand I think it would have made the distance to the liaison.
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:31 AM   #806
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The Husqvarna worked great and will probably be the platform I used again if I can get back to the Dakar. I was actually very impressed with the bike and particularly the motor considering what I put it through on day 2. The bike ran 90 kilometers in extremely deep sand with no water and a gaping hole in the side cover spewing oil faster than I could fill it not to mention who knows what kind of oil I was bumming from the locals. I do know I dumped a quart of tranny fluid in it. If it weren't for the dunes and deep sand I think it would have made the distance to the liaison.
That's pretty extraordinary testimony!

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Old 01-19-2012, 07:40 AM   #807
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I guess racing is in the blood. After a few days the disappointment fades and the what ifs creepback in. I know I can ride the race and hope I can raise the funds to compete next year. There is no way I can spend the amount of personal funds again, I just don't have them. I plan on working on sponsorship and developing a fund raising plan for 2013 when I get back in the states.

I am IN for the next round!

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I think Bill spent a lot of time building one-off parts because rally parts weren't available for the 449
Too true, I became an expert at scouring the web for Husky rallye parts
when I was offered a fantastic deal on a '10 511 about 6 months back...

unfortunately no availability or info on large tanks made me pass on the offer
and head for an orange bike

I really hope Husky put more effort into rally racing, it would get more privateers
(who aren't fast enough to be picked up by SpeedBrain ) on the wagon as well
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:44 AM   #809
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The Husqvarna worked great and will probably be the platform I'll use again if I can get back to the Dakar. I was actually very impressed with the bike and particularly the motor considering what I put it through on day 2. The bike ran 90 kilometers in extremely deep sand with no water and a gaping hole in the side cover spewing oil faster than I could fill it not to mention who knows what kind of oil I was bumming from the locals. I do know I dumped a quart of tranny fluid in it. If it weren't for the dunes and deep sand I think it would have made the distance to the liaison.
I followed the development of that motor in the G450 for a couple years trying to decide if I wanted to go that route. Husky got a pretty sorted motor from BMW. They obviously refined it even more after speaking with Fred Hoess at the IMS show. I ultimately went with a 2T Husky. I road raced as a privateer, I know what it's like to be broke. If Husky is still an option it's a no brainier.
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:52 AM   #810
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Too true, I became an expert at scouring the web for Husky rallye parts
when I was offered a fantastic deal on a '10 511 about 6 months back...

unfortunately no availability or info on large tanks made me pass on the offer
and head for an orange bike

I really hope Husky put more effort into rally racing, it would get more privateers
(who aren't fast enough to be picked up by SpeedBrain ) on the wagon as well
I agree, I hope to see more Husqvarna in rally. It's the same in enduro, a sea of orange. I get a lot of compliments on my 2t Husky.
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