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Old 11-16-2012, 02:42 AM   #301
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Sorry ?? questionable reliabilty with KTM at Dakar - I believe they have won it the past 10 years !!!
With utterly factory unobtanium bikes.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:31 AM   #302
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That are reliable...

Whats your point?

Just give it up, KTMs are just as, if not more reliable as any other bike designed to do the same thing.

Congratulations to Honda anyway...
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:53 AM   #303
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Factory built ktms are slightly more reliable agreed.

But they have nothing on the baja450x. Ktms don't really do well down there.

Might be cursed?
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:37 PM   #304
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It's not a bike thing, it's a knowledge thing. Nobody is going to walk into Baja and beat a team like JCR who has been winning this for the last 10 years. It will take a few years and the right people to beat Honda. I raced the 500 earlier this year on a 450x and paid for JCR pit services. World class!
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:13 PM   #305
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so how did Bdad finish any word ??

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Old 11-16-2012, 03:25 PM   #306
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It's not a bike thing, it's a knowledge thing. Nobody is going to walk into Baja and beat a team like JCR who has been winning this for the last 10 years. It will take a few years and the right people to beat Honda. I raced the 500 earlier this year on a 450x and paid for JCR pit services. World class!
It is well agreed that Jcr and Honda have a great pit system.

But you need riders and a bike.

This years 1000 was billed as the closest ever due to the racing before hand.

Arguably the form of Caselli, Pearson and then bell and henge veld was better than Colton Timmy and Kamo.

Colton was a standout. He rode the wheels off the bike to build and maintain a lead.

According to that completely unreliable crappy tool called the Internet, Timmy had been spending weeks pre running the night section at night.

For him to put time into the night master in henge was unbelievable.

Ktm have been trying to get Baja for a decade now. They just can't crack it.

What's incredible is the privateer Kawi team - bell is an awesome rider and they were the real contenders to dethrone the 450x.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:27 PM   #307
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so how did Bdad finish any word ??
Here's an update from teamate Steve Buckley's wife -
Just talked to Steve again: Earl called and he had a good ride and now done with his last section. Marko on bike for last leg to La Paz. My goodness this has been a long race. I'm sure they are exhausted. Ride safely Marko to the finish!!
Unlike about an hour ago near Los Angeles


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Old 11-16-2012, 03:53 PM   #308
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good news !!
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:39 PM   #309
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Just got word that the 549x took the checkers
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:11 PM   #310
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When I got off the bike at mile 620 @ 11:00 pm last night we were in 2nd and picking up some time.
I then dove home so I could get to my sons Play off High School football game tonight at 7:00
So with stoping at 4:00 am and getting 4 hours of sleep I made it in time to watch my sons last High School football game.
His team lost ,But he played great !!
As for the Race, we had some down time (an hour +)Thuesday am before the bike got to me.
When the bike came to me ,I took off and had a great ride making up a bunch of time passing 5 other bikes ( DUSTY!! )
I passed the bike off at LA Bay then jumped in the chase truck and headed south.
I jumped back on the Bike at 8:30 pm and road another 120 miles and had a blast !! The silt was so deep it was coming over the front fender like a wave of warter.It was a great time riding with my old Honda teamates from the 80's
From what I just now read on face book the bike did finish after being stuck in the silt beds way down south for some time.

I will get a full up date in a few days need toget some sleep !!!!!!!
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:28 PM   #311
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Can somebody at the finish PLEASE check on the status of 274x for me? thanks!
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:46 AM   #312
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Congrats on your team's finish BD!!!

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Old 11-17-2012, 08:52 AM   #313
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549x Forked

549x getting forks swapped out at JCR/Honda pit #3 at RM167


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Old 11-17-2012, 08:58 AM   #314
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JCR/Honda Pit Meeting

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If you take a step into the JCR shop you quickly realize why they are a winning team. Nice establishment with hard working people.
Check it out ... http://www.photosbytink.com/jcr2012pit/


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Old 11-17-2012, 09:06 AM   #315
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This is why I was waiting so long !!! ( We had a internal dampening rod and fork spring that broke)
The guys at the Honda Pits were Great !!
Thanks to (549) Riders Steve Buckley and Bill Boyer for geting the bike going again. So I could race south .
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