Observations on being a DDMT rally rider. I want boots, socks, gloves, dry ones!
Every thing is wet wet wet. It's starting to feel more like an enduro. Some experienced teams have custom made boot driers! So jealous...Ah, experience counts for a lot in this game. Roadbooks: A very time consuming occupation. More little bits of experience, bring one of those little forehead lights next time. Useful for loading your roadbook in pitch dark morning of parc fermé. Even better, make your roadbook easily detachable (easier said than done) so you can load it off the bike. Evenings are when we are allowed 2 hours before the parc fermé. Most days we are allowed only 15 minutes prior to departure time to do anything to the bike.
So day two was a tough one. Tough on the old Ducati too. Lucky for me I bounce pretty good. Later discovered the reason it was getting harder all the time to find first gear was because the top bolt out of two (not a great design) on the kickstand had broken out of the engine case from the crashing and allowed said k-stand to rotate upwards and interfere. Oh-oh......... it was not loosing oil, but clearly something had to be done.
Lycée Mendes France
to the rescue! Time for the area to receive a good cleaning and some epoxy. Lean it against a tree over night to cure and we're good to go!