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Old 02-13-2013, 08:43 PM   #31
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So bummed I can't go
Yeah, what he said. I guess I'll have to live with just the T-shirt. Have a great rally.
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:56 AM   #32
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How about bring a case of wine to the rally for some testing. See you in Tunisia
Now that's an idea, I will even volunteer to help with Wes with the testing.

See you guys in the desert!
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:31 AM   #33
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:41 AM   #34
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Now that's an idea, I will even volunteer to help with Wes with the testing.
You guys are the best!

Look forward to meeting so many of you.
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:16 PM   #35
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:22 PM   #36
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:55 PM   #37
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Ned, out of curiosity, when will you ship the shirts? I didn't see it mentioned. I'd like to wear it for good luck when I go for new treatments. I want some of your golden touch to rub off on me.
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:58 PM   #38
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Ned, out of curiosity, when will you ship the shirts? I didn't see it mentioned. I'd like to wear it for good luck when I go for new treatments. I want some of your golden touch to rub off on me.
I ordered a bunch that will be done next week, I think, yours will be among them because anything I can do to send good luck your way for the treatment must happen!

Anyone that wasn't covered by the quantities I ordered right away, will ship as soon as we get back. I'll close orders and have Duke finish out everything anyone needs.

Make sense?

Sending strength, Jim!
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:02 PM   #39
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Thanks Ned. Your 2012 Dakar performance got me through the first surgery.
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:39 AM   #40
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For those who followed my Dakar story last year, you'll recall that I loved the bike overall, but really wanted more power.

The strengths of the package I took- comfortable ergonomics, simplicity, reliable, familiar, and low budget (relatively!) were things I didn't want to let go of... but let me restate how much I really wanted more power. I sold the Dakar bike to a collector (it now lives in a garage with 3 desmosedicis!), and wanted to find something to fill that slot in the garage.

A great deal came along on a 505XCF (with a 2moto kit!) and my mind started running. Here would be a bike that I could fit the RMK on for trips to Nevada and Utah, that would also be a kick-ass new sport for winter. On a whim, I bought it.



As an aside, here's the 2moto kit in action, on my XCW (since the XCF had already shipped):



It's awesome fun but I hate the cold. If you're interested in it, drop me a PM, it's for sale and I'll make you a great deal.

Back to rally stuff: For those who aren't familiar with the XCF, it shares a similar frame to the XCW, but that's about it. The motor is an oversquare twincam derived from the SX-F (a very similar architecture to the 450 Rally engine), and the racing lineage comes through loud and clear. On most dynos, they make at least 10hp more than the XCW does, but even more, the way they make power leaves no question that the intent is winning motocross races, not threading tricky singletrack somewhere. It is one step away from violent.

This one has a big stator and heavy flywheel, which make it much more pleasant to trailride, but after using it this summer on the high skinny stuff, it was clear to me that its home was in the desert. So, I loaned it to Pyndon when he visited, made him jet it (which he did perfectly!) and then chased him around on the toughest trails I could find doing my best to torture him. If it were someone else, it would have been mean, but he was going to Dakar, so it was training. Here he is in Idaho:



When the call came to go to Tunisia, I knew what bike I was going to build.
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:57 AM   #41
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The way it worked out, I was traveling when the Tuareg came together. I arrived home with about 5 days to build the bike and send it on its way to Oakland to go in the container.

Luckily, C.Vestal is my shop neighbor and I know his weaknesses. So, I had help.

The first step was stripping it down to nothing and getting comfortable with the underpinnings.



Her enduro clothes came off, and valves were checked, bearings greased, fluids changed, everything I could do to get the underlying bike sorted. Then it was time for Chris to work his magic on the front end:



I had taken at least two of everything required to make a rallybike to Dakar, and used only what was on the bike. The only part I had to buy for the Tuareg was a gas tank- Jason at MX1West helped me out with that.

In addition, I put on some other parts I really trust:

- Dirt Tricks gearing- 15/48, and I brought 14 and 46 sprockets to give me a pretty good range of options, together with a new chain.
- BRP damped submounts and chain guide
- 7602 racing Carb vent filter
- FMF Megabomb exhaust and 4.1 silencer
- Cycra Handguards w/ BRP threaded inserts (bombproof!)
- Wolfman custom fairing bags- the best for carrying a few odds and ends
- F2R Roadbook
- System Tech fork bleeders
- Touratech GPS mount
- Scotts steering stabilizer




Suspension was my spare set from Dakar (open chambers with stock 2009 XCW valving and .50kg/mm springs, stock rear valving w/ 8.0 spring), spare wheels from Dakar, spare tires and mousses from Dakar... basically, I built the bike from leftovers lying on the shelf. Good thing, too, because there's not much time to order anything in 5 days!

Here's the final product, I have no idea what my expression is about:



I loaded it in my van together with Wild Man's ex-Jonah 525, cRAsH and AnnieGS drove it out to Oakland, and it went in the crate. Here's the US lineup:



The plan had been set in motion!
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:04 AM   #42
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Sweet ride Ned. It was surely fate that you had the required bits to build the bike up in the few days available.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:26 AM   #43
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:12 AM   #44
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Loving the report Ned, the bike does indeed look great!

Also must admit I'm a little jealous of having a neighbor like Chris, I swear I would be sleeping on the floor of his workshop during a race build
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:19 AM   #45
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Also must admit I'm a little jealous of having a neighbor like Chris
Nice to see his Pyndon hoody on display during the build as well!
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