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Old 08-15-2006, 07:36 AM   #121
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One question, though. Why not just take a 950 salvage engine and build your bike, rather then gut a new $13,000 machine? Not sure I understand the rationale.
Same reason why Jimmy Lewis didn't just slap some new Karoos of an old GS before he headed down south.

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By the way, the stock headlight throws a pretty powerful beam at night, once the height is adjusted.
Not really. At least not by desert standards. You can out ride the stock beam around 50 mph... everything after that's just a crap shoot.
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Old 08-15-2006, 08:22 AM   #122
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Old 08-15-2006, 09:34 AM   #123
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powercell-quite the evil desert racer sled--how are you dealing with the carb vent, long hose down to the bottom, junk the canister?
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Old 08-15-2006, 09:56 AM   #124
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powercell-quite the evil desert racer sled--how are you dealing with the carb vent, long hose down to the bottom, junk the canister?
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Old 08-15-2006, 09:58 AM   #125
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Any chance you could post some more detailed pics of your "BOB JOB"? Or maybe if you are close by, I could take a look in person?

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Old 08-15-2006, 10:29 AM   #126
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Same reason why Jimmy Lewis didn't just slap some new Karoos of an old GS before he headed down south.
You don't like the Karoos?

What tires are you going to run in the Baja? Think you will beat Jimmy Lewis on his HP-2 ?

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Old 08-15-2006, 10:34 AM   #127
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You don't like the Karoos?

What tires are you going to run in the Baja? Think you will beat Jimmy Lewis on his HP-2 ?

later, barry
Love the "real" Karoos...

No plans to race the 1000 on the 950 - somebody started that rumor. It's a pre-run bike.

And no, I could not beat Jimmy... even if he road '92 XR200 with a serious rod knock. I've had the pleasure of working with Jimmy, Dave Donatoni, Jonah Street and even that Tim Morton guy these last few years down in Mexico with the HP2 project... great guys, great riders, great bike...
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Old 08-15-2006, 10:41 AM   #128
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... It's a pre-run bike. ...

I'd think that should be near perfect as a pre-runner
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Old 08-15-2006, 12:02 PM   #129
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What are you doing for blinkers? I've been looking at all the intergrated L.E.D. boards for conversion w/the stock rear light.
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Old 08-15-2006, 12:24 PM   #130
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What are you doing for blinkers? I've been looking at all the intergrated L.E.D. boards for conversion w/the stock rear light.




I won't be running blinkers... don't really know anyone who does to be honest. It's going to be used for 99% dirt riding... the plate was just a bonus!
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Old 08-15-2006, 12:48 PM   #131
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Oh well

Iv'e been in that 1% situation before, why the l.e.d. tail light then?
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Old 08-15-2006, 02:10 PM   #132
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Iv'e been in that 1% situation before, why the l.e.d. tail light then?
When you ride or race at night in the desert, a tail lamp is a must. SCORE requires it, only fools ride without one. I fell into this later catagory a few years back when some chump was riding inside my silt at night. He was 3 feet off my ass at around 75 mph when I chopped the throttle and dabbed the brakes for a RH sweeper... we both ended up in the pucker bushes.
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Old 08-15-2006, 04:51 PM   #133
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Jonah Street apparently surprised even KTM with his performance and with a 525 that could actually finishing the PD. Did he: 1) have an oil cooler and if so which one, 2) did he install either the stroker crank or larger piston/cylinder or 3) do something else for the (a) power to do well in the stages he did so in and do something for (b) reliability apart from blueprinting the engine?
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Old 08-15-2006, 10:31 PM   #134
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Jonah Street apparently surprised even KTM with his performance and with a 525 that could actually finishing the PD. Did he: 1) have an oil cooler and if so which one, 2) did he install either the stroker crank or larger piston/cylinder or 3) do something else for the (a) power to do well in the stages he did so in and do something for (b) reliability apart from blueprinting the engine?
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I had the opportunity to spend some time discussing the 525 rally bike with Charlie Rauseo (Jonah's team manager) at the Elko rally. The 525 rally bike has one liter additional oil capacity (three separate additional remote reservoirs plus the additional oil lines), and the radiators are about 50% larger capacity. I could not get Charlie to share specifics about the engine internals other than they want the bike to be able to run faster for the upcoming '07 Dakar. Obviously the team doesn't want to share too many competitive secrets... I really got the sense that the 525 that Jonah raced in '06 was pretty much a stock motor/tranny with more oil and cooling. Pretty impressive when you consider the weight of the bike in rally prep and with a full load of fuel.

Another thing I found interesting in talking to a few of the Dakar racers is they seem to think that the race organizers might be trying to make the race more competitive for the smaller bikes. If you think about it, this would allow more competition from some of the other manufacturers who don't want to develop a race program around a platform that has such a small market outside of the rally world. Shorter stages and lower peak speeds are a couple obvious recent changes that support this theory (plus safety of course). KTM has pretty much dominated recently and I'm sure the race organizers wouldn't mind seeing more competition...
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Old 08-15-2006, 11:49 PM   #135
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yes, i have sold my totally black BMW 1200 GS !
I couldn't resist the orange disease.

I've bought a KTM 950 R superenduro.
(first female with a SE ????)

next week it's ready to ride. (akrapovic, handlebarrisers etc.)
sneak preview with my phone.


I can't wait....
How tall are you Mistress G??????
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