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Old 10-27-2008, 11:12 AM   #1
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Africa Race 2008 - The Preparation Story

Hey guys,

This thread is going to give a bit of an insight of my father preparing for the upcoming Africa Race Rallye in December '08, which is under the organisation of Hubert Auriol, a Dakar legend!

I was asked by PackMule to start this thread, so here it goes!
NOTE: I'll have to add some pics later on, since I haven't got a working scanner atm to scan some of the old-skool pics in...

I'll first start of by telling you a little about the history of my dad's rallye career.
It started back in '86, when he first took part in the Rallye Des Pharaons, which at the time was organised by Frenchman Fenouil, who had taken part in the Paris-Dakar Rallye several times.
His bike was a then Yamaha TT600 59x. It was a very basic setup at the time, compared to what'll be used during the Africa Race, mainly due to not knowing what was needed or what was available (no internet!!). The tank was an Acerbis KTM/Universal tank made to hold roughly 30L (the one with the lid a bit to the right). As I said, pics will follow later on... If recall correctly, he was able to finish the race.

Next year in '87 he took another shot at it, but managed to only complete a few of the stages in Egypt due to too many punctures in the rear tyre.
This time, the bike was a lot better equiped with a large acerbis 40L with integrated paper air filter, and rear tanks. See here for pics, due to having good contacts to an Italian team known as ICO-MOTO.
Participations followed in the year '88 and '89.

The next major event was the Paris-Dakar in '92. In '93, it was another shot at the Pharaons. Dakar followed again in '96 and '98 (even have a TV interview of him during the '98 event in the desert!).

In '00 it was a go at the Optic 2000 Tunisie and UAE Desert Challenge (PIC). Tunisie again in '05.

BTW, all events were on a Yamaha TT600. The last 3 were on a TT600R though (Pics at the bottom of this page)

The most recent event was the Rallye Des Pharaons in '07, the first event for him on a Yamaha WR450F (pics in upcoming post!).

Hope that gave you guys a general idea of the whole history.
If you've got a question, then please feel free to ask me anything!

Now to the Africa Race preparation!
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Old 10-27-2008, 12:09 PM   #2
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Building the bike

Here are the first steps of converting a standard '06 Yamaha WR450F in to a rallye machine!

The project starts of with a standard WR450F on a cold and foggy January day in '07.


We live in an area where houses are currently still being built, so we get the chance to use some of the empty land here to "train", even on that small hill.


After removing the tank it's time to mount the tank support from Meca-Systems. It's designed to adapt the 28L/30L Adventure/Rallye tanks from KTM to the WR.



After having removed the entire front part of the bike (forks, wheel, yokes, light, speedo, etc...) it's time to align the custom made instrument support on to the front of the frame.

After 'perfect' alignment, the frame gets drilled!!!


The entire support is held on to the frame by 5 M6 screws. Suprisingly stable considering the large weight mounted on to the support and the long leverage arm!


Here seen from the other side of the bolts.



Since the instrumental support is fixed up front, the plate which has the frame ID had to be moved.


After fixing the temporary tank, it's time to see how the fairing fits.


NOTE: The tripmasters seen here are OUR custom made ones!!! More info upon request!!! Also, the ugly LED lighting for the roadbook was changed later on, pics later on.


Here we are attaching the aluminum support on to the frame.



Final fixation.


View of the entire support


The orange 28L was later changed to a 30L version due to 2 reasons.
1. More capacity
2. Paintable (note the yellow aint remains on the orange tank...)


Frontal view:


Rider's POV:


And the remote, which is made all by myself!!!



More pics will follow tomorrow, so stay tuned!!!
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Old 10-27-2008, 12:23 PM   #3
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Thanks for sharing

Excellent !! More, please
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This is going to be very interesting. Subscribed!
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Old 10-27-2008, 12:46 PM   #5
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Thanks for the links to your Dad's pics. Very very cool.
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Well done.

Best of luck to your Dad. It appears he's in capable hands....

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How about some more info on the tripmasters?
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Very cool, Tony!


You can also embed your dad's old pics, just as you've done the bike prep pics, by getting the image url and placing it within IMG tags.



(Hit "quote" to see what it looks like in code)




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How about some more info on the tripmasters?
Sure thing!
Since my dad's an electronic engineer, it wasn't a big project to make a tripmaster that was able to withstand some tough riding through the desert!
It's designed to only have the simplest features: Trip, Speed and Time. No more....
Here a pic of the circuit itself:



The casing for it was later changed to a grey coloured one, to make it kinda look like the original ICO VRL! (Pics later on)

I myself have started a few projects. It's supposed to become a GPS which'll be controlled by touch. It's just a basic waypoint navigator, like the ones supplied by ERTF.
Also, I've made a compass course repeater, which can be attached to the GPS main unit and receive the COG (course over ground). Still wokring ion it though....

GPS unit with touchscreen:


Compass Repeater:


Both together:


An example of the acutal 'real' devices used in rallyes (Source: http://blog.yoshirally.com):
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