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Old 11-29-2011, 05:53 PM   #1126
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:36 PM   #1127
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Namibia: Namib Dunes a Good Place to Prepare for Dakar Rally

Adam Hartman
25 October 2011


A GROUP of South African and New Zealand bikers that will race in the 2012 Dakar Rally, for the past two weeks tested their motorbikes and skills in the dunes between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, which they consider an ideal training ground.
The group consisted of professional riders, national champions and off road specialists, while Namibia's two-time Dakar participant, Ingo Waldschmidt, joined the group to show them the ropes.
Waldschmidt ended 52nd in 2009, and then 38th in 2010. He told The Namibian that he hopes to race the 2013 Dakar.
The Dakar is a two-week rally during January that stretches 9 500km across Argentina, Chile and Peru, and that will take the riders over Chile's Atacama desert.
"About 40 percent of the Dakar is through dune terrain, and that's what makes our dunes in Namibia such a good place to prepare for the rally. The overall conditions are also very similar to those in the Dakar," said Waldschmidt.
The riders were guided by Africa Motion Tours, and the caliber of the riders participating in the exercise brought along sponsors like Tata Namibia (for a support vehicle); and Red Bull, Milo and Nestle for energy drinks, refreshments and water.
Chris Birch (five time New Zealand Enduro Champion), and South African professionals, Darryl Curtis, Iain Stevenson, Greg Raaff and Niel Scott Williams arrived in Windhoek last week before making their first trip to the Brandberg area where they mainly focused on 'road-book' navigation - an intense navigation system that uses a paper scroll with hand-written directions, odometre readings and GPS coordinates all at once.
"The best navigator will win the Dakar. It comes with a lot of riding, practice and experience to be able to understand the navigation system in order to be successful," Waldschmidt explained.
The riders brought the newest Austrian-made KTM 450cc bikes for the exercise. The 450cc is apparently the maximum size motorbike allowed at the Dakar, and the latest models are fitted for the Dakar occasion.
Besides Stevenson having to withdraw from the 2011 Dakar on Stage 8 (Day 10) due to an injury sustained after a fall, this would be the first Dakar for all the riders.
The feelings were mutual among them when asked why they were participating in what is known as the ultimate rally. It has to do with a love for biking that goes back to their childhood years, and realising a dream of always wanting to participate in the the toughest rally in the world.
"It's not about winning; it's about participating, and hoping to finish it," they agreed.


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Old 11-30-2011, 05:48 AM   #1128
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Great to see the No. of South Africans increasing in the Dakar.
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:16 AM   #1129
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Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain

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At the team headquarters in Stephanskirchen (Bavaria) everyone has been working overtime since many months to build five race bikes capable of winning the Dakar 2012 - with the brand new Husqvarna TE 449 RR by Speedbrain as the new challenger.

The team will have 5 riders: the French David Frétigné, the Portuguese Paulo Goncalves, the Spanish Joan Barreda and the two Brazilian Zé Helio and Ike Klaumann.

The new Rallye bike developed by Speedbrain is a very specialized bike, with many trick solutions developed and designed in countless hours of testing and engineering. It takes advantage of various elements out of the Husqvarna TE 449 and also the BMW G 450 X, and apart from the strong TE 449, it's especially lightweight and easy to handle both in fast and technical conditions.

Team principal Wolfgang Fischer: "We are very happy that we could convince Husqvarna to partner with us for our Rallye bike developments and we are proud to continue to be a partner of the BMW Group and Husqvarna. I am sure we can prove in the 2012 Dakar the big potential of the team, the bike and the great riders we'll have at the start in Argentina on 1st January 2012. Of course, our common goal is to stand on the podium at the finish line in Lima, ideally at the top of it..."
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:09 AM   #1130
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Thats a very strong team, lots of potential for a podium upset
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:42 AM   #1131
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Husqvarna is dangerously fast bike with a lot of potential, bike is very fast, all they need to do is to fine tune a few details.

It would be so much easier for them, if BMW would sell these bikes straight out as KTM does with 450 RR, keeping flowing capital back to factory. It is easier than to ask for better budget, making the bike even more reliable ,,
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:03 AM   #1132
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I still can't get my head around how they fit a 30L tank on only the rear of the bike...
and how that's gonna affect the handling and/or reliability of it...

Other than that, I really hope they do well and we see a new brand challenging the KTMs


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Old 11-30-2011, 12:58 PM   #1133
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Husky? Still looks like a BMW to me...

Looks like a dog, smells like a dog.. probably is a ....

No matter what stickers and plastics they use.. The frame is still a BMW...





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Old 11-30-2011, 11:42 PM   #1134
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Husky? Still looks like a BMW to me...

Looks like a dog, smells like a dog.. probably is a ....

No matter what stickers and plastics they use.. The frame is still a BMW...
Very true, yet the frame is slightly modified with a horizontal bar welded across:
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Old 12-01-2011, 12:58 AM   #1135
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and no hydraulic clutch? wtf?

Is the engine a BMW/Husky hybrid...?
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:59 AM   #1136
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I'm curious to see where the front sprocket is situated.....
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:22 AM   #1137
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and no hydraulic clutch? wtf?

Is the engine a BMW/Husky hybrid...?
The Husky 449 is an evolution of the original G450X engine - with a few 'problems' sorted out, and by all accounts, ought to be more reliable - particularly the oil pathways/cooling (although note it has a honking great oil cooler behind the front fairing, just to make sure... and increase oil capacity of course...)

I don't think a cable clutch is a bad thing? - Honda and Yamaha still use them with no problems, and it's one thing less to go wrong/boil over/lose fluid...

Regarding Bluebull's question - the front sprocket is still in line with the swing-arm pivot on the Husky frame a la the 450X (can't imagine it could be any other way for the packaging - otherwise the wheelbase would be too long?), which of course this Rallye frame still essentially is... although interestingly, the Rallye frame seems to use linkage for the rear swingarm like the Husky enduro?

Personally I think last season's Speedbrain kit looked a lot nicer and stylish? However, I guess it is results that count... I'll be watching these with interest, as I imagine Si Pavey will be looking to run something similar next year?

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Old 12-01-2011, 05:40 AM   #1138
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The Husky 449 is an evolution of the original G450X engine
True, but I thought that the 449 had a hydraulic clutch (nothing against cables - apart from the fact that they remind me of my cable-destroying XR250 many years back oh the grief)

So have they mated the 449 cylinder & head to GX cases?
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:48 AM   #1139
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Is anyone considering running the new Super Tenere?

You'll be needing a chrome polisher as well as a mechanic...

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Old 12-01-2011, 06:37 AM   #1140
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