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Old 08-29-2010, 11:50 AM   #61
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Damn, they're putting a tonne of effort into their bikes!
But how does the longer swingarm help? I'd be too afraid that the welded part may just crack and break off on a big jump
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:54 AM   #62
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Damn, they're putting a tonne of effort into their bikes!
But how does the longer swingarm help? I'd be too afraid that the welded part may just crack and break off on a big jump

stability and traction.
All special Yamahas have longer swingarms in rally as well.
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:59 AM   #63
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stability and traction.
All special Yamahas have longer swingarms in rally as well.
OK, I get it.. I've seen millions of WR rallye pics and it never occured to me that they had extended swingarms.
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Old 08-29-2010, 12:06 PM   #64
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I'd be too afraid that the welded part may just crack and break off on a big jump
I doubt it is just butt welded, probably a male insert to go in the original swingarm.
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Old 08-29-2010, 12:10 PM   #65
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OK, I get it.. I've seen millions of WR rallye pics and it never occured to me that they had extended swingarms.
Thanks, buddy

the best guys to use in Europe to extend OEM Yamaha swingarm is Rinaldi MX team in Italy.

Also some use triple clamps with more offset (+2mm) on various bikes. I did when I was racing a 525 a few years back. It did help make the bike easier to handle/slide smoothly in curves.
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Old 08-30-2010, 11:22 AM   #66
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hi Guys,

I'm allways learning from you

And which is the best balance? 50-50 between front and rear wheels or any other percentage?

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Old 08-30-2010, 04:43 PM   #67
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Thanks for all your effort guys. You all have some real insight and great PICS ! Love the BMW wheelie pic crossing the river
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Old 08-30-2010, 11:06 PM   #68
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we'll see in january!!!!
i will even bet on the Aprilia, so who's in?
put your money (or anything really) where......bla,bla,bla...
Nico, I think Sherco is better than Aprilia. I'll bet you lunch that BMW (if they last) or Sherco will beat the Aprilia.

Its a beautiful machine thats for sure. I love the design of all three bikes.
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:11 AM   #69
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BMW (if they last)
That's the key question... will engine or electric last?!??!
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:17 PM   #70
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Nico, I think Sherco is better than Aprilia. I'll bet you lunch that BMW (if they last) or Sherco will beat the Aprilia.

Its a beautiful machine thats for sure. I love the design of all three bikes.
Hi Bluebull!!!! ok, we are on!!! it is a lunch, the winner decides where. maybe it can be at the finish line of the 2011 dakar. i'm planning a bike ride. as you say the Aprilia is beautifull, but the best thing it has is its engine. it is a work of art. as soon as i have mine ready i will let you try it so you can become a believer.
i think it is the perfect desert racing machine.
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Old 09-01-2010, 05:54 AM   #71
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Fretigne about BMW G450RR

Bert Duursma, co-developer of the 30 liter fueltank, was in Wonck (yes that is a place) and witnessed Fretigne and Vehoeven were training and testing.

Fretigne said: "The Beemer feels 20 kilo's lighter than my last Yamaha, more agile and easier to throw around on techical sections".

They both are now full-time preperation for the Dakar, doing at least 200 kms on the bike each day, but also cycling, fitness, cardio etc.

The Husqvarna crankcase is a factory part, used on the factory enduro bikes and now also in the Desert.
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Old 09-03-2010, 09:29 PM   #72
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pardon me... Husky crankcase? Its not the same Kymco case as the BMW? Whats it look like?
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Old 09-04-2010, 03:00 PM   #73
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It looks like this. As you know, BMW bought Husqvarna, and Husqvarna is using the Beemer engine in their enduro bikes, and since it is a factory part, i doubt it is manufactured by Kymco
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:20 AM   #74
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Little update: the shock is modified by Boy (Frans' mechanic and former WP employee) because due to the longer swingarm, the wheel was hitting the rearfender/fuelcell. Testing the updated WP shock in Belgium today.

Also, Frans was at SpeedBrain in Germany to make some changes to the wireloom. Offcourse, we mortals would remove the wireloom, or use a trailer, but if you want to do the 700 km trip asap, you shove the complete bike in the back of an X5 ...

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Old 09-21-2010, 12:51 PM   #75
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Frans showing off the 450 Rallye at a BMW event:
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