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Old 08-02-2006, 10:48 PM   #1
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KTM Buckaroo High Desert Rally

UPDATE:
Some have asked about the slideshow pics from the Saturday night presentation in Elko ... here's a link where you can download the actual Powerpoint presentation that was shown:

ELKO SLIDESHOW PRESENTATION (~20MB PDF)


Fantastic event so far ... as time allows, I'll be posting updates at the end of each day.

DAY 1 - The Class





The class

Instructors:

Scot Harden
Fabio Fasola




The KTM Adventure Tours Buckaroo Rally in Elko Nevada kicked off with a KTM Adventure camp featuring Dakar & Baja vet Scot Harden, plus former world enduro champion Fabio Fasola!





The race-prepped 640 Adventures were at the ready for the class, waiting patiently while the orientation took place.








People had various ways of preparing themselves for the actual class …








I had the opportunity to ride one of the Advneture Tours 640s … they spared no expense setting these things up.





Scot showed all how to ride them:





So did Fabio (you can just make out the arc from his boot – that foot didn’t move from that spot, just rotated):





Note the track – this is how a flat-ground corner at speed is supposed to look:





”Does that technique work on a 950?”





Sure … just digs a bigger trench in the ground.





…and throws more rocks at anybody in the vicinity.





When a world enduro champion speaks, you listen. One bit of advice everyone took away:

”When you crash, your face hits the ground.”
















The “Australian Chase”.














Scot’s a dedicated instructor – putting himself in harm’s way to demonstrate a stopping technique.








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Old 08-02-2006, 10:58 PM   #2
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The trail ride.

Following lunch, there was a quick review of some of the drills & we were then off for a trail ride.

I saw on the way in … there’s a few trails out in these parts:

















Scot:




Fabio:




Elko:










Those of you on the way … you’ve got something to look forward to


























This was just a quick trail ride from 5000’ to 7500’ – tomorrow is the real ride!


Much more to come!
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Old 08-03-2006, 07:53 AM   #3
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Great stuff!! Looking forward to more....
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Old 08-03-2006, 08:23 AM   #4
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Wow...
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Old 08-03-2006, 09:22 AM   #5
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WOW!!! Keep the pics coming!
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Old 08-03-2006, 10:44 AM   #6
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Very cool.

More pics please!
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Old 08-03-2006, 10:58 AM   #7
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Looks like that would be a great class to take. Do you know what modifications KTM does to prep the bikes?
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Old 08-03-2006, 11:04 AM   #8
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Awesome! Wish I was there!
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Old 08-03-2006, 11:06 AM   #9
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Whoa!

How much off road experience do you have? Or, need to have to attend one of these schools?
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Old 08-03-2006, 11:29 AM   #10
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Great pics as always! Man, I have to join club Orange asap!!!
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Old 08-03-2006, 04:07 PM   #11
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Looks like that would be a great class to take. Do you know what modifications KTM does to prep the bikes?
The 640's being used for the adventure tours are pretty much race-ready as far as I can tell. Every bike has a custom-fabricated cockpit to allow for large roll-chart holder, GPS, IMO, & all associated controls to be easily accessible (handlebar controls for IMO, rollchart, etc...).

Beyond that, the suspension & carbs have been gone over ... I owned a 640 for a year or two ... these are COMPLETELY different bikes. I think the suspension & throttle response is what really stands out.

Just got back from the day 2 ride ... pics coming!!
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Old 08-03-2006, 04:59 PM   #12
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Excellent!

was thinking of riding down for this when I got the mailer but couldn't swing it. This is the next best thing!

have fun!
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Old 08-03-2006, 05:10 PM   #13
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Hey, can you ask Michael what kind of outfit he's wearing? Looks like Alpinstar of some kind.

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Old 08-03-2006, 10:28 PM   #14
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Day 2 ride




Day 2 began with a moderate pavement run out to the trailhead … from there we would explore the hills. Amazing thing about the terrain is, being mining country (to the present day) roads abound. Many historic, many simply rural routes, many are seemingly random paths that are seldom used. The views are such that navigating can be as simple as sighting the valley you want to end up in & keep taking roads that look like they lead that way.

Today’s ride was just that – mostly uncharted (for our group) roads … just exploring.


1st some calentenics…

















Then the ride began…





BUT FIRST … a quick stop here:





To check out some local wildlife…





















Scot led the way on the beautiful 950se.





Some of the trails presented challenges…





While others simply presented room to roam…











Lunch stop at nearly 10000’








Suffering the effects of catching a tree branch to the throat…











Note the group in the lower-right:



































Fabio tried out the 950 SE…














We covered enough ground, that there were some fuel issues…





And some law enforcement issues …





































Next up … the Rally
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Old 08-03-2006, 10:57 PM   #15
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