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Old 03-01-2012, 11:11 AM   #781
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Im afraid i dont quite understand yet either. What do you mean, Jenna?
Scotts steering damper, I referred to it as the "hand of god", further back in this thread.... It's what me and my ridin buds in NH call it
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:28 AM   #782
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yes of course.. makes perfect sense, now. I might have to to try more throttle
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Old 03-01-2012, 04:18 PM   #783
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Sorry, I was posting one thumbed....the cut off one at that. Yes, was just suprised to see Rooney's bike sans damper. I thought that was the shiz-nit with any rally bike, and it looks to be sandy down there.
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:36 PM   #784
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those things are amazing! mine waits for a mount on the GSA, some day, tho I feel the Rhino's weight somehow counters for not having one on there
what I really need is another lightweight KTM to put it on
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:01 AM   #785
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Graham Grants average speeds for the 2010 Safari range from about 30mph to about 50. That is roughly commensurate with my pace on the PD, although I dont know if the terrain is similar enough to make a correlation.

Riding conditions will be like nothing you have experienced before, Australia is different. I don`t want to put the mockers on you, and can only wish you luck (if you do attend), but I`m wondering if you know what you`re letting yourself in for.

There have been European Dakar riders` that have come here and found conditions not what they thought they would be and have gone home with their tails between their legs.

If you do attend I`d suggest you learn as much as you can about the riding country and be ready to be on a steep learning curve.

Of course, as you already race a GS, it shows that you don`t do things in a conventional manner and have a mindset that will help you get through.

Personally, I hope you can get down here; I`m sure you will have a built in cheer squad, albeit a male one, if that`s OK?, and I hope you do well.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:59 AM   #786
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You'll be fine.

get on the plane.
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:36 AM   #787
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Thanks guys, those two last posts made me laugh Believe me I'm prepared to be humble going into it. Seth S has raced quite a few Rallymoto events here in the states and has been able to relate the conditions. They are billing it as the Austral Asian Dakar, albeit with less dunes.


Here is a couple of helmet cam vids of Seth S from last year's Safari.

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Old 03-02-2012, 04:38 AM   #788
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you know, they say if you can ski in New England, you can ski anywhere in the world (that has mountains and snow)
I think it's the same for riding off-road We have all sorts of different conditions here!
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:55 AM   #789
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agreed Shawn - I just spent a couple days at BelleAyre- Its all ice all the time
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Poughkeepsie!!???

Personally, my theory is if I can survive your Amtrak, you can survive our safari.

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Old 03-06-2012, 09:04 AM   #793
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She was so young! I'll get a current shot up if I can find one.

MEanwhile, Paul just sent me these:





This is Graham Grant popping wheelies in last year's event, I think. Or the year before.
Simon Pavey says from 3rd gear on up, the modern 450's have got nothing on this bike. Below 3rd gear, they have the weight advantage.
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