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Old 11-08-2011, 06:14 AM   #151
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Yep I know that one :)

They mounted the safari tank on one of their baja portugal bikes, going through their facebook collection of pics as we speak
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:26 AM   #152
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Looks like I'm a last row joe, #188 of 189 bikes. Oh, well guess I get to sleep in a little!
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:28 AM   #153
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:32 AM   #154
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Looks like I'm a last row joe, #188 of 189 bikes. Oh, well guess I get to sleep in a little!
Look at it this way, will make navigation easy since the route should be well burned in by the 187 bikes in front!

I suspect after stage 1 you will be up the start order a good bit. Ride smooth and safe, we want to see that picture of you getting the finishers medal in Lima
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:35 AM   #155
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Looks like I'm a last row joe, #188 of 189 bikes. Oh, well guess I get to sleep in a little!
Do you know how they picked the starting order?
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:36 AM   #156
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Here is Joan Barreda sporting a similar tank on the TE449;

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Old 11-08-2011, 06:37 AM   #157
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I think that the higher numbers on the list are based on last year's results (Coma, Despres et al)... as you go down the list, past participation and early registration come into play...

but it's no big deal, the numbers only apply to the prologue (1st day starting order), after that you start at what you finished the previous day
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:37 AM   #158
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Looks like I'm a last row joe, #188 of 189 bikes. Oh, well guess I get to sleep in a little!
At least you're in

No doubt you'll be moving up the foodchain within days!! Have a good one!!
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:38 AM   #159
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Here is Joan Barreda sporting a similar tank on the TE449;
I missed that one
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:46 AM   #160
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The G450 tank fits over the airbox of the Husky and that is about it. There is quite a bit of modifying and fabrication of bracketry to make it work. I'll post up the details with pictures later. According to the Safari Tank people they will be making a tank for the Husky just not in time for the Dakar. I'd wait for the purpose built tank if i had the option.
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Old 11-08-2011, 07:49 AM   #161
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Looks like I'm a last row joe, #188 of 189 bikes. Oh, well guess I get to sleep in a little!
Watch your mirrors for the cars coming through.
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Old 11-08-2011, 07:55 AM   #162
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Watch your mirrors for the cars coming through.
Didn't think about that, better be on my game from the start.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:17 AM   #163
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Will they re-set the start order as the race progresses?
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:30 AM   #164
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Will they re-set the start order as the race progresses?
Yep, resets based on stage results everyday. I bet BC is starting 2rd behind Coma after stage 1.

Just sendin a little good karma your way BC. Give em....
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Old 11-08-2011, 11:28 AM   #165
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Best chance to get ahead of the trucks:

Do well in the first special stage of 60km. I would think that you don't want to start just in front of the trucks.

"The seaside resort of Mar del Plata brings to mind lazing around, especially after the competitors have mingled with the crowd during the public presentation ceremony on 31st December. For the short warm-up special stage, they will nevertheless be allowed to pass by the seafront, where the small dunes to be crossed will represent the first hurdle. In this simple exercise, the fastest time will establish a first winner and determine each competitor’s position in the rankings. After this challenge, there will be a long liaison section to be covered to Santa Rosa de la Pampa."

After this special, throw in a pair of street tires and hit the 796km liaison. Talk about a sore butt!
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