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Old 01-06-2012, 08:31 PM   #721
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Wow Bill, what a story!! True Dakar struggles and you gave it all you could.
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:49 PM   #722
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Bill I have your patch on my jacket and I wear your Tshirt with pride. Although I have never shook your hand, I'd be glad to tell anyone what kind of man Bill Conger is. Thank you for sharing this adventure.
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:11 PM   #723
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The skid plate did all the damage. You'll have to go to the blog or look back in this thread to see pictures of it to make sense. The wider plate with water tank had enough leverage to rip the top mounts allowing the the side box to roll into the water pump and side case causing the damage. Other than the top mounts being ripped off the skip plate wasn't bent or twisted. The top mounts needed to be tied into the side boxes so there would not be any twisting leverage.
actually a more substantial mounting base such as a sandwich block around the upper and lower frame portions to spread the load of the skid plate and add a diagnal bend or two on the outer side edges of the plate so there is less "hoe" action going on and more skimming over terrain instead in the event of a horizontal slide. The Mecca systems rally kit on the KTM 450 I installed utilized that approach and while neither Ralph or I have crashed his rally bike at speed, I can attest the skid pan looks way over engineered until you see what can happen if it's not engineered that way.

On another note,.....from the pics the engine case does not appear damaged, but the side cover definitely is. Too bad there wasn't a way to pull a Simon and get a new side cover mysteriously delivered as you could have swapped that on the side of the road in short time assuming you had a torque limiter already installed in the replacement side cover.
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Old 01-06-2012, 11:16 PM   #724
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Great writing! Thank you so much for sharing.


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Old 01-06-2012, 11:29 PM   #725
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hey Bill,

does Dakar have a "living off the land" rule? In Australia you could leave the course and get help from the locals...if you needed something welded or cobbed etc. granted finding someone close enough to the course was unlikely...but it was allowed in the rules. I guess some of the truck teams have been quite creative in the past.
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Old 01-07-2012, 03:13 AM   #726
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Great going Bill - really awesome. Huge respect.
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Old 01-07-2012, 03:58 AM   #727
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Damn Man! ..... Damn.....
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Old 01-07-2012, 04:54 AM   #728
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Thanks again for sharing the story, Bill. Sometimes, shit just happens, whether you're in your backyard or Argentina. Sorry it ended earlier than you'd hoped, but it's still a hell of a good story.

Soak it all in, enjoy the bivouac, get some good pictures, and if it's in the cards we'll catch you on the next go-round.

BTW that was extremely nice to put every single supporter's name on the webpage (even those of us who just got a shit and a couple stickers).


Oh and this is funny, maybe sig line material when your sense of humor is back to 100%:
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Who here wants Bill on a plane when it goes down!
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:39 AM   #729
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Great Writing

Thank you for this and maybe offloading will help with your pain. What a bummer.

I would have loved to read your write up of the whole race.

Next Year.
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:41 AM   #730
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Great going Bill - really awesome. Huge respect.
x2 Bill! Great stuff!
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Old 01-07-2012, 09:23 AM   #731
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Oh and this is funny, maybe sig line material when your sense of humor is back to 100%:
I can't agree more! He's like the Dakar MacGyver!
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:51 AM   #732
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Bill - Respect at the effort and thanks for the story. I loved the writing and of course the effort is amazing. Well done.

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Old 01-07-2012, 11:02 AM   #733
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To hell with this keyboard jockey crap, I'm water boy next time.

Great story Bill, thanks for the ride along.

Mike I can't wait to see the dance :lol
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:57 AM   #734
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To hell with this keyboard jockey crap, I'm water boy next time.

Great story Bill, thanks for the ride along.

Mike I can't wait to see the dance :lol
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Old 01-07-2012, 01:49 PM   #735
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Great writeup! Your story telling skills are outstanding. I sincerely hope you will take as along for the ride in 2013.
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