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Old 07-23-2012, 09:47 AM   #31
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When refitting the front brake discs use a torque wrench - torque setting on the bolts is surprisingly low !
Roger that one Pebble,

Will do!
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Old 07-24-2012, 04:16 PM   #32
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Courier organised for express parts delivery Toothster !

Or to put it in English - Dale has a load of new bits to strap on the back of his bike for you tomorrow !


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Old 07-25-2012, 12:11 AM   #33
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Courier organised for express parts delivery Toothster !

Or to put it in English - Dale has a load of new bits to strap on the back of his bike for you tomorrow !


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Old 08-15-2012, 01:23 AM   #34
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Right - all this planning and training trips you guys are doing has inspired me tp do a bit of desert riding. Never been much good on sand so I think I need some practice.

So I signed up for this http://www.crossegyptchallenge.com/ 2,400km of riding in Egypt in about 8 weeks time
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:02 AM   #35
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This looks cool! :) We went the same way on three Vespa PX200's last winter and we had great trip!

I had a look at the route on the rally's website and I couldn't really make out were it actually goes. Do you know if you really need those off road tyres? We met and rode with a german guy on an 850GS who was swearing all the way down to The Gambia because he'd chosen knobblies over regular road tyres. Depending on where you ride, most of the time you'll be on tarmac or hard gravel anyways.

And because of mines in Western Sahara, offroading isn't really recommended untill you enter Mauri.

We decided not to bring off road tyres and we didn't really miss them either. Some places we could have benefitted from them, but most places all we had to do was let some air out of our road tyres and take it easy..
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:00 AM   #36
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Hi Bamako Vespa!

I think you are right re the main routes, it all comes down to how much is cross country. From what we can work out and from a friend of ours who won the race route last year, Intercontinental set up a series of GPS checkpoints that keep you off the main drag.

Those taking part in the adventure route can choose how many of these points they wish to make and how much time they can spend on an easier route should things get difficult. Our plan is to aim to complete as much of the original route as possible, ideally all of it as a team effort.

However, huge cred to you for getting out there on Vespa, that is awesome and what the spirit of adventure is all about!!
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:21 PM   #37
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Of course if Team Mong fancy a swift change of plan your local Vespa dealer could have a fleet of shiny PX's ready on a pretty swift basis. And of course you know the newest team member would be 120% in favour of 'riding Italian'
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Old 10-19-2012, 02:25 PM   #38
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First up,

UK training tyres sorted.


Reckon I have pretty much mastered tyre changing by hand, whether or not I can do it in the heat of the desert remains to be seen, though it could make me popular within the Team!
So you are going there without any kind of assistance? what kind of budget do you think you need to arrive Dakar?
It would be my dream...
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Right guys I have spent a few days riding in the sand - if you need any training tips just give me a shout !




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Old 10-20-2012, 01:12 PM   #40
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So you are going there without any kind of assistance? what kind of budget do you think you need to arrive Dakar?
It would be my dream...
Hi Gian,

We are supported, but we will be a long way from support at times, so punctures are something we need to be able to fix ourselves.

The support package we have is about 1400 euros per bike.

I hope this helps.

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Old 10-20-2012, 01:13 PM   #41
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Pebbles,

WTF!!

It must be a scene from Charge of the Light Brigade!!

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Old 10-21-2012, 09:01 AM   #42
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Pebbles,

WTF!!

It must be a scene from Charge of the Light Brigade!!

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It was fun ! About 25 bikes all set off together for an unofficial race from our desert campsite back to the road - about 2km.

But there should be a better video shot popping up somewhere soon............


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Old 10-21-2012, 01:12 PM   #43
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Hi Gian,

We are supported, but we will be a long way from support at times, so punctures are something we need to be able to fix ourselves.

The support package we have is about 1400 euros per bike.

I hope this helps.

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Hi! So you mean your support team will actually follow the "race", while you are probably going thro' easier routes?
I was offered a similar support but at the double of this amount! Can you please give me some more info about this by PM?
many thanks :)
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