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Old 05-01-2014, 01:19 PM   #436
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Big cup of best wishes to all of you from back in Blighty!

The LC4-50 is gonna be the Kalashnikov of bikes!

F5'ing, F5'ing, F5'ing!




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Just checking in from sunny (not!) Ancona!

Had an 'eventful' couple of days riding down - including getting thoroughly soaked THREE times today... Grrrrr, Europe in springtime ;o)

Bike has been going great - had a problem with the fuel injector at the end of the first day - limped to my hotel (a marathon 2-day liaison stage with a remote bivouac for bikes...) and swapped it for a spare in the carpark the following morning - good job John has stashed all the essential spares around the 'mothership'!

Some big distances through Europe so far - 741kms on the first day, 683kms yesterday and another 598kms today - that is over 2000kms since leaving Rally Raid HQ on Monday... The LC4-50 really munches the miles - I can't imagine a 450cc enduro coping so well - it sits all day at 130kmh, and you don't feel you're stressing it - sweet!

It is even quite comfortable on the stock seat, although I think I might have to speak to James Renazco when I get back ;o)

Interestingly, 2000kms is approximately half the liaison distance of Dakar, so together with a week racing in Greece and another 2000kms home, it will be a great test of longevity and reliability... Of both bike and rider!

More soon...

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Old 05-07-2014, 01:13 AM   #437
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Well you put the magic number 1000+ miles, to really test the bike and the rider why not make a run for a SS1000 on the way home.

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Old 05-07-2014, 10:22 AM   #438
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:47 PM   #439
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How's the ride home going?

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Old 05-22-2014, 04:10 AM   #440
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How's the ride home going?

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Hi Sparrowhawk!

I actually got back last week - blitzed back from Italy in a couple of 800+km days - wet (sleet and snow!) in Switzerland, but otherwise uneventful...

The bike really is very good at long liaison - the Hellas features a lot of tough technical riding on the special stages, and by the end of the week I don't think there were many riders who would have considered riding their race-bike home again after that!

At the final tally, the bike covered the best part of 6000kms in a little over two weeks, including 4000kms of liaison, which is the equivalent of the Dakar liaison distance - so a good indication of how [fresh/tired] the rider is going to feel going into the specials... and how the bike is likely to react to hours of slogging at high/constant revs in between the fun parts...

Oh, and if anyone needed any more convincing about the strength and reliability of the LC4-50 engine - we didn't even change (or top up) the oil!

I'm going through a few photos at the moment, and will put together a more comprehensive ride report as soon as I can!

Toot toot!

Jx

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Old 05-22-2014, 06:55 AM   #441
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Old 05-22-2014, 09:56 AM   #442
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Hi Sparrowhawk!

I actually got back last week - blitzed back from Italy in a couple of 800+km days - wet (sleet and snow!) in Switzerland, but otherwise uneventful...

The bike really is very good at long liaison - the Hellas features a lot of tough technical riding on the special stages, and by the end of the week I don't think there were many riders who would have considered riding their race-bike home again after that!

At the final tally, the bike covered the best part of 6000kms in a little over two weeks, including 4000kms of liaison, which is the equivalent of the Dakar liaison distance - so a good indication of how [fresh/tired] the rider is going to feel going into the specials... and how the bike is likely to react to hours of slogging at high/constant revs in between the fun parts...

Oh, and if anyone needed any more convincing about the strength and reliability of the LC4-50 engine - we didn't even change (or top up) the oil!

I'm going through a few photos at the moment, and will put together a more comprehensive ride report as soon as I can!

Toot toot!

Jx
Of course we did'nt change the oil, there's a recession on !!!
Seriously though, big thanks to Jenny for a mammoth test of the LC4-50 in its first competitive outing, and a huge trans-european road trip.
It has been a real "sign off" moment after her win in the Hellas Rally, and when she arrived back in the UK after 6,000km and virtually zero problems, we knew that was the final piece of the jigsaw complete.
Our next task is to make 2 more "sister" LC4-50 Rally bikes ready for customers to buy or rent, and these should be ready early July.
One of those is destined for Sweden, and some serious gravel road testing, whilst we are hoping to send the other to a prospective Dakar pilot in the US, so any ADV inmates with a Dakar urge that needs fixing, get in touch.
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Old 06-04-2014, 06:52 AM   #443
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Dakar Dazed II - part 2: The road to Dakar 2015

is now live, and full of good stuff for your delectation!

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...2#post24316132

Please check in and follow there as we embark on the second stage towards Dakar 2015 - the bike is ready, now we need to assemble a team!

Toot toot!

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Old 06-04-2014, 04:47 PM   #444
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sweet. subscribed. btw nice article in advmoto. keep up the good work.
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