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  1. Check out the ARC back country jacket from RockyMountainmc.com. They sent me two of their jackets and pants to evaluate for Dakar. I didn't have to pay for them but I have spent a lot of time testing with them and unless something drastic happens in the next 2 months that is what I will be wearing for the Dakar in January. Watreproof and the vents work great. You can see my use at www.heartland-dakar.com
  2. The hot set up that I have found is Smith Top fuel frames with the RG32 rose copper lenses out of the snow goggle line. Smith will tell it won't work. It will and you cannot believe how good those lenses are. Talk to Mark at www.heavyglare.com. he and I worked out that this combo works. How well? The Red Bull Dakar guys are using them and I have 3 sets going with me to Dakar this year.
  3. Don't I know you?
  4. I cross posted this thread here and in the KTM 525 section. I thought both areas might find some interest in it. If inappropriate please delete. I have posted a little bit on this forum about this project but now we can tell you a lot more of the story. We are a grassroots group from the midwest who has put together a program for this coming years Dakar Rallye. Our entry is secured and the bike is undergoing constant transformation as we trudge our way to Portugal. If you are interested in what it takes from a technical, logistical and mechcanical standpoint just to get to the starting line. Or at least what it takes for the first 7 1/2 months worth of work. Please visit us at Heartland-Dakar 07 We invite you to ask questions, and be as involved and supportive as you would like to be. We are a regular group of guys pulling off a privateer run at the most difficult rallye on the planet. Come ride with us if you are in the area of one of our tests or presentations. They will be posted in the "where are we now" section. The website is brand new so have some please have some patience with us. Building the bike, taking care of fundraising (we can always use more) and getting all our logistics taken care of is hard enough. We will be providing frequent updates on the technical as well as the testing side. Lets hear it for the privateers!!! Feel free to join us. Tim
  5. I have posted a little bit on this forum about this project but now we can tell you a lot more of the story. We are a grassroots group from the midwest who has put together a Dakar program for this coming year. Our entry is secured and the bike is undergoing constant transformation as we trudge our way to Portugal. If you are interested in what it takes from a technical, logistical and mechcanical standpoint just to get to the starting line. Or at least what it takes for the first 7 1/2 months worth of work. Please visit us at Heartland Dakar 07 We invite you to ask questions, and be as involved and supportive as you would like to be. We are a regular group of guys pulling off a privateer run at the most difficult rallye on the planet. Come ride with us if you are in the area of one of our tests or presentations. They will be posted in the "where are we now" section. The website is brand new so have some please have some patience with us. Building the bike and taking care of fundraising (we can always use more) and getting all our logistics taken care of is hard enough. We will be providing frequent updates on the technical as well as the testing side. Lets hear it for the privateers!!! Feel free to join us. Tim
  6. It's in the gear ratios. Wide vs close ratio. exc wide, xc close.
  7. If you are going to be doing a lot of street riding you really need to do 2 things. 1. Definetly get the cush drive. 2. Get a JT or joeracer oil cooler. If you ever take a look at 6th gear on the 525 it will scare the hell out of you. It is tiny. It will not stand up to the heat for a really long period of time on the street. The gear faces will flake. We have done the above mods and will be doing a hardening process on fifth and sixth gears for my Dakar bike. The oil cooler will obviously keep it cooler and it adds about 800cc of oil to the system.
  8. Motor is stock. We will keeping a close eye on the valves to see if they tighten too much over the next 600 miles. We plan on putting no more than 1k on the bike before the race. If we think the seats aren't great then we'll have the head done. Otherwise that big exhaust and proper jetting on the dyno is all we are planning. Reliability is the key. 5500 miles in 16 days. There are ovesized radiators already installed with cooling fans on order. Also an oil cooler that adds about 800cc of capacity to the system is having it's brackets fabricated now.
  9. Updated photos of the Dakar rallye bike. There is an awful lot going on underneath that you can't see. Testing tomorrow and I'll try to put up some action pics. Hopefully she's not looking as ugly as before http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j179/mudslider_2006/614b2a98.jpg http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j179/mudslider_2006/08faa8f5.jpg http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j179/mudslider_2006/c35c6805.jpg
  10. She's no enduro she's a full on rally bike. While she's may not be the pretiest on the bodywork side yet, when she's done. Look out. The engineering and machine work on the mecasystem parts is very nice. The old skin deep adage ya know. It will also run flat out across the desert for well over 200 miles on one load of fuel I'll post up some more pics as we get her all dolled up. Hopefully we can make a swan out of her yet.
  11. Yeah those are 5 litre tanks on both sides. The fronts are 11 apiece. Total of about 8.5 gallons. Lots of special parts on that baby and you really don't want to know how much. If you guys want I can post up a list of mods. It is very special. It has to carry my sorry butt for 16 days through Africa. Gotta run but I'll post up some more later.
  12. Here's some pics of my new Dakar KTM 525 XC Rallye bike doing a little testing out at Dumont Dunes. I haven't laid eyes or hands on it in person. It is being shipped out to me next week. It's like waiting for Christmas. http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j179/mudslider_2006/Dumont060507_100_0637.jpg http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j179/mudslider_2006/Dumont060507_100_0634.jpg http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j179/mudslider_2006/Dumont060507_100_0629.jpg
  13. I was wondering if they worked as well. I have one buddy who is using the velcro ones. They just didn't seem to snug up as well and looked like they would move around that's why I said that. Have you had them for long and do they hold up as well? Hey, if they work it certainly is a little easier than trying to roll those suckers up. Tim
  14. I Have found 10mm over stock oil level works great but, the big thing.......get a set of neoprene Seal Savers. Don't get the ones that velcro on. Get the ones you stretch and slide on (insert condom joke here). Put them on my on 426 and didn't have another seal problem. Have them on my 05 wr450 and again haven't had a single problem. Clean under them fairly regularly. I was doing seals (cleaning or replacing) on a regular basis. Tim
  15. What kind of radio are you installing? I have installed Autocoms in many helmets over the years. Also, what type (make) of helmet? Arai's are a piece of cake. Shoei's are more of a pain because of their ear pad design. Tim