In the next couple of weeks as the parts arrive I'm going to be building up a Rebel X kit onto the new WR450F that is currently passing through Dubai customs. Its in preparation for the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge at the end of March.
I'm a n00b to the offroad bike thing. I started riding on the sand in April after deciding that I wanted to participate in the Challenge.
I've really enjoyed racking up the hours on my 2014 Gas Gas 450 over the summer. Even though I was travelling for a few weeks for work during the summer I still managed to average 30hrs a week racking up nearly 200hrs on the bike.
This came to a bit of an abrupt halt when I did something stupid and broke my ankle quite badly (2 operations, 14 pins and 2 plates)
I managed to get back on the bike again just before Xmas and I'm starting to feel like I'm nearly back on track.
My plan is to build up the WR from the crate stock then get it registered. If the kit is here then I'll build it up straight away. If not I'll put it together in more or less the form it will go back to post ADDC for general riding use here.
For general riding use I have a box full of bits sitting near me behind the sofa:
- Scotts with SUB mount
- Low rise pro taper bars to keep the position reasonably stock
- IMS 3 gallon tank
I think I've also decided to push the button on a Rekluse too but I'm still procrastinating about which one (any advice gratefully received)
Because of my lack of experience I've got loads of questions washing around in my head. I've been reading internet articles relentlessly. I've got quite a bit of experience mountain biking which lots of stuff relates to. I also use to ride a CBR600 (North Wales and various track days) when I was back in the UK. I have always done most of my own maintained on both leg powered and petrol powered bikes. I'm slow but can work it out in the end and i like knowing how things work.
I've been lucky enough to link up with James West and his crew. I'll be part of their team for the challenge and they are also guiding me through my learning / race preparation process.
Lots of the questions I'm currently looking into are to do with suspension set up. I'm working out the factors needed to get an ok base setting for both the Rally version of the bike and also the more standard desert configuration.
So I weigh about 80kg. I still need to weigh myself in riding kit. I'm guessing around the 85kg mark with water and boots.
To give you an idea of my riding and typical riding conditions here is a bit of chest mounted go pro footage from an early morning in the summer
With the IMS tank will I need to change up the springs on the front?
With the Rally bike we will of course need to beef up the springs all round. Full it carries 28 litres so thats an extra 20kg for starters. Then there is the additional weight of the tanks themselves, the nav tower and the bashplate with its tool box and 3 litres of water. If you hand to take a punt on the rating of the springs needed front and back what do you reckon they'll be. I have no idea how to work this out at the moment so any pointers on the calculations involved would be really appreciated
Hopefully I'll be able to post some build pictures on saturday. I'm dying to get my hands on the bike now :-)