WR450 assault on Dakar
Posted January 07, 2007 - 07:56 AM
After 2 Stages:
1 #010 RODRIGUES (POR) YAMAHA
2 #037 FARIA (POR) YAMAHA
3 #004 ESTEVE PUJOL (ESP) KTM
David Fretigne is in 9th lost another 3 minutes from the first stage to the leaders.
Posted January 07, 2007 - 10:54 AM
Great shots Rosta! The details of the mods in those pics is amazing! Oil & coolant tanks and built into the skid plate are so cool!
It is my understanding that this is actually a mandated provision for potable water. Minumum 3L on board the motorcycle for safety reasons.
Posted January 08, 2007 - 08:09 PM
do you think ktm are looking for a win have you seen the amount of ktms enterd thats shocking
come on wr guys
it appears that just over half of the competitors entered are on KTM.
VS schedule clicky
Posted January 08, 2007 - 08:49 PM
- What's the purpose of the wimpy looking low mounted front fender? Looks like it belongs on a 7 year old girl's bicycle........
- Do these bikes have the standard WR 5 speed tranny? I couldn't imagine buzzing the motor for so long at high rpm. I'm sure the motors can take it, but wouldn't it kill your gas mileage, i.e. effective range?
Posted January 09, 2007 - 07:59 AM
Posted January 09, 2007 - 09:05 PM
I also think that there is a bit of aerodynamics involved. Something to be considered when you take a dirtbike to 160km/h.
Personally I think the low fenders look cool.
Posted January 10, 2007 - 11:52 PM
David is in 8th place place overall but leads the 450 class!
On Stage 5, in the 450 cc category, Portugal’s Ruben Faria (Yamaha) triumphed, with the 6th-placed overall scratch time on the fifth stage. But is behind due to 1 hour in accumulative penalties on day 4.
Rodrigues is in 11th
Marchini is in 12th
On a sad note we lost another rider to the Dakar this year:
Dakar rider dies
[COLOR="Blue"]South African Elmer Symons died early in Tuesday’s fourth stage of the Dakar rally from Er Rachidia to Ouarzazate.
The race headquarters received an Iritrack alert at 9.16am, coming from 142km into the fourth stage.
The medical helicopter reached the crash site eight minutes later but the race direction could only record the death of the rider.
Head of a company specialised in the exportation of metal parts from the United States to South Africa, 29-year-old Symons was taking part in his first Dakar as a competitor.
He was 18th overall after Monday’s third stage on his KTM.[/COLOR]
Posted January 13, 2007 - 04:09 PM
If it's not to much trouble could someone on this thread give a regular update of the Dakar.
Posted January 13, 2007 - 08:36 PM
8th position overall (2nd in 450cc class) RODRIGUES (POR) YAMAHA WR450
11th position overall MARCHINI (FRA) YAMAHA WR450
[COLOR="Red"]Looks like Fretigne was forced to retire during stage 7.[/COLOR]
Posted January 16, 2007 - 09:32 PM
After 10 stages and less than a week to go to the finish. The little blue bikes are moving up in the top ten!
6th position overall (1st in 450cc class) RODRIGUES (POR) YAMAHA WR450
9th position overall (2nd in 450cc class) MARCHINI (FRA) YAMAHA WR450
[COLOR="blue"]Yamaha WR450's Running 1st and 2nd in the 450 class! In fact Yamaha WR450's fill 7 of the top 10 positions in the 450 cc class! [/COLOR]
Picture Of Marchini & WR450 (#20) going down! He was OK and so was the WR!
Posted January 17, 2007 - 06:41 AM
Posted January 17, 2007 - 09:00 AM
Oh to be independently wealthy...
Posted January 17, 2007 - 10:11 AM
He won the 10th stage!
He's now in the 6th position overall, the WR450F gave a hard time to the KTM's 660/690.
I'm new around, Hi everyone.
Posted January 17, 2007 - 02:26 PM
sure wish that link on that last photo worked .....
hey indy, know where to get any of this special dakar kit?
especially the oil tank and oil cooler mods?
I want to do the TAT ..... and those parts would come in handy!
I recommend you add your own oil cooler and inline tank.
Here is how I did mine without a tank but the pump can handle a quart sized oil tank if you had room to tuck it somewhere up front:
Only complaint is that the oil change requires you drop one hose and push the ebutton to pump oil out of the line to get a complete flush. I just dont worry about having 4 ounces of oil mix in with the new oil. Change the oil enough and you wont have to worry about a complete flush.