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Anyone that's ever done any long range dirt bike riding has to admire the effort and endurance necessary to compete in an event of this caliber and distance. If either of them finish it would have to be considere as a great victory. Most riders would be spent after just one day! VWW
 

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On a related note,has anyoner heard any more of the guys that were going to run a VROD/sidehack combo in the Paris-dakar. I thought they were going to go last year but didnt hear about them...do they plan to run this year?
 

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From MO's own report on the Griffith Park Sidecar Rally...

Scott is aiming for the race beginning January 1, 2006. He adds, "We've spent about a million hours building the bike and testing it in the desert and sand dunes, really torturing it. It's a constant evolution."
 

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I wish the brothers the best of luck, I shure hope they are in great physical condition, they are not spring chickens after all. I rode my dirt bike for 4 hours yesterday and I'm paying the price today! Doing the Dakar? Fughetaboutit!
 

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When I was young and just getting into dirt bikes I thought that a single race was an acheivement, then I heard about the Baja1000 and thought, Jesus thats a killer, till I heard about the Paris/Dakar (now Dakar) ralley. I don't know how anyone can ride that far, in those conditions and not drop dead. Maybe I'm getting old, but my 2-3 hours on a dirt bike, swaping out with buddies, rags me out for the next day (and reminds me of how many joints I've abused in my life).

More power to all the people involved, and I'll root for the Americans to show well.
 

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AMEN

THEDY’D HAVE TO SEND ME HOME IN A BOX…

by the time I got to Southern Europe. I just screwed-up my back when foot slipped (a tiny, tiny, little bit) on a garage floor. And, I’ll probably be lying here for, at least, another week.
 

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Re: AMEN

Ahhh... The joys of a mis-spent youth are the aches and pains of getting older. Fractured hip, destroyed knees and ankles, lousy shoulders, and carpal tunnel. Not to mention how many brain cells have been forced out by other bad decisions.

But, it would still be fun to try a Baja 500, or similar run, just to prove I'm stupid enough to try it.
 

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/KPaul on



If these guys really wanted to kick ass, they'd put a 600cc inline four motor in their bikes. Then they'd have the superior braking, handling and overall performance to dominate not just Paris-Dakar, but everything from daily commuting to Superbike racing.



An engineer told me so.



/KPaul off
 

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Best of luck to them. When I think of how wiped out I would get after 16 minutes of spirited dirt riding... I would definitely need a smoke break and few beers for some hardy pit racin' after that!!! Still... The Dakar Rally... the adventure! the fun! if they finish at all it would be beyond impressive to me.
 

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Okay, so Paris-Dakar is sooo out of my league.



Anyone here done the Trans America trail? That's something I wanna do. Got back into dirt riding this year after a ten-year hiatus. Bought a DR-Z400S and been having a blast! Probably need a larger gas tank for the TransAm trail, though.



BTW, has anyone riddent the DR-Z400SM (Supermoto--check Suzuki's site.) Just when I was thinking of a Buell for my next commuter/fun bike. I bet the SM rocks!
 

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I know, you're right!

I know, you're right!

Watched my son get Clobbered, after spinning out of a tackle, during a high school football game; said to myself...He don't know it, but that's gonna hurt...when he's 40.
 
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