Monthly Archives: November 2011

Busy Building Rally Bike!

There are several modification needed to make the bike rally worthy, meet the rules of the organization or have the capacities necessary to run the stage distances of the Dakar. In the Husqvarna Rally Bike Build posts I will outline the modifications and how we adapted the bike and components.

One piece of equipment needed is a sturdy skid plate capable of protecting the motor and underside of the motorcycle traveling the 5,600 race miles while being pelted by rocks and gliding over dunes. There are a few rules that where taken into consideration while building the skid plate. Each competitor is required to carry three liters of water on the motorcycle in addition  to two liters carried on your person. Another rule prohibits carrying hard tools in a back pack, belt pack or rally jacket. A common practice is to combine the skid plate with a water tank and tool box. We choose to go this route in the development of the skid plate. No “bolt on” part with these features is currently available for the Husqvarna. I designed the plate to be compact and still give the protection necessary. The skid plate incorporates a water tank, tool box and does not need to be removed for the daily oil changes. It also uses the stock mounting points on the frame.

Using cardboard to begin the mock up process

A little further along with the skid plate shape and tool box

Water tank on right side and under middle of the frame

Scott Schriver, a seasoned fabricator with Hendrick Motorsports and Toyota Off Road Racing during the Ivan “Ironman” Stewart years, took the mockup templates and created the finish product below.

Tool box with quick release lid

Water tank with room to strap large wrenches or tire irons underneath frame rail

Under side using stock mounts

Topside was mounted with a bracket bolting to stock mounting points


Sneak Peak Shots of the Bike

These are the same photos I posted on Advrider.  Take a gander!  I snapped these before Bill took off this morning 🙂

Wear It and Share It!

The title says it all.  Once you receive your BC2DAKAR shirt/decal/patch take a picture of yourself/dog/cat/family member wearing it.  Special style points will be awarded to those that can think outside the box!

Thanks to my niece Abigail and my nephews Matthew and Andrew for being the first to participate!  We can’t wait to see more of the BC2DAKAR fan club showing their team spirit.

Email your picture to me at!


Thanks Blair!

The Schwag Store is Open!!!

Finally we are opening the virtual doors to our schwag store.  Click on the Store page above and follow the instructions.