Monthly Archives: December 2011

Stage 1 Preview

The first stage is the longest total distance, 820k, but shortest special, 57k. Starts with a liaison of ~140k, then the special, followed by a long haul to finish the day.

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A look at the terrain

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Scrutineering complete

After spending the day going through wiring and a few changes recommended by Jonah the bike was ready to go. Jumped on the bike and headed out. Felt great to be riding, always a peaceful feeling. Stopped at the gas station to top off tanks and the peaceful feeling quickly turned. Filling the the second tank, which is slightly higher than the stock tank, gas started pouring on the ground. The thought of my bike going up in flames before even taking the start crossed my mind. First thought was a fuel line came loose. Stock gas cap wasn’t seated properly, easy fix but messy until the tanks equalized. Pretty embarrassing as people pulled up to take pictures when I rolled into the station.

Drama over, I made my way to admin checks. Traffic was heavy and came to a standstill the closer i got. Thank goodness for the slack traffic rules. No stop signs, lane splitting, passing on the right, left and in the on coming lane, whatever it took I wasn’t going to be late. One thing I noticed is no right on red, very few lights but no one did it… but me. Kind of funny considering there are very few traffic rules anyone follows. As I said I wasn’t going to be late.

Admin checks took a while but actual bike tech was quick and easy.

Bike parked as I go to admin check.

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They had a large tent set up with a lounge and booths for each check.

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Made through, got my golden ticket (wristband). Without this I can’t get in anywhere. Even has a micro chip to keep people honest.

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Now the bikes turn. A few simple checks, mostly them asking if complied then putting numbers and compulsory stickers on.

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They put snaps on my riding jacket and attached the number bib.

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Then cross a stage with a few thousand spectators watching on my way to park ferme. Bike is now parked until the ceremonial start on the 31st, then returned until the official start on the 1st.

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A Humongous Thank You!

Thanks so much to Mike Cerce, the creative director at Downs Creative in New Stanton, PA!  He was the genius behind the BC2Dakar logo that helped spawn awesome schwag and decals that will undoubtedly be found on many dual sport bikes and their riders across the world for years to come.

Check out the pics below that were taken before scrutineering to see Mike’s work in action.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Pics Before Scrutineering

Thanks to Ted (aka Deadly99) for these pics he posted on the advrider forum:

 


Scrutineering A-OK

Bill has made it through scrutineering…more details to follow.


Go Get ‘Em From the Wongers!

Thanks for the pics Cathy!


Bill Talking About His Bike and Such.

Watch til the end!

Thanks Ian!


Preparations are in full swing

SO while Bill’s bike showed up a day or two ago, the container with all the spares and everything else was delayed… It appears to be all there now though, and preparations are proceeding at a faster pace than had everything showed up on time. As usual. Bill is cool as a cucumber. His Scrutineering appointment is scheduled for 6:30 pm local time or 4:30 pm East Coast time today.  Once he’s through that, the bike should go into Parc Ferme and I think they wont be allowed to touch it till the race start.

I caught a glimpse of Bill in one of the other threads on ADV… Trying to post the picture, and give Deadly99 the photo credit 😀  YOu’ll always be able to tell Bill’s bike by the square looking gas tank hanging off the left hand side.


Electronics

Picked up the irritrac, sentinel and gps this afternoon. Walked through the assistance park, it’s starting to get busy though not all the teams have arrived yet. Didn’t have my camera with me, will get some shots tomorrow.

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Enjoying our sleep

Tim and Niles sleeping late, probably the most rest they’ll get all rally.

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Going through the bike with my mechanic Tim Morton.

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No pink sheets for me, I get the Beebs room.

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