Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
BROKEN SOLDER STOPS GRABBO & WONKA AT BAJA 1000
After making a mighty effort to get a top-shelf Aussie team to the famed Score Tecate Baja 1000 desert race in Mexico last weekend, Team Australia KTM riders Ben Grabham and Brad Williscroft were outed while running in a stunning fourth place outright -- and it was caused by a busted wiring connection! Here's the report from KTM off-roasd team boss, Wonka:
“We needed a bigger stator than the stock KTM 530 XCW stator to power the large lights required for the late night riding, but ours purchased through Ricky Stator in the USA failed when the solder broke on the wiring, stopping the bike at the 242 mile mark - ending our Baja ride with major disappointment,” said Williscroft.
“From the moment we arrived in Baja everything was running really well. We had great team support, and got in 1200 miles of pre running. Our confidence was high, and we had a good game plan in place for chase vehicle positioning, and which sections myself and Grabbo would ride.
“Our strategy was for Grabbo to start the race. He drew 12th position from a hat for the start, and unfortunately had to deal with a lot of riders dust. The race got underway at 6:30am, and the air was very still with no wind, so it wasn’t until around the 70 mile mark before he could get clear air, and actually start riding hard.
“The first rider change was at the 100 mile mark, by the time Grabbo got to me the race leader had a 25 minute lead, an obvious advantage was the lack of dust they had on route. Grabbo handed the bike to me in eighth place - he had already made up four positions.
“My stage was to get the KTM 530 XCW over a pretty big mountain face. It was called The Summit and it had an elevation of 3500 feet above sea level. The ride up was the rockiest section I have ever encountered in all my years of racing. The backside of the mountain face was completely different it levelled out, and wove through old creek beds, fast flowing rocky roads, across a dry lake bed which was ten miles wide, and through big open sandy plains.
“By the next change over at 210 miles I had worked my way into fifth position, and pipped off three riders along the way. Next up Ben took off for the 180 mile San Felipe loop which is notorious for big whoops, but when we were pre running it felt like they were nowhere near as big as the whoops at Alice Springs during the Finke Desert Race, so Grabbo was quietly confident he could dominate in this section.
“Grabbo got off to a flying start, and passed a racer early to move us into fourth position, but not long after he passed that racer the bike stopped at the 242 mark.
“By the time the chase vehicles and I got the radio message of Ben’s location it took us three hours to get to him, because he was on the race course with no access road. We got to him with one hour left of daylight, and made a conscious decision not to risk ourselves any injury by trying to fix a problem that we had not clearly identified just to finish the race. It’s a dangerous and risky race in terms of the ever changing terrain, so we loaded the bike on the truck and ended our race there.
“When we pulled the bike down to determine the problem, our disappointment intensified when we found it wasn’t mechanical, but rather the solder had broke on the wiring of the stator purchased through Ricky Stator in the USA. We needed a larger stator to the standard one on the KTM 530 XCW to support the larger lights required for night riding, but this one recommended let us down.
“Both Grabbo and I are really disappointed because we honestly felt we could have secured a podium. It was a huge effort to get over to Baja, and we want to give special thanks to our major sponsors and supporters including Brian Finn from Force Accessories, KTM USA, Steg Pegz, Chill Dynamics and Mitcham Contracting.
“Our support crew in America are also worthy of a big thanks especially Warren Lovelace from Aussieironrider.com. We learnt a lot about Baja from Warren and his crew.
“We know we’re going to be asked a lot if we will come back next year to give Baja another go, but that is undecided it will be determined by how much support we can get because it takes a massive team effort to enter Baja, and it cannot be done on a tight budget.”
Sunday, November 22, 2009
WHERE TO FIND IB BIKE LIFTS
Hi Guys: Apparently your magazine showed an article recently promoting a product made by IB Engineering I think it was. The product is a secondary adjustable sidestand for the right-hand side of you bike which allowed you to raise either the front or rear tryre off the ground so you could remove it for repair when you are out bush. I am having trouble finding a contact for the company that makes them. I was hoping you could help me?
-- Dale Richter, via www.trailzone.com.au
No worries, Dale, here's the scoop: contact Ian at IB Bike Lifts on (02) 4955 9269 or check out the www.ibbikelifts.biz web site and get yourself one of their handy little stands.
Enduro Illustrated 2009 Just Released!
Enduro illustrated, the glossy, action packed, high quality, photo annual is back. Bringing together stunning images from each and every round of the 2009 World Enduro Championship, the second edition of this spectacular publication is a must for all enduro fans.
Available now from the revamped www.enduro-illustrated.com website, for 2009 leading off-road motorcycle photographer Jonty Edmunds has gone the extra mile to ensure 116 heavyweight pages of exciting, compelling and inspiring images. Enduro illustrated 2009 again features detailed editorial reviews, comments and interviews (written in English), covering all aspects of the thrilling eight-round series. Enduro illustrated 2009 will be the definitive WEC season review annual.
Once again designed to excite, inform and interest enduro fans both old and new, Enduro illustrated 2009 captures the passion and commitment of those who competed in this year’s WEC. In addition it features coverage of the 84th ISDE from Portugal. The magazine’s content and design reflect the dynamic, exciting and professional nature of the World Enduro Championship and bring together photography, graphic design and written words gracefully, honestly and stylishly.
Enduro illustrated 2009 is a visual celebration of the ’09 WEC series. Each 116-page issue features a Matt laminate printed cover on 350-gram paper. All 112 full-colour internal pages are printed on 130-gram paper. It’s big, it’s packed with amazing photography, and it’s a magazine you’ll want to keep forever.
Enduro illustrated 2009 is available globally now, via a dedicated website – www.enduro-illustrated.com. Costing just €9.50 plus packaging and postage, Enduro illustrated 2009 represents fantastic value for money.
Highlights of Enduro illustrated 2009:
The Gallery: Expanded and improved for 2009 no fewer than 38 pages will feature a diverse selection of photographs depicting action, emotion and the unexpected
We Three Kings: Mika Ahola, Johnny Aubert and Ivan Cervantes are this year’s three senior WEC title winners. Each of them explains what it took to beat the rest in order to become the best
Best of ’09: Naming the best of the best this image lead feature explains who and what got it right during the thrilling 2009 World Enduro Championship season.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
TRAIL BOSS BLOG:
The F4 CC is named after the President of MV Agusta, Italy, Claudio Castiglioni and boasts an exclusive retail price of $185,000 (AUD).
The F4 CC features an up-spec engine to 1078cc, 200hp, rated to 315km/h and an abundance of technical upgrades. There is a select build number of 100 units only worldwide. 1 for Claudio Castiglioni, 99 for the world.
The F4 CC also comes with a luxurious F4 CC Trussadi leather jacket and Girard-Perregaux watch which is individually numbered as the motorcycles production number.
Australian MV Agusta importer, the Paul Feeney Group secured one last production F4 CC machine and the bike will be available for sale this weekend at the Sydney Motorcycle Show.
In true Motorcycle Art form, MV Agusta is recognised as the world's most premium motorcycle brand which stems back to the glory days (1950's/60's/70's) with the marque winning 18 premier class riders Championships.
TRAIL BOSS BLOG
AUSTRIAN manufacturer KTM chose the annual EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy, last week to unveil the latest weapon in its formidable off-road arsenal.
Dubbed the 350 SX-F Factory Racing, the all-new motocross bike is slated to go into production and be ‘ready to race’ in 2010.
Developed in conjunction with MX GP legend Stefan Everts, who is now KTM’s global MX race team boss, the new 350 slots between KTM’s current 250 and 450cc thumpers and is clearly aimed at shaking up the exisiting capacity classes in MX GP racing.
Boasting an all-new, high-output, fuel-injected four-stroke motor, another of the most obvious changes in the bike’s spec is the adoption of a linkage rear suspension system, in place of KTM’s traditional PDS rear end.
The new 350SX-F is set to be raced in the 2010 AMA MX Nationals by young gun Mike Alessi, with the factory claiming the new capacity offers the best of both worlds: near-450cc power in a lighter near-250cc chassis and handling package.
From where we stand, we just can’t wait for the ensuing KTM 350 EXC variant, which would have to make a sensational giant-killing machine in trail and enduro conditions – bring it on!
-- Clubby, www.trailzone.com.au
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The Alexandra District Motorcycle Club has allowed readers of the www.eatmydirt.com.au web site a last chance to enter the 2009 SAWMILL Rallyto be held near Mansfield, in Victoria without having to pay the late fee. Just note EMD on your entry.
If you find yourself without anything to do this Sunday (November 15) with the unfortunate cancellation of the Blue Light Ride due to bush fires and damage in the area, this is your last opportunity to get in for the Sawmill ride, which will feature two 70km loops through pristine trails around Mansfield in the Victorian High Country. We've ridden these trails extensively and there is some great riding to be had. So don't be disappointed: get in now while you still can.
The ride, which is presented by Honda and proudly supported by Kenda, EK Chains, HoleShot Images and BikeMart, and at the close of the event, all participating riders will go into a draw to win a 2009 CRF 50 (proudly donated by HONDA).
2009 Sawmill Rally Highlights
- Entry is Only $70, Pillions are Free (Conditions Apply)
- No Race Licence Required (Current full license or learner's permit required)
- Fully Arrowed Course
- Recreational Registration Accepted
- Less Road More Track
- Meal and Trophy for All Riders
- Noisy Bikes Will NOT Start
Entries close November 6th, 2009