A group of friends, good weather and some waist deep snow. Makes for a great 3 Days of Trail riding. Northern spain and Andorra is great at this time of year we felt like we had the hills to ourselves. We carried what we needed and stayed out till bed time. Tapas, cheap hostels and good company. Only one trip to hospital and all the bikes made it until the end.
This guy who writes these road books derserves a medal. I cant believe how good and easy the are to follow.
What a great guy........
Hello friends of this marginal recreation sport we love…
The SWM dirttracker does not only look good, its works like a Swiss watch J
That will be until I got a puncher at the rear…
So, what is all about? Just going in Essex kindly invited by Anthony brown who run a series of flattraker for every levels…
The venue was Rye House near Stansted and even the sun and blue sky came along…just great!
I never knew what was flattraking, kind of guessed it was easy, just lean the bike and….voila!
But reality was of course a bit different, first a briefing from the organizer, a selection of riders in 4 different groups and levels as well of a nice mix from BSA, Triumph, lots of 4 stroke Rotax powered machines, some Husqvarna, few Japanese and…. Of course few KTMs
Been lend a steel sole and a Daytona boot for my left foot and we make our way to the short oval (same as greyhound track it was J) Anthony did mention to me…as a novice …don’t use the brakes, just acceleration, lean the bike, gentle but progressive throttle and then full whack!
OK, did exactly that, second then a touch of 3rd gear, then…..whooaaaaaa already the turn and no engine braking, so that was a near miss by doing a longer turn near the hay stacks
Tried again, then not much better, then been told “Sorry Philippe…forgot you have a 2 strokes” Yes it was one of the two that day (a young lady on a 125 KTM and me)
We set up for more runs, 12-14 minutes at a time, stop for 30 minutes and start again…well, it was really fun and I just started to understand the technique of leaning the bike earlier and keep 3rd gear and open a lot more...great that looks like a long slide and got into a rhythm that was consuming all my energy, but equally was placing a large grin on my face…
Then got this puncher…but it was nearly the end anyway and if I could simply conclude with these:
· The bike….not bad at all for a Chef J works superbly and what a noise!
· I will recommend Flattraking to any of us “off road riders” that is really a Must Do experience
Bye for now, and be open minded!
Following on from a small mention in the Febuary Bike Magazine we have had a lot of questions about this bike we built for our friend Dael last year.
The bike was a work in progress, it started as an enquiry about an exhaust pipe and snowballed from there. In the end it was pretty much a full rebuild with only the motor and frame remaining standard. Dael was keen to keep the bike usable but wanted something that was much lighter wieght and more rideable. The amount of stuff we removed was incredible.
Our Trimuph pipes have been pretty popular with custom builders watch this space as we have another set just finished that we will show you all in a week or so. We build them to individual spec so contact us if you want a set or more info.
Anyway here is the spec list for the Co-Built Panther for those who are interested or are creating something similar.
2003 Triumph T100 (bought in 2009)
Classic Triumph 1" Grips
Bates 5.5 Headlight
Bates 55W internal
LSL Flat Track Bars
Monza (small) gas cap
Triumph Fork Gaitors
Joker Machine Sprocket Cover
Joker Machine Ignition Re-locator
DNA Air Filters/ + crank case breather
Bitubo Rear Suspension
Bitubo Front Suspension
Leather seat £300 (from CE Moore - they were great)
2 x NGK CR1 Racing Cable and Plug Cap
Shorai LFX14A2-BS12 Battery (LFX14A2BS12) =
Oberon Indicators x 2 pairs
Oberon Touring Pillion Foot Pegs
MAS Engineering Fender Eliminator (now modified by Co-Built)
EBC Floating Front Disc Brake
Used R6 Caliper
LSL Brake + Clutch Lever
Braded Clutch & Throttle Cables
LSL Bar Ends
REAR: 5.5 INCH RIM / 17 - BLACK HUB/ BLACK RIM / STAINLESS SPOKES / STAINLESS NIPPLES
FRONT: 3.5 INCH RIM / 18 - BLACK HUB/ BLACK RIM / STAINLESS SPOKES / STAINLESS NIPPLES
TYRES £190 - PIRELLI ANGEL ST 120/70-18 + 170/60-17 (SEALED TUBELESS )
Co-Built Custom Handlebar Clamp
Co-Built Front WheelSpindle/ Spacers
Co-Built Custom 2 into 1 exhaust (stainless steel headers/ Inconel silencer)
Co-Built Custom Seat Pan
Co-Built Custom Battery Bracket
Co-Built Tank Re-Spray and De-Badge KC
Co-Built Carbon Carb Support Bracket
Co-Built Electrical Cover Seat Plate
Co-Built Front Brake Caliper Bracket
Co-Built Front Mudguard Bracket (to lower guard)
Co-Built Headlight Bracket
Co-Built Speedo Bracket
Big thanks to Chippy Wood for the pictures
He had a crash when a guy on a quad rode in fromt of him a few days ago but he is still in there.
Here is that latest from Tamsin
We spent the rest day getting Craigs kit and bike sorted. You can tell that the pain in the back is getting him down so we went to get him another xray. he is OK and had some physio and they have given him some stronger pain killers. Bumped into Lyndon who is absolutely chuffed with his 9th place yesterday and amazingly well done to him. The rest of the Brits and Si Pavey seemed to be in good spirits. Paul Jay was taking in the atmosphere with is arm in a sling - just enjoying being around the Dakar and getting as much info and experience he can for next year. The weather is hot and humid and will tire them all out. 6 days left Cordoba tommorow and the super fine sanddunes of Fiambala to come.
Craig said he has lost alot of confidence in riding since the crash - which is unlike him and he has so skirt around all the big bumps to avoid them causing him more pain. Lets hope the stonger pain killer do the trick. I have given him all your messages of support which he loved.
Our mate Craig is getting ready to ride this years Dakar in the iron man class (Malle Moto).
We are going to be follwoing his progress every single day and you can check in here to see how things are going over the next few weeks. Tamsin will be keeping everyone updated here is her first and second installment.
Hi all - Happy New Year!!!
Thanks again for supporting Craig in the Dakar. I will sending out a daily email to you all on how Craig is getting on. If you dont want to receive it please let me know.
Craig and Paul Jay flew to Lima on the 30th and after along flight went straight to pick up their bikes. Craig said it was the quickest they had got the bikes through customs etc - sometimes this takes all day where you are queing in the hot sun with lots of other Dakar competitors. They are staying just out of town where they met up with Pauls mechanic Mike Rowley. You maybe aware that Craig is doing Malle moto which means he will be doing all the mechanics himself on the Dakar, whereas most of the other competitors have a mechanic and team behind them. There is a trophy for Malle Moto which Craig would love to win - fingers crossed he will have no problems. He finished the Dakar on his first attempt, becoming the first Welshman to do so, on his second go he had engine problems on the second to last day which put him out of the rally where he was running in the top 20. On his last attempt he crashed out on day 5 and dislocated his shoulder. He feels he has got demons to face and really wants to finish.
Training has gone well throughout the year with us doing lots of mountain biking etc and for the last couple of months Craig had a personal trainer with Elite Fitness, Cardiff which was sorted out by Elite Cymru - who support the best athletes in Wales. We have also just been out to Namibia sanddune and navigation training which went very well.
If you have eurosport you can watch daily highlights but if not you can subscribe to eurosport http://tv.eurosport.co.uk/ and watch it on your computer. You can also go on the Dakar website where you can track the competitors throughout the day - be careful though it is very addictive and you may not get any work done.
I will be speaking to Craig most days so if you want to send any messages that I can pass onto him - please do.
Hope you have a fantastic 2013.
Just had a quick chat with Craigo - he's been working on the jetting for the bike so it runs right at altitude - always a tricky thing to do especially as the altitude changes quite alot day to day, with the heat and deep sand it can make a hell of a difference getting it right. On day 3 in 2010 over 20 bikes went out of the rally in Argentina as their bikes wouldnt pull in the sand. I was nearly one of them and literally had to push the bike for miles. At midnight I was still out on the stage and the only way I could get up the dunes was to drop the bike in front of the trucks and get them to help push me up. I got in at 2.30am and had to start the next day at 5.30am. The next day the bike was running fine.
Tommorow is scrutineering which is a really swanky affair - not in the back of a trailor or caravan like some Brit enduros and they will have their first taste of the crowds of spectators. It's great to be amongst the bikes, cars, buggies and trucks all looking brand new and shiny, with people shouting for your autograph. Its a real relief to get through the final check with is normally the sound check. Craig has a story of stuffing some wire wool up the exhaust to muffle the sound, when he started the bike the examiner was looking up the exhaust and it shot out and hit him in the face. I think he was so shocked he just let it go.
Craig said to say thanks to everyone who has supported him and who believe in him - he's going to try his best.
Remember everyone - DREAM BIG - It can happen.