The Thread about Nothing....

Discussion in 'Australia and New Zealand' started by Hitchy, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. matagi

    matagi Well-Known Member

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    The side by sides are supposed to be "production vehicles" with a minimum of 500 made per year. Dunno how many farm buggies are made and I don't really know much about the class, but I reckon they might be hotted up farm buggies.
     


  2. paulambry

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    Oh yeah - they're recreational jobbies. For the US market mostly I'd say. I want one...

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  3. paulambry

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    Sorry for the Dakar spamming, but this is worth a look. There's some stupendously ridiculous footage. I can't believe a Range Rover won the inaugural rally. That was when they were workhorses rather than show ponies.

     
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    Last post. I promise.

    It looks to me that the biggest single development for the bikes is better suspension. Some of those early machines looked like they had bugger-all rebound damping, what with the way the riders were catapulted over the handlebars.

    Yamaha developed a bike just for the Dakar. It was the XTZ750 Super Tenere:

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    It was a parallel twin and had a dry sump (which meant the engine could be mounted quite low in the frame giving the bike a nice centre of gravity).

    A couple of decades later, Yamaha released the TRX850, based on the Super Tenere engine. Same same engine but 100cc bigger in capacity. Yamaha also set the firing order at 270degrees so it fired like a Ducati twin (which fires 90degrees apart) giving it a gorgeous thumping pulse. I owned a TRX850 for a couple of years and it was the funnest bike I ever had. A veritable mono machine. A mate and I used to commute to and from work every day together - he on a Kawasaki 900 Ninja. We ran a DMI - Daily Mono Index. We estimate we did about 4,000 monos in a year.

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    I fucked up as a youngster getting busted by the cop that gave me my motorcycle license test doing a wheelie over a traffic island, he read me the riot act and told me he would be keeping an eye on me. A much better outcome than the automatic ticket and demerit points system these days.
     
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    lols - that wasn't actually during the test was it?
     
  10. paulambry

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    "Fesh fesh" (reference to the start of this vid) We call it bulldust... that superfine iron-rich dust. I can testify that it takes an act of faith to ride a motorcycle through it. More correctly, over it... it's like a non-Newtonian liquid and the only way to deal with it is to go fast. The Dakar riders make it look easy.
     
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    haha, that would have been a certain fail! It was 12 or so months later.

    The cop was a real hard arse. For my test (in the pissing rain) I had to ride in tight circles, do an emergency stop (without falling off), and generally not fuck up while he followed be around. I got one demerit for apparently choosing the wrong lane at a set of lights for a right turn to be followed by a left turn. I think he just had to find something to not give a 100% score.
     
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    Sand dune riding is an art, the drops off high dunes can be terrifying. I recall doing a club ride way back where we rode along the top of a dune for several kms, then plunged down the side into a stream. I sat on the rear guard in 1st gear on the descent. Another rider almost jumped over me as he launched off the top of the dune, showy fucker.
     
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    Happy new years cnuts.
    Thanks for not picking me in your deadpool picks.
    But yeah I'm a survivor.

    Just got back from a couple of weeks camping with Dirty.
    It was SO good.
    I read some good books. From left to right in must read order.
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    I got my car license on my 15th birthday. As soon as the cop passed me on my practical, he gave me a ticket for the bald tyres on my Mum's car. Things were a little different back then.
     
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    A little Woot - Daughter's been selected to ride for NZ in Hong Kong Trackie World Cup, straight after this week's Cambridge round.
     
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