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Posted 24 December 2011 - 06:49 AM

http://bc2dakar.com/ A gentleman I know through BMW Motorcycle Owners of America Club is competing in the Dakar Rally. Bill Conger is #188 and he will be racing with Number Plate 188. The bike has already made it to Buenos Aires, Argentina and he is prepping it now for the Race Start on January 1. Bill is running a Husqvarna this year and here is his daily blog on his participation in the Dakar Rally 2012.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 06:51 AM

Very cool Don... thanks for posting!
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Posted 24 December 2011 - 06:55 AM

Very cool Don... thanks for posting!


Tom, this link will take you to a minute video of Bill training with the Husky.



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Posted 24 December 2011 - 07:00 AM

Here's a 4 minute video of Bill explaining the preparation of his Husky for Dakar.



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Posted 24 December 2011 - 07:46 AM

The full coverage of the Dakar Rally is available here...

2012 Dakar Rally Argentina

There are some cool videos and lots of info already available on the site.
I met some guys from around here that were in Argentina with their own bikes and followed the rally as spectators last year. They had to camp out just like the competitiors and a lot of cool stories. Spectating at the Dakar is one of my Bucket List items.
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Posted 24 December 2011 - 09:10 AM

As much as I like Husky I had to throw my support (and a little money) to Ned Suesse this year. Heard about him through a podcast and felt compelled by his motivation. Right now he is waiting for his late ship to come in carrying his KTM and race support. US coverage sucks on this race so I'm contemplating buying into a virtual private network (VPN) to get access to the Euro coverage.

Oh yeah, I needed a bunch of luggage for the DR650 for Alaska and the 30% off deal on Wolfman stuff as a Ned race supporter sealed the deal.:yahoo:
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Posted 24 December 2011 - 12:25 PM

As much as I like Husky I had to throw my support (and a little money) to Ned Suesse this year. Heard about him through a podcast and felt compelled by his motivation. Right now he is waiting for his late ship to come in carrying his KTM and race support. US coverage sucks on this race so I'm contemplating buying into a virtual private network (VPN) to get access to the Euro coverage.

Oh yeah, I needed a bunch of luggage for the DR650 for Alaska and the 30% off deal on Wolfman stuff as a Ned race supporter sealed the deal.:yahoo:


+1, Ned's a friend of mine and a real stand up guy to boot ;)
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Posted 29 December 2011 - 12:04 PM

http://bc2dakar.com/

Ian- Thanks for the help on the name change, and i didnt realize till just now that you authored that video of Bill! :doh I'm a little slow on the uptake, occasionally :D

THere has been some confusion at the ports, getting the bikes for some competitors off of the boats and out of customs... Bills bike was not one of them, but all his spares were in a delayed container with some other guy's bikes.... It looks like everything is finally at Mar Del Plata, though (a mere 600kms from the Buenas Aires port)

They picked up the gps and iritrack and other event supplied navigational equipment and were fitting it to the bike all day yestertday, and today at 4:30pm EST (6:30 local time) they are scheduled to go through Scrutineering.

Bike being gone through:
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This photo was taken by Deadly99 (Ted) who is helping out Rally Pan Am as a support team member.

You can see Jonah Street's Yamaha on the far left, and Bill's bike on the right (and Bill! :thumb)
You can always tell Bill's bike by the squared edge gas tank hanging off the left hand side of the bike.

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Looks like Bill's bike is the only true Husqvarna in the race. All the other SPeedbrain bikes are the heavily modified RAlly bike versions.



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Posted 30 December 2011 - 06:08 AM

Do you guys remember when Husky used to rule the racetracks? I sure do! Wouldn't you just love to have this model in your garage? I'll bet that damn Rushes has one!

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 06:23 AM

Do you guys remember when Husky used to rule the racetracks? I sure do! Wouldn't you just love to have this model in your garage? I'll bet that damn Rushes has one!


The only one I have is an 83 XC. I couldn't find a picture of it clean... :)
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 07:27 AM

Oh God, rushes just sent me this photograph. Talk about Ultimate Husqvarna Pornography, just look at this bevy of Beautiful Bikes. This pic gives Papa Chuy Viejo a Chubby!

This is a buddy of mine's collection. All perfect condition. He's a Husky nut fer sure...
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 09:30 AM

Oh God, rushes just sent me this photograph. Talk about Ultimate Husqvarna Pornography, just look at this bevy of Beautiful Bikes. This pic gives Papa Chuy Viejo a Chubby!


This is a buddy of mine's collection. All perfect condition. He's a Husky nut fer sure...
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Wow! Beautiful group of pristine machines!
Too beautiful for me, I can appreciate them more because they belong to someone else.
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 10:30 AM

I owned 4 Huskies over the years. The worst one was my mid 70's WR250 that I broke the frame on in an enduro in Central Ontario. When the frame broke it also derailed and broke the chain and I had to cobble everything back together to get out of the woods before the black bears got me. Back in those days you carried enough tools and parts in your fannypack to build an entire motorcycle.

The best Husky I ever owned was the '84 twin shock waterpumper WR400. I loved that bike and finished 2nd in my class for the enduro series that year.

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That's not my bike since mine was never that clean.

I see Rushes had one of those Lojak Milk Trucks.
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Posted 02 January 2012 - 11:13 AM

So Very Sad, the First Day of Dakar Rally and the First Motorcyclist Fatality: Godspeed, Senor Boero.


The death of Argentine rider Jorge Martinez Boero overshadowed the first day of the Dakar Rally in which Chilean Francisco Lopez the motorbikes.

Boero, 38, suffered a heart attack after being badly injured in a fall from his Beta bike 2km from the end of the stage between Mar del Plata and Santa Rosa de la Pampa in the west of Argentina.

He received medical attention within five minutes of the crash but died while being airlifted to hospital.

Boero was the son of a former Argentine racing champion of the same name who died in 2004. In Last year's race he crashed into a ravine in Chile and waited eight hours to be rescued.

His death was the 21st of a competitor in a Dakar Rally.

Aprilia rider Lopez timed 32min 37sec coming in 14sec ahead of defending motorbike champion Marc Coma, of Spain, on a KTM.


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Posted 02 January 2012 - 07:53 PM

Sad day for for friends, family and fans of this rider.

An interview from the race from Ned.

BTW.. Don, my guy is kick'in your guys ass! ;)
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Posted 03 January 2012 - 06:01 AM

this was posted on Two Wheel Texans:

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I believe Bill Conger is also out, after crashing and holing his case and gas tank, although it seems that he rally'd on for quite a bit after that.
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Posted 03 January 2012 - 09:23 AM

Do you guys remember when Husky used to rule the racetracks? I sure do! Wouldn't you just love to have this model in your garage? I'll bet that damn Rushes has one!

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Don,

I had a 390WR that I learned on in the dirt. What an ass kicker of a bike to learn on. I had a hard time keeping the front wheel down on it. My first day on that was very humbling! I always rode on the street and thought I could ride..

Do you guys remember when Husky used to rule the racetracks? I sure do! Wouldn't you just love to have this model in your garage? I'll bet that damn Rushes has one!

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Don,

I had a 390WR that I learned on in the dirt. What an ass kicker of a bike to learn on. I had a hard time keeping the front wheel down on it. My first day on that was very humbling! I always rode on the street and thought I could ride..

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 09:49 AM

this was posted on Two Wheel Texans:

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I believe Bill Conger is also out, after crashing and holing his case and gas tank, although it seems that he rally'd on for quite a bit after that.
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http://www.advrider....Conger"&page=31 Bill Conger is now out of Dakar, the bike is busted beyond repair! Bill was trucked back to camp, they will send an all terrain Kombi out for the Husqvarna!

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 10:11 AM

Sorry to hear your dog is out of the hunt Don. Poor guy has to be one tired and depressed pup.
This just in:

BREAKING: Quinn Cody has to withdraw after crash: suspected fracture of collarbone, head injury, but condition NOT ALARMING

He was doing amazingly well too!
I may be wrong but that puts Ned Suesse into the #1 American slot. :yahoo:
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Posted 03 January 2012 - 10:19 AM

Sorry to hear your dog is out of the hunt Don. Poor guy has to be one tired and depressed pup.
This just in:

BREAKING: Quinn Cody has to withdraw after crash: suspected fracture of collarbone, head injury, but condition NOT ALARMING

He was doing amazingly well too!
I may be wrong but that puts Ned Suesse into the #1 American slot. :yahoo:


A very heartbreaking situation for Bill and Quinn, very happy all is still going well for Ned; I'll start rooting for Ned now, it would be fantastic to see an American win Dakar.

What an incredibly tough, rough and mean motorcycling event Dakar is, it's just beyond my imagination of how strong and gnarly a rider would have to be to handle Dakar.