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Dakar Rally Bike Questions

As i'm preparing (as an amateur entry) for the Dakar race, i'm looking for a few things which I hope some of you might be able to point me in the right direction:
- Who is experienced in putting a Dakar race bike together (with every change and modification that is required)?
- Who or which company provides tech support during the race. I think Dessertrose is no longer offering that. Are their companies out there where you can by yourself into the support package?
- Who would be a good training partner (someone who has done the Dakar before) for advise?
- Is there a special site which lists older Dakar race bikes for sale?

Thanks so much for the help.
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As an amateur you are allowed to drive this one: KTM 690 Rallye Factory Replica -
It's ready to race with some spares.

If KTM can manage to finish their new 450 it might be an option, but it might be smart to wait to the 2012-rally.
I guess it will be possible to buy support from KTM during the race when the 450 is finished.

Check: Dakar
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Jimmy Lewis has a riding school.
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You should fill out your profile so we know where you are, what you ride and your experience.
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Contact Charlie Rauseo in San Francisco. Charlie's Team Rallypanam has been running independent Dakar teams for 6 or 7 years. They often have bikes for sale and may offer support and training. For training I would go live in Nevada for a year. Races every week end, nearly year round.

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As an amateur you are allowed to drive this one: KTM 690 Rallye Factory Replica -
It's ready to race with some spares.

Check: Dakar
Seems an excellent deal and a fair price. If you are serious about going into the Dakar, this is what you should be buying.
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