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I am shore that most know of this site its quite good at snippets of all things Motorcycle

Having bought the paper for about 30 years in the Uk and this site helps me get my fix now that i dont get the paper

 

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/

 

And I have been following this for 28 years and must say that its fantastic with the speed of technology to day .Used to have to wait for the pigeons to bring the news .

 

The Dakar   http://www.dakar.com/indexus.html#

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I too always bought MCN when we lived in the UK. They are getting a bit of stick at the moment over some of their reporting of certain models with problems etc, and as virtually all bike related mags are 'emap' owned the same stuff appears in whatever you buy.

As regard the Dakar, well it's fantastic. I always wanted to enter but am well to old now. Have you read Charley Boormans book 'Race to Dakar', it's well worth a read. I just don't know how anyone can ride a bike in a desert, with two broken wrists. Super hero's to me.

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I am too hooked - have to get MCN sent over.

Boring Charley annoys me hanging on to the coat tails of some great enduro riders that have put years of hard work into their sport.

He justs thinks if he buys the motorcycle equivalent of a Chelsea Tractor he can be up with the big boys.

If he was serious he would have done a few years of raids before attempting the Dakar.

I doubt if he could do a two days enduro in Wales.

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[quote user="Dog"]Boring Charley annoys me hanging on to the coat tails of some great enduro riders that have put years of hard work into their sport. He justs thinks if he buys the motorcycle equivalent of a Chelsea Tractor he can be up with the big boys. If he was serious he would have done a few years of raids before attempting the Dakar. I doubt if he could do a two days enduro in Wales.[/quote]

You should read his book Dog, he did a lot of pre-dakar stuff prior to going and despite a lot of negative press, he actually did quite well for a first attempt. He broke, or dislocated a shoulder doing some off-road stuff in Wales, that nearly cost him his entry to the Dakar.

I've met both him and Ewan McGregor and they are both really down to earth guys, who have a real love of biking. I don't critisise him or Ewan either for using their fame to get the funding necessary to do these trips, if I was famous I'd probably do the same.

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Of course it starts today (no doubt you two know this but others may not).  Go Luc Alphand!! (Sorry, not a biker, I know) I am so hoping he wins - he is a real local hero and everybody around here watches his progress with great interest.  Really friendly guy too and always up for a chat if he's not surrounded at the time.
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Here are some that I use

http://212.67.202.165/~boxertrix/phpBB2/index.php

BMW R1100S site

http://www.ukgser.com/forums/index.php

BMW GS site

http://www.visordown.com/forums/index.php

Visordown bike site

http://news.motorbiker.org/blogs.nsf/dx/ridingInFrance.htm

Good bike site about riding in France.

There are more, but many are not very busy. I don't bother with the magazine sites as I am not to interested in what is happening in the UK or in te latest bikes. I never read MCN in the UK ayway.

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