2017 Baja Rally part 1.1

Photo: Justin Cofee/ Westx1000

Photo: Justin Cofee/ Westx1000

Konflict Motorsports President Alex Martens & Cyclops Adventure Sports CEO Darryl VanNiewenhuise (Winner of the famous Stumpjumpers Desert 100 aboard his 950 Adventure) have had a long history or working/racing together over the years.  This partnership grew out of two colleagues who often rode together and came up with the crazy idea to build a race team, "The Heavyweights" to compete at the 24 Hours of Starvation Ridge on 950/990 Adventures back in 2013 competing against teams on smaller dirt bikes as a source to test our products and services.  That year we placed 17th overall out of 111 teams, 2nd in class, See video below. Since then we have competed/won our class in that event three years running.

We received a phone call one weekend evening a few months back with Darryl pitching the idea of having his son (Wes VanNiewenhuise) race the 2017 Baja Rally aboard the Cyclops Adventure Sports KTM 950 Super Enduro in the Adventure Class!

Alex Martens has been at three of the last four Baja Rally's, and at Sonora Rally with Rally Management Services/ICO Racing supporting notable riders such as Andrew Short (Factory Husqvarna Rally team rider) Dakar Finisher Scott Bright/Ian Blythe (Top Ten Stage Finisher 2016 Dakar), Dakar Malle Moto 2nd place finisher Lyndon Poskitt, Yuji Shinohara (HPN Reinforcement Japan), Trent Burgiss (2nd Overall at 2017 Baja Rally) and many others.

As we have spent some time with Wes (he has been a crucial part of our success at two of the three years at 24 Hours of Starvation Ridge) and new his riding abilities were legit we jumped at this opportunity to become part of this project!

Wes VanNieuwenhuise Photo: Justin Coffee/ WestX1000

Wes VanNieuwenhuise

Photo: Justin Coffee/ WestX1000

Bike Setup:

  • Cyclops Adventure Sports: Phoenix Headlight
  • Golden Tyre- GT216AA 90/90/21, GT723 140/80/18 Golden Tyre Bibs
  • Konflict Motorsports: Forks- KM3 Fork Revalve with Konflict High Flow Piston's, Micro-polish on lower stanchions, 6.6 n/mm 43.2x457mm fork springs, SKF Dust/Oil Seals.
  • Shock- KM3 Revalve on Touratech Extreme with custom shock piston, larger bump rubber, custom hi/low speed compression adjuster internals, vacuum port threads peaned, plug loctited, and safety wired (these units have a tendency to blow the stainless steel plug out under extreme use).
  • Rottweiler Performance- Enduro-cell Auxiliary fuel cell, Intake System, SAS Removal kit, 2into1 exhaust mid pipe with Yoshimura exhaust muffler.
  • Renazco Racing- Custom Suede Seat
  • Black Dog Cycle Works- Ultimate Skid Plate
  • ICO Racing- Rally Max VRL, F2R 750 Road-book, RMS Road-book Arms
  • Cycra Racing- Pro-bend Hand guards
  • Dirttricks Sprockets- 16/42 gearing
  • ProMoto Billet- Adventure pegs

As you can tell from the build list above, the build of this bikes main focus was functionality without any added bling.  Trying to keep the bike as light as possible, with enough fuel to make it to each days bivouac.

More to come...

 

PNW RALLY SCHOOL

Konflict Motorsports & Suspension Inc. and Rally Management Services team to bring Rally Raid training to the PNW!

When: August 19th-21st 2016
Where: Near Bend Oregon (Exact location to be released at a later date)
Cost: $600.00

Includes:

Classroom style navigation training/instruction from some of the best navigators in the United States.

Three days (60-100+ miles each) of road-book routes through some of the best scenery and challenging terrain Oregon has to offer!

Bivouac style camping/atmosphere.

Two breakfasts and two diner's + snacks and drinks.

Registration is available HERE

All proceeds going towards Rally Pan Am in getting them to Dakar 2017!

Bike Rentals: 

  • KTM 450-500cc equipped with complete Rally Lite Setups from RMS.
  • Includes new tires & bibs.
  • Cost- $600.00

Navigation Equipment Rentals: 

  • Rally Lite kits are available from RMS to utilize during the training and will need to be arranged with RMS during registration.
  • Cost- $300.00

Fly-N-Ride:

  • We can facilitate transportation, lodging, and camping equipment for the event, please contact alex@konflictmotorsports.com to discuss what details you require.

 

From Rally Management Services:

Many other forms of off-road racing, involve a lot of mental training. You need to know how to manage your bike and body and learn to navigate using only a road book and compass heading.

We run small, private training events for our own Dakar team and for competitors preparing for international rallies. You will learn from experienced racers all about navigating, and keeping your head (and yourself) in the race. Recently described as "baptism by fire" by an attendee, this is focused, hard-core training, not a "weekend getaway" event. It's for advanced riders and racers who are breaking into the cross-country rally discipline.

During our time off the bikes, we discuss all the other aspects of rally racing, from preparation to logistics to spares to fitness. There is a ton of information to learn about competing in an international rally. We have the knowledge and experience and would love to share it with you.

Be sure to read this excerpt from the upcoming Rally Handbook to learn about RALLY NAVIGATION.

Road books are created utilizing

Road book routes are being created in conjunction with High Desert Adventures, a motorcycle tour company located near Bend Oregon.

Contact: Alex Martens- Konflict Motorsports & Suspension Inc.
Shop: (425) 681-5160
Email- alex@KonflictMotorsports.com  
www.konflictmotorsports.com

Contact: Dave Peckham- Rally Management Services
Shop- (415) 578-4888
Email- store@rallymanagementservices.com
ww.rallymanagementservices.com

ADVWOMAN ADVENTURE RALLY

Konflict rider Pat Jacques has launched the ADVwoman Adventure Rally being held in Granby, Colorado this summer!


Contact: Pat Jacques
(970) 726-6830
pat@advwoman.com
www.advwoman.com/rally/   

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GRANBY, COLORADO, April 13, 2016 – Power World ADVWoman Rally Announced July 21-24, 2016, at Flying Heels Rodeo Arena in Granby, Colorado.  


Pat Jacques and Power World motorsports are organizing the first-ever motorcycle adventure rally targeting women and families. To be held July 21-24, 2016, in Granby, Colorado, the event will include classroom sessions as well as on-range dirt bike essentials and adventure essentials rider training. All instructors are women! Men are welcome too; this is a female and family friendly rally.      
“Never before has there been an adventure rally in which all instructors are women! Women are a growing part of the market and this rally is something that is absolutely needed,” said Pat Jacques, Rally Director. “This is about women helping each other and women helping themselves. And it’s not just about motorcycles. This rally is a vehicle for self-discovery, empowerment, and for women to feel self-directed, self-reliant and capable.”  
Classroom Sessions are open to all attendees and will run Friday & Saturday 3:30PM-4:30PM and 4:45-5:45PM, with several classes running simultaneously in different locations. Topics include trailside maintenance, trailside first aid, intro to GPS navigation, fitness and training for off road riding, truck & trailer motorcycle loading and unloading, flat tire repair, how to pick up a bike, moto-camping and travel photography.  


Three registration packages are available:  

Base Package $187  Three nights tent and self-contained RV camping   Catered breakfast Friday- Sunday.  Catered dinner Friday & Saturday   Entry to all classroom training.  Maps, GPS tracks, and GEO Caches for local road, dual sport, single track and MX track rides  Saturday night DJ and dance party   
   
Base Package plus Rider Training $277.00.  Includes everything in the base package, plus one day of rider training in either “Dirt Bike Essentials” (small single track bikes) or “Adventure Essentials” (dual sport and adventure bikes) with options for “women only” classes. Each class is taught by two highly qualified women instructors and is limited to 15 riders.  
Base Plus Plus package $347.00  Base package plus two days of rider training both Friday and Saturday.  Take “Dirt Bike Essentials” one day and “Adventure Essentials” the next day.  With options for “women only” classes. Each class is taught by two highly qualified women instructors and is limited to 15 riders.  

There is an early bird 10% discount on each package if registering before May 7, 2016.  
“Make no mistake.  We may be teaching motorcycling, but what we’re really doing is empowering women!” said Jacques.    

www.advwoman.com/rally/  

About Pat Jacques, Rally Director: Pat Jacques is a ground breaking woman who raced men’s motocross professionally. Retired from racing now, she still enjoys spirited single track riding and adventure touring.  Jacques’ passion is empowering women and getting families out riding motorcycles together.  She is a Keynote speaker appearing at the Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit, Women Creating Our Futures, and a personal coach.

 

Golden Tyres

We have been testing with Golden Tyres since late November both here in the PNW as well in Southern California high deserts with an unmatched level performance and durability of current tires we have tested with.  

We have recently made the decision to offer the Golden Tyre brand of tires and mousses, they will be added to the website soon.  Pickup at the shop as well daily shipping will be available,

Icon Raiden

The guys from Icon Raiden teamed with Rally Management Services aboard their 2013 KTM 450 Rally's last year for this video shoot in preparation for the UX Waterproof release.

The crash featured is what broke both of Scott Brights arms as well this is the same bike he rode to a 53rd place finish at Dakar 2016 just a few months later! Talk about perseverance! 

 

2014-15 KTM 690 ENDURO "TRY BEFORE YOU BUY" SERVICE

We often get asked the question by newer riders of what they should/will expect performance wise after having their suspension properly setup for their weight and riding abilities.  This is a very tough question to answer for us in simple terms other than it will "not deflect over square edge hits and bottoming will be improved significantly, it will be a more controlled compliant suspension action". 

We have sourced three sets of 2015 fork and shocks for a KTM 690 that we have setup and ready to ship for our customers to try out on their personal bikes.  This will allow our customers to feel and see what the level of performance they can expect.

The way this program will work is as follows:

1. Email us to discuss your riding abilities, associated weights, and where in the country you live.  We will ensure the appropriate springs are installed and setup accordingly prior to shipping.

2.. Deposit of $2000.00 is taken and held during the duration of time the customer is in possession, refund will take place once the suspension arrives back at Konflict Motorsports and inspected.

3. Suspension can be picked up at our shop, or shipped to your location.  Shipping fee's apply.

4. Rental fee of $150.00 will be taken on top of the $2000.00 deposit, if suspension services at that time are arranged and deposit taken the rental fee will be applied towards suspension services.  IF services are not arranged at that time, the rental fee will be applied towards balance.

5. Rental duration is for two weeks from date of receiving suspension, longer durations will acquire a $25.00 per day rental fee if not prearranged.

Contact us at alex@konflictmotorsports.com or give us a ring at the shop at (425) 681-5160 for more details.

PNW Rally School

Konflict Motorsports & Suspension Inc. and Rally Management Services team to bring Rally Raid training to the PNW!

When: August 8th-9th 2015

Where: Eastern Washington (Exact location to be released at a later date)

Cost: $600.00

Includes:

Classroom style navigation training/instruction from some of the best navigators in the United States.

Two days (175-230 miles each) of road-book routes through some of the best scenery and challenging terrain Washington has to offer!

Bivouac style camping/atmosphere.

Two breakfasts, two lunches, and one diner + snacks and drinks.

Bike Rentals: $300.00 per day.

KTM 450-500cc equipped with complete Rally Lite Setups from RMS.

Includes new tires & Bibs (roughly $600.00 per bike)
 

Navigation Equipment Rentals: $300.00

Rally Lite kits are available from RMS to utilize during the training.

Fly-N-Ride:

We can facilitate transportation, lodging, and camping equipment for the event, please contactalex@konflictmotorsports.com to discuss what details you require.

From Rally Management Services:

Many other forms of off-road racing, involve a lot of mental training. You need to know how to manage your bike and body and learn to navigate using only a roadbook and compass heading.

We run small, private training events for our own Dakar team and for competitors preparing for international rallies. You will learn from experienced racers all about navigating, and keeping your head (and yourself) in the race. Recently described as "baptism by fire" by an attendee, this is focused, hard-core training, not a "weekend getaway" event. It's for advanced riders and racers who are breaking into the cross-country rally discipline.

During our time off the bikes, we discuss all the other aspects of rally racing, from preparation to logistics to spares to fitness. There is a ton of information to learn about competing in an international rally. We have the knowledge and experience and would love to share it with you.

Roadbooks are made utilizing Rally Navigator- www.rallynavigator.com

Be sure to read this excerpt from the upcoming Rally Handbook to learn about RALLY NAVIGATION.

 

Spots are limited to a maximum of 12 riders, and will fill up quickly.

Contact: Alex Martens- Konflict Motorsports & Suspension Inc.
(425) 681-5160 – Alex@KonflictMotorsports.com – www.konflictmotorsports.com

Contact: Dave Peckham- Rally Management Services
(415) 578-4888 - store@rallymanagementservices.com - www.rallymanagementservices.com