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Touratech-USA was very happy to get a visit from ElRae, wife of the late Ron Morgenthaler at the Seattle Motorcycle Show. Ron was a Northwest icon for trail access. All trailriders owe him a debt of gratitude, as without his efforts we would have significantly less trail miles available. Sadly, he passed away in August, 2010 after a 5-year battle with cancer.

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We are just a month away from the greatest motorsports race in the world, the Dakar Rally. Touratech is placing a bet on their home-town hero, Jonah Street, to win the 5,900 mile rally raid which takes place in South America from January 1st - 16th 2011.

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We are thrilled to invite you to join us for this special event and meet America's #1 rally racer and our home-town hero Jonah Street. Learn what it takes to prepare for the hardest motorsports race in the world, and help us send Jonah off in proper style to the 2011 Dakar Rally taking place in Argentina and Chile.

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###The bike is SOLD###
Jonah Street needs to sell his practice rally bike to help fund this year's Dakar Rally effort. It is a 2011 Yamaha WR450 with a JVO rally kit. It will come with roadbook and ICO's. We believe that there are only two of these in the US right now and this is the only one for sale. It is located in Washington and Jonah is willing to work with someone on shipping or delivery.

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It's still up in the air: The last special test called "Trial" will decide which team will come home as the winner of the GS Trophy 2010. It is a neck-and-neck race between the teams from UK, Scandinavia and South Africa.

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Slowly but surely it is coming to an end: We are back on Jan du Toit's farm where we set off towards Swaziland with brand new motorbikes six days ago. Now, almost 2000 Kilometers later, the whole thing got a certain patina with a whiff of adventure.

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"Breakfast for Simba." The South African guiding us through the Pinda Game Resort at sunset is kidding. A warthog is unsuspectingly strolling towards the lazy lion dozing in the morning sun. The long maned poser does not seem to be interested in the tough meat of bike riders and prefers to ignore us.

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"Have a lekker day", says Celia le Roux, the only female Trophy guide, to the others before she opens the throttle. "Lekker" is an Afrikaans word for everything gorgeous: riding a motorbike, food, scenery, people.

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At 5:30 am the alarm-clock goes off without mercy - no matter how late it was the night before. And it gets late into the night quite often.

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Exactly at 5.30 am we are jolted out of our dreams by the blow of a loud compressor horn - half an hour before the official waking-up time! The perpetrator is still being sought.
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