From February 25 to March 1, the Baikal Mile challenged competitors on specially prepared 1/8-mile and 1-mile ice tracks with a variety of specially prepared vehicles alongside stunt riding, drifting, drag racing, flat track and freestyle motocross - the second time the event had ever taken place.
With the go ahead and continued support from top-level partners Akrapovič, Beringer Brakes, Dunlop Europe, Evok3 Performance, Motorex, Öhlins and tuning advice from Flybike, Appaloosa was modified - and affectionally dubbed Appaloosa v2.0 - for the extreme Siberian conditions on a tight schedule as it needed to be shipped by the beginning of February to make the long journey to Lake Baikal.
“I can’t believe that an ordinary guy like me gets to build such a crazy machine and then take it to such an extreme event,” Brice continued. “I had this phrase in my head ‘Good for nothing. Ready for everything’ that summed up this feeling and I decided to get it tattooed on my leg in Russian. Seb joined me with a matching tattoo, while Dorsan had the phrase tattooed in French.”
The team’s paddock garage for the week was a canvas and cloth tent with a wood burning stove inside. With temperatures often dipping well below -25C, the stove was essential to keep Appaloosa and the team warm enough to work and operate. Sharing the tent with the Workhorse team were two Russian vehicles and their teams, a tiny home-built bike with a lawnmower engine and a classic Ural.
Brice commented, “They didn’t speak any English, we didn’t speak any Russian, but as with all car and motorcycle enthusiasts, it was a really friendly atmosphere. Through hand gestures and pointing we were able to communicate, help each other out and lend each other tools. That’s what I love about events like this, we’re all here for the same reason and we all want to share the fun and make sure everyone has a good time.”
The IndianxWorkhorse Appaloosa will be in action on June 14 at the first round of the 2020 Sultans of Sprint series during Wheels & Waves, Biarritz. The Sultans of Sprint series is in a class of its own with fast and stylish motorcycles competing for rankings based, not only on race results but also rewards for the contender’s creativity and craziness. The challenge gathers the best bike builders from the new custom bike scene in Europe. Click here to find out more about the 2020 Sultans of Sprint series.