The African racing season offers us an opportunity to deal with scale models of motorcycle made for the great raid and made famous by companies of various Rahier, Neveu, Lara, Peterhansel and Orioli. Were prototypes developed around the concept of enduro bike, but refined to such an extent as to be considered real Formula one wilderness.
Matchless machines that made dream bikers of all ages and that today, disappeared from the scene because of the new regulations, survive in the form of scale models. Figures presented in this service. Some specimens’ particulars because we wanted to process them, creating a prototype according to our wishes. All models are made with great care, composed numerous pieces and given the relative magnitude of scale lend themselves very well to be used as a basis for other versions.
The Protar has different catalog, all nscala 1:9 the BMW 1000, the Yamaha Ténéré 660 in two versions Belgarda and Chesterfield and the Cagiva of 1987. It is from the latter that we started to make our version, that of 1990 winner of the Paris-Dakar with Edi Orioli. Picking an appropriate photo documentation we started the work. The chassis structurally unchanged was just edited in the Department with the adoption of a suspension upside down fork and a different swingarm.
The first one was completely rebuilt using, existing ones, the portion of the sheath with attacks for the wheel and the brake caliper, the reinforcement rib on the swingarm was achieved by cutting some plastic strips 1.5 mm pasted at the top with plenty of glue to simulate the welds, Finally shaped with fine sandpaper to get the final form. The engine is the same liquid-cooled twin-cylinder Ducati used by both versions, But what we realized is distinguished by the addition of an oil cooler and water pump of different size and position.
The oil cooler comes from Yamaha 660 Ténéré in the Protar, the support has been adapted from an existing sump Guard always shaped rib Yamaha. We used a water tank pump shock absorber. The addition of oil pipes, water and general care of the particular, as the painting of screws and other pieces in magnesium, completed engine Assembly.
The brakes before we painted gold-caliper, later we removed the lower anchor guy staring into the caliper support to the swingarm. Caliper painting and its Gold support and the connection for the liquid to the alloy swingarm have completed the work. For the group the two exhaust manifolds are unchanged, the final part was reconstructed using a piece of rubber hose full hot shaped.
For the silencer we started from a round shaped plastic in its original form and with plastic sheets from 0.5 mm we performed frame anchoring support band with a screw. At this point begins the most challenging part of the transformation, that is, the body. Stucco, sandpaper, patience and many photographs were allowed to shape, on the insides of the bottom of the tank and saddle pigtail. used to have the same attacks on the frame, the shapes of the new version.
Headlights and dome transparent come from Yamaha 660 Ténéré Chesterfield version of Protar. Dashboard, additional instrumentation, fanaliposteriori and gas caps are pieces we recovered from old or broken models (never throw anything away). The saddle was covered in black leather and hand guards we cleaned the lightening holes. Painting green and Red threads, applying the decals and, to finish, a coat of clear protection for prevent the decals be ruined over time, were the necessary finishing touches.
Many Thanks Massimo Moretti, creator of the model, for photos and text.