Gerard Barbezant – Dakar 1987

Meeting at Versailles for the start of PD 1987. Table number 1 belongs to Gerard Barbezant who will try again this year to reach Dakar riding a Honda MTX 125 2T. 30 HP throughout and passion…

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Ecureuil 1000 – Dakar 1987

We find and report this article taken from the site

"Hubert Rigal, our expert and former participant in the Paris-Dakar was able to find, After a year of surveys, one of the most surprising among the prototypes of the years ' 80 who participated in the world's toughest rally. It all started in 1986, When the technician Joël Guillet and reporter Pierre-Marie Poli, Chief Editor of the French weekly Moto Journal, came up with the idea of a revolutionary bike.
Promoted by the Cassa di Risparmio Écureuil, the eponymous racing team Écureuil was created with the aim of entering the world of the Paris-Dakar, outstanding media vehicle of the time.

Powered by a BMW (the brand that won the 1983 and 1985), the particularity of this “ERS 1000” is its modular conception and carbon as a material that distinguishes.

The design consists of three parts:
– A Kevlar-carbon body weighing just six pounds,
– The engine-transmission-rear wheel assembly,
– The front suspension, attached on the front.

The main advantage is the quick fitting: It only takes six minutes to remove the engine and transmission! This makes it easy to adapt the bike to the challenges of each stage.
In 1987, three Écureuil entered the race, led by Pierre-Marie Poli, Marc Morales and former policeman Daniel Pescheur.
Parker never made it to arrive in Dakar, Pescheur's bike caught fire in the desert and Morales, Although arrived at the finish was not qualified. Actually, during the last leg, Marc Morales was ranked 7th overall, was walking near the Lake Rose (Lake Retba), just three kilometres from the finish!

This bike is complete and original with the exception of the headlight protection, that could easily be reproduced.
According to need is equipped with front wheels from 18, 19 or 21 inch.
The engine, a 1050 model 1023 CC prepared by Herbert Scheck (the well-known German driver and BMW), and been ordered directly from BMW France.

The bike is equipped with a Marzocchi fork and two rear Öhlins, the chassis and the suspension fitting of the engine are honeycomb and carbon were built by ERS.
The bike is available in France, without valid entry documents for road use. Actually these prototype raced with registration documents which corresponded to a production motorcycle. "

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That You Struggle…the Dakar! The BMW of Birbes Dakar 1987

Struggling and Charles Edson. after previous experiences at Pharaons Rally of the editions ' 84 and ' 85, you were made to clear and precise idea of how it was to be a bike able to compete for victory. First of all a reliable two-cylinder engine and can guarantee high speed and an indispensable strength on long desert marathons.

Obvious so the choice of BMW also considered that Charles Edson, the German House, It was the official dealer for Brescia and province.

"I had in mind the motorcycle of Rahier» – Silvio begins Struggling – "I wanted to make an equal and if possible improving it. My ideas, After nearly ten months of work, led to this result which I am satisfied».

In fact, after almost a year of Saturdays and Sundays stolen from family and rest, the object that came out will satisfy Birbes who after the first tests on the track of Rezzato, He expressed himself in terms very favorable.

«The motorcycle in principle is valid. but we have yet to perfect the front suspension 'cause. with a full tank of gasoline (60 liters), go to the bottom racing».

If we consider that this BMW-Struggling with a full tank of gasoline weighs about 240 kg, almost less official German motorcycle. We can image into their efforts to arrive at such a result.

What difficulties have you encountered in the realization of this «monster»?

«I had to lengthen the swingarm to nine centimeters by rebuilding so the entire transmission» – meets Struggling – "I have completely redone the back of the frame to allow easy positioning of the spare tank in such a way then you can disassemble the motorcycle without encountering too many difficulties. Now I'm able to intervene on the gear and the transmission without dismantling the Middle».

BMW-Struggling will start in early October to Marseille where they will do the ' 86 Edition hallmarks of Rallye des Pharaons. The result of this competition will also depend on the participation in the Paris-Dakar rally which will start on January 1 next. (Ed. Charles Edson arrived 6° in that issue of the Pharaohs).
«Subscribe to Dakar» – concludes Charles Edson – ' has already been performed. but the result of the ' Pharaohs ' will influence greatly on our participation. I think I still have the bike suitable for these marathons».

We leave Birbes and Struggling to hundreds of questions that fans and onlookers turn to them to know "why and how" of their realization. The similarity with the official BMW motorcycles is truly remarkable, but the bike though is the result solely of ideas and of Silvio Struggling.

We Thank David Baez (proud owner of the bike) for the material provided to make this post.

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Our Beppe Gauri to recordings of Dakar 1987

Photo of Peter Bartolomei

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Project Squirrel ERS 1000

In 1987 It presents a motion from the project very interesting, the Ecureuil 1000 ERS conceived in 1986 by Joel Guilet (Ducati rider at the time Bol d'Or) on the initiative of the journalist and driver Pierre-Marie Poli.
Equipped with air cooled boxer engine BMW 1020 CC, 80 HP / 6500 RPM / min (engine preparation made from Arcueil Motor).

Tank 64 litres made of soft rubber,
Dry weight 170 kg dry weight and 250 kg with full,
Speed 195 km/h.

The originality of the ERS 1000 resided in its modular frame and carbon all disassembled very quickly, in just six minutes giving access to motor and transmission. This feature allows the ability to change the weight distribution and vary the distance. The project will be brought to the Paris Dakar also in 1988 and 1989.

Honda NXR 780

Honda NXR 750 1987

For the winner of the ' 86 Cyril Neveu and his team mates Lara and Charliat, It was made available by HRC to the Paris Dakar 1987, an updated version of the Honda NXR bicilindrica. The previous year had a slightly greater displacement, increased to 780 CC. and a power of about 75 HP which made it possible to achieve 175 kmh.

On this bike, already winner of its, It was solely a job of aging, especially on materials, which that allowed him to lower the weight up to 185 kg dry weight (240 kg in running order). The Fund also was enriched by a disc brake at the rear instead of the drum.



Interview with Bruno Birbes

In November I called Fabio, and after giving me of boho and incompetent as has always, tells me which can give me one last chance: We would have to do an article on a certain…
Obviously ended up our games, tells me: «Oh, see that this is one TRUE, is an old-school already, not a wimp like you…». And still: "This has made more than a dozen, among those on motorcycles as a pilot and as an assistance and team manager. Is one of your parts, a Brescia…».

Bresciano who, I am a GAL. My wife, my daughter and my dog are bresciane, but that's a separate discussion… So I go ahead and ask him the name, He tells me he is called Charles Edson, Bruno Birbes. But I know him!!! How Many Dakar? What? That Bruno Birbes? Ah, yes, I had heard… Fabio is right, I'm a scoundrel.
Yes, but is it possible that every time I meet "" Bruno (Note the article before the name, the bresciana) that always seems to be a docile 65-year-old who likes to picnic with friends still at motorcycle rides… What is, a joke? Whereupon began investigating- King, call a couple of friends and I speak- No one who gives the gas for sale, who got behind in classes ca professional riders with names, played of the Pharaons Rally during the first six.

These banks make me angry: is it possible that when you deal with them always seem to newcomers, those who have lived in the hut no yesterday afternoon, then go see below and discover which are dragons that stuff there!?
Now let me tell you a little bit of who we are talking about. We're talking about a promising young champion class 1949, doing her first steps with Gali 50, Italjet 50 and Müller 50 in the early ' 60 gymkhanas. Even in the 1968, the six days of San Pellegrino, won the bronze medal on Müller 50 motorized Zündapp, No at the moment do not buy a Müller 125, Montesa motor, puts it in the hands of the legendary preparer of Borgo San Giacomo, Maestroni (recently deceased), and start the adventure of racing. VA strong little boy, has that Twinkle that makes him stand before, has that sample madness. Thus began to make a name for themselves and friendships begin to arrive and aid.

From 1970 the ' 74 runs with CZ 250 and Maico 500, and alternates Cross regularly, where it collides with the names of that era, the likes of Valerie and Abdul. While he tells me these stories at some point Bruno, serious as a policeman, I cite an episode of 1970 He starred with the Maico 500 in an international competition: take to the skies, wrong speed and Lands on the floor after a crazy flight, folding handlebars, running boards and front subframe and reducing the circle shaped rugby ball. Whereupon tells me: "And from there are as you see me now, before I was tall blond». With this I realized it is one that makes fun alone, like all healthy bikers…

In those years comes the officiality with Puch in regularity and the great encounter with the man of change, Silvio Struggling, at the time assistance workshop Puch and mechanic trainer. In 1973 Charles Edson joined the official team Fernandez and becomes a pilot Puch in all respects. Running with the 180 CC, made to fit the six days of the marches of Camerino 1974, and with the 250 Replica Everest two Carburetors, with which to play the podium end of season rankings in Italian, battling with drivers such as Testori, Nikki t and Ferrari.

In 1975 try putting my head in place and decides to open a dealership Puch and BMW; takes advantage of the very important figure of Struggling, stop running officially and began a flourishing entrepreneurial career. I use the term "proof" because, Racing- mind talking, the head together she pretended to put it, minor races and devoting himself to open the shutters in the morning. He married the daughter of Struggling, gave him of grandchildren, He sold many beautiful BMW boxer, gentle and quiet, It has streaked straight for a few years. The problem is that under the ashes there was still the volcano turned on: one fine day he woke up, He watched a BMW, He turned to his father-in-law, Struggling, and told him: "How about one and we go to Dakar!».

Here's, now I am c… 1984, Rallye des Pharaons, Puch 500 4 times, 24°; the following year the same locations, always jumping controls timbre and taking penalty hours. Then he joined the great adventure: in 1987 you decided to take part in the Dakar. In the wake of the successes of Gaston Rahier, his official BMW and the fact of being dealer, build, He and Struggling, a missile from the desert on a BMW boxer. The Pharaohs of the 86 go to test it and come back with a 6th overall, then off to Dakar. Without assistance, experience and with so much throttle, on the third day without sleep at night soft top and breaks shoulder, ribs, etc…

Moves to an end stage and in his head, motorcycle adventurer's sick, think again… Carlo Florenzano, then
Honda team manager with Orioli and Tade, takes it and makes him understand that his race is over, load it onto the plane in place and bring the bike to Agadez. While he tells me the episode, Bruno has tears in her eyes. The fact is that, Obviously, reorganizes and even create a Team, the Assomoto, with the help of pollen and Girardi determinant (his great friends, two more sick of rally).

So, After buying a Unimog, PA tone for Dakar 1988. In this edition there is a 1.150 km… is an issue very hard, breaks the Exchange in the second stage and after having towed by Winkler to the finish, It tells that he was out of gas (because otherwise they forfeit) and passes the finish line by turning on the bike with the air pulled by pretending that everything is OK… After breaking the frame under the Steering sleeve, He rides a stage and then the firm; in Bamako changes the engine oil now goes, but eventually arrives and also great.

The Rally of the Pharaohs of 88 goes with an XR 600. Very fierce and ready to get a good result, plant a mine than just remembers that after he stopped to give a De Petri… complete darkness until Gauri tells him to sit still that helicopter is coming. Two days in a coma in Cairo. From 1989 just motorcycles, but only to drive. Arrives and he gets run team manager Beppe Cinnamon, also because it's still bagged. Since ' 90 become official assistance for individuals enrolled in the Dakar and Gilera ' 91 Official Kawasaki Team become even with KLE 500 Twins.

Struggling has become a dragon dakariane preparations, and from the 1985 the ' 95 might try something like 25 bike. It is known as a tough character and he knows how to put together a motorbike from the desert, so many rely on "Grandpa". During these years make assistance to various drivers, including Aldo Winkler, and live the adventure of Dakar old-fashioned, the African ones, becoming in effect a major team and recognized as certainty from the Dakar (among the many anecdotes that Bruno tells me I'm struck by the time the arrival of a stage in Mauritania Orioli comes with finished, Marathon stage without assistance; Birbes is there, and with the help of some friends dismounts all in one night, Exchange system and allows the sample to do the next day's stage, get support and finally win his third Dakar).

Up in the midst of a transfer, DAB to smear a truck stopped at lighthouses switched off; in 120 mph they see it on the top and strike him with flank, they tear all wheels that way and start carambolare. To exit down the glass before kicking with truck smoking ready to ignite. To understand this better, Bruno realized that night that the Jokers were over…
His BMW now keeps it at home on the fourth floor, next to toys grandkids, in front of the desk, close to the photographs. He is a kind of good manners and respectful of the House and sixty of his order, never again will you think that devil from Dakar who always threw myself into the adventure, that capital letter.

Among the photos that I find at home by Bruno Birbes, one strikes me as particularly, and so I ask him what he was doing in that picture. Immediately starts laughing and I'll explain that in an edition of the years ' 90 the Dakar during a layover Aldo Winkler comes with broken arm. Charles Edson, that is his assistance, knows he doesn't have the parts there and the next day must start its pilot. Now, Let me quote the definition of genius that is given in the film Amici Miei: "the genius is fantasy, intuition, glance and execution speed!”. So Birbes you look around with his arm broken arm in hand. There at the side there is a Mauritanian kiosk with the tables and chairs of iron. With making furtive grab a Chair, saw a leg and in the divided into two in the inner canals broken arm; rivets all (Obviously in a serious) and the next day Winkler is broken down… and he finished the race. Boys, I swear I sparkled eyes!

Based on an article by Enduro rider Magazine, text by Paolo Silvestri

Rinaldi 1987

My Dakar 1987 by Michele Rinaldi

Perhaps not everyone will remember the fleeting involvement of Cross world champion 125 Michele Rinaldi to Paris Dakar 1987.

The bike was a Suzuki DR 650 standard prepared by the team of French importer, flying at the brothers Joineau.

The race for Michele didn't go very well and by his own admission: "in all the experience was useful, Since I created a wealth of experience that will be useful to me – confirmation Rinaldi. I'm glad the decision even though in some cases I damn the day I thought I'd subscribe to Dakar. It was not only physical problems, down easily overcome, but also of mental and physical problems that underlie a marathon long and exhausting as the Dakar. "

Supports Rinaldi :"in Paris in the prologue I also managed to enjoy myself convinced that this was already the real race. The best to remain aloof, I wonder why? I found out at my expense, they knew that the real race begins after Tamanrasset. I rather like a good freshman staring already and committed my promo big mistake. We would have thought Africa to calm down ".

"I still remember Balestrieri, winner of the second stage, tell me – You Michele did not understand anything about this race ".
Unfortunately the 9th stage, a fall left shoulder dislocated already in 1984 and Michael gave his salute to Dakar.
The experience of Suzuki at the 1987, was not completely negative, as one of the motorcycles he saw the finish line, in an Honourable ninth place in the absolute with Marc Joineau.

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My Dakar 1987 by Guido Maletti

Guido Maletti, Reggiano, join the Paris Dakar 1987 in 29 years. Runs for passion, driven by a passion for motorcycles and adventure. Running with a Yamaha 600, little cared for under the area's look, so much so that friends of Team GR remind him of, often riding the bike more ugly than the entire Dakar. In Tahoua, under the starry sky, for the wing of a Fokker for airport runway asphalt mattress chat before bed.

Guido what is for you the Dakar? «A great adventure that I think is within my reach for which I decided to break the piggy bank of my savings to be here, struggling to get».

And the high score list you don't care? «Little».

Though the Italian rider never fails to make me notice its good positions behind the officers… Inevitable, then, the question on relations between individuals and officers.

«Great respect, they are very good but they have too many advantages, think my bike on sand "fly" around 115 timetables, their far greater speed whizzing instead. In addition they simply have to think only to run, Instead we always arrange».

Maletti has just put its ugly and indestructible Yamaha, eating a hot chicken in sauce fantasy to Africatour and lies down in my sleeping bag with the sky as a roof and the asphalt as mattress.

Guido Maletti will conclude the Paris Dakar at 12° place, third Italian at the finish line.

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Gargate 1987

My Dakar 1987 by Baloyi Grassotti

The Team G. R. Yashica to Paris Dakar 1987 host two pilots, Aldo Winkler and beat Grassotti which will race starts with a’ Honda XL 600 and a Kawasaki KLR 650, both completely standard.

The 31 December the race from Paris. The 4, 5 and 6 January after moving to Africa, you do the first three specials: Ghardaia-El Golea, El Gholea – In Salah, In Salah Tamanrasset. Gargate, with the KLR 650 always hovers around 36° – 37° postor. During the Tamanrasset – Arlit, in Explorer's adventure in the desert happens Gargate, taking the wrong road on the border with Niger.

Gargate 1987

“I realised I was on a wrong path – tells the biker – I tried to go back and find the right references. So I wandered up to finish the fuel. Descended the darkness, with the cold that was beginning to take its toll, I could only hope for a miracle to be found before the next day. Suddenly came out of two lighthouses.

Were those of a car driven by two Tuareg who view my situation, They told me to wait. Are broken down, and with them my hopes. However soon after they came back with gasoline from a vehicle abandoned by another competitor withdrew. The tank is full, directed me to a star and they told me to follow her always. So I did and I arrived at Arlit just in time to see share the other competitors.”-

Ends so the 7 January 1988, for arrival after the maximum time,