cagiva 1987

Cagiva Elefant 850 1987

Is fully faired the Cagiva Ducati 850 CC. they will try to counter the Japanese team and the Teutonic Knights at the Paris Dakar 1987.

The bikes of team Lucky Explorer boast twin engine air cooled, desmodromic, bore and stroke of 92 x 64 mm, power of 80 CV to 8.500 g/m, Weber carburetor, electronic ignition, dry clutch and primary drive helical gear.

The frame is superior in trellis tubes, of metalsI square section and the lower cradle in light alloy square tubes; the fork is Marzocchi 290 mm travel, the mono is a progressive Ieveraggio mounted Ohlins for a wheel travel of 290 mm.
The tanks, feeding the carburetor by means of two electric pumps, have the ability to 33 at the front and 32 liters to the latter; the gross weight is 230 pounds and the maximum speed of 185 kilometers per hour on the trail.

The pilots are deployed Hubert Auriol – Racing, Franco Gualdi, Alessandro De Petri and Gilles Picard

Yamaha XTZ 660 BYRD 1987

Yamaha XTZ 660 BYRD 1987

New colors for Yamaha Belgarda singles from 660 CC. participating in the Paris Dakar 1987, strictly impa-rentate with winning ones at the rally of the Pharaohs.

Technically there is the adoption of the rear disc brake 200 mm in diameter that goes alongside the front from well 300 mm, you have also the recovery of gas that previously was overflowing from the trays of Carburetors, through the vents, adopting a little pump of ric"Circolo.

In fact, power is by means of a vacuum pump which shall withdraw first from the fuel tanks on the sides and then the main. Note that the latter is built in two distinct sections longitudinally hinged at the top; gull-wing opening facilitates maintenance and, in case of a fall, would limit the leakage of gasoline.

In the image from above we can see clearly the location of the air filter cartridge while bareback, It is clear the conformation of side tanks that hold the seat and pigtail; Here there will be space for water supply, to be transferred into the front spoiler only in longer stages.

Aubert Auriol 1987

Hubert Auriol, When the pilot becomes a myth

A root, a root to break both legs.
A root to 20 kilometers from the finish.
A root on the road to victory at the Dakar.
A root in his fate and that of Cagiva.

Marc Joinea found Hubert Auriol just metres from that root prey to cries of pain he was trying to get back on bikes, helped him get back in the saddle, started the bike and agree to his will: getting back on the bike, continue to get to the finish line.
At the start of the stage was seven minutes ahead of second. Seven minutes..
His direct rival for the win, Neveu arrived to the finish line and from there began the count.
Neveu and cronomesti watching them l ’ horizon, to wait for the arrival of Hubert ’.

Seven minutes.
The first in the standings at the end of the stage, having regard to the short transfer to the next day's Rose Lake,would win the Dakar.

Seven minutes.
Seven minutes and that root.

It was Wednesday 21 January 1987 and Hubert Auriol cut the finish line of stage after five minutes of arrival of ’ Neveu: He still had a little less than two-minute head start. Was still in first place.
The motò stopped. Under the helmet you could hear screams and a desperate cry, l initial adrenaline ’, the one who restarted, After those 20 kilometers of suffering may have vanished.

None of all who ran meeting could imagine her condition and the reason for those tears.
Helped him get off the bike, the stretched themselves on the ground and took the helmet. The drama of his condition recur as soon as they were taken off the boots: ankle bones right out of the skin!

Rene Metge, the race Director, squeezed his hand while his doctors injected the morphine attenuated the pain.
Rahier approached him saying something, for his reply Hubert in form of lucid sincerity I drove out with my hand: He had suffered too much in the past.
While it was uploaded sula stretcher Hubert made the victory sign with their fingers while a smile was born out of that mask of pain.
Pernat in an interview with us issued told us that l ’ stronger and intense emotion in his long and intense career the ’ lived on the helicopter carrying Hubert to ’ hospital.