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Claudio Towers “Pink Panter”, from Dakar 1986 all & #8217; Australia

Returning from the ill-fated Dakar 1986, finished with a retired due to a problem with the swingarm of his Moto Guzzi, Claudio Towers do not lose d & #8217; soul and arranges for a new adventure.

The bike is updated with a headlight fairing aerodynamically, as tendency in those years, fully painted and entered in the following year's Australia Safari. Unfortunately l & #8217; Southern experience did not have much luck, culminated with a retreat because traffic accident with a pickup that caused the fracture of the pelvis of the poor Towers.

 

Ducati 500 P.L. M. Dakar 1981

Ducati 500 P.L. M. Dakar 1981

The amazing Ducati P.L. M. by Xavier Baldet, realized on basis Ducati Pantah led to 52 HP, 150 kg for a maximum speed of 180 kmh. Tubular trellis frame was custom-designed for the realization of this model. Ironically it was the failure of the frame causing the withdrawal of Baldet.

 

Ducati 500 P.L. M. Dakar 1981

Below a video excerpt which testifies to the disastrous retreat of Baldet.

 

 


TECHNICAL DATA OF THE BIKE

ENGINE
Cubic capacity: 498,9 CC
RPM: 9.050
Carburetor: Dellorto PHF 36

TRANSMISSION
Clutch: multiple disc q & #8217; oil
Primary drive: helical gears

FRAME
Forks: Marzocchi 38 PA advanced axle excursion 300 mm.
Shock absorbers: double wishbone excursion 230 mm.
Brakes: drum, front from 160 mm rear 150 mm.

TRIP METER
Weight: dry 150 kg
Fuel tank: in kevlar from 46 liters
Maximum speed: 180 kmh


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HONDA NXR 750 Tamiya model François Charliat

After several articles devoted to road bikes or racing, This time we're back speaking of offroad extreme, because the protagonist is the Queen of this kind of races, i.e. the Paris-Dakar. The model under consideration is the Honda NXR 750, African Marathon winner 1986 with Frenchman Cyril Neveu. The bike, a liquid-cooled twin-cylinder, specially made for this type of racing from the HRC, the Racing Division of the House of the rising sun, developed more than 70 HP liquid-cooled and was the first motorcycle to win the tough African competition. The scale model 1:12 is made by Tamiya Japanese.

Inside the fairing is the digital dashboard with the compass road book placed on the handlebar. The chassis allows for perfectly the engine block with the muffler and various sleeves.

Inside the fairing is the digital dashboard with the compass road book placed on the handlebar. The chassis allows for perfectly the engine block with the muffler and various sleeves.

We start the installation after studying the various pieces that make up the Kit. As always the quality is high, with printed well finished and free from processing burrs, and with metal parts, as the rear shock absorber spring and the protective Grill of the etched plate headlights. Following the directions on the painting of various engine parts, We begin the Assembly with the inclusion of the various cables and hoses supplied. The frame, in two pieces, welcomes the engine block to which are added the potholes and the latest accessories that complement.

Useful directions to cut perfectly tailored various pipes made of two different diameters to differentiate that way cables from handgrip. At this point let the chassis Assembly starting from the swingarm. The chain is made in one piece and also includes the Crown. As for the wheels, you have to make sure that the two halves of the circles are securely glued and the glue has dried before mounting the tyre, in order to prevent the rim to unfold. The rear shock, Despite being fixed, consists of several pieces which make it very true to the original. Starting the Assembly of superstructures must arrange for coloring of some details.

Even for Honda NXR 750, reproduced in scale 1.12 from Tamiya, the quality of the various components is high. The prints are in fact well turned out. Several metal details, including the rear shock absorber spring.

Since the Golden band of the Division is accomplished by simply color the decal blue zone extending it a few millimetres beyond the decal for the latter to overcome the colour and then give a line of perfect Union. A Council: make sure that the color is completely dry before placing the extra tank decal with the pigtail is the first piece of bodywork to fit. We then move on to the mounting of radiators with the support frame and is completed by the inclusion of various sleeves.

The tank split in half is the other component of car body which tackles before moving on to the fork mounting, with its front wheel seat and door plates side number complete the mounting of the rear area. Inside the fairing place, placed in a special support frame, the headlight headlamp and the digital dashboard with compass. The road-book is placed on the handlebar and should be completed with the printed instructions faithfully reproducing some notes of course. Mounting the fairing is the final step to complete our model. The protective Polish for decals (making them uniform with painted areas) is the final touch for this Honda NXR 750 reminiscent of the wide expanses of sand, the dunes and the charm of the great African raid.

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CARLOS MAS model of Dakar 1990

Based on an article by Motorcycling

In the wake of the Dakar rally many collectors have ventured into creating real prototypes that the great houses of hobbies they didn't put in the catalogue. This XTZ 740 was born from the desire to play and revive scaled-down challenge to large areas of sand that have shaped the history of motorcycling.

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This time we wanted to make the bike the runner of the year, Spanish Carlos Mas. The bike is a Yamaha YZE 750, in red the sponsor Spanish Camper. After being documented with photos taken from various newspapers, We began work-ing the starting point was the Yamaha 660 The Chesterfield Protar in scale 1:9, favorite sister Yamaha 660 Ténéré, because they are already equipped with rear disc brake. The main change to be made and it required several hours of work was performed on the engine and chassis.

Mas05While the starting model is a single cylinder with Central frame cradle, one to achieve is a twin cylinder with double cradle frame open. We kept the same engine base, by modifying the mating plan with forward-inclined cylinders so that the latter are more; These were obtained from two-cylinder heads Mas03complete with mono, filed for 1/3, one on the right side, the other on the left side; pasting them together so we got a wide body 4/3 than the original mono, maintaining the existing lights intake and exhaust. After removing the cradle frame Central, We positioned the motor and proceeded, with the square tubes of plastic, to rebuild the two cradles, starting from the Steering triangolatura.

Mounting of radiators, water and oil with their respective handgrip, carbs with associated fittings, petrol pump, intake pipes and painting of all details, including the nuts and bolts of the engine, have completed the part relating to the motor. Side of the triangle of reinforcement we positioned the two coils, one for each candle. For head-engine we used aileron drive media adapted to the original profile. Fork, swingarm and shock does not have undergone changes other than those related to the painting of each particular.

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The tank under the seat has changed your listing in the back, completed with the addition of fender taken from Cagiva Elefant, in the same scale and Protar's at this point we realized discharges. For the silencer was used a water bottle that belongs to model BMW 1000, always Protar, adding the clamp ring for fastening to the frame, obtained by cutting and folding a strip of thin plate of a tube of mayonnaise. Double entry of the silencer has parlayed a piece of stock exhaust, While remaining manifolds were made by inserting lead wire inside a rubber tube diameter required and folded.

The tank and the fairing underwent a general enlargement to accommodate new engine and we realized the outbursts Mas06for air at the sides of the fairing itself. The front fender was shortened at the rear. The modified engine shield comes from Cagiva Elefant, While the saddle was covered with leather and suede, both red. The Assembly of the various details, additional marker lights, tank caps with vents, road book on the handlebars and a tool bag in the area behind the saddle they completed assembling. Manufacture and fixing of the various written, inevitable glossy protective hand and here our special is ready to face the dangers of the desert.

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Gilera RC 600 Dakar 1991

That the Gilera RC 600 It was a good bike Nobody doubted. The victory in the previous edition and eighth place overall (only sophisticated prototypes in front of him), constituted an excellent calling card for the Thumper Arcore. The Gilera and Medardo have gone beyond expectations with a performance very similar to that of the prototypes. With only 560 cubic centimetres, the RC has been successful on many occasions to keep keep strong rhythm imposed by two cylinders and Medardo has also won the stage of 5 January from Tumu Ghat, the “Special” longer than the Paris-Dakar.

Not all was well for Gilera: tears of the rear tank fuel overflow and poorly secured, broken starter post on the bike Mandelli who requested the change of engine (automatic change of category) and an experimental power that made a tantrum when starting engines, Apart from a shock absorber destroyed by Medardo. The Gilera are satisfied also because they feel that the Dakar is a great help for series production.

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Ing. Maden
, Technical Manager, is absolutely convinced of the validity of the formula Silhouette of Dakar. The fact that pushed us to compete in the marathon in Africa and particularly in this category, is the specific regulation. Run the entire Dakar without changing engine and chassis is a highly reliable message to the audience. An engine that can withstand more than 10,000 kilometers of continuous torture without problems, is a guarantee for a series.

In category Silhouette engine and chassis are standard while the rest can be changed. To improve cooling we used larger radiators with upper heat exchange 30%. The control unit until halfway through the race was different from that fitted to the RC 600; an ignition that gave very few advantages in terms of power but that was useful to decrease harmful emissions. Sounds strange to mount a similar trigger without essentially cut out some advantages but also this choice is made in anticipation of using the RC standard if ignition resists Dakar means that will fit into any other conditions.

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We replaced by half-way onwards once reliability data. Electrical problems have come from an incorrect choice of batteries and an electrical system that during the tests was perfect, While in Africa it was not such a. This particular unit determines the ignition timing according to the speed and diversity of pressure within intake pipes. downstream vacuum carburetor throttle. — Where you changed the bike than the previous Dakar? Last year's race had given us important information: We were in place as engine and chassis, While the handling had to be improved. Since we were unsure in terms of engine reliability, We went to increase performance. We resumed the changes introduced on the RC series propeller 91.

New camshafts more motivated, revised piston design, oversized valves and larger diameter Carburetors (30 mm). We work a lot on intake and exhaust systems rato to extract from the engine to its full potential. Despite the compression ratio was lowered to use low-octane gasoline, We found seven horses more than the previous motion. Now we are about sixty horses to the tree with a consumption that varies greatly according to the conditions of the competition site. They range from a maximum of 6,5 liters on soft sand up to 9 the hard ground. Does not consume little, It's true! A single cylinder must always be squeezed at most to stay close to the performance of two cylinders and then throttle always wide open; extreme conditions also for consumption. In total, the fuel capacity was increased to almost 60 litres, ten less two cylinders.

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Not a great advantage. Is a little’ the legend say that mono is easier and lighter of the two cylinders. The weight difference is a maximum of ten pounds in favor of mono and so it's not outstanding. To improve handling and ease of driving we revised weight distribution and placement of fuel tanks. The suspension is new, the Kayaba Japanese, also mounted on the RC-series. The shock is just what standards changed only three internal lamellas to match the increased weight of the bike dakariana, to ease that we used some lightweight material” but nothing special. Kevlar and carbon fabrics for the cowl – Rc17rear tank and to the fairing, titanium for engine and rear suspension hardware platforms. For the hubs machined from “full ".

We also broke, and even this drawback we expected, the forward beam where you fix the engine. Between expected and now we solved, because to increase ground clearance we removed the retaining frame which passes under the engine. In this way the engine actually works as element stressed lifting quoting frame. That is why we have strengthened the bolts of the engine by increasing-the diameter up to 10 mm, attack fins simultaneously beefing up on engine. We broke more rods and crankcase, meat instead happened last year; by contrast has almond wafer with a small crack in the frame. This made us realize that the engine can work as an element of stress and probably will use the same solution even in series, Front chassis beam and properly structuring that is another effective information appearing on the series production.

More tears were those of posterior composite tanks. They were all new parts, ended up at practice the day before leaving the tanks have had mechanical problems. The rear suspension dabbed a little’ Too much, so as to touch the disc brake caliper with the inside of the tanks. In the design phase we predicted a game 20 mm between the clamp and tank at full travel of the rear wheel. In bolder touched caliper infill; with inevitable breakups. This means that both the swingarm is the retaining frame that sustains them yielded, sagged slightly. Modified suspension settings, the problem is gone. Conversely decreased comfort of riders and motorbikes squirted a little’ too much on holes.

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You are marked for small cracks on the front aluminum tanks because of the numerous welds, the bodywork is broken is broken only for falls, While we can't explain the reason of the break up tree M., why this particular had been thoroughly analyse it. It was also changed the engine in Sotelo, because he was burned out the clutch lever play for lack of. All material of friction discs has spread in the engine and a piece went to lock the pressure relief valve of the oil system. Result: Cotto bearing on fro di bella. For the rest no other mechanical problem except the cushion Pan hastily fastened on the bike by Medardo. —

Your bike aesthetically was the most reused. among all those who have raced, and maybe even more aerodynamic.
"We treated very aesthetics but also the protectiveness of the pilot. We left date filter box dimensions, and we built around the whole bike. We tried to protect the pilot to give him greater comfort. Less tired, stronger you go and commit fewer mistakes. The bike had to be the smallest possible depending on the size of the pilot. The height of the windshield and the de: plexiglass has had the sole purpose of protecting air pressure the pilot We instead chose the headlights omofocali to lower the whole area of the dashboard and Instrumentation, and ensure greater visibility. Also these headlights made even better brightness and then more security to those who remained at night in the desert. The latter form is due to the tradeoff between greater capacity as possible and require less space for the rider's legs. In codon had set the compass, and a back up battery. The shape of the entire casing is designed without the comfort of a wind tunnel. Now we will try the bike in these conditions; We want to be ready on time.

Can you quantify the cost delta operation Dakar?
Only pure material exceeding one hundred million for motorcycles, but the entire organization has quite different and higher costs. We are considering whether it is possible to build a small number of replicas of the RC Dakar. The figure is expected to be around 60 million and it would still be a political price. The difference in costs will be absorbed by the factory»

You will be also present in the next Dakar? "Definitely Yes. The conditions encountered in the Paris-Dakar is practically unrepeatable, both instrumentally both under normal measurement conditions of motorcycle. With the African race we can verify many parts of production motorcycle» though next Gilera RC doesn't compete more in Silhouette. We will build a prototype with a capacity close to 650 CC though probably the reliability cannot be guaranteed one hundred percent».

Source Motorcycle Racing April 1991

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Ténéré 4 cylinders for Dakar

A cold morning on the outskirts of Paris, a small cross off the beaten path, a pilot with the gaudy colors Sonauto, that warms the muscles ahead of Dakar, caracollando riding his Yamaha “XT 600 Ténéré”: all normal, You'll say. So it seems: But beneath the huge reservoir of “Ténéré” beats a heart that in common with single-cylinder engine of the Queen of the desert did not own anything. It is a four cylinder water cooled, derived from the motor 20 valve “FZ 750”.

It's too early to say whether this fantastic “750” It will be the first January ' 86 at via delta legendary African Marathon, Although the meticulous care of details (apparent as well in the photos of our top secret) clearly demonstrate that this is not

a simple experiment the French importer, but something more which cannot but have had the approval of the parent company. Let us not forget that the same “Ténéré” was born from a “idea” Jean Claude Olivier, General manager of the Yamaha Sonauto and seeded riders for Paris-Dakar.

Therefore, the new franco-Japanese beast, that TUTTOMOTO presents here exclusively, could be the winning weapon in Japanese, determined this year to snatch the BMW Crown of Queen of Africa. Power is not discussed, to test the reliability in the desert.

the motor of the “FZ 750” It was significantly lightened and he worked on the camshafts to reduce power, while increasing elasticity at low and mid. The rear suspension is monocross.

No secret: made for the Paris Dakar, the “Tènéré” 4 cylinders offers many interesting solutions, some guessed by looking at the pictures of our “scoop”. The frame, For example, is that of the FZ, However, reduced in length.
Carburetors, in an elevated position and well protected, receive the gasoline through a mechanical pump. The mammoth tank is basically double and acts well as lateral protection for the liquid cooling radiator. The collection is extremely compact and functional, suitable for off-road.

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Text TuttoMoto Enzo Caniatti

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Yamaha XTZ 850 R, The end (almost) of prototypes

In 1994 Yamaha decided not to participate in with the official team as opposed to the amendment to regulation that sanctioned the end of prototype category and not having time to prepare a bike to conquer decided not to participate in, first time since he started Paris-Dakar. Yamaha 1994 presents the new bike XTZ 850 R.

With production costs limited to 140.000 Francs for at least fifteen motorcycles produced identically.

And together with the XTZ 850 R was also presented the XTZ 660 Super Production. The price wanted to encourage private pilots and crews who could purchase motorcycles ready to officially fixed price.

However, experts have secretly assessed the production price of the XTZ 850 R much higher! The patron Yamaha Motor France not denied this assertion, indeed confirmed that the bike was a bike race in every respect and that was worth more than its price. A bargain for the private buyer.
Peterhansel had prepared perfectly his motorcycle and had made an identical series and was almost unbeatable.

Of 15 bikes prepared ten were sold to private individuals, as Tais Sport and the team Les Copains, the bikes were presented and sold in white livery and front aluminum tanks. The XTZ 850 R were very few riders were able to fully exploit these performance, nEl 1996 Orioli won with the White Lady, While nEl 1995, 1997 and 1998 Peterhansel won the XTZ 850 R to derivation TDM passed to the engine TRX, in fact the bikes were homologated for road use with the initials 3VD, as TDM.

 

Jean Claude Oliveir, Patron of Yamaha Motor France with Stephane Peterhansel to the presentation of the model 1994

Jean Claude Oliveir, Patron of Yamaha Motor France with Stephane Peterhansel to the presentation of the model 1994

A special feature, the bikes were sold to customers with the white frame, While the internal team had the blue frame as the bike. The bike In addition to those at the home of Perterhansel (Dakar 1998) one is on display at the Museum in Japan that is not 1997 (is a disguised clients) one pair at Yamaha Motor France, one or two in Italy the others are one in Spain and a couple between France and Germany.
Almost all XTZ 850 R are still in very good shape and fully functional.

Text Giovanni Mug Fantazzini

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YAMAHA TT600 Wild Team – Dakar 1990

For three bikes which have concluded the Paris Dakar were taken, as a starting point, the engines of the XT 600 1989 and the TT frame 600. Interventions on the engine were not radicals. No additional cilindrrata, but only a particular tuning.

The decision not to proceed with the preventive replacement halfway through the race the engine (that would have implied automatic disqualification from the category silhouettes) obliged to maintain normal stresses and sizing. A slight crimping of pipes, an oil cooler (the Yamaha 750 Mono five valves), the kit camshaft BYRD to process the TT 600, intake filter box redone to accommodate the paper element of Renault 12(the only one to be in every corner of Africa) and an accurate fuel tuning, are the few interventions carried out on the engine. The exhaust system was built from scratch on the BYRD, competition exhaust system with a megaphone and end friction Cone, It's sheet 0,8 mm thick. The collectors into the cylinder were kept in two pieces (one for valve) It was connected to a silencer for European transfers.

The ignition was the original of the former as well as the cylinder piston valves and cylinder head; the latter equal in engine engine XT 1989. The choice of layered cylinder rather than with TT galanico 600 was made to enjoy greater reliability towards the inevitable intrusion of sand. The Carters were sandblasted and painted external transparent but only for aesthetic reasons. Carburation was then retouched with a decent minimum and maximum jets enrichment.

The original Crown was replaced with a steel combined with an RK chain Chiaravalli self-lubricating o-rings, leaving only the original pinion. Also noteworthy is a reinforcement for post transmission control, with a lock washer against the bumps and scratches. The lubrication of the engine and gearbox was reliability at a good grade as the Shell Helix.

During the race the maintenance of each bike to required three candles, four oil filters and three complete sets of chain sprocket Crown, countless air filters and gasoline and a complete carburetor for motorcycle by Marcaccini (paid well 4000 FR. the Yamaha Sonauto).

One mounted he inexplicably began to crank the engine regularly nor thorough cleaning has managed to bring it back in starting conditions.

Electrical system
Also this important component has been completely redone, depriving him of any links superfluous and doubling it in full. Then: two coils and two units.

Headlights, two halogen lamps of the Fiat Ritmo were included in a fairing bracket that provides a separate regulation for the inclination of the beam, so you always get an adequate lighting in long discussions of the suspension. Sealed battery adopted, He provided the energy to pump gasoline from a Yamaha Tenere 600: universally recognized as the most reliable by the people motociclistista of Dakar. For navigation were mounted electrically operated Road Book of MD, the original wave trip master XT 600 R and a compass Aeronautics .

Frame
The base and the Yamaha TT 600 the front was obviously reinforced with welded handkerchiefs in the Steering area, but also to increase you search 1 liter engine oil capacity that circulates inside the tubes. The bow steering profit was diminished with the usual placchetina by welded tube, measured the outer corners has a width of 50 mm instead of the normal 20 mm. This is to prevent, in case of a fall, the fork tank backgrounds. The back instead was redesigned is built completely.

Swingarm attacks. However, more work was required by the design and construction of the swingarm. Longer and well 150 mm compared to the original, It was built in Carpental, the outdoor unit is 80 × 35 mm.

The attack to the chassis is done through two plates billet and combined with two arms for welding. As you can judge from the photos the swingarm denotes a truly fine finish. It should be remembered that all the workings of chassis that have been carried out with the help of specially constructed masks. Jack stands, particularly important, lateral type and placed on both sides of the bike. If lowered simultaneously, the rear wheel stays off the ground, allowing for easy replacement in the same. On the left keeps the original crutch enriched with a wide base of nylon to prevent better the Foundation on sand. On the other side we find the type container gantry mounted by the official Yamaha. In fact was created on the basis of some photographs.

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The ward is served by a traditional Kayaba fork suspension, official backgrounds with 43 mm and from Mont Ohlins devoid of external hydraulic adjustment in compression, with leverage of progression of TT 600

Wildbike23The beautiful fork is fully invoked by full regarding pictures and pumping elements and is equipped with quick release wheel (Although, its usefulness now that the mousse have taken over over traditional). Within the pumping elements is mounted a cavitation system for hydraulic oil. Longer final calibration tests instead mono shock, which has been called a few days before departure for Paris. The Reed inside works set in specific Ohilins oil and in tune with a spring from 9,5 kg (slightly more closed to the weight). The internal pressure is 15 atmospheres and we must specify that during the race he never made it necessary to replace the damper unit in any of the three motorcycle,

Billet fork plates that if working 2 Avional blocks 24, unchanged steering geometry, but increased the height of the same: 38 mm for the upper and 40 mm for the lower wheels were assembled in the workshop of Wild Team with hubs and spokes from officer, and normal production circles Takasago. For the latter, however, it had to buy non-perforated for RADIUS, that was done after the specific drilling required from the hub, designed for rings DID.

And caps wheels and swingarm Marcaccini's Malik went to the specialist Poggipolini, that takes them in steel, Wildbike4While the nuts and bolts, we tried to keep the original, judged excellent. The brakes were supplied by BYRD and stand before a nice cast iron Brembo disk from 300 mm floating flange mount widely breached and made of light alloy. Later comes to help to curb the over 160 kg dry weight of this special steel disk 230 mm coupled even it has a two-piston Nissin.

The handlebars are the original controls of the XT with electric ones modified functions. Only the handlebars, one Zachariah sets our have chosen for its exceptional strength, It is mounted with a particular bridge, always fold connecting the two fixture brackets to the top plate. Thanks to this particular Marcaccini in 1988 could conclude 1000 km of a leg broken in half despite the upper triple clamp, with only the aid of a nylon strap provided by Clay regazzoni.

Finally we left those who are perhaps the most important pieces to have functional and at the same time a motorcycle ride: receptacles for the location of 60 l of fuel which you must carry during the African Marathon. Build tanks for an enduro is not an impossible task, but do it for the Dakar, and then in the most robust possible is another deal.

We wouldn't want to expire in rumors from shopkeepers, but the same official complained the last Gilera blazoned Paris Dakar, leaks from the tanks that the poor mechanics have had to repair often. All superstructures for their special are their most successful details. Made of folded aluminium sheet, shaped and welded as few but plumber can do. Please note that the bike protagonist of the service, though restored is still the bike that led Mabuya from Paris to Dakar. Coming to the point we find the two front tanks, for a total capacity about 45 Lt. easily removable with a link to communicating vessels for an immediate reading, while driving, gasoline still available.

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The draught of the precious liquid takes place thanks to the electric pump already mentioned, assisted by a trigger hand pump type rubber speedboat. Under the seat, covered in faux suede, for better grip on the backside, There are others 15 Lt. of fuel. The rear locks the rear cradle and comes with two handles very useful in cover-ups.

Within these enclosures was introduced a special foam to avoid violent rinses, otherwise dangerous in driving, and especially when cornering. The water tank is placed under the engine (required for regulation) with its 6 Lt. about capacity, the battery compartment and a large closet for any spare parts and tools. With the bottom plate, the latter also serves as a protective shield for the crankcase.

Finally the windshield and the wings were made out of Wild Design Team even though it clearly inspired by those of the official Yamaha. In their design was curated especially repairability in case of accident. And we must recognize, After seeing Marcaccini at work, that all the trappings dismantled in minutes. A great job then, especially considering the excellent overall result that did not fail to impress various representatives of foreign press and I same opponents.
Ed: all 3 Yamaha's Wild Team reached the finish line in Dakar, Montebelli 17°, Abbasi 28° and 30° Marcaccini.

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Yamaha XTZ 660 Super Production

To try to avoid the excessive power of prototypes to Dakar, race direction towards the end of 1993 will changing the rules, and introduce the category sports prototypes, motion of derived from the series. The Yamaha having little time to prepare and divergences with the race direction, no sign up no team to Dakar 1994.

During the 1995 the Yamaha Motor France could no longer count on prototypes from Japan, in his own Studio prepares two small motorcycle series, 15 two cylinders and 15 single cylinder. The twin cylinder directly derived from the prototype in 1993, Barigo frame and TDM motor, as featured on the registration certificates of motorcycle, bike suitable for professional pilots and experts.

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The single cylinder engine derived from the XTZ 660 with chassis modifications, suspensions, the airbox and abutments, adapted and prepared for amateurs who were in the sphere of Yamaha France.
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The fuel capacity was increased to 37 litres with two aluminium front tanks (an optional rear 5 liters), The Paramotor receives a water reservoir in aluminium, the removable rear subframe is steel, the fork is a Kayaba from 43 mm the range YZ prepared in hydraulics and the springs, the shock is an Ohlins dedicated measures and in the tank, the box section aluminium swingarm is made to measure with a chance for quick removal of the rear wheel, the silencer is a First Racing, the airbox is original but amended (with a wider aperture and a second filter, Some were equipped with dedicated aluminium filter case).
The windshield and side covers are in polyester reinforced with carbon fiber, front and rear fenders come from WR 250, the saddle is specific polyester. The navigation equipment is required and includes electric Trip MD and triple ICO.

18817906_ 10209548817781681_103864442_oThe sale price included the bike, But even a kit of parts provided, assistance and transportation of meals during the event. The 15 motorcycle will quickly find buyers, including the Team "Les Copains” composed by Christian Sarron , Pierre Landereau, Philippe Alliot and Raphael de Montrémy. Jacques Laffite will race on a TT 350 and Thierry Magnaldi on XTZ850R.

Among the other drivers even the pilot famosl/sailor/journalist Thierry Rannou, Egfried Depoorter and others.
About half of 14 Moto also raced in the Dakar 1996 with Marc Troussard, Michel Servet and others.
Saw the request, and the high price of Super Production, the Yamaha Motor France, prepared in 1995 two sets of bike for racing raid, the Marathon and the Marathon Rally, both made to base XTZ 660 but with few and targeted changes. The Marathon: tanks and suspension. The Marathon Rally: suspension tanks and filter box. For both no changes to the chassis.

Special Tks Giovanni Mug Fantazzini