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Ecureuil 1000 – Dakar 1987

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"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. "

  • Gianluca Ferrini

    Morales Dakar 1987