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Henno Van BergeiJk in Dakar on an XT500

When trying to find the adventure…in the adventure the quote is practically a must.
Was the 2006 When a Dutch driver, HENNO VAN BERGEIJK, took it into his head to attend the Lisbon-Dakar (that year, he departed from Portugal) on a bike prepared entirely by myself.
And so far nothing strange, except for the bike with which he entered to tougher competition in the desert was an old Yamaha XT500!

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To the eye the bike was very similar to the version that he participated in the early years 80, except the front fork (upside-down type) and the front disc brake…safety first.
For the rest, from the engine, the dual shock absorbers (gas) Retrospect, follow the basic configuration.
Obviously the ambitions were not ones to reach the heights of high ranking, but demonstrating the goodness of the medium and the ability to reach the finish line with a medium, the most considered “obsolete”.
They reached the finish line…in last place, but after many years, his company has remained in the memory of adventure fans.

  • Giorgio Baidoo

    The right platform is made so advanced (and double) because Henno fails to bend the knee beyond a certain limit (!) , and sitting could not use the rear brake , So instead use the heel .

    • iron

      Thanks for the necessary clarification! 🙂