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Group photos Dakar 1988

Italians in Dakar, standing from the left Fatemian, Charles Edson, Orioli, Terruzzi and Gates. Kneeling Spike, Gauri and Winkler.

 

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Team Kawasaki IP at Dakar 1992

It was the first time that the Kawasaki 500 KLE , submitted at the end of ' 90 at the Cologne motor show, It was deployed at the start of the most important African rally. Then there were the unknowns, but the Kawasaki-Italy had worked with care trying to best prepare the challenging Marathon, Although the decision to compete in the marathon category had imposed to remain as close as possible to the production model. The two KLE of Surini and Maletti had preserved their standard engine, a four-stroke parallel twin 499 cm3, with double overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, few basic features 74 x 58 mm and 6 Marce.

On the frame instead it had been possible to work, because despite the constraint of standard chassis, double cradle steel, the regulation allowed them to intervene on the suspension, provided you keep the original rear linkages and sheaths and stems of this fork series. Totally new body parts instead, with a large front tank and two small rear, total capacity 54 litres of petrol. Motorcycle Kawasaki team management-IP that had as main sponsor the Italiana Petroli, It was entrusted to the TEAM Assomoto: the team of Bruno Birbes was one of the most organized nationally, and had a percentage of pilots brought in to the finish in Dakar 79%.

As means of assistance had been entrusted to a truck Liaz 154-111 and a car Range Rover 3900. Curious detail, the car was driven by Davide Pollini support fast, President and Chief financial and logistical Assomoto team, He had behind a couple of Dakar motorbike, and a drive in 1991.

THE PILOTS:

29 GUIDO MALETTI It was one of the first Italians to devote himself to the great African rally, and in 87 was able to obtain a very good 11th place in the Paris-Dakar Reggiano, 33 years, has extensive experience in national enduro; It was factory rider Kawasaki-France in Dakar ' 90 while in the subsequent Edition no longer races. Back in the race with Kawasaki, focuses on the regularity and the ability to be wrong shortly, What are its best qualities.

30 WALTER SURINI Clenched teeth and so much effort to accomplish last year his first Dakar. But he made it, and this time he criticized as an official driver of Kawasaki-Italy. Her experience, however, was not limited to the classic African rally: among its most prestigious results a victory Rally in the Incas ' 88, When managed from private to beat several officers, and good results again in Peru and in Sardinia, In addition to the success in the Rally of the Dominican Republic of the ' 91. Bergamasco 31, helicopter pilot, She had won several national championships of enduro, endurance and junior.

Ed: both drivers behave admirably, ending both the competition, demonstrating the seriousness of the Team and the goodness of the motorcycle driven. Maletti and 19° 20° Surini concluded respectively and in the absolute (4° and 5° in category Marathon won by Massimo Montebelli).

source: motosprint

 

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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.

Charles Edson and Gauri 1987

My Dakar 1987 by Bruno Bhatt

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 one in-dispensable resistance during long desert marathons. Obvious so the choice of BMW also considered that Charles Edson. the German House, It is the official dealer for Brescia and province. "I had in mind the bike-icletta of Rahier» – Silvio begins Struggling – "I wanted to make an equal and if possible improving it. My ideas, After nearly die-months of work, led to this final result here-I am satisfied».

In fact, After almost a year of Saturdays and Sundays stolen from family and rest, the object that came out will meet Birbes which. 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 imagine the effort 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 in such a way as to allow an easy-the placement of the spare tanks so that 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.

The BMW Fakhruddin 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. «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 curious to know them «why and how» of their implementation. The similarity with the official BMW motorcycles is truly remarkable, but the bike though is the result solely of ideas and of Silvio Struggling.

After a successful experience at the Rally of the Pharaohs ' 86, the Paris Dakar 1987 the Italian Bruno Birbes, riding a private BMW, Unfortunately ended at Arlit (After 4 stages).
Charles Edson came recommended by your doctor not to start again because after a fall had found two broken ribs and a battered knee.
Otherwise most likely would have broken down…stoic!