DKV 750 Dakar 1985

German financing, French and Japanese engine project, This is the combination that you see being born in 1985 the project DKV.
The money for the construction of the bike, hailed by sponsor, the Deutsche Kranvenversicherung AG What was then the largest health insurance in Europe. The idea was to Richard Montel, Head of Normoto of the project and put the Herault Seilles 4 cylinders in line of Kawasaki GPZ 750 ZX.

The project was innovative in its day, and that somehow launched the fashion of cylinders in the race in the desert, so much in vogue in the years that followed.

The engine was changed profoundly. First it was necessary to lower the compression ratio and depower him until a couple more appropriate schemes for racing in the desert. However, to achieve the remarkable allowed care power of about 80 horses. another “small crafts” was made to lighten the weight: the Starter was dismantled, resulting in a lightening of the electrical system. Was mounted on the starter kit Kawasaki Z 650. A home-made air filter Sachs and got "borrowed" from a Volkswagen Golf, a beautiful four-in-one exhaust and voila, you're done!

The soul of the chassis was maintained always the Kawasaki ZX, the double cradle was sawed off in order to add a removable cradle, to facilitate maintenance, claiming the seat and additional tank. For “quench” the 4 cylinder is made of a main tank in sheet 2 mm capacity 45 litres and under saddle there is another tank from 15 Lt.

The fork, a Kayaba crossisitica backgrounds, transplanted from a Yamaha YZ 490, with customized attacks for two disc brake callipers Brembo from 220 mm in diameter. The project, Surely serious and well made is evidenced by the gold anodized aluminum parts, as the strut front and rear brake calipers and spades triangles. Even the swinging arm was mounted ZX and derivation, instead of the system Unitrak, two classic and reliable White Power with external fuel tank. The hubs of the wheels were of Z 650.

The strength of DKV seemed to be the good power at all rpm, the solidity of a reliable engine, and the riders as Yvan GORONESKOUL, Philippe VASSARD and Andre BOUDOU, for sure talent and experience .
Top speed estimated at 200 km/h on road and 180 on sand and with a dry weight of 170 kg does not definitely the bike more maneuverable DKW elected to Dakar ...

N.d. r. Unfortunately this exciting project "European" did not have much luck, Since all 3 riders withdrew.

Barigo 1984

The French Barigo to Dakar 1984

The Barigo is a project that takes its name from its Builder, French Patrick Barigault, and it was a little’ the surprise of the Edition ' 82, coming in third place with Gregoire Verhaeghe, and in the version that shows up at the Paris Dakar 1984 It appears further improved thanks to the fundamental contribution of sponsorship of Pacific de Ricard.

The engine is the Rotax ' 83 of 560 cubic centimeters that equipped the KTM, with a power of 48 CavalLi a 7500 rounds fed by a carburettor Bing diameters 40 mm. The engine, very powerful, showed some tendency to heat, why it is preferred to adopt a supplementary radiator, placed on the front of the bike. Electronic ignition, but there is also a big alternator from 180 Watts to produce the energy needed for lighting.

The fork is also in this case a Marzocchi 42 mm with a rush of 300 mm. The rear suspension is no longer with monoammortizza-Aore as primitive version, but is given by a pair of shock absorbers Ohlins. In this way, you create more space for the tank and the air filter. Tank capacity, built in kevlar, to have an element resistant and at the same time very light, is of 38 liters. Always for maximum lightness, the manufacturer has made the frame using steel 25 CD 45, very light but equally resistant.

The brakes are front disc Brembo from 230 mm and a rear drum 160 mm, the tires are Michelin Desert 3.00×21 the front end, 5.00×17 the latter.

The two Barigo GRS 560 by VERHAEGHE and GORONESKOUL will not reach the finish line.