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Paolo Paladini Dakar 1991

A heroic Paul Paladins do you portray during the Dakar 1991. Behind him the bike with a Honda Marathon she finished 10 Boluda° in absolute!!

Balestrieri 1986-3

Hau and Crossbowmen Dakar 1986

Heddy Hau chasing a leathery Vinod B on the podium in the final standings of the Dakar 1986.

Damalie 1989-2

Damalie Dakar 1989

Daures during the Dakar 1989, full throttle and fly over the difficulties! For the record ended at 8th place.

1982 Honda XL-1

Honda XL 500 R Dakar 1982

In the Honda were decidedly tired! The Dakar was increasingly becoming a media event Planetarium, and the home of the wing at a distance of 3 years had not yet won!! Yamaha twice and once in the BMW were awarded offroad competition of the moment. To attempt the climb to the top of the leaderboard, This time we decided to make things right. For the edition of 1982, in fact the bike came out prepared directly from the R&D Honda. The prototypes will be branded XL only for marketing reasons (the base is in effect a XR) were ready in September and testing continued incessant, 6000 kilometers traveled by Jeep made it possible to develop a reliable and manageable, ready to unleash 4 pilots hired (Neveu, Rafferty, Vassard and Drobecq) African dunes.

The engine was the classic offset single-cylinder XR led to 550 cm3 which developed around 45 HP, with some tricks to improve reliability, as the oil cooler located below the headlight and protected by a special grid. The Exchange kept the relation to 4 gears with reinforced clutch to resist mistreatment.

The superstructures were modified totally, the tank kept things classic home colors Honda, but he passed by 32lt to 42lt capacity, This required moving toward the rear of the saddle, It was reduced in size and increased in liner. Detail that will make you smile if you read these days, but absolutely not secondary, was the welded plate under the base of the stand to increase the contact surface and prevent burrowing in the sand…This time nothing was to be left to chance!

The brakes, both drum, they were made of magnesium, the front one in particular has a dual cam to operate the two jaws and your stopping power. The sector saw fit to rear suspension for the first time a Mono Showa with ProLink system and a couple of front advanced axle forks.

The combination of all these factors combined with the skill of the pilots, allowed a fantastic result for the House Tokyo, Cyril Neveu won the Dakar, Philippe Vassard finished in second place, Bernard Rigoni in seventh, While Drobecq retires.

 

Departure-1989

Honda Africa Twin Marathon Dakar 1989

The wild bunch of Honda Africa Twin Marathon Edition 1989.
You recognize: #130 Roberto Boano, #35 Jean-Bruno Barguil, #35 Sylvain Richet, #136 Gerard-Louis Filiat, #143 Didier Favolini, #172 Jean Brucy, #152 Bernard Lakey, #174 Bernard Favereau, #163 Pascal Maison, #147 Dominique Auzanneau.

NXR-88-11

Honda NXR 750 Dakar 1988

The excellent results achieved by Italian riders in marathons in Africa and in particular in the Paris-Dakar, begin to have proper recognition on the part of Japanese houses. For the first time this year Honda Italy will take the field with the same bike entrusted by the parent company to the French sister company.

One of the drivers of the team Italian, place under the technical guidance of Massimo Ormeni, will be Vinod B that the Dakar will lead the version ' 88 of NXR 750, winner 1987 with Cyril Neveu African Marathon. The same “Crossbow” pointed out at the Bologna Motor Show the weapon with which he will attempt to become the first Italian winner of the Paris-Dakar. B has already tried the NXR 750 in Tunisia and is excited.

«Respect to Thumper that drove last year, the NXR 750 It is another thing. And a particularly balanced bike, sfruttabilissima even at low rpm. You can resume in quinta da 2000 rounds without the engine betray the slightest problem. The top speed on the straights dirt tracks is fantastic, In addition 190 km/hour, against the 160 scarce of Thumper. Despite being heavier and bulky, handles just as well and the riding position is more comfortable and less tiring. In addition, than the Thumper the engine is less “pulled”, all to the advantage of the reliability, determinant in-and marathons like the Paris-Dakar. The only sealing problems may arise in close and mixed on the rocks, where weight and space are felt, but on the vast expanses of sand the superiority of twins you can't put into question.

It will rather be able to maintain for over twenty days the frantic pace that bike like the NXR can allow».

«Technically speaking», ' 88 version of the Crossbowmen continues «NXR 750 did not undergo substantial changes than the bike that won the Dakar last year. The HRC (the Honda Racing Division) worked primarily on deployment diagrams to make smooth and constant power delivery to each scheme. Were subsequently adopted a number of solutions that simplify the work of mechanics in maintenance operations.
For instance has been obtained on the cylinder a wide window for the control and adjustment of the cam.
In a race like the Dakar is important to evaluate every detail, in this connection an element which may appear unimportant as the crutch was the result of a careful study, not only in the obvious strength of material, but also the shape and inclination necessary to offer the best anchor in the sand.

«Ormeni staff», explains the Crossbowmen ' has further improved in Japan and was preoccupied with the motorcycle with all accessories required for tackling a tough and unpredictable Marathon which is the Paris-Dakar.

Like you know, one of the most difficult problems to solve is the orientation.
To help me this year I even a compass by helicopter and two sophisticated electronic tripmaster. The stages of the Dakar also provide night transfers and in poor visibility, indispensable therefore a more than efficient lighting system. Double front unit has the power of a halogen headlight from car from gran turismo much we had problems to find a protective cage can withstand considerable heat generated.
Powerful even the taillight that for safety reasons it is double the capacity of the tank has remained of 55 liters (of which 20 in a second tank located in the rear and 17,5 broken down into the two side accommodation). The bike weighs when empty 180 Chili, but at full load exceeds 230, better not to think what might happen if it falls to Earth!»

Source Tuttomoto

Special tks Enrico Bondi

Paxil Jacques 1989

Jacques Paxil Dakar 1989

Jacques Paxil do you help by “thrust company” to pass a challenging Ford during the Dakar 1989.

Upon leaving Paris 1989

In Africa for graduating with Honda France

Seeing scroll on the video images of the Paris-Dakar, by reading the reports in the newspapers, following live maybe some phase, I wonder how much they were: «At least once I do it too». For many, it is only an emotional reaction, others go beyond, but stop discouraged from a cost estimate too often exceeding expectations and possibilities. Is to belong to this second group that approached Herve Guio, marketing director of Honda France, with the initiative «Africa Twin Goal Dakar».

What it is is easily understood: offer fifty riders the opportunity to participate in the Paris-Dakar rally by buying cheap an Africa Twin complies with the rules by category «marathon», to receive a free preparation stage, a minimum of care and a spare parts service. The initiative responded 400 aspiring «dakariani», 150 of which tone was admitted to a screening test. Implacable judge, how impartial, was Marc Morales, the team's official rider Honda France.

Of the fifty is also an Italian boy, born in Enna 31 years ago and emigrated to Switzerland with his parents at the age of ten. It's called Paolo Di Mauro, He lives in the Canton of Renens, near Lausanne, where he runs a dealership Honda and runs regularly in Swiss enduro championship held in France for the veto of Switzerland hard at motorcycle racing. The first African experience made her last October at the Rally of the Pharaohs where he ranked 23rd with an Africa Twin.

"When they called to participate in the selection explains Paolo, committed to cleaning the air filter sand — I replied that I was, trip to Egypt. They told me to make me feel back to tell how it went. I finished the race and now here».

Very close to that of the twin-cylinder series 650 Africa Twin presents the only changes allowed by category «marathon».

«The autonomy was adeguala at distances — explains Paul — with adoption of a main tank from 40 liters to which you add the rear by 17 liters. You have changed the engine guard plate, now stronger and even suspensions have been adapted for use in racing».
The bike was not delivered to buyers in race set.
"We were not given the serial model, with conversion kit which includes the compass, the trip master, the portaroad-book. In short everything you need at the price of 80.500 French francs (about 18 millions of lire) in which is included the complete clothing: helmet, suit, boots and gloves. There is also the possibility of hiring a personal mechanic, by adding 53.000 Franks (about 11 millions) but more than half of the participants preferred to do without it for their expenditure, Since the cost of the bike must be added the entry fee to the 11 millions. A little’ We give so much support anyway and we also carry for free 10 pounds and 200 grams of baggage apiece. It is important because we know to find the finish line a tent in which to sleep and a spare sweater».

Paul asked for a judgment on the Africa Twin in trim already used to. «Damn healed weighs — was her prompt response — 270 pounds in running trim. If you fall you can no longer get her up…».

source Motosprint

Photo Paolo Di Mauro

Honda-XL-600-PD-1984

Advertising Honda XL 600 Paris Dakar