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Goal Dakar, 50 Africa Twin per the Dakar 1989

“Make those who start suffer and make those who remain dream” was the motto of Thierry Sabine's Paris-Dakar, died on 14 January 1986. Two years later, on the occasion of the release of the Africa Twin, Honda France offered to 50 by “those who usually stay” to also participate in the Dakar 1989.

In 1988, Hervé Guio, the head of Honda France, had already christened the new XRV 650 Rd 03 with the brilliant trade name of Africa Twin (will do so again with the first names of the Transalp and of the Dominator). François Charliat was then responsible for advertising and promoting the network. In his spare time, at the beginning of January, was also a water carrier for hrc's official top riders. After the Dakar of the 1988, that didn't end, his NXR went up in smoke due to a leak in the tank, Charliat was also offered a leadership position in the Honda team for the following year. “I refused. I didn't feel legitimized. I was able to go to the 90% for a long time, but I couldn't go any further like the ones that preceded me. I preferred to stop. “

A godsend to Hervé Guio, who quickly found a substitute for him. It was not the Neveu and the Lalay who had the task of aiming for victory in Dakar, but 50 Private! At the exit of the Africa Twin, Hervé Guio, on a night of drunkenness or i don't know what occasion, said in front of an audience of journalists: “This is the bike of the Dakar, it's Charliat who developed it with the Japanese, it's the perfect bike for a private, true François? And we're going to do a great operation 50 Africa Twin in Dakar“. After this announcement, told me: “Well, François, you have to do it yourself. How much you need? What you need for the bike?”. “

Different times, different customs! This is not Charliat's first hot potato. He's already had to improvise a Supermotard Challenge trophy. “following an error of order on the volume of the 500 Cr“, the largest 2T cross bike of the time, it's not the easiest to sell! He was put in charge of an adventure that was officially called Goal Dakar. “It was a program that depended on R&S. There was always competition between R's departments&S and HRC, it was a little bit’ like the workers against the gentlemen”, says Charliat who remembers the preparations and specifications that he himself drafted.

The Japanese came to visit us in Paris and asked us what to do on the bike.

We were in the Marathon category. So we had to change some things. I had the cartridges changed in the forks, the shock absorber instead was prepared at home, so much no one would come to check. And the fuel tank had almost doubled in capacity. The bike could not be lightened (270 kg in marathon version). It was what it was.

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We had also reinforced the cup and integrated the water tank as disre already. The bike was tested twice in Japan, then two months before the Dakar, the 50 motorcycles were delivered to Paris. It's a special series, with engine and chassis serial numbers beginning with 5. In the parking lot of Honda France, looks like a battlefield. Military tents are set up to accommodate these 50 motorcycles and pieces from Japan, service equipment, all this guarded day and night.

We also had to take care of finding the support vehicles. We had three trucks, two Unimog 4×4 plus a Kamaz 6×6 rented in Switzerland. We have organized a competition for network mechanics. There were ten of them in one of the organization's planes, plus one on every truck. As many drivers and even three warehouse workers. In total, 21 People with my deputy and I to oversee the operation!

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"All included, For 81.500 Franks at the time, Honda provided candidates with a complete motorcycle and service package with ten mechanics. “I told myself that the guys who left for the Dakar have often forgotten a lot of things. They tried to make a nice bike, but they often didn't have the tools to repair a simple drilling, no easel to work on in the evening, not the right jacket in which to put the cards. With my six or seven years of experience, I made sure they had a kit ready for the race."

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Although the bike was not a missile, fine. But you had to know how to bring it, it wasn't really a motorcycle for beginners, but two-thirds of them were. He was taught to read a roadbook. It was the age of the first scrollers. I also had some of them make sandwiches before they started.. The boys didn't take care of anything! “A budget for spare parts of 15.000 francs is part of the package, each piece used is then deducted later.

Taken from:

https://www.trailadventuremag.fr/50-africa-twin-a-dakar/?fbclid=IwAR373OfAVcrDNFis1m3Oa62OuiPye-vaHeiIbV0kY9Gx9CMzFevCwKbhCl0

Sarron-1995

Dakar 1995 | Sarron, New100, from the track to the sand

Four hours in the morning, Goulimine in central Morocco. It's still dark. Thermometer fights to display a positive temperature. 17408123_10208936903844215_848560979_oChristian Sarron, NewEr sounds down and heads to breakfast. Looking worried, the world champion of the 250 (in '84) grabs the small aluminum tray that contains an egg.

He doesn't have a spoon. With a quick circular glance, measures his entourage and with a smile, swallowed the egg directly. The night before, entering his tent, Christian sighed looking at his unkempt attire: “From the beginning a lot of my principles went to dust.

Maybe you don't know but my nickname was – Mr. Clean -, are heavily dependent on cleanliness and this lifestyle must be forcibly bowed to the harsh life of the Dakar: “you don't have clean equipment every morning. You can't change even at night. Bags with our belongings are in trucks and they arrive while we are already asleep."

"And then there's not always water. And without water, we don't shower. There's no bed, so we sleep on the floor. And we eat whenever we can. All this greatly reduces our vision of life in the twentieth century when comfort issues are taken for granted."

“This whole story started on 17 September, Philippe Alliot came to me during the Bol d'Or and confessed to me that he wanted to participate in the Dakar on a motorcycle… and he would like me to accompany him. My response was negative categorically. I promised myself I'd come to Dakar in the car… but never in motion."

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Philippe, with which I often go out in enduro, had already thought of everything, Dakar goal with a group of friends, Raphael Montrémy, Philippe Bermuda, Pierre Landereau, Thierry Magnaldi and Jacques Laffite. Friends who help each other to go as far as possible. Without worrying about the stopwatch.

Two hours later I had already changed my mind, but I didn't know where I was going to fit. “From the very beginning, the size of the bike surprised me. I didn't think we could ride the dunes on these bikes.. Then I found it difficult to get used to the various navigation tools. I didn't even know where the button was to send the roadbook forward or backward. Driving in the desert is an extremely difficult thing to do: drive by controlling the track, GPS, the master and roadbook is a gymnastics difficult to learn."

"I find that the need for concentration in the desert is even greater than in The Grand Prix. I've always been very focused and that's also what probably allowed me not to fall hard and not get lost."

"At first, with Philippe, I would take the dunes at most 30 km/h for the strong fear they were transmitting to me.”

“But my first big shock remains my first real dune, before Zouerate. I've never seen anything like it in my life. It was really impressive: you climb slowly for tens of meters, then suddenly the bike in front of you disappears and before you realize it comes down headfirst.

My first big fear in the race was when I fell downhill, right in front of a giant Kamaz truck that I Sarron-1995-1Followed. I got stuck under the bike, I really thought I'd pass over! Fortunately he stopped at the top before descending, avoiding ironing."

Christian is a river full in telling his Dakar: “everything takes another dimension. We have a soap to dive for six… At the end of the stage we also share our experiences. For example, desert colors, when it's gray it's hard, but when it's clearer it's soft".

“From Zouerate, the road is still long to Dakar, Senegal's capital is more than ever the target of Gauloises Blondes team drivers. If we arrive then we will decide whether to do it again on a motorcycle or in the car".

Christian Sarron is discovering a new passion with Africa. On the day off mid-race he was still in the race at 34th place in the provisional standings.

Ed. The expert Montremy will come 24th, Landereau 22nd while Bermudes, Magnaldi, Alliot, Laffite and Sarron himself withdrew.

Translated by Moto Revue

Gauri-1991

Unfortunate Dakar 1991 to Gauri

The previous year was the best by private persons, in 1991 must try now to preserve the Platonic title. A task, not easy for the pilot-old bergamasco, He still has from his participation in the Dakar rally and thirty seven Gauri 1991Africans. Has a & #8217; enviable experience combined with a great skill in public relations.

Switched to Honda after years with Suzuki, race riding a & #8217; Africa Twin in marathon not having had the time to prepare the bike for category proto: l & #8217; agreement with Italian importer #8217; in fact was reached and only all & #8217; last time, so much so that the sympathetic «Gualo» (but his real name is Giusi) He had to skip the Pharaohs. For assistance has a truck #8217; & Mercedes Unimog led by Dell & #8217; Anna Dalvie, from the Camel Trophy, and Claudio Macario, Airborne mechanic.

Source: Motosprint
N.d. r. Beppe Gaulini retired after only 3 stages, working off a broken collarbone.
Many thanks Roberto Pacheco who gave us the images

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Cagiva elephant Marathon Dakar 1994

The wealthiest enthusiasts, celebrated the birth of the regulation Marathon for Paris-Dakar 1994, that would make it to the use of means of direct derivation by means of series (choice who slew the expensive official prototypes).
Cagiva set up then the 944 Marathon, that was the basis for the motorcycle driven by CH Racing team Roberto Azzalin and that went on sundries varesina the second Dakar with Edi Orioli.

The Marathon regained several fine details of the previous 900 IE but went even further: Apart from just the return of coupled Marzocchi Magnum – Ohlins, on this special version was adopted a front rim from 21 ", best suited for use in off road (comprehensive measures 90x90x21″ and 140x90x18″) but especially the unprecedented (series production) engine 944 CC powered by refined Carburetors Keihin FCR flat valve capable of delivering 75 horses and 7, 25kgm.

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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!!

Pedro Amado 1992

Pedro Amado Dakar 1992

A heroic already used to, Pedro Amado in the race during the Dakar 1992 and regularly at the finish of The Cap at 28° location on a Yamaha XTZ 660 Marathon!

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

Yamaha-1992

Advertising Yamaha 1992

Advertising page on Motosprint 1992 celebrating the victory of Massimo Montebelli in category Marathon of Dakar.

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Honda Africa Twin Marathon Dakar 1989

In an era when individuals were protagonists of Dakar, We publish again a tribute to motorcycle Paolo di Mauro, a Honda Africa Twin 650 Marathon #168 prepared for Dakar 1989 and with which he finished at 46° place in the absolute (12° between the Marathon):

We thank the workshop Moto Evasion SA who was involved in the preparation, for submitting photographs.