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Yamaha XTZ 850 R, The end (almost) of prototypes

In 1994 Yamaha decided not to participate in with the official team as opposed to the amendment to regulation that sanctioned the end of prototype category and not having time to prepare a bike to conquer decided not to participate in, first time since he started Paris-Dakar. Yamaha 1994 presents the new bike XTZ 850 R.

With production costs limited to 140.000 Francs for at least fifteen motorcycles produced identically.

And together with the XTZ 850 R was also presented the XTZ 660 Super Production. The price wanted to encourage private pilots and crews who could purchase motorcycles ready to officially fixed price.

However, experts have secretly assessed the production price of the XTZ 850 R much higher! The patron Yamaha Motor France not denied this assertion, indeed confirmed that the bike was a bike race in every respect and that was worth more than its price. A bargain for the private buyer.
Peterhansel had prepared perfectly his motorcycle and had made an identical series and was almost unbeatable.

Of 15 bikes prepared ten were sold to private individuals, as Tais Sport and the team Les Copains, the bikes were presented and sold in white livery and front aluminum tanks. The XTZ 850 R were very few riders were able to fully exploit these performance, nEl 1996 Orioli won with the White Lady, While nEl 1995, 1997 and 1998 Peterhansel won the XTZ 850 R to derivation TDM passed to the engine TRX, in fact the bikes were homologated for road use with the initials 3VD, as TDM.


Jean Claude Oliveir, Patron of Yamaha Motor France with Stephane Peterhansel to the presentation of the model 1994

Jean Claude Oliveir, Patron of Yamaha Motor France with Stephane Peterhansel to the presentation of the model 1994

A special feature, the bikes were sold to customers with the white frame, While the internal team had the blue frame as the bike. The bike In addition to those at the home of Perterhansel (Dakar 1998) one is on display at the Museum in Japan that is not 1997 (is a disguised clients) one pair at Yamaha Motor France, one or two in Italy the others are one in Spain and a couple between France and Germany.
Almost all XTZ 850 R are still in very good shape and fully functional.

Text Giovanni Mug Fantazzini

Yamaha YZE OW08 850 Dakar 1993

In 1993 We ran the 15th edition of the Paris-Dakar, tough competition through the African wilderness, from Paris and arriving in the capital of Senegal. Strange issue with only 46 bike that presented themselves at the start and all it has distinguished the Yamaha YZE OWD8 of Sephane Peterhansel, winner of the two previous editions.

A truly unique piece, even more so than rare this Yamaha which has been for sale on the site
The motorcycles for sale was the very official version from 850 CC, established on the basis of 750 Road but completely revolutionized by Yamaha Motor France in collaboration with the Japanese Racing Division. The engine was a parallel twin, as tradition, and the front panel with the fuel tank the quaint oval headlight lens headlight, make it undoubtedly one of the most beautiful dakariane of the years ' 90.

This bike belonged to the collection of Yamaha Motor France for 20 years It was not remotely touched after crossing the finish line in Dakar ' 93. In essence, It was a motorcycle kept and well washed.
The scratches, the peeling paint on some points, The fairing and the tail broken, the carter ruined by the defenders of the boot, they are all “battle wounds” telling the story.

Peterhansel 1991-1

Dakar 1991 – We were hoping for a successful blue…Instead it was blue.

Blue as the colors of the French expression Sonauto who placed two men in the first three places. Hats off, especially Stephane Peterhansel who won a deserved success and hard, with detachments on arrival very low. Nobody saw it coming so terrible. It was one of the best not discussed, but it weighed on his shoulders a past made especially dazzling performance and retreats.
What occurred at the start of the Paris-Dakar ' 91 is a very different, able to go slow, In addition to strong, and suffer if necessary. The arrival of Gao was something epic: in a stage full of grass ' chameaux», with large clumps among the sand that put a strain on the suspension, remained completely without shock, stressed to the point of «burst» peeling the recovery tank, that in the fall he sliced the rear brake hose. He continued in these conditions and broke the shock attack, that fortunately it went to fit inside a frame plate.

Then it was the turn of tire mousse first and then: When it came to Gao wasn't that the circle, naked. Even under these conditions Peterhansel managed to contain its disadvantage from the first stage win in 37 ' 51” retaining the championship lead. Just one of many episodes that make up the Dakar, but not limited to the determination of the French, decided as never before.
"It is the happiest day of my life was chasing him on arrival commented moved for several years, and I had always gone bad. In 89, After five days, I was in the lead, but I broke the bike. Last year on the sixth day I was still first but I mistook the route, I was out of gas off the track and I was forced to switch the balises and retire. This time I did it»!

It is no coincidence and not luck. To succeed Peterhansel had to revise his whole way of running, all his race tactics.

"It changed the way I run. I understand that force is not appropriate, you don't need to gain a few minutes running instead big risks, Maybe retiring. Is much more productive March with regularity, without going over the limit: in the ' 90 I won the Rally of Tunisia and the Atlas, yet they are not come first in any special. Isn't travelling fortissimo that you arrive early».

It seems a paradox, but it's true. The rest is something I had to learn on her skin, for this is categorical about the misfortunes of others.

"I know that some retreats they removed dangerous opponents race, they were unlucky, but I don't have much luck. I broke a mousse to Dirkou and I had all those troubles to Gao. The rest just Orioli lost the race for mechanical problems: Dalvi did wrong and fell, and so did the strip contains. I for my part I had problems with my hand: I fractured the Pharaons Rally ' 89, and a second time a few months ago, the Guidon d'Or in the first stages, full of stones and very hard physically, I did suffer a lot. Luckily the path has become more difficult for navigation, but less for my scaphoid».

Peterhansel through gritted teeth In short, but he could not give in. Not this year in which occurred focussed and determined, ready to hit the final goal. Even once the leadership of the race never wanted to pronounce the word «victory».

«In a race is not expected to win until the end, anything can always happen. Just five minutes from arrival in Dakar I began to believe it really, because the postings were very low throughout the rally. Until the last you can't say you have won; You can say only that you have lost, at most. I thought really happened to me twice: I've already told you about Gao, I was sure it was really over and instead I managed to stay for four minutes. But also between Agadez and Tillia I was scared, I was without instrumentation and I didn't know where to go. When I was able to find the track with the directions of the natives I saw the traces of another bike. I feared that the strip contains had made. Instead it was De Petri, and I concluded second».

One of the most dangerous opponents Peterhansel was found right at home: teammate Magnaldi.

«By Thierry there were no problems, the relationship between us is great, We are friends. Better to have him behind that Orioli or anyone else: in case something happened to me in the first place would stay at Sonauto. I'm sorry you missed the second for a NAP».

Now the adventure is over, and well. Peterhansel, always very nice and polite, but tested by tension, can finally melt a little’ Relax. Think ahead.

«Future? A nice ski vacation. I need it, I own several bikes and desert»!
Source: motosprint




The Dakar 1995 and “the hammer forbidden”

The Dakar 1995 goes down in history as that of the "hammer borrowed" by Stéphane Peterhansel by the Organization to straighten a dais during the neutralization of a supply. In practice there is no intention to infringe the regulation, but the atmosphere at the stage finish is, as always impregnated with toil and animation.

The pilots are seeking to recover, in that quarter of an hour "stop", maximum energy, and to repair small damages suffered during the first part of the Special. "Peter" has a crooked platform, testimony of a heavy fall. How did he get up there could go, certainly not in maximum comfort, but for a "hard" as the French problem is not serious. The bike is beside the supply truck, and Stèphane borrows a mallet to straighten the footrest and restore it to its original position.

Five hammer blows. The consequences, at the time, He doesn't think anybody.

Then someone suggests the "bias" and, in the evening, Jordi accuses his opponent of having benefited from the strip contains a form of uneven care. After a long discussion, the judge Iberian inflicts a penalty to Peterhansel of 15 minutes, three minutes per shot. The situation is reversed, Stephane passes from chased a pursuer. Tempers are hot, "Peter" bowing to the decision that penalizes ironic smiles. No small.

17th Granada-Dakar you decide between Bakel and Labé, with a stage to make my skin crawl. Peterhansel part heads down, whip his Yamaha twin, a "big beast" powerful but also very heavy, and uses the motorcycle built expressly for the Dakar as a nimble enduro bike, making the most of all its competitive potential and talent, but also of mechanics.

Fly literally on obstacles careless, for once, of the risks to which meets, and maintains the performance always, constantly at maximum. Peterhansel gets solo, He turns, There is no one.

Timescale begins establishing the effectiveness of that attack out of the ordinary, unusual for the "temperate" French champion. "Every passing minute is good, I can wait!” Finally comes the strip contains also, and at that point you might decide that Peterhansel won with 20 minutes of advantage. He slaughtered, disheartened the opponent, and restored the natural order of things. On the shores of Lake Rose, Peterhansel wins his fourth Dakar.

In memory of Peterhansel has no record of the Saffron con, but the memory of a simple and exciting stage in which he attacked as ever in his career. In our memory the memory of an unforgettable, exciting racing Enterprise. source