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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 www.classic-motorbikes.com.
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.

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Serge Bacou Dakar 1982

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J.C. Olivier Dakar 1986

J.C. Olivier in mechanical version, working on Yamaha 600 to Charbonnier during the Dakar 1986.

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Gilles Picard Dakar 1990

The “small” but great Gilles Picard brings his big Yamaha Sonauto Team to 6th place of Dakar 1990.

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Dakar 1989: the last to “Findus”

For Giampiero Fatemian the Paris-Dakar race ended prematurely for a bad ruzzolone that did keep many suspense. The pilot perugino, who was married to the Yamaha Sonauto only a week before the start of the race, is fallen the 6 January per kilometre 160 the selective Tahoua-Talcho, ending at 90 mph in a pit covered with fesh-fesh, and violently beating the boss.

Rescued by a medical team of the TSO that requested the immediate intervention of the helicopter, during transport to the hospital Gamkallè of Niamey, Fatemian lost consciousness, remaining in a State of alert for about an hour and a half. Visited immediately, his conditions were found to be satisfactory but by French doctors who authorized the return to Italy carried out with a special flight of the TSO.

Upon your arrival to Fiumicino, Fatemian were delivered aboard an ambulance, the University Hospital of Perugia where, After some tests, He was found with suspected cranial trauma slight fracture, bruising to the eye and the right elbow. The prognosis is still reserved but should be dissolved within a few days. The accident Fatemian doesn't remember anything.

"There were a few kilometres at the end of selective when suddenly perhaps for a moment of distraction-ing myself on Earth. I think I have banged his Chin but it's a vaguely remember. I was then told that I ended up in a hole, a trivial incident that could have been avoided in view of the fact that I wasn't very strong».

Is bitter, He doesn't say it but the Dakar lacks.
«A real shame because this year I could get the sixth or seventh in Dakar That I fit the showed rank, they saw me constantly among the top ten».
The pilot perugino tap now a long period of convalescence. Talk of the Edition number twelve is decidedly premature.

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Gilles Comte Dakar 1979

Gilles Comte, one of the heroes of the first Dakar, 2° in Senegal on Yamaha XT500

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Yamaha FZT 900 Dakar 1987

Three straight victories in the BMW decided in 1986 the Honda, that to return to success at the Paris-Dakar rally was necessary to play the card of two-cylinder motor. The only choice to keep up in long stretches of desert where most top speed allows two cylinders to buy a house edge that they take shelter from every retrieve while agile «mono». The Yamaha decided, Instead, to confirm the single cylinder after it was breezy the construction of a twin-cylinder to be entrusted to the French team.
The response of Jean Claude Olivier, team manager of Sonauto, was the manufacture of a prototype driven by the engine of FZ 750 twenty valves. An adventurous project, who did turn up their noses to leaders of the House of Iwata, but not to the point of rejecting the idea of pilot who in 1985 had arrived for second in Dakar.
The four-cylinder engine for the desert has begun work late and the test bench of the giant French-Japanese enduro was precisely the slopes of Paris-Dakar. It was a single copy, and get him into the race it was Jean Claude Olivier.
Doing so gave up departing at every chance to win a ride a motorcycle that was providing Yes a power of 90 HP but whose weight was about 270 pounds in running order.

In 1986, JCO ended the race 12th, pulled over 10 hours behind the winner, but brought the bike up to Dakar.

An important milestone that convinced Olivier to insist on the road taken. And so these days has been completed the Yamaha FZ 900 T Evolution 1, the bike which Olivier and Serge Bacou will lead to far more warlike purposes of those Dakar enlivened the expedition ' 86. At first glance you understand that this is a completely new bike without any piece in common with last year's experimental version.
You have done a great job of lightening and end the engagement was awarded by dry weight slightly less than 200 kg (20 pounds lighter than last year) and above all, a subdivision of the masses which is nearly optimal 45% the front and the 55% the retro-train.
The frame now has an aluminium bottom cradle (removable) and to eliminate the problems of spin ratio was decreased the maximum power for the benefit of better dispensing. In addition, always at the direction of Olivier, was increased the engine capacity.
The result is a total displacement of 911 CC and a power not exceeding 85 HP, 53 of which are available at 4.000 RPM.
In tests carried out in August in the desert of Tenere FZ 900 T has shown it can travel in a straight line at a speed of more than 160 km/h (as an indication, the «mono» ' 87 in the hands of Peak did not go beyond the 135 km/h) and on a technical course around Agades late against the mono did not go beyond the second one-and-a-half kilometer.
Even the tires have made huge progress in both grip under acceleration, lateral stability and still life. Conscious of the progress of the four cylinders, that could be the surprise of the Paris-Dakar ' 87, but also of his handicap (weight, encumbrance, mechanical complexity) Olivier has preferred to follow as last year two parallel roads. He and Serge Bacou will guide the FZ 900 T while Thierry Charbonnier and (in all likelihood) the American Danny La Porte will be racing with the single winner of the Rally of the Pharaohs with Franco Picco. You never know…

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J.P.. Mingels Dakar 1983

J.P.. Mingels Yamaha Sonauto Dakar 1983

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Serge Bacou Dakar 1981

Serge Bacou checks personally his Yamaha XT 500 at the start of the Dakar 1981

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Michel Merel – Dakar 1981

Michel Merel 3° to Dakar 1981 on Yamaha XT 500.