Cabinets and towers intent to fix the chain of KTM by Claudio during the Dakar 1989.
Claudio Towers on KTM Dakar 1989
Already from the prologue of Paris had emerged the first difficulties caused by bad weather conditions that made the path a hellish trap of mud and rain.
Unfortunately Claudio's race will end during the second stage (the first on African soil).
As for courage Claudio Towers wasn't kidding, Thirty-nine (in 1991 NDR.) Architect from Bergamo departed from Paris while riding a Guzzi himself fully designed. If you exclude the engine on his bike not retained much from the image template: the chassis was made of a thick aluminum beam with two triangular slab track in the heart of the swingarm, and the lower cradle that also acted as water tank.
On the frame made from VRP Towers he mounted a motor Guzzi 940 identical to that of the SP model but with the electronic fuel injection instead of Carburetors the cylinders upside down, with the drains backwards.
"But it was a mistake – He specified Towers – I did so to get the weights more centered, only in this way the waste coals too and became even hot. Among other things I mounted electronic fuel injection in California without changing the mapping because I had the time, and I had carburation problems. But I worked also on transmission: It was my final is the first Guzzi chain transmission, and I realized a bevel gear to remove the output shaft drive».
Even with a lot of work though the Strict, This is the official name, it weighed 207 kg: no small, but less and less of the Africa Twin. Towers had already planned to realize a new, lighter and with the motor from 750 cm, with that dispute the next Rallye des Pharaons. Because, means, did not change its intention to remain faithful to the Mandello Eagle.
With the twins lariane has already participated in four Dakar without carry to term no, and it decided not to give up.
"I cannot run with a Japanese I won't use Italian money to advertise to strangers. And then the Guzzi's legendary. To a Japanese would pass unnoticed, with a Guzzi is definitely something else, even if you happen to stop already the first day».
Exactly how much he: was walking in the first special, the Ghadames in I.d.r.i., and there came more to the field, probably picked up by truck fuck. No spare parts and assistance, not even attempted to repair her Severe. Maybe that year failed even to achieve its primary objective:
«Only start to get is an understatement, see Dakar can be a rewarding, but I don't care. My goal is to have fun, being able to entusiasmami for the things I see and test the solutions that I myself have studied».
That time lasted much too little to amuse him.
Photos provided by Clement Canino
Has not been lucky the Edition 1986 the Paris-Dakar Rally for team Guzzi. Parties driven by the enthusiasm of towers, that the past year had reached relatively smoothly Agadez before retiring, the franco-Italian army composed of three mini bike (led by Towers, Rafferty and Drobecq) two Pinzgauer and a truck, all sponsored by Neff and Total, He raised the white flag already in Tamanrasset, a decidedly lower than that achieved in 1985.
"Unfortunately we have had a number of drawbacks such as to force us to take a hard decision is the comment of: same Towers probably match bad universal joints. The fact is that the transmission shaft was very frequent, so I can say that in this Dakar was more the time I was still at the edge of the track on bikes».
Without this inconvenience would be competitive?
"Hard to say, What is certain is that the engine finally pushing strong. Even the chassis was improved significantly compared to that of the motorcycle driven by me in 1985, deserve this for asking the French importer whose enthusiasm had made sure that that was a little’ my personal obsession to become a real team and with companions such as Drobecq and Rigoni. To continue would have been too painful: the bike, gimbal break apart, fine. Because of poor location of us we left rather forward and we have seen how difficult it was for the opponents collect us. Then, Unfortunately, the driveline is incredible and points to us were kicked in long waits. After repair we'd pick, but we pulled so much to solicit the clutch just overreacting, so were other stops. Personally I considered demeaning the situation. The Guzzi is not a bike that can make up the rear in this way».
One of the bike is also destroyed, because?
«Rafferty wanted to continue starting in Assekrem special, fell, the motorcycle caught fire».
Despite this “Caporetto” We see that the team is still held together here in Niamey, How come?
"We do it for the sponsors in spite of everything we wish to introduce ourselves on the beach in Dakar to thank them in confidence. I think they realized that our liability is limited and that the team has done everything possible for that matter I think the intention is to continue because the Guzzi still has potential to exploit».
And’ the 1986 and at the start of the 8th edition of the Paris Dakar also involves a host of Moto Guzzi notoriously thick card, engine 4 valves of V75 and about 62 BHP made the bike of Mandello del Lario to achieve 170 km/h.
Official team followed by the French importer, the pilots were the Italian towers and the French Drobecq and Rigoni. The bike seemed to be having a good potential: You comportatò well in the prologue, but then he was plagued with reliability problems. In parin particular suffered from frequent transmission problems, especially the gimbal probably undermined by the kinematics of the suspension.