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CARLOS MAS model of Dakar 1990

Based on an article by Motorcycling

In the wake of the Dakar rally many collectors have ventured into creating real prototypes that the great houses of hobbies they didn't put in the catalogue. This XTZ 740 was born from the desire to play and revive scaled-down challenge to large areas of sand that have shaped the history of motorcycling.

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This time we wanted to make the bike the runner of the year, Spanish Carlos Mas. The bike is a Yamaha YZE 750, in red the sponsor Spanish Camper. After being documented with photos taken from various newspapers, We began work-ing the starting point was the Yamaha 660 The Chesterfield Protar in scale 1:9, favorite sister Yamaha 660 Ténéré, because they are already equipped with rear disc brake. The main change to be made and it required several hours of work was performed on the engine and chassis.

Mas05While the starting model is a single cylinder with Central frame cradle, one to achieve is a twin cylinder with double cradle frame open. We kept the same engine base, by modifying the mating plan with forward-inclined cylinders so that the latter are more; These were obtained from two-cylinder heads Mas03complete with mono, filed for 1/3, one on the right side, the other on the left side; pasting them together so we got a wide body 4/3 than the original mono, maintaining the existing lights intake and exhaust. After removing the cradle frame Central, We positioned the motor and proceeded, with the square tubes of plastic, to rebuild the two cradles, starting from the Steering triangolatura.

Mounting of radiators, water and oil with their respective handgrip, carbs with associated fittings, petrol pump, intake pipes and painting of all details, including the nuts and bolts of the engine, have completed the part relating to the motor. Side of the triangle of reinforcement we positioned the two coils, one for each candle. For head-engine we used aileron drive media adapted to the original profile. Fork, swingarm and shock does not have undergone changes other than those related to the painting of each particular.

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The tank under the seat has changed your listing in the back, completed with the addition of fender taken from Cagiva Elefant, in the same scale and Protar's at this point we realized discharges. For the silencer was used a water bottle that belongs to model BMW 1000, always Protar, adding the clamp ring for fastening to the frame, obtained by cutting and folding a strip of thin plate of a tube of mayonnaise. Double entry of the silencer has parlayed a piece of stock exhaust, While remaining manifolds were made by inserting lead wire inside a rubber tube diameter required and folded.

The tank and the fairing underwent a general enlargement to accommodate new engine and we realized the outbursts Mas06for air at the sides of the fairing itself. The front fender was shortened at the rear. The modified engine shield comes from Cagiva Elefant, While the saddle was covered with leather and suede, both red. The Assembly of the various details, additional marker lights, tank caps with vents, road book on the handlebars and a tool bag in the area behind the saddle they completed assembling. Manufacture and fixing of the various written, inevitable glossy protective hand and here our special is ready to face the dangers of the desert.

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Ténéré 4 cylinders for Dakar

A cold morning on the outskirts of Paris, a small cross off the beaten path, a pilot with the gaudy colors Sonauto, that warms the muscles ahead of Dakar, caracollando riding his Yamaha “XT 600 Ténéré”: all normal, You'll say. So it seems: But beneath the huge reservoir of “Ténéré” beats a heart that in common with single-cylinder engine of the Queen of the desert did not own anything. It is a four cylinder water cooled, derived from the motor 20 valve “FZ 750”.

It's too early to say whether this fantastic “750” It will be the first January ' 86 at via delta legendary African Marathon, Although the meticulous care of details (apparent as well in the photos of our top secret) clearly demonstrate that this is not

a simple experiment the French importer, but something more which cannot but have had the approval of the parent company. Let us not forget that the same “Ténéré” was born from a “idea” Jean Claude Olivier, General manager of the Yamaha Sonauto and seeded riders for Paris-Dakar.

Therefore, the new franco-Japanese beast, that TUTTOMOTO presents here exclusively, could be the winning weapon in Japanese, determined this year to snatch the BMW Crown of Queen of Africa. Power is not discussed, to test the reliability in the desert.

the motor of the “FZ 750” It was significantly lightened and he worked on the camshafts to reduce power, while increasing elasticity at low and mid. The rear suspension is monocross.

No secret: made for the Paris Dakar, the “Tènéré” 4 cylinders offers many interesting solutions, some guessed by looking at the pictures of our “scoop”. The frame, For example, is that of the FZ, However, reduced in length.
Carburetors, in an elevated position and well protected, receive the gasoline through a mechanical pump. The mammoth tank is basically double and acts well as lateral protection for the liquid cooling radiator. The collection is extremely compact and functional, suitable for off-road.

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Text TuttoMoto Enzo Caniatti

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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

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Yamaha XTZ 660 Super Production

To try to avoid the excessive power of prototypes to Dakar, race direction towards the end of 1993 will changing the rules, and introduce the category sports prototypes, motion of derived from the series. The Yamaha having little time to prepare and divergences with the race direction, no sign up no team to Dakar 1994.

During the 1995 the Yamaha Motor France could no longer count on prototypes from Japan, in his own Studio prepares two small motorcycle series, 15 two cylinders and 15 single cylinder. The twin cylinder directly derived from the prototype in 1993, Barigo frame and TDM motor, as featured on the registration certificates of motorcycle, bike suitable for professional pilots and experts.

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The single cylinder engine derived from the XTZ 660 with chassis modifications, suspensions, the airbox and abutments, adapted and prepared for amateurs who were in the sphere of Yamaha France.
The important changes were been tested by Stéphan Peterhansel at Nevada Rally. 25577234_ 10211073917748227_1633602844_o

The fuel capacity was increased to 37 litres with two aluminium front tanks (an optional rear 5 liters), The Paramotor receives a water reservoir in aluminium, the removable rear subframe is steel, the fork is a Kayaba from 43 mm the range YZ prepared in hydraulics and the springs, the shock is an Ohlins dedicated measures and in the tank, the box section aluminium swingarm is made to measure with a chance for quick removal of the rear wheel, the silencer is a First Racing, the airbox is original but amended (with a wider aperture and a second filter, Some were equipped with dedicated aluminium filter case).
The windshield and side covers are in polyester reinforced with carbon fiber, front and rear fenders come from WR 250, the saddle is specific polyester. The navigation equipment is required and includes electric Trip MD and triple ICO.

18817906_ 10209548817781681_103864442_oThe sale price included the bike, But even a kit of parts provided, assistance and transportation of meals during the event. The 15 motorcycle will quickly find buyers, including the Team "Les Copains” composed by Christian Sarron , Pierre Landereau, Philippe Alliot and Raphael de Montrémy. Jacques Laffite will race on a TT 350 and Thierry Magnaldi on XTZ850R.

Among the other drivers even the pilot famosl/sailor/journalist Thierry Rannou, Egfried Depoorter and others.
About half of 14 Moto also raced in the Dakar 1996 with Marc Troussard, Michel Servet and others.
Saw the request, and the high price of Super Production, the Yamaha Motor France, prepared in 1995 two sets of bike for racing raid, the Marathon and the Marathon Rally, both made to base XTZ 660 but with few and targeted changes. The Marathon: tanks and suspension. The Marathon Rally: suspension tanks and filter box. For both no changes to the chassis.

Special Tks Giovanni Mug Fantazzini

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Dakar 1990: the first twin-cylinder Yamaha

The rally of the Pharaohs was approaching. Would leave in early October and represented an important test bench into sight of the next Paris-Dakar, l & #8217; most important event of the season in Africa. The Egyptian race took on a major importance for Yamaha, After an unsuccessful pursuit of victory with its Thumper, always protagonist, but always defeat in recent editions, He decided to comply with the plan chosen by Honda and Cagiva (but not by Suzuki) building a twin-cylinder marked with the initials YZE 750 T.

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Was setting so the abbreviation OW that the official bike rally had divided along with the 500 from the Grand Prix. Before the official premiere to the Pharaohs baby girl Yamaha took his first steps in Japan with Franco Picco and Stephan Peterhansel who had the opportunity to try that again in France, amended accordingly on the basis of information provided by them on the occasion of the first test. Peak and Peterhansel came back riding just off the beaches of Le Touquet where former home of the famous enduro race, and both were pleased how it improved the bike, giving up a few kilometers in top speed in Exchange for a larger shooting at low to medium schemes.YZE1990-1

The new YZE 750 T were available only two specimens for peak and Peterhansel, but two other bikes will be completed on time for the Paris-Dakar, one for the Italian team and the other for the French #8217 &;. These are the first images of the official bi-cylindrical accompanied by technical data not too thorough for the traditional secrecy of the Japanese, rather reluctant to reveal the "secrets" of their creatures.

YZE1990-3The engine capacity was about 800 cm3 and power exceeded 70 CV to 7500 rpm for a top speed of 170 km/h (against the 150 km/h of the «mono»). The frame was lower than the OW 94 (renamed today YZE 750. The fork had stems of 46 mm with a & #8217; excursion 300 mm. The rear shock was instead of 260 mm. The brakes were both to disk and a dry weight of just 190 kg. For his latest creation, the Yamaha had made precisely the complex equipment necessary to address rally.

The trip master the electronic compass everything had been prepared for Iwata and the bike came to Europe already "ready race», only to be painted in the colors of the sponsor. Traditionally were the teams to deal with purchase and mounting of instruments, become increasingly sophisticated over the years and decisive for the outcome of the races #8217 &;.

Special tks to Stefano Magician for article #8217 &;

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1986 – A Dakar unfortunate for Serge Bacou

Once again bad luck hit Serge Bacou, and without waiting for the Ténéré, this time. Tamanrasset and Iférouane, the road book indicates the presence of a deep groove. L ’ previous year Marinoni racing was terminated at that point. Hubert Auriol l ’ saw on his roller but…

Snowy prologue for the Dakar caravan 1986

Snowy prologue for the Dakar caravan 1986

«I arrived very fast, in 120 or 130 kilometers all ’ now, l ’ I saw too late. I flew to at least two metres, for a moment I also believed to be able to recover, Instead the front wheel is planted and did a fall from the bike fell on me fearing judoka.»

7 France's motocross Championship titles (1971 classe 250, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976 e 1977 class 500 and 13 stages won in 8 Dakar in which he participated.

7 France's motocross Championship titles (1971 class 250, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976 and 1977 class 500 and 13 stages won in 8 Dakar in which he participated.

Just returned to standing, Hubert gesticulates to warn Cyril Neveu following him closely. Retrieves the bike and starts up again. Shortly after also Gaston Rahier is a victim of the double ditch. Stays ashore woozy and meanwhile appears the great Serge pushing at the most trying in this way to bridge l ’ handicap of power of his Yamaha Thumper in this stage fast. Like those that preceded it de-glue and falls ill, remaining ashore square leg. Rahier recovers and rushes to rescue him and Serge informs him:
"I have the broken femur.»
You won't be ’ to win the eighth Dakar Bacou…

The reputation of the Ténéré, one of the world's most impressive deserts, is justified. "The sand is soft, very compact, much more difficult of ’ last year. Some obstacles are hidden by the dunes which run continuously to the wind. Don't miss the track, Please don't turn away; Don't miss d ’ eye.»
Thierry Sabine clarifies the Wiles of leg while not wishing to overdramatise the situation.

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The tragic fate of Jean Michel Baron

L’ 11 January 1986 He went ahead with a stage ending 590 kilometers by road to Zinder and all competitors have witnessed a terrible scene about ten kilometers after Nguigmi: Jean-Michel Baron, already sore at dock for more than five days, lying on the ground on its side. Her face is swollen and my knee popped, and is unconscious; his Honda 750 is several dozen meters away. All competitors stopped to rescue him. Jean-Claude Olivier cuts the suit with the knife to allow him to breathe and stay with him several hours to clean wounds. Meanwhile Gaston Rahier and Jacky Ickx will return to their departure for phoning. Emergency beacons are activated. Unfortunately the three helicopters are grounded. Three hours after doctors Florence Bonnel and Alain Lamour onboard doctor turn away from sands of the special and come to the aid of Jean-Michel. Doctors assess the severity of injury: coma stage II, knee injury with deep wound, right elbow smashed, facial fracture. You turn then the Organization for major emergencies.

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Jean Michel Baron

Thierry Sabine takes off immediately with the helicopter piloted by Francis-Xavier Bagnoud to transport the wounded to Nguigmi. Patrick Fourticq, Thirty-nine years, Commander of Air France in addition to rally African protagonist as pilot, take the controls of a Cessna and rushes to Nguigmi with Drs. Marianne Fleury and Alan Jones on board. Roger Kalmanowitz alert SOS Assistance in Geneva which guarantees a Lear Jet for two in the morning in Zinder. The Cessna you bury it immediately after landing, then Fourticq caters to the airstrip, that turns out to be a former student pilot.

Preparing reports for the helicopter that has not arrived yet, because it had to refuel. The casualty is then loaded on the Cessna and you have to be able to take off. It takes seven men for disinsabbiare the plane. The police car is placed at the beginning of the runway with headlights on and two men with torches are the distances. Fourticq launches the plane and manages to emerge out of the sand and take off. Two hours after the Cessna landed at Zinder. Dr. Lapendry, Head of the medical team of the Embassy, has already prepared everything: the modest sick bay of the small airport was transformed into a surgical unit. "We had to perform surgery Protocol: It was necessary to clean wounds and surgical check to preserve future organ function.»

Claude Lapendry, together with Jacques Azorin and Olivier Aubry opera the knee, the elbow and face of Jean-Michel Baron, inserting catheters in different vital organs in light of neon. The scene of these men in green, masked, that will be around one of them to try and tear him to death in the depths of the desert is unreal, almost fairytale. the night, at the bivouac, contestants parade one after another, with images accumulated shortly before at the side of the road in southern Niger still imprinted at the bottom of the eyes. When they arrive at the Africatours truck to get some food you vent. "I told him last night to stop. It was no longer appropriate to continue, had too much pain in the pelvis. "

Is Gilles Picard, his teammate to Cagiva speaking, slowly, softly, as if you could go back in time. «For several hours, in the break of the race, I wondered what we were doing here and if it were the case continuing.»
Gérard Tilliette has a Boulder on the chest. Would still be allocated all the next day, towards the 205 kilometers of pitfalls between Tahoua and Talcho, before you indulge in the pleasure of a day of rest in Niamey. In the night the jet carried Baron to Paris, toward civilization, to a specialist clinic.
Ed: Unfortunately Baron never recovered from this accident, He remained in a vegetative coma until his death on 7 September 2010.

taken from: The last tree of Paris Dakar by Jean Luc Roy published by Vertical Sea Edition

 

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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Henno Van BergeiJk in Dakar on an XT500

When trying to find the adventure…in the adventure the quote is practically a must.
Was the 2006 When a Dutch driver, HENNO VAN BERGEIJK, took it into his head to attend the Lisbon-Dakar (that year, he departed from Portugal) on a bike prepared entirely by myself.
And so far nothing strange, except for the bike with which he entered to tougher competition in the desert was an old Yamaha XT500!

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To the eye the bike was very similar to the version that he participated in the early years 80, except the front fork (upside-down type) and the front disc brake…safety first.
For the rest, from the engine, the dual shock absorbers (gas) Retrospect, follow the basic configuration.
Obviously the ambitions were not ones to reach the heights of high ranking, but demonstrating the goodness of the medium and the ability to reach the finish line with a medium, the most considered “obsolete”.
They reached the finish line…in last place, but after many years, his company has remained in the memory of adventure fans.

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Philippe ed Erick Al Hamad Dakar 1987

The brothers Philippe and Erick Auribault on small Yamaha DT 125 the Parisian Prolog Dakar 1987. Behind you recognize Martin-Ville on Yamaha Motorcycle Shop Team FD.