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.
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.
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.
The 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