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.
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