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Old 01-15-2004, 07:48 AM
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Im watching this race on speed channel, called the dakar 2004. Whats the story behind this? Theyre using bikes that ive never seen before. The front fork is very soft, and the back wheel is often all over the place. Just keeping the bike straight looks tough for them. In an off road race such as this, why would you use one of these bikes over a dirtbike with a bigger tank?
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Old 01-15-2004, 07:50 AM
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This is what theyre riding:
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Old 01-15-2004, 07:52 AM
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One of them is riding a yamaha 450, the 2wd test bike, but he's way down in the listing.

The bikes are big, they go hundreds of miles on land they have never seen before every day, a few guys are riding 900cc twins.

Part of the problem, when you strap that much fuel on they get top heavy
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Old 01-15-2004, 07:56 AM
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Why are those bikes preferred so much more? I would thing it would be easier on a 450
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Old 01-15-2004, 11:53 AM
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The Dakar Rally is run every year across the desert over in Europe. They need that kind of bike with HUGE tanks because they travel hundreds of miles through the desert and you wouldn't want to run out of gas in that area. This is the largest and longest Rally race that there is... the grandaddy of them all. They have three classes: Bikes, Cars and Trucks (10 ton and above). The larger trucks are all wheel drive and still bury up in the deep desert sand.

Read more about it here - www.dakar.com
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Old 01-16-2004, 01:56 AM
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I read about the dakar a while ago, and i must say those guys are HARD core. Pretty cool though.
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Old 01-16-2004, 05:51 AM
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Its been running on SpeedVision. Some of the stuff is pretty wicked looking. The 2wd Yamaha w/hydraulic front drive is kinda cool.
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They arent all guys either, there's a few women, even a women on a bike, she's from Japan
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Old 01-16-2004, 10:45 AM
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Yes, the ONLY lady still in the race (motorcycle class) is from Japan. She is 5'2 115 lbs riding a very large bike so she must be a trooper!

Team Redbull KTM USA is currently in 4th place overall with Larry Rosseler on a KTM 660 LC & Paul Krause on a KTM 950 LC8.

Could you imagine riding in the desert on one of those bikes for 500+ miles per day for two weeks?
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Europe and Africa
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Old 01-17-2004, 08:10 AM
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Yes gentlemen indeed these guys are a little touched. Dakar has been said to be the toughest races in the world. Alfie Cox (currently 4th) is from South Africa and runs a KTM dealership here in Durban where I live. He rides for the Gualoises KTM international team and he says the factory riders have it easier because they have service crews that sort out the bikes when they get to the overnight camp. the Privateer entries ride for 10 -20 hours then have to change tires, chains, fix damage and clean filters etc etc. Can you imagine doing that for 2 weeks..

But apparantly the worst is the Quad class, they are experimenting with quads to see if it is viable to race them. They take an average of 20 hours to finish every days stage, they are truely the mad men of the Dakar, the current leader is also from South Africa on a Bombardier DS 650

The most popular KTM's are 660 cc single cylinder beasts, they get up to about 180-190 kilometers an hour accross the desert, they carry 48 litres of fuel plus, oil and water. The yamaha has actually done really well if you think it's competing against much bigger KTM's.
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