Dakar Bikes Collection...

Discussion in 'Photos' started by atgreg, Aug 2, 2005.

  1. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to Asphalt!

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    This bike embodies the essence of the Dakar bike. Might just have something to do w/ the fact that it was the hot Dakar bike when I first became enthralled by that race:

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    Hmmm, I just noticed something:


























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    I wonder if subconsciously I'm trying to transform my GS in to the original Dakar bike? That might just be it!
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  2. Possu

    Possu de-nOObed!

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    I think you mean Cagiva Mito? 125cc two stroke race rep with a 916-esque tail piece? Frecchia version had 7 gears.

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  3. kres

    kres Arrrrrrrrr!

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    Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you!

    This is so much cooler then all those damn Buell threads.

    I got a real kick outta catching the Dakar this year on DirectTV, these threads are making me anxious for the next race!
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  4. Flying*D

    Flying*D Nobody can stop us..

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    Well the engine is almost the same.. the cagiva mounted the 900 cc from Ducati
    and that engine is not that far frome the 1000 cc DS

    The right name are Cagiva MITO and FRECCIA.. the Mito was similar to the 916, qell the fairing was actually identical, the Freccia was more similar to a 906 paso.. indeed cagiva took advantage of owning ducati for a few years..:lol3
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  5. Foto Veloce

    Foto Veloce The Free Radical

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    Yes... Milo.. that's my cousin! Thanks for the correction.. correct bike.. neat looking little thing! Boy that would be fun!!!
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  6. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Those Suzukis were, to my mind, THE coolest looking of all the Dakar bikes.....well, OK the early Africa Twins were great too.

    The Suzukis had a very unique style with the "extra" front fender and swoopy headlight covers on some.

    I've seen and been sorely tempted to buy one. You see 'em on ebay and other used bike threads around. The production bikes were very similar style wise. Dual 4 gallon tanks and a 750 cc single (GOD)...the later bikes were bored to 779 cc...Suzuki calling them an 800.

    I wonder what a bike would feel like with 30 plus pounds of fuel aboard.

    If you look at one of the photos with Gaston Rahier, the little guy, you'll see his name on the fairing. He was indeed 5'4....looks like a 10 year old next to that bike. Every time I think my DRZ is too tall, I think of him.

    Here's an interesting link for 'em: http://www.suzukicycles.org/DR-series/DR750-800S-Big.shtml
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  7. Lencho

    Lencho Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the post! Very fun and interesting. Suzuki needs to make a StromDakar model!!
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  8. HappyGoLucky

    HappyGoLucky Goeie Grys Giftige Gert!

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    Thank you ladder,

    GREAT intel there, thanks a stack. Shew, what a nice looking bike
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  9. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    I remember the early ones sold here in the US. Sweet enduro setup'd twins. :evil
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  10. Stephen

    Stephen Long timer

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    I don't know which looks more painful, the Guzzi or the Harley. I ache just looking at them.

    That Gilera has to be the most graceful-looking bike of this whole series, regardless of how it actually rides.

    Greg, very nice work assembling all these threads. I've enjoyed it. Thanks.
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  11. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    I talked to a Honda rep recently about the new Buell and he told me to put my money back in my pocket because Honda was going to release something new soon that will kick everyone's ass.
    Now, I'm no sucker, but I did put my money back in my pocket and go out and buy myself an old CB900f SS just to putt around on until something comes out.
    Seeing this thread is killin' me.
    Go HONDA!! Seriously. Go...back to the Dakar.
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  12. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    When did they quit making the DR Big? Was it ever available in the states??
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  13. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    ATGATT ?????????????
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  14. Flying*D

    Flying*D Nobody can stop us..

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    this is a dream..... I hope to find in a near future an AT 650 from late '88/89 to prepare like this.. it will make a nice couple with my actual @T 750..:jose

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  15. Flying*D

    Flying*D Nobody can stop us..

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    It's since 1999 that we hear about Honda and a new Africa Twin.. maybe n the past would have been possible to have a bike that was an evolution of my AT, now I believe more in a less ugly version of the Varadero..

    News are that the new standard is fixed by the BMW GS generation so everything will made on the base of that.. The LC8 ktm of 2006 it seems it will be less then and adventurer and more of tourer with highbars..
    Would honda or yamaha do something different? I hope, but until I don't see I don't belive..

    PS: Mate, I didn't call you sucker, I just took your post for my personal considerations.. I'm new and I don't want to be missunderstood :beer
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  16. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    :ricky i'll take 2 of each.


    no TT500?
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  17. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    No sweat, DSC. :D
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  18. atgreg

    atgreg Africatwinarama Super Moderator

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    Mate, although Im a Honda man I must agree about Gaston's bike, it really is THE Dakar bike.
    Greg
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  19. atgreg

    atgreg Africatwinarama Super Moderator

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    they are all Duc powered, Cagiva owned Ducati at the time.
    Greg
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  20. atgreg

    atgreg Africatwinarama Super Moderator

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    yep, thats gaston, multiple world MX champ and one the Dakar twice on BMW's. And yes he did pass away this year, a great loss.

    Greg
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