TAG Moto BMW Dakar Rallye bike

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  1. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    Years ago I found a site with a bunch of photos of this (or a nearly identical) race bike built by TAG Moto in varying states of assembly. Anyone seen the photos I'm talking about and know where they went? Anyone know any other info about these bikes??

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    EDIT: Actually this might not be a TAG. Could be french?? Anybody know?

    Gratuitous TAG porn:

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  2. AliBaba

    AliBaba Been here awhile

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  3. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    Yeah, I've seen all that, but the first bike pictured at the top actually isn't a TAG I don't think. I think it's actually french.
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  4. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    Rob Farmer nailed it over on UKGSer. This is actually the bike I've seen a bunch of photos of.

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    Unfortunately, nobody seems to know who made it except for the fact that they were probably french. Seems there was more than one of these.
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  5. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    The guy who hosts the site linked below is on ADVR, don't know his handle....

    He's restored one, as well as having other BMW G/S monsters (and sell spares)

    http://www.desertpistons.com/

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  6. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    His handle is "Desertpistons" strangely enough. I should change the title of this. I realized after posting that the bike pictured at the top is not actually a TAG, but some french bike from around '87 or '88. Too bad I haven't found any front shots yet as the fairing looks really cool. Dual round headlights
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    SUVslayer Been here awhile

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    Are those dual fuel tanks?
    Edit - Dual plus one in the rear I guess
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  8. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    Yep. Not sure when exactly but they became a requirement for the Dakar rallye, Put a hole in one side and you wouldn't lose all your gas. If I remember right, that rear tank basically forms the rear subframe and fender. It's a structural part that the rider is actually sitting on.
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  9. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    Solo gets a cookie. I emailed desertpistons since he takes quite an interest in airhead (and other) 80s rallye bikes. It turns out he considered buying the bike in question when it was up for sale in France several years ago. He said that these bikes were prepared by a BMW dealership in Paris, Arcueil Motor. They still appear to be in business as they have a website which is under construction: http://arcueilmotor.com/

    More photos coming soon.
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  10. Desertpistons

    Desertpistons 80s dakar

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