It appears the new rules for the Dakar Rally exclude twin-cylinder 2-wheelers bigger than 450cc. Ouch for the 950! This seems a bit sad for such a great bike (maybe too great), but hey, I don't make the rules. More details on the JUST UPDATED Dakar web site: www.dakar.com My big V-Twin is going to Dakar. For some of us, rules don't apply.