Originally Posted by JMo (& piglet)
I'm sure we'll see a handful of these on next year's Dakar - it was/is so new, perhaps noone was prepared to invest (the time prepping) in one of these for 2010?
I think you're right about that but you're also playing long odds riding a Gas Gas, Husky, BMW, Kawasaki, etc. You aren't going to go over to the KTM rallye services support truck, plop down the credit card, and have them hand you some Gas Gas parts.
A privateer has to be a dreamer, very brave, or well supported to ride anything but a KTM (or Yamaha and that's my assuming Yamaha France or someone has parts for sale every night in the bivouac). It would really suck to be out of the rallye if you can't get something like a new clutch master cylinder or ECU because you didn't pack one in your Elf box.
The odds are already long that you'll finish the most difficult rallye on the planet; why compound them by riding something besides a KTM?
As for me, I hope BMW and Husky really make something supported so that when I convince my wife that one son will be just fine with horribly crooked teeth and that hyena like under bite on the other isactually cute, I can ride a Husqvarna in the Taureg in a few years. Smiling is very overrated anyway.