Originally Posted by Deadly99
Light and small isn't always a plus I'd imaginbe for a race like the Dakar. There is ALOT of road riding in the liassons. A heavier bike will be easy to ride (wind, etc). Riding one of these small 450's for 10, 000 km's must be freaking grueling, much more so than a larger bike (excluding the timed sections).
Just a thought
Nothing hard about riding down the road.
The lighter bikes come into their own off road when you have to get physical with them, which is the major part of your day.