Originally Posted by Moto Benny in MTL
I think the ideal scenario is to join a rally team but to bring 2 of your own guys. There's no need to reinvent the wheel. There is so much hardware in europe already set up to do the rally. Why build your own and go through all the admin and hassle? The rally teams have generators, welders, tons of space, trucks that already pass the ASO rules, and they have dedicated drivers so you don't waste money on that seat. SIgn up with a rally team but tell them you want xx metal trunks and 2 seats in the assistance vehicles. Specify what heavy tools you want them to provide - if they don't have them, spend your budget on that. Buy a KTM (or Husky or Honda) parts card so you can use their on-rally assistance, but spend budget on your own parts (they're cheaper from home than on the rally and you'll save time and stress getting them at the Biv - which is a 2-3 square mile space by the way).
I'd echo what David has just said above - and it is basically what Lyndon did this year - bought a KTM 450RR (common and plentiful spares around the paddock, should they be required) and took his father along as his own personal mechanic, while using the team logistics and facilities of Front Row GB (Stan Watt's team) to ship and carry everything for him. Yes it costs money, but it minimises hassles and variables, which you just don't need, especially if it is your first Dakar.
There are other options of course, that might save you a few thousand here and there, but if you really have that sort of budget [$200K] for a Dakar, that would be the way to do it - then you can really concentrate on your own personal preparation and focus for the race itself.