Originally Posted by JMo (& piglet)
Walking around the paddock it was most enjoyable to see the different approaches and solutions to what are basically the same set of requirements - that is sufficient fuel capacity, navigation gear (roadbook holder, trip meter and a GPS as a minimum), emergency water, and somewhere to stash tools, essential spares and safety equipment - and despite the majority of the field being on what are essentially converted enduro bikes - no two machines were the same.
Husaburg have a particularly good showing this year, the FE 450 and 570 offering a very slim and [visually] lightweight alternative... and on a similar theme I counted a number of Husqvarna 449 and even a brace of G450X's in 'rally lite' configuration...
Take a look at Hasse Jiredal & Mattias Talonen Husaberg Race bike at the Swedish Rally Raid tent. They have built their bikes almost the same as the swedish Dakar rider Tomas Berglund bike! :)