Rob ran a very bare bones FE550 in the 2005 Dakar, a bit too bare as it turned out !
He had competed in and finished in the Dakar perviously and tried it in 2005 on a very stripped down FE550, no electric starter, no bash plate etc etc. It seems he was going for ultra light weight. For awhile that seemed to be working well for him as he was running in (up to 8th outright !) and just oustide of the top 10 in the early stages, but holed the water pump outlet on Day 7 and blew the headgasket when the bike ran out of water and he didnt realise it. It's a pity as he was a very good chance of a high placing overall.
Bike in Parc Ferme at the start of the event.
At the start, looks like it is using Mecsystem tanks.
Does anyone have any/know of other photos ??