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Old 08-02-2005, 06:05 AM   #1
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Dakar Bikes Collection...

Honda won the Dakar 4 times in a row, 86-89 with NXR750. It was a total prototype with a 4 valve engine and 6 speed gearbox.The AT's and TA's were marketed as replicas of the Dakar bikes but of course they had very little in common. here's some photos of it;




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Old 08-02-2005, 06:10 AM   #2
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Old 08-02-2005, 06:13 AM   #3
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Old 08-02-2005, 06:19 AM   #4
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2 stroke Dakar Bike

Honda ran an experimental 400cc injected 2 s stroke bike in the dakar one year. Weird !!!.





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Old 08-02-2005, 06:40 AM   #5
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Great pics....too bad they didn't sell those bikes, thank goodness KTM does sell their bikes.
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Old 08-02-2005, 06:46 AM   #6
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wow cool bikes,,,its almost worse knowing they have the goods and are just too incredibly lame to not produce them.
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Old 08-02-2005, 07:24 AM   #7
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On display at the start of this years Dakar in Barcelona.





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Old 08-02-2005, 07:39 AM   #8
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There are too few pictures of these bikes- thanks for posting them
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Old 08-02-2005, 07:53 AM   #9
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now that is an exceptionally weird bike! Very cool post

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Old 08-02-2005, 08:09 AM   #10
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On display at the start of this years Dakar in Barcelona.
Excellent piccies Of the AT650 and 750 marathon versions.Honda made special Dakar kits for both the 650 and 750 AT's for the Marathon Class in the Dakar. Big tanks, pannier tanks, improved suspension and different exhaust made up the kits.

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Old 08-02-2005, 08:35 AM   #11
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OH YES YES YES!

I'll take a set of those side pannier tanks for my RD03! Not for fuel mind you... one side for water and the other for the Stout of the week!


Hey Greg,

I've been told over and over that the '88-'89 RD03 Africa Twin bikes had been hand built by H R C. Your knowledge of the AT is impressive so I thought I'd ask you the full story on them. I've also heard that many of the RD03 bikes had actually done the Paris Dakar with only minor mods needed.
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Old 08-02-2005, 08:40 AM   #12
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Man, I almost break out in a sweat when I see P-D style bikes. They are just so cool to me. I'm 41 and sometimes when I'm blasting down a dirt road on my DR650, I kinda just sorta maybe a little bit imagine I'm running with the leaders of the great endurance race. A tad childish, I know, but it seems a better choice than recreational drug use.

Hey, does anyone know why Dakar bikes run the low front fender? I'm guessing maybe high speed stability - the high fender might catch too much air at 100+? Also, I guess mud isn't a big factor in the dessert. Opinions/answers?
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Old 08-02-2005, 08:51 AM   #13
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atgreg, thatnks for posting those. I can never get enough of the Dakar, it's bikes and it's heros. One of these days I'll get a smugmug acct. and post some of the Dakar photos I have.
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Hey, does anyone know why Dakar bikes run the low front fender? I'm guessing maybe high speed stability - the high fender might catch too much air at 100+? Also, I guess mud isn't a big factor in the dessert. Opinions/answers?
I was wondering the same thing...
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Hey, does anyone know why Dakar bikes run the low front fender? I'm guessing maybe high speed stability - the high fender might catch too much air at 100+? Also, I guess mud isn't a big factor in the dessert. Opinions/answers?
Don't know for sure but that has always been my theory
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