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Harry's Dakar winning bike collection 1979-1998
« on: April 11, 2017, 10:10:42 pm »
Always enjoy his exotic car and boat videos, a proper petrolhead with the means to buy some splendid machines, this is a bit about his Paris Dakar bikes

Honda XR125L
Honda XL600R
Honda XR600R
Yamaha TW200
 
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2017, 10:20:13 pm »
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2017, 07:17:22 am »
Great watch, Harry knows his bikes  :thumleft:
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2017, 07:41:41 am »
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2017, 09:15:30 am »
Fantastic love the old school Dakar history ! Sadly after the KTM 950 what mass produced dual sport bike can you buy that gives you that Dakar feeling  :-\ After that that things went high tech with Rallye versions or modified enduro bikes.
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2017, 09:31:09 am »
What a collection. I would not mind having it in my garage
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2017, 11:54:55 am »
Great collection, I have an XT500 ... i wish mine could do 100mph .....
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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2017, 11:57:41 am »
very nice video. Interesting that Yamaha or BMW aren't that competitive anymore. KTM has been so dominant, it's good to see Honda coming in strong again.  :thumleft:
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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2017, 11:58:51 am »
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« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2017, 12:53:26 pm »
Great video, great overviews by a geniune enthusiast.

I could not help overhearing that the 1980 BMW R80GS was beaten by a Yamaha XT500. :pot: :pot:
 

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« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2017, 12:55:38 pm »
Great collection, I have an XT500 ... i wish mine could do 100mph .....

I seem to remember you could see about 142 km/h when lying flat on the tank.
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« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2017, 12:59:16 pm »
Great collection, I have an XT500 ... i wish mine could do 100mph .....

I seem to remember you could see about 142 km/h when lying flat on the tank.

That was down a mineshaft, wind from behind and mercy from above. :imaposer: I recall an XT having about 28HP, not 32.
 

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« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2017, 01:30:20 pm »
Great collection, I have an XT500 ... i wish mine could do 100mph .....

I seem to remember you could see about 142 km/h when lying flat on the tank.

That was down a mineshaft, wind from behind and mercy from above. :imaposer: I recall an XT having about 28HP, not 32.

Yamaha put mine on their dyno when we went to have them serviced.  Can't remember the exact horsepower figure but it was definitely well below 30hp.  I was extremely disappointed as this was in the days where I believed the brochure horsepower figures as final output at the wheel.  All that dynorun really did was melt the knobs on the tire.
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Re: Harry's Dakar winning bike collection 1979-1998
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2017, 07:23:22 pm »
I've owned or ridden quite a few 'thumpers', and of course it's apparent that they are not superbikes although I must say that I'm not too disappointed with the performance of my X/Challenge.

But something that I'll always remember is an occasion some years ago when I went to have a look at an XT550 that was advertised for sale. The moment I saw it I knew that I wouldn't be buying because it was unregistered and many of the 'legal' bits were missing, but I bagged a ride, and the seller informed me that it had "lots of power".

Well, No shit, I don't know who's magic fingers had been at that motor, or what kind of propellant was in the tank, but the bloody thing was a rocketship! Like no single I've ridden before or since. Pity it looked a wreck and so many bits were missing.
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« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2017, 08:47:54 pm »
I had the sr500 and that went very well, 140 was easily reached.
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Re: Harry's Dakar winning bike collection 1979-1998
« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2021, 08:00:15 pm »
His started his reviews of his PD bikes, starting with the original 1979 Yamaha XT500

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« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2021, 09:15:00 pm »
Great review of the XT500, and how I wish Yamaha would bring it back with mild suspension improvement, so modern riders can be surprised by the wonderful nature of an XT500.
 
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Re: Harry's Dakar winning bike collection 1979-1998
« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2021, 09:38:31 pm »
XT500 worst thumper I have ever ridden, sometimes the 70’s should be left in the 70’s. Vibey, slow, why was it so popular ?
 XT600 was a vast improvement imho
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Re: Harry's Dakar winning bike collection 1979-1998
« Reply #18 on: April 02, 2021, 07:08:36 pm »
I had that same 1978 model, right down to that special headlight protector.  Why it was so popular?  Very simple, it was a much bigger bike than the Suzuki DR370 and Honda was a Johnny-come-lately.  And of course winning the Dakar gave it lots of publicity.  You are probably right that the XT600 was a better bike.  It was faster, had brakes that stopped the bike (although the soft forks made you think you were going to kiss the tarmac), 12 Volts and no more point/condensor ignition system.  Nonetheless, if I could find an XT500 in the condition of the one in the video I would be very tempted to put it next to the much better bikes that are in my garage.  But, it might just be nostalgia and not common sense.
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« Reply #19 on: April 02, 2021, 07:30:25 pm »
I had a 1980 model black and silver and the most fun I had on that machine. Absolutely brilliant bike at the time.
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