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    Dakar Rally

    One month to go until 2015 Dakar Rally, (which no longer ends on the same continent as Dakar). I have been watching this rally since the early days on obscure sports channels and later on the internet. In the early days anyone could enter and test their endurance in a 10 day race from Paris, France to Dakar, Senegal. Now it is $100,000 proposition and 2 of the US riders could not secure enough sponsorship to enter this year. A few years back the rally was moved from Africa to South America do to the instability and dangers of so many African countries. It has a huge following in Europe and very little here in the US. I have really enjoyed watching as the bikes evolved over the years, mostly due to rules changes in the top class. The bikes are what I watch for but the trucks are a close second. The classes are bikes, cars, trucks, buggy's and atv's. Check it out this year, you might enjoy it. This early BMW from the early 80's is what really got me hooked on these bikes.

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    I've followed it ever since I can remember. Early on in magazines only. I actually owned a PD BMW, in fact it was the first BMW motorcycle I ever had. That is truly one bike I wish I had back.
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    Me too, I had this one.

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    Which led to this one.




    And this one


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    Nice. Mine was an 80. If I have pictures, they would be actual prints from film
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    I didn't have another GS then until '95 when I bought a new black 1100. I kept that one for over 13 years.
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    They began running that race the year I graduated High School. Sheeze.
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    That is what the first one is, I took a picture of the picture with my phone. The 80' that you had is the perfect size, I truly believe that bike would sell just as well today if not better.
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    Nice. Mine was an 80. If I have pictures, they would be actual prints from film

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    You guys are talking my language. I could never figure out why the Dakar Rally was not very popular here. American riders and drivers are starting to put in impressive showings , and Robbie Gordon's Hummer may attract some of his NASCAR fans. Yet the US needs a better heavy truck team though. Sure there is the Red Bull Team but perhaps qwerty has the need for speed and could give show those Kamas drivers a thing or two in the Atacama .
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    If I ever trip across an 80 in really good shape I'm buying it. I miss that bike.
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