Dakar News: Despres to race on 4 wheels!
Following the 2015 Dakar press conference this morning, like just about everyone else, I was shocked to hear the biggest news of the press conference, which was, that Cyril Despres will be competing in the 2015 Dakar as a driver for Peugeot, who is also making a return to Dakar. Despres will be teaming with Carlos Sainz. The fact that Despres will be running in a car its not completely surprising, however, myself as well as many others where shocked to discover that it will be happening so soon after building a bike and riding for team Yamaha for only one Dakar after leaving KTM. Stephane Peterhansel was another famous/popular rider who has done the same in recent years. After winning an arm full of titles as a motorcyclist, he then proceeded to win the Dakar on four wheels in a new extension of his motorsports carrer. There is no doubt, Stephane had some influence on Despres. This will also be an interesting change in the motorcycle rally circuit.
In other news for the 2015, the route was announced, starting Buenos Aires, the route will loop through Bolivia, Chile and then back through Argentina where there will both start and finish.
Freak’n Awesome Short Film.
If your into old BMW Motorrads or vintage bikes, travel, adventure and lifestyle, you’ll love this new film titled Mission Manx on Vimeo and featuring MotorCircus.
Check it out!
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Well, winter isn’t over yet this year… It’s been longer than in recent years past and myself as well as many other riders in Eastern Canada are tired of waiting for spring to start.
The roads were dry today and it was a balmy 0 degrees Celsius (about 32 F) in greater Montreal, so I decided it was time for a ride.
Ended up riding about 1 hour today… I had a wide grin from ear to ear the entire time! A few car drivers honked and gave me the thumbs up! Im guessing they are fellow riders saluting my pre-season riding attempts.
Montreal 2014 Motorcycle Show
2014 KTM 690 Enduro
Well, it was as you would expect. Bikes, gear, vendors. If you are into adventure and dual spot motorcycling as I am you would have noticed the following booths… Touratech, KTM, BMW, Triumph as well as some new items from Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki such as the redesign Vstrom. Also all the staple classics which are dated with no change such as the KLR and DR series were present.
Any favorites from this year? Well its not a dual sport but I liked the BMW Nine-T. I also liked Moto Guzzi and the Enfields, kinda cool looking bikes and would love to drive one around town in the summer. As far as dual sports go, or adventure bikes, the KTM 1190 is a winner, the new KTM 690 Enduro is also very nice with many redesigned tweaks. I had some time to take a closer look at the Tiger 800xc. Its a very nice bike. Head on competition to the F800GS which leads that segment. In some ways they are much alike, but also extremely different in others, when you take a closer look. Also notable is that the new (since last year) Canadian distro for Touratech in Bromont, Quebec is now carrying other awesome products in that market such as Rally Raid. Alternatively, Moto International which sells BMW Motorrad in Montreal (the previous Touratech distributor) now pushes AltRider.
What I didn’t like? the KLR 2014.5 ? What the hell is that? The bike’s been on the market for 20 something years now and Kawa needed to make a mid year model change all of a sudden? Like, come on. Also the Honda XR650L… could use a refresh to compliment the rest of the line. They did a good job renewing the CRF250L last year and it seemed logical that the 650 would follow in those footsteps. But nope… not yet. Otherwise, not much I didn’t like… a lot of bikes I would never buy, but to each their own I suppose.
My favorite item… Being an F800GS owner, the Camel tank adding 7 litres of fuel. Perfect! It was small, well designed and neatly tucked away in the rear gap opposite the exhaust pipe. Awesome little add on if you need the extra range!
BMW Nine – T
BMW Nine – T
BMW Nine – T
F800GS Camel Tank
F800GS Touratech Desierto 3 Fairing
Triumph Tiger 800xc from Portland Dakar Film – ICON
Triumph Tiger 800xc
Touratech Canada Booth
Vintage Rebuild – By Purebreed in Quebec