WR450 assault on Dakar

Here we go again. Time to cheer on our WR450 riders! The Dakar starts this weekend!

David Fretigne leads the Yamaha attack again for 2007! Nearly 60 highly modified Yamaha WR450's will try and finish this grueling 15 day endurance race!

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Dakars my favorite all time race. About time blue steps it up and goes for the big one. Where do I sign up for the waiting list for this beast. Now if they would just start supporting the Baja 500 and 1000 more with pit support and logistics, we would tear the red team up!!!!! That things crazy looking. Honda , KTM beware theres a new sheriff in town.

Any good sites where we can see the leader board and times at the end of the stages?

It would be neat to see a list of detail mods that was done to that bike.

Go team Yamaha. ..and Mike Kay(Irondude) as well :lol:

Any good sites where we can see the leader board and times at the end of the stages?

This is the best web site for daily reports pics and live race updates!

http://www.dakar.com/2007/DAK/LIVE/us/-10100/index.html

Looks like they are running 2006 model WR450s for this years race.

Got to love having 4 fuel tanks (9 gallon total) and with an on board GPS and electonic diagnostics display dash board!

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*****Posted wrong picture - Looking for the 2007 kit picture*****

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DAKAR KIT DETAILS

Right and left front aluminium fuel tank 2 x 16 litres

Right and left rear aluminium fuel tank 2 x 6 litres

Fuel pump and fuel cock

Front fairing in glass fibre with double headlights

Instrumentation bracket includes : roadbook and roadbook lightening

Trimpaster IMO 100 R Touratech

Right and left front panel in glass fibre

Left rear side panel in glass fibre

Skid plate with water tank, tools box in carbon kevlar and battery box in aluminium

Complete stainless steel exhaust pipe

Special build for handlebar crown with upper holder handlebar

Bulged handlebar (Ø 28,6 mm)

Front wave brake disc (Magura Ø 300 mm)

Carbon air induct pipe

Rear hub with dampers DEALER :

Front fender in fibre (low position)

Rear fog light

Complete wire harness and fuses box

Miscellanous parts and assembly screws

Parts list

Assembly manual

This is the best web site for daily reports pics and live race updates!

http://www.dakar.com/2007/DAK/LIVE/us/-10100/index.html

Looks like they are running 2006 model WR450s for this years race.

Got to love having 4 fuel tanks (2 x 16 liter & 2 x 6 liter) and dual exhaust with on board GPS and electonic diagnostics display dash board!

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Is there anything "Yamaha" left on this bike. I can't see it if there is.

Is there anything "Yamaha" left on this bike. I can't see it if there is.

Corrected the last picture. Blue KTM's can fool you sometimes. Here is David Fretigne's riding the Yamaha WR450

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OLN (Versus) has TV coverage starting at 3:00 EST Saturday!:lol:

http://www.versus.com/

Yes, its a great race... I'd love to ride Fretignes 2 wheel drive for a weekend...

do you think ktm are looking for a win have you seen the amount of ktms enterd :lol: thats shocking

come on wr guys :confused:

One quick question: How much do those highly modified wr's weigh??? By the looks of things they've gotta be pushing 400# wet...

Well I know for a fact they are carrying 63 lbs in fuel when full.Holy crap thats alot.

do you think ktm are looking for a win have you seen the amount of ktms enterd :eek: thats shocking

come on wr guys :(

Note that the KTMs are 660 engine sizes and the WRs usually do well in the lighter class. David Fretigne has one in the 450 class size in years past. Hard to beat the hp of the big KTM in the desert.:lol:

The Dakar WR450s are just under 400. lbs with full fuel tanks. The KTMs 660's are 30 lbs heavier!

Check out the cool video on Radio Live preview: ( make sure you right click the screen and zoom to full screen )

http://access.racing-live.com/raid/en/offre2007/index.php

:confused: :confused: :crazy:90 minutes per day of race video coverage all 21 days for $12.00 total

Nice vid!!! Wish this cold rain and snow would go away. Dust doesn't sound too bad right now.

Great shots Rosta! The details of the mods in those pics is amazing! Oil & coolant tanks and built into the skid plate are so cool!

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These guys have balls bigger than church bells. Rode Alfie Coxes KTM last year and dont know how they are able to do those speeds and distances. Must be on Gummi berry juice. Go Yamaha

:confused: good going guys on leading first day :lol:

Yamaha riders get first and second today in the technical route opening day ride! :lol::confused: :confused:

1 #037 FARIA (POR) YAMAHA 01:22:07

2 #010 RODRIGUES (POR) YAMAHA 01:22:23

3 #004 ESTEVE PUJOL (ESP) KTM 01:27:07

Thanks for the great links, Indy!:lol:

Now tell the Colts to ease up on the poor Chiefs!:confused:

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