From Ormotors: A Fashionable Tribute to Gaston Rahier’s Dakar-winning BMW…
In 1985, Belgian rider Gaston Rahier campaigned the Paris Dakar Rally on an enormous factory-built BMW R80GS sponsored by Marlboro and Playboy — a motorbike that appeared the scale of a Clydesdale beside the 5’4″ Rahier.
“When associates and new motorcyclists complain about stratospheric seat peak, I gently level them to the unimaginable story of Gaston Rahier’s 1985 Dakar win. Rahier was so tiny that he mounted his rally prepped BMW R80G/S by strolling alongside it, after which dropping the clutch. He’d step aboard with one foot, then casually arc the opposite over the seat and journey away. It was, and nonetheless is, impossibly cool.” –El Solitario
Rahier had gained the ’84 Dakar in a protracted battle with one other rally legend, Hubert Auriol, however his 1985 race effort began off fairly inauspiciously when he managed to wreck his bike throughout a pre-race media look.
“BMW and the HPN crew that constructed the bike didn’t have a spare chassis, in order that they needed to cobble the wrecked one again collectively as greatest they might…it could depart two tire tracks within the sand as an alternative of 1.” –Jalopnik
Regardless of the skewed body, Rahier not solely completed the world’s most grueling off-road race, however gained for the second 12 months in a row. That makes Gaston’s 1985 victory some of the spectacular in Paris Dakar historical past, and his BMW’s Marlboro / Playboy livery stands as some of the iconic of all time.
Quick ahead to Wheels and Waves 2022, the place Orion Porta of Ormotors and his Royal Enfield district supervisor, Maxime (@max_wingerter), bought to see an genuine Paris Dakar BMW GS within the metallic. The classic rally bike had a big effect on each of them, and Maxime took instant motion:
“He bought his bike and purchased an 1150 with solely 5000 km to make a customized bike.”
Orion already had the imaginative and prescient for a contemporary(-ish) model of Gaston Rahier’s Marlboro / Playboy machine. He enlisted his associates at Blackpines to create a entrance mild help and work with PIAA France to produce the rally lights. These have been matched with a Ducati Desert X windshield, new dashboard, crashbars with PIAA foglights, new mudguards and baggage rack, and rather more.
In the meantime, Marc Kustom Coloration dealt with the retro-inspired livery…twice, really, as the unique tank was misplaced within the mail!
Regardless of the challenges, all of the work was price it. Maxime now has one beast of a BMW journey bike that harks again to the 80s glory of the Paris Dakar Rally:
“Maxime purchased this bike to have a classy journey he might journey on. It’s a really, superb bike to try this…It’s uncommon to have a customized bike this fashionable and simple to journey.”
Under, we discuss to Orion for the small print on the construct, with extra images courtesy of @v_brations.
Playboy / Marlboro BMW GSA: Builder Interview
• What’s the make, mannequin, and 12 months of the donor bike?
It’s a BMW 1150 GS Journey, 12 months 2000.
• Why was this bike constructed?
My Royal Enfield district supervisor, Maxime, a classic motorbike fan, had an 1100 GS. Once we have been in Biarritz for Wheels and Waves final 12 months, we noticed a classic Paris Dakar BMW GS.
He bought his bike and purchased an 1150 with solely 5000 km to make a customized bike.
• What was the design idea and what influenced the construct?
I’ve had the design concept for a very long time. I like the off-road classic racing bikes. As a result of we wish to collaborate with others, we contacted Blackpines to make a cope with PIAA, and construct the entrance masks.
• What customized work was executed to the bike?
Blackpines constructed the entire construction to help the PIAA lighthouse and the Ducati Desert X windshield.
We modified the rear half with the seat, the rear mudguard, and the baggage rack. We reworked the dashboard, put in a crashbar with the brand new PIAA lighthouse, new indicators, new R 9 T entrance mudgard, new tyres, and extra.
Our buddy Marc Kustom Coloration did the loopy paint.
• Does the bike have a nickname?
GS Gaston Rahier Duplicate, or GS Marlboro Playboy 😊
• Are you able to inform us what it’s wish to journey?
Maxime purchased this bike to have a classy journey he might journey on. It’s a really, superb bike to try this. It runs like a contemporary bike and you’ve got superb safety and driving place. It’s uncommon to have a customized bike this fashionable and simple to journey.
• Was there something executed throughout this construct that you’re significantly happy with?
A horrible factor occurred to us. The French publish workplace misplaced the primary tank, fully executed and painted. We had to purchase a brand new tank and redo the paint.
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