Competed in the last true Paris-Dakar of 2007,2007 KTM 660 Rallye Frame no. VBKRAA4037M703176

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Lot 113
Competed in the last true Paris-Dakar of 2007,2007 KTM 660 Rallye
Frame no. VBKRAA4037M703176

US$ 20,000 - 25,000
£ 16,000 - 20,000
Competed in the last true Paris-Dakar of 2007
2007 KTM 660 Rallye
Frame no. VBKRAA4037M703176
First run in 1978, the Dakar Rally is the Super Bowl of off-road racing, a grueling, two-week slog through the most difficult, diabolical terrain that organizers can find. With classes for motorcycles, ATVs, cars and trucks, the entry list runs to hundreds of participants. Just to finish is a major accomplishment, while factories expend millions of dollars to take home a headline-generating Dakar win.

Long-distance rally motorcycles are specialized machines. It goes without saying that reliability is a key component to winning – with stages up to 500 miles long, a rider can wait for hours next to his stranded bike for help to arrive. As fuel stops are few and far between, extra gas capacity is a must, a minimum of 10 gallons. Because so much time is spent at high speeds, rally bikes are equipped with wind-cheating fairings. Protected behind the windscreen is more rally-specific kit in the form of an electrically scrolling route chart holder, clocks and wiring/attachment points for GPS modules. Since 2001, the motorcycle to have if you want to win Dakar is a KTM, the Austrian factory notching 14 consecutive victories through 2015. Besides supplying its own factory team with racebikes, KTM is unique in making machines available to support teams and privateers.

This 660 Rallye is one of those machines, entered in the 2007 Paris-Dakar, a race notable as the last one run in Africa before security concerns forced a change of venue to South America. Powered by KTM's liquid-cooled, four-valve 660 single, the Rallye is no longer legal for the Dakar following a 2011 rule change limiting all motorcycle classes to 450cc. Titled and street-licensed it's ready for more adventures stateside, though, evidenced by its completion of the TransAmerica Trail, a 4,800-mile off-road transcontinental trek from Tennessee to Oregon using only dirt and gravel roads, jeep paths and forest trails.
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Competed in the last true Paris-Dakar of 2007,2007 KTM 660 Rallye Frame no. VBKRAA4037M703176
Competed in the last true Paris-Dakar of 2007,2007 KTM 660 Rallye Frame no. VBKRAA4037M703176
Competed in the last true Paris-Dakar of 2007,2007 KTM 660 Rallye Frame no. VBKRAA4037M703176
Competed in the last true Paris-Dakar of 2007,2007 KTM 660 Rallye Frame no. VBKRAA4037M703176
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