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When you think of tearing up sand dunes on your favorite 2-wheeled machine, a sport bike has to be at the bottom of your list for likely suspects.  And I don’t blame you.  These days motorcycles are built with very specific intentions.  Gone are the days of taking your ‘street bike’ and turning it into a desert sled

…or so we thought anyway.  Enter six-time Dakar Rally winner Stephane Peterhansel.  Yahama France let him loose in the sand dunes of Merzouga, Morocco on a Yamaha YZF-R1.  With exquisitely hand-cut Michelin tires, Peterhansel shows us that you can rip a 180bhp ‘street’ machine over through the sand!  We’d love to see a video of this action!!

via Asphalt & Rubber

Patrick Flynn

Patrick Flynn

A lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, Patrick Flynn has over a decade of experience as an OEM motorcycle marketer and has been running his custom motorcycle site, The Bullitt, since 2008.