Join Date: May 2006
Location: Flossmoor, IL, USA
Re: Tour De France 2008
I am just tuning in to live TV coverage on stage one in the USA.
In the recent history, TdF has used Kawasaki Concours and BMW RT's. They have split between the Kawa's doing press work and the BMW's being the official's bikes.
The bikes used depend on the intended use and money paid to the tour.
There are TV camera bikes (BMW), press photo bikes(Kawa in the past), officials (commissares) bikes(BMW), French police bikes(BMW), neutral support bikes(F-650s), typically.
I work for Medalist Sports in the US during the Tours of California and Georgia. In the 90's, BMW sponsored the Tour DuPont with a fleet of K bikes. These days, the tours use rentals in California because it is in February and most of the moto riders fly in to do the tour. At the Tour de Georgia, most of the moto staff ride their own bikes. Typically an assortment of RT's and GS's including a couple of civilian RT-P's.
It would be great if a M/C company would get involved again. The problem with rentals is outfitting them with all of the gear/radios/gps etc. that these guys use.
Go George Hincapie and Christian Van De Velde!!
2007 K 1200 LT
2004 R 1150 GS Adventure
2002 K 1200 LT (totaled by a SUV 10-7-08)
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