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post #1 of 3 Old Jul 5th, 2008, 7:12 am Thread Starter
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Tour De France 2008

Ok it started again today

Now what bikes do they use ? I`ve seen RT`s so far
What choppers?
Coments on riders?
Who will win the Yellow, White, Green and Polka Dot?
How many will get cought doing dope?
Accidents?

etc.

The main event of the sporting year IMO + the Olympics since it is an Olympiade year.

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post #2 of 3 Old Jul 5th, 2008, 8:04 am
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Re: Tour De France 2008

Wow!...Good question.

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.

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My father used to work for Radio Tele Luxembourg (RTL) in Paris and was in the tour de France every July for a few decades. His bikes were fitted with powerful radio transmitters and mast antennas to the tune of 50lbs. Add to that a reporter in the pillion seat and you have the typical press bike on the Tour.
His bikes varied from BMW to Honda 750 (in 69) to Kawi 900, then Kawi 1000, back to BMW, and from then on it was back and forth between Kawi and BMW.
Imagine what it is like to ride all day long on twisty roads and eat just about every possible regional gastronomic specialty for 3 weeks and...getting paid for it!
The toughest part is watching for zealous spectators trying to help but really causing most of the accidents on the Tour.
Still, this was my dad's favorite part of his job.

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