Dakar Dream Becomes Custom Reality

Simon Bertram

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Brisbane rider Daniele Milazzo grew up watching the Dakar Rally on SBS TV and always dreamt of owning one of the victorious BMW race bikes.

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Instead of trying to find an ex-race bike, Daniele set about totally rebuilding a 1983 BMW R 80 ST and customising it into a G/S version.

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“It’s not a full rally replica, but more of a comfort off-road tourer,” Daniele says.

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BMW Motorrad built the R 80 G/S from 1980 to 1987 and won the famous Europe-to-Africa Dakar Rally in 1981,1983–1985 with the R 80.

After the rally organisers reduce the engine capacity limits because of the dangers of the powerful high-speed machines, BMW won again in 1999 and 2000 with an F 650 model.

Daniele, a 44-year-old digital designer, has been riding since 2000 on everything from a Vespa to a BMW R 1200 GS.

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“I chose this bike because growing up I remember vividly the Sahara Dakars,” he says.

“The adventure you could sense in those early races.”

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So why an R 80 ST?

“One day I met Ron Van de Weil, a very experience mechanic, and after talking to him, we embarked on the journey of improving what is a solid machine and restoring what needs to be fixed.

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“The bike has been rebuilt from the ground up. It’s a comfortable adventure bike. Meticulously put together.”

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We think it looks pretty cool!

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