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Riding the Yamaha R1 on the Moroccan desert

We have seen what he can do at the Dakar, we have seen his will surpass the impossible, but an Yamaha R1 on sand? really? Six-time Dakar Rally winner, Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (now Editorial Director of the L’Integral magazine) recently took on an interesting challenge — to ride a Yamaha R1 on the sand dunes of Merzouga, in Morocco. And all it took for him to accomplish the feat was a set of hand-cut Michelin tyres and replacement handlebars. Going by the pics here, Peterhansel seems to have had fun surfing sand dunes aboard his 180bhp sportsbike.