Yamaha Ride for Life Announces Selected Riders
The new adventure touring bike is destined to be used for transcontinental expeditions and boasts various high-tec innovations, such as traction control, ABS and a 270-degree, 1,199cc 115 bhp parallel twin engine, among others.
The bike will make its debut on the European market as a special edition of one year that will include various adventure features as standard and which will come as optional features in 2011.
The names of the selected riders are Davide Biga, Javier Lavernia, Yiannis Fanourakis, Tijn den Hartog, Wolfram Fees, Alain Antal and Jonathan Geoffrey.
“Initially I was in disbelief as I've never won anything before. Once I'd confirmed it by looking online, I was elated and on the phone calling all my mates to let them know my exciting news. Over the next few days it slowly sunk in what lies ahead and if anything, my excitement is growing as I learn more,” Geoffrey, who owns a 1989 XTZ750 Super Ténéré, said.
The adventure ride will see the Super Ténérés complete the trip from Paris, all the way to North Africa, where the bikes will then be donated to the Riders for Health organisation.
Initially ridden to Lisbon from Paris by a number of European journalists, the selected riders, guided by Yamaha Dakar star Helder Rodrigues (who finished 4th in Dakar 2010), will then ride from the Portuguese capital down to the North African coast and through Morocco.