Adventure and dirt bikes are usually the chosen weapon when tackling sand dunes. Something you don’t usually see however are sport bikes being taken anywhere close to such things. Just the mere thought of going down a gravel road and getting stone chips on the beautiful fairings of an R1 would make any owner shudder. Stick to the nice country twisties I say!

However six-time Dakar Rally winner Stephane Peterhansel decided the R1 might actually be a bit of fun out in the sand dunes. It certainly looks like he was right!

The tyres are some special hand-cut Michelins that allow the maximum possible grip for this 180 horsepower machine.



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