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post #1 of 6 Old 06-03-2007, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Paris-Roubaix Support Vehicle of Choice?

I was just watching the Paris-Roubaix bicycle race and noticed at least two Vees in the motorcycle camera group. One of the Mavic spare wheel bikes could've been too, but it had so much junk hanging off it and was painted solid yellow, so it was kind of hard to tell. For those that aren't familiar, Paris-Roubaix is one of the big bicycle races in Europe run across lots of cobblestone paths. A V-Strom would be perfect for soaking up those cobblestones, keeping the TV shots nice and steady. Someone finally got smart and got the cameras on the best bike for the job.
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i haven't watched the roubais in years, but they were using Kawasakis for a while. i worked in Philly as a bike mechanic and at the olympic training center and was able to work with Mavic east (based in West Chester, PA) for quite a few races. when the tour du pont came they brought the pros from Europe and they also had some big kind of Kawasaki. i don't have any idea which bike-- i wasn't riding a motorcycle then-- but they had big K's on the front fairing. it was probably a euro-only bike anyway. i think i have a pic of myself in france next to a big, red Antenne 2 kawasaki camera bike.
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i haven't watched the roubais in years, but they were using Kawasakis for a while. i worked in Philly as a bike mechanic and at the olympic training center and was able to work with Mavic east (based in West Chester, PA) for quite a few races. when the tour du pont came they brought the pros from Europe and they also had some big kind of Kawasaki. i don't have any idea which bike-- i wasn't riding a motorcycle then-- but they had big K's on the front fairing. it was probably a euro-only bike anyway. i think i have a pic of myself in france next to a big, red Antenne 2 kawasaki camera bike.
There were a couple motorcycles with the big K on front, too. They almost looked like Connies, but those are so old now you'd think they'd use something more modern. I had a Concous a long time ago, and it was reliable, so maybe that's why they still use them, if that's the case. It was just cool to see the V-Strom's distinctive headlights leading the way for a while.
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Thumbs up ....and what a mighty race it was

This year's Paris - Roubais was an absolute classic.....and not just because a certain Aussie battler, Stuart O'Grady, overcame adversity to fight for the win. Well, maybe that has something to do with it.

But back to the topic. Moto Cameramen in cycling races do it tough. Fancy juggling that camera gear on the back of a motorcycle and bouncing around on cobblestones, all whilst sitting backwards. The Strom, with its generous passenger accomodation is an ideal choice. Dual Sport machines, as a general rule, seem to be favoured by the Mavic Neutral Assistance guys.

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love stuart o'grady. if you had a strom in belgium you could follow a lot more of the roubais. the locals there know where to go to see the race from multiple roads as it criss-crosses to find the pave. but some of the old farm roads are nasty and narrow... you could huck right down them with your strom and get a good four or five peeks at the racers.
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This year's Paris - Roubais was an absolute classic.....and not just because a certain Aussie battler, Stuart O'Grady, overcame adversity to fight for the win. Well, maybe that has something to do with it.

But back to the topic. Moto Cameramen in cycling races do it tough. Fancy juggling that camera gear on the back of a motorcycle and bouncing around on cobblestones, all whilst sitting backwards. The Strom, with its generous passenger accomodation is an ideal choice. Dual Sport machines, as a general rule, seem to be favoured by the Mavic Neutral Assistance guys.

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I was a cameraman in my other life, and can't imagine how tough it'd be to shoot like that. I'd gladly pilot my Wee for the camera guy for free, though, if I could. It doesn't look easy, though, dodging all those psycho fans and racers banging bars on all sides. I'm amazed there aren't more tangles.
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