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I have been watching the TDF and noticed they are using a lot of scooters this year. Both for camera bikes and escort. I don't know what's available in Europe but one of them looks like a B650 with a couple of extra mirrors.

Anyone else watching?

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i sorta have been. i have looked for scootistas but did not spy any. go figure.
 

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The yellow one with MAVIC on it. I too, have noticed it and was thrown off by the high mirrors and the opaque windscreen. I've been trying to get a better look at it. (Are you listening, OLN? :) )

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wasions said:
The yellow one with MAVIC on it. I too, have noticed it and was thrown off by the high mirrors and the opaque windscreen. I've been trying to get a better look at it.
I'm going through as many photos as I can, but -- of course -- most of them are of the bicycles and not the support vehicles.




Some of them are rather dramatic; such as this one from Stage 15, when excited fans ran in front of a camera cycle while trying to chase after their champion.



I'll keep my eyes open for better shots of the scooters.
 

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Tour de france scooters

Its a yellow Yamaha T-Max with a painted screen. we have seen it a lot on the telecast.Geoff ,Tassie
 

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On the Tour de Suisse (Switzerland) they used to have T-Max in service a few years ago but they changed back to regular motorcycles. A friend of mine still works as a route guard there and he says that he did not like the T-max as he did not feel secure especially during fast cornering (no gas tank between his legs :lol: )
 

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Zook650 said:
Its a yellow Yamaha T-Max with a painted screen. we have seen it a lot on the telecast.Geoff ,Tassie
Hi Geoff, yes we have also been watching that yellow scooter trying to figure out what brand it is. Trouble is it looks very different in the yellow paint, hard to get many cues as it is never more than a second or two when it is visible.
If you look at the scooter in the background of the second photo above, you can see pretty clearly that it's a T Max (note the distinctive turn signals and high mirrors) with all the usual black bits painted yellow, and a yellow "MAVIC" logo disk attached to the windscreen.

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On the Tour de Suisse (Switzerland) they used to have T-Max in service a few years ago but they changed back to regular motorcycles. A friend of mine still works as a route guard there and he says that he did not like the T-max as he did not feel secure especially during fast cornering (no gas tank between his legs :lol: )
Practice! Practice! ;)

 

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Kawasaki's are used since 1978, here is a list:

Motorcycle # Used for
KLV 1000 3 Regulators. Used to position service vehicles behind the riders
ZRX 1200 3 Information. Used within the group of bicycles to take the timings and give the information to race control.
KLV 1000 1 Info Board. Used to inform break away groups of the advance they have.
ZRX 1200 2 Arrival Judges. Used to judge intermediate sprint results during the stage.
KLV 1000 6 Stewards. Used to make sure nothing illegal happens during the race.
ZRX 1200 2 Drinks. Serve drinks to racers who have not been able to get drinks from alongside the road.
ZRX 1200 1 Medical. Used to for following the break away groups.
KLV 1000 3 Photographers. Used to carry the official photographers.
KLV 1000 3 Journalists. Used to carry by rotate, the official written press.
ZRX 1200 3 Caravan Regulators. Used to regulate traffic behind the race of all the publicity caravans.

The press ride BMW's:
They usually ride BMW R1150RT and even one BMW R1150GS. Predominant are the France Television and Europa Radio motorcycles.
 
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