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Barigo Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

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Manufactured by Patrick Barigault, Thouars, France 1973-1997

The first production machines appeared in 1980 with Rotax engines, and many were built for competitions such as the Paris-Dakar, later using Yamaha engines. The history of this marque is long and colourful, beginning with frames for Bultaco and Honda competition machines, a partnership with Siccardi, La Magie Noire, involvement with Société Perrotin Automotion, and production of machines for both the military and the police.

Barigo took 3rd overall in the '82 Paris-Dakar. Their 84 P-D machine had a Rotax 560 engine fed by a 40mm Bing, 180 watt alternator. Kevlar tank 38 litres, Ohlins rear and Marzocchi 42mm front with 300mm travel.

In 1992 a supermotard roadster was produced, and shortly afterwards the firm changed hands. The Onixa 599cc DOHC single was known as a fine handling sports machine.

Sources: Wikipedia FR, parisdakar.it, et al.


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