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2013 Honda CRF450 Dakar Rally Bike
« on: October 04, 2012, 03:08:10 pm »







Honda has unveiled its CRF450 Rally model at the 2012 Cologne International Motorcycle, Scooter and Bike Fair – the one that will race the ‘Dakar’.

Honda competed nine times from 1981 in the forerunner of the present South American ‘Dakar’ rally, the real Paris-Dakar that took on the Sahara Desert until “terrorists” scared the organisers away.

Cyril Neveu (France) rode Honda to its first victory in 1982, the race’s fourth year, and from 1986-89 Honda won four consecutive titles for an overall record of five victories in nine years.

Honda will compete in the upcoming Dakar, the world’s toughest race, with the aim of putting the fuel-efficiency and endurance technology developed for its commercial vehicles to new challenges and in turn use the technology acquired from the race in commercial applications.

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The CRF450 Rally is based on Honda’s commercial CRF450X enduro racing model but also has electronic fuel injection. Honda, then, will aim for its first rally victory with a model based on a production machine.

Johnny Campbell (USA), 11-times Baja 1000 champion, will join the four riders already announced - Helder Rodrigues (Portugal), Felipe Zanol (Brazil), Sam Sunderland (UK) and Javier Pizzolito (Argentina) - to complete the five-man Honda Dakar team.

The CRF450 Rally, though still being developed, has already undergone testing in Japan and will be ridden in its first rally in Morocco from October 14, 2012. The five Dakar Honda riders will compete, but mainly to gather data, identify problems under actual race conditions, and pinpoint any operational issues.

Take a look at the new Honda in action...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/KElbZmzEvZM" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/KElbZmzEvZM</a>



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Re: 2013 Honda CRF450 Dakar Rally Bike
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2012, 03:22:32 pm »
No matter how much this gets posted I will never get tired of it.. farking mooi bike  :drif:
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Re: 2013 Honda CRF450 Dakar Rally Bike
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2012, 03:26:25 pm »
No matter how much this gets posted I will never get tired of it.. farking mooi bike  :drif:

Here's another one for you then. ;D
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Re: 2013 Honda CRF450 Dakar Rally Bike
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2012, 03:28:06 pm »
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Re: 2013 Honda CRF450 Dakar Rally Bike
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2012, 04:08:02 pm »
Fuzzy, have to agree with You there Boet!!
That looks like the thing to have!!!!

Where do i sign for one??
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Re: 2013 Honda CRF450 Dakar Rally Bike
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2012, 10:22:31 am »
I have to say if I was 10 years younger and I was in the financial position I am in now I would actually ask the same question.


when I was a kid I had a poster of a FJ1200.. say a 1987 model or round about there on my wall. I can still remember it, what a machine.

I'm now 40.. if they sold posters of this bike it would be on my wall.. sorry for all the other brands but if you are a Honda fan like me this is it.
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Re: 2013 Honda CRF450 Dakar Rally Bike
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2012, 09:42:00 am »
Can you buy these bikes, any idea on price
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2012, 11:08:13 am »
Can you buy these bikes, any idea on price

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Re: 2013 Honda CRF450 Dakar Rally Bike
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2012, 11:34:32 am »
Can you buy these bikes, any idea on price

Put it this way..............the suspension alone is more than your XR was...............new!

Honda factory bikes notoriously difficult to get, unless you are Factory yourself!
They also have the corporate policy to crush bikes at the end of a season  :o
Protection of R&D!

Maybe you may be lucky and they will bring out what HRC calls A, B and C kits.
A being satellite factory teams, B spec being close to factory and C being over the counter.
All of the above being very very pricey $$$$$$

Still a beautiful immaculately prepped bike, totally Honda.

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Re: 2013 Honda CRF450 Dakar Rally Bike
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2012, 11:47:00 am »
That is one sweet looking bike  :thumleft:
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Re: 2013 Honda CRF450 Dakar Rally Bike
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2012, 05:14:17 pm »
I don't get Honda sometimes, KTM has the Oryx, why can't Honda give us something..  :xxbah:

The wish list gets longer  :laughing4:
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