Wow this is a great thread and pictures! Awesome looking bikes.
I really like the lightweight setup of the Hussy's compared to the quite a bit larger rally bikes I've seen. I guess it's all about speed. The big bikes go faster in the flats, the smaller ones faster in the rough. Seems even Dakar is drifting towards only 450 class to reduce the crazy speeds across the open sections. That '09 Slant 450 and I guess perhaps a 565 will likely be very fast and a damn sexy looking design! Those would make a wild rally bike! Be interesting to see what the reliability will be like on the all-new design, given what the mfr's know today about reliability. I love all the trick new hardware coming out these days, after watching the evolution for 40 years or so.