Honda preparing Dakar assault

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  1. too old

    too old Keen supporter

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    The "air box" may be further back, this configuration is the vent set-up to force the airflow (ram air?) - there seems to be a space, say 1/2" under the seat and plastics along the bike to the airbox?:D
  2. rallye

    rallye Been here awhile

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    Top speed isn't the determining factor to win rallies, 10km/hr better top speed wont win the Dakar .
    the faster the bike ,the less reliable i think, im sure KTM could make their 450 do 180km/h but it would 'nt get to the end ,. They went through that years ago with the 660 ,they could get 190 km/hr out of them ,they didn;'t win the Dakar in those years (Kinnigadner days).
  3. charapa

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    At first I mistook the rear tank breather tubes to be hooks to pull it out of a ditch, like in the WRC !! :rofl

    I hope not !!


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  4. kaia

    kaia team F5 ⌘R

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    this month's DirtBike Magazine had a small tidbit about honda joining this year's dakar, but the photo they used was the one from the link above... with no comment or description saying the bike in the photo was NOT the bike they were going to be running, but last years'...

    this year's bike looks killer - let's hope that it can keep up with F5's (and HRC's) expectations on performance. :evil
  5. too old

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    100% valid, but I am sure Honda will be looking for both from their Dakar engine?:1drink
  6. Trang

    Trang ... 2nd last to the Sweep

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    The lower front tanks, as well as the rear tanks, all appear to be Welded Alloy.

    I wonder if this is the long term solution, or just what they have used for prototyping, whilst waiting for the platic parts to come off-tool?

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  7. Brodovitch

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    Ιf there's one thing that is universally proven, it's that HRC can build blindingly fast and reliable engines.

    The rest of the package? Hmm not sure. I expect some hiccups in the set up department, if they ever leak...
    Maybe their strategy will be to push and finish the race with just one engine & gain the 15 / 45 minute handicap over KTM.

    Just thinking out loud :evil
  8. too old

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    Well, they have tested in Morocco, California and Japan to date, are in Morocco next week of course and I have heard a small rumour that there could even be another 2 tests before the big one:ear - so with all the refinement there should be no excuses in that department - especially as the HRC team will not believe until seen :D - a bit like being back at school for maths - the answer without the working out won't get full marks :rofl
  9. Brodovitch

    Brodovitch Team ⌘R

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    One thing about the HRC that's been bugging me all this time...

    no oil cooler? Increased oil capacity?

    I was going through the BF bike pics, and this shot shows not only the increased oil volume reservoir (in front of the air filter), but also the oil cooler (not that you couldn't have guessed it was there by the screen on the front fairing anyway)

    I see no evidence of either on the CRF... so is their motor bone stock in terms of oil capacity?

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    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    Hey Brodo...maybe BF should have equipped the bikes with an offset printer (and some euro 1000 bill engraved plates) as well...? :rofl

    Or a GPS that recieves the latest NASDAQ and DOW JONES index updates and an up-link via the IrriTrak to an interest bearing Swiss bank account? :oscar
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    Brodovitch Team ⌘R

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    :rofl

    No, that's for my bike
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    I bought from JCR honda the Scott dunleavy racing the beefed up radiator which comes with an extra oil cooler and oil capacity. It's the identical unit to what JCR run in the baja 1000 so perhaps they are getting extra oil capacity by tacking on small oil tanks under the radiators???

    The other thing which baja designs used to make which I also have is a crf450r oil tank.

    Those items combined with filling the engine and clutch with a litre each of go juice should be aok for the 450x rallye.
  13. rmhrc628

    rmhrc628 Long timer

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    Agreed

    The EFI 450x has been doing the rounds of California for about 18 months now.

    One other thing is that they could have flown a 450x to outback Australia and ridden it non stop for weeks on end in blinding dust without anyone knowing.

    I'm sure true they could have also sat behind a road train for hours on end to simulate the worst possible dust known to man.
  14. Flanny

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    Hi guys,

    Haven't peeked in ADV for q few weeks now, been busy over at the AUS Safari, didn't have the time to chime in. Just drove back from the Intermot and saw the new Honda, took many HQ pics which I'll upload tonight for you. Unfortunately didn't get to meet Helder and present to him my new RNS units that received awesome feedback down under!
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    OK guys, here the pics I took of the Honda yesterday. I'm uploading some better HQ ones to download for you, will take a while with this slow internet I have to live with!
    Unfortunately I didn't get to meet Helder there, he was only there for the press conference the day before :cry

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    Nav setup (not running RNS equipment, yet :D)
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    2 side tanks made of aluminium, surprised to not see a subframe replacement tank!
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    Left engine casing, new stator cover, fuel pump on the left side of the bash plate?
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    Closeup
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    Steering head support wleded on by factory
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    Nav tower made by Hélders mechanic, Miguel
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    Transparent front fairing with 2 headlights, 1 Xenon and 1 normal bulb
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    Side fuel tanks inspired by Hélders YZ from earlier this year. They have near active filler caps, filled through the maon front central one through the hose close to the radiator
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    Alu front tanks. IMHO, not the best solution. The early Yamaha Africa kit for the WR had tanks made of alu and the welded holes were prone to crack and leak at some point in time!
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    New clutch cover. Notice that all the screws are made of titanium, save weight where possible.
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    Also the low header has a lamda sensor indicating the bike is EFI!
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    Exhaust mounting
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    Nice suade seat cover!
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    Filler caps are "flush" with the top surface and don't stand out too much.
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    Nav equipment, still RNS stuff missing.
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    Larger foot pegs
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    Oil cooler mounted somewhere down below.
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    Big front rotor
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    Swingarm not extended?
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    Chain guide to prevent the side knobs from getting chewed away, nice!
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  18. too old

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    Great pics, and ---

    Tetsuo Suzuki, President of Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) and Honda Motorcycle
    R&D, said, “Our young engineers have created a race machine based on the CRF450X
    production enduro bike. The Dakar Rally is a race that continues for two weeks
    across the hardest terrain of three different countries. The Dakar Rally is extremely
    long and extremely tough. This is a new challenge for us. Previously, we entered the
    Dakar Rally with machines purpose-built for racing. This time, we are aiming for our
    first victory in the Dakar Rally with a production-based machine.”

    "Production-based"- now we know what that means, but what does it really mean? :clap:clap
  19. Trang

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    Any clues on the 'sponsorship' of the Shindengen company?

    For a bike that has very limited logos at all, they sure seem to be predominately displayed.
  20. doyle

    doyle RallyRaidReview-ing

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    Tony, thanks for these, excellent stuff and also a few spots looking a little vulnerable, the AN fitting for the supposed oil cooler being one. A nice center hit to the bash plate doesn't give much room to absorb it before impacting that line fitting.

    Also, I wonder if the tanks aren't still in development. It's not like plastic subframes are that new, it's surprising to not see one here but I haven't seen any recent patent filings by Honda for anything similar.