Honda’s Dakar Weapon – the CRF 450 RallyFollowing a 21-year absence, factory Honda will compete at the Dakar Rally, which is set for this January in South America.
And the bike Honda will use at “the world’s toughest motor race” will be the all-new CRF450 Rally. The bike, based on a production CRF450X Enduro, was first unveiled at INTERMOT in Cologne, Germany, last month.Then, the bike got its first “shakedown” at the Morocco Rally in early October. With Helder Roadrigues at the controls, the Honda CRF 450 Rally took two stage wins.Joining the Portugal-native Rodrigues on the Honda team for the 2013 Dakar Rally will be 11-time Baja 1000 champion Johnny Campbell (USA), Felipe Zanol (Brazil), Sam Sunderland (United Kingdom) and Javier Pizzolito (Argentina).During the Dakar, Honda will aim for its first rally victory with a model based on a commercial motorcycle.Honda has competed nine times from 1981 in the forerunner of the present Dakar Rally, the Paris-Dakar Rally. Cyril Neveu (France) rode Honda to its first victory in 1982, the race’s fourth year, and from 1986 to 1989 Honda won four consecutive titles for an overall record of five victories in nine years, the company reports.Attached above is wallpaper of the Honda CRF450 Rally.Click motorcycle thumbnail to expand. Right click motorcycle wallpaper to download.
Zero Electric ADV Bike + Al and Bridget from Throw Your Leg Over
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Electric mobility is everywhere nowadays. Whether it’s a car, a truck, an assisted bicycle, a scooter, or any number of new innovations, the electric revolution is certainly here. In this week’s first segment, Nic de Sena took a ride on Zero’s recently announced new Adventure bike—the Zero DSR-X. There’s been a lot of hype about this new arrival on the ADV scene, and of course the questions are many. Nic talks to me about whether Zero actually have a credible, alternative energy ADV bike—or if the machine is just simply an empty promise.
In our second segment, I chat with Al and Bridget from ‘Throw Your Leg Over’. They took time out to record this episode from somewhere in the middle of Romania, of all places.
These interesting Aussies have traveled—and painstakingly documented—the thousands of miles they’ve covered riding the best roads and sights through Australia, Tasmania, Europe, eastern Europe, and Scandinavia, among other places.