Honda CRF450 RallyTeam HRC wrapped up the first series of test on the new Honda CRF450 Rally, which the team will use in 2014 Dakar.
TEAM HRC’s riders, led by Helder Rodrigues, Joan Barreda and Paulo Goncalves, put the new bike through its paces in the Californian desert near Barstow alongside Sam Sunderland and Javier Pizzolito, with the assistance of expert American rider Johnny Campbell.The CRF450 RALLY has been rebuilt from the ground up based on the demands arising from the last edition of the Dakar 2013. The brand new machine and the official HRC riders will make their debut in the next Oilibya Maroc Rally to be held in Morocco from 13th to 19th October.Katsumi Yamazaki (Team HRC Rally director) says: “We are really happy with the way the tests have gone until now. We have reached all the goals which we set ourselves at the start of this new project. The new CRF450 RALLY is lighter, more powerful, reliable and handles well and easier. We now have another month of intensive tests and racing in Morocco to fine tune a few final details, but the immediate feedback from all the riders for the new machine was extremely positive.”
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!