Moar Photos of the 2014 Honda CRF450 Rally

10/13/2013 @ 3:06 am, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS

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HRC is getting serious about this whole rally thing. After testing the waters last season, Big Red is ramping up a serious bid for the 2014 Dakar Rally. Already announcing its 2014 team of Helder Rodrigues, Sam Sunderland, Javier Pizzolito, Paulo Goncalves, and Joan Barreda, HRC debuted its new machine, the 2014 Honda CRF450 Rally, to the press.

Judging from the response the bike got in our comments section, we are betting a few marriages might be on the rocks because of this beauty, but that isn’t stopping us from posting some more photos of the Honda CRF450 Rally, and this time the come courtesy of Metzler tires.

Debuting the German tire company’s new unobtainium KAROO Extreme prototype tires, Honda and its riders are hoping Metzler will help make the difference in the Dakar, and will help HRC give KTM and Yamaha a race for their money, come January 5th in Argentina.

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Source: Metzler

Comment:

  1. Sanjay says:

    ” Moar ” pictures ????

  2. L2C says:

    Those are beautiful pictures. Marc Marquez in his element.

  3. Paul McM says:

    Meanwhile Honda hasn’t changed its primary large-displacement streetable dual-sport bike, the XR650L, in what… eleventy zillion years? The geriatric XR650L is dull, heavy, anemic, and gathering dust in most show-rooms. Tell me why I should get excited about what Honda races (in Dakar) on Sunday, if I can’t buy anything remotely like it on Monday (that is street legal). Re Metzeler — that company’s street tires have been totally eclipsed by other brands… Metzeler better get their knobbies right or the company is going down the tubes.

  4. MikeD says:

    @Paul McM:

    Xcellent point.

    Honestly i would be VERY satisfied if only they had it in their heart to change the WHOLE suspension and bring up to AT LEAST early 2000’s standards. None of that big piston fork or air shock fancy stuff of late, something older with tooling already paid for.

    The rest of the bike is STUPID SIMPLE and RUGGED like a friggin Tank. They should keep it like that.

    OR they could have taken the engine from this wich they don’t even bother to sell anymore(at least on the U.S.A) :

    http://images.motorcycle-usa.com/PhotoGallerys/08_honda_trx700xx.jpg

    and brought it up to modern times . . . I’m looking at you too YAMAHA, for not sharing the Raptor’s 700 EFI engine on a WR700R or supermoto X.

    This guy has the right idea:

    http://miami.craigslist.org/mdc/mcy/4088086308.html