HRC Will Provide the Honda CRF450 Rally to Privateers

01/20/2014 @ 11:40 am, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS


After a strong showing in the 2014 Dakar Rally, HRC says it will make the Honda CRF450 Rally available to privateer racers next season. This news has been on the wires for a while now, but it comes with added weight after Laia Sanz, the top female competitor in the Dakar Rally, finished 16th overall on the “pre-production” privateer bike – an impressive feat to say the leaset.

Like its counterpart OEMs, HRC will develop each machine to suit the buyer, with prices expected to reach into the $30,000 to $40,000 realm. Like the pricing schemes from KTM and Yamaha, we imagine that sum comes without any technical support from HRC on the race course.

Still, with Honda taking six stages of this year’s Dakar, and the Yamaha YZ450F Rally showing an increased competitiveness, privateers should revel in the fact that they have a number of options available to them in what used to be a KTM-only affair.

As for a model available to the general public, there is no word that the Honda CRF450 Rally will go into proper production. However, there is this issue of Honda recently trademarking the “Africa Twin” name for the American market, which has certainly raised some eyebrows. A race replica for enthusiasts would certainly be a welcomed addition to the Honda motorcycle line.






Source: HRC

  • M. Smith

    I heard these bikes catch fire while riding, quit running after a crash and require towing in
    order to finish a stage.

    If I was spending $35K on a rally bike, it would be a KTM, because they have worked
    out the problems Honda is still busy sorting.

  • David

    Just another reason why Honda sucks.

    The buying public is stuck with the antique POS XR650. I think the last time Honda updated that bike was in 1983.

    Same with the antique CBR1000.

    Honda should just announce they will only be making desirable performance bikes for the very rich.

    The rest of the public gets scooters.

  • paulus

    @ David – Honda are building… the public is not buying.

    The CRF450X, on which the desert bike is based was/is a great bike….
    Honda took the early CRF450 and made it suitable for enduro. Electric start, lights, slightly milder power delivery…. and Honda is stuck with a warehouse full of them. The bikes are there… people are just not buying them.

    You could buy one today if you wanted. Also the 2nd hand market has many of them.

    In off-road/Enduro KTM and Husky rule. The latest KTM EXC’s are reliable and tough… The Husky is essentially a white version of the same bike (with revised rear linkage being there to suit the US market). That’s the real reason you dont see the CRF450X much… people buy these.

  • David

    The CRF450X is not street legal. May as well get the lighter 450R if all you can do is ride off road.

    Honda only list the old XR650 as their dual sport, or the newer CRF 250.

    The are many better choices out there for the dual sport rider besides Honda.

    It’s to bad. I have always been a Honda guy. Not anymore though.

  • Veetwo Ktm

    Had a 92 XR600 / Ballard kitted JE630RN from new till 432,000KLM old , HONDA have to be bloody good for me to go back to Honda & give up my KTM 950 Super Enduro RallyRaid kitted Bike