Team HRC returns to the Dakar Rally with the latest version of the stage-winning Rally bike. In 2013, the participation of Team HRC with the prototype based on commercial competition enduro model, generated valuable information on key areas such as engine power, aerodynamic performance, durability and maintenance requirements, which was used as a basis for the design of new CRF450 RALLY. For 2015, the Rally bike was updated with some new technologic additions, maintaining the fuel injection system PGM-FI which has proven effective even under severe environmental conditions and highly variable as exist in Dakar, and for 2018 the bike is a further update to the 2017 and 2016 machine which led the Dakar Rally, and proudly wears the Monster claw. This development process culminated in Honda’s return to winning ways: Ricky Brabec in 2020 and Kevin Benavides in 2021 reached the top place of the Dakar Rally.

Machine Specs

BIKE Honda
Type Liquid cooled single cylinder DOHC
Capacity 449.4 cc
Bore x stroke 97.0 x 60.8 mm
Starter Electric starter
Carburation Fuel Injection
Lubricant Motul 300V
Transmission 6 speed
Output Over 45 kW
Type Aluminium twin tube
Sub-frame Carbon fibre
Fuel tank Front + rear (plastic)
Total fuel capacity 34,7 litres
Front fork Showa. Type invert, travel 310 mm
Rear suspension Showa. Single tube, travel 305 mm
Front ø300 2 pot
Rear ø240 1 pot