As we head into Dakar, we wanted to highlight Ricky Brabec’s vehicle and give you an up-close look at his weapon of choice at 2022's rally. Yes, there aren’t Method Race Wheels on this vehicle, but as the winner of Dakar 2020 and a runner up in 2021, that doesn’t stop him from being a Method Race Wheels athlete who's on a mission.

 

It starts off with a Honda CRF450 Rally Honda Racing Development spent years to develop. In 2013, Team HRC used a prototype bike based on a commercial competition endure model to get valuable information on key areas: engine power, aerodynamic performance, durability and maintenance. All of that key information would lay the groundwork for the design of the new CRF450 Rally. As technology improved the Rally bike and was updated in 2015 and every year until 2018. 

 

 

Spec Sheet

Bike: Honda 

Model: CRF450 Rally  

Engine: 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

Frame: Aluminum twin tube

Sub-frame: carbon fiber

Fuel tank: Front + rear (plastic)

Total fuel capacity: 34.7 liters

Front fork: Showa. Type invert, travel 310mm

Rear Suspension: Show. Single tube, travel 305mm

Brakes: front ø300 2 pot, rear ø240 1 pot

 

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