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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Rally Bike Build Part Deux

So how does the rally bike build for next year been shaping up. Well I have the type of bike narrowed down to two. I know initially it was to be the CRF250L, but my friend and Yamaha dealer, Tim Hovey mentioned that I would look even better on kitted out WR250R. Let's face it, it is all about looks.




The good part is, this project which will documented here on the blog, and videoed into a multi-part web series has gotten the green light from the grand poobah of Canadian motorcycle journalism himself, editor-at-large Rob Harris of Canada Moto Guide. So Rob is gonna work his magic on the vendors.

So which bike has the most hop up potential? The WR is pretty well suspended right from the factory, that is the CRF's downfall. That means an all new suspension set up for the CRF. Both require larger gas tanks, bar risers, new bars, hand guards, exhaust, header, FI remapping, tires, maybe wheels, foot-pegs, shift and brake levers, tail tidy kit, bash plate, foldable mirrors, soft luggage, new seat, chain and sprockets, and a good solid GPS mount with small fairing. Am I forgetting anything? Some cosmetic bling to make it look even cooler, of course.

The CRF needs more work, which would be better for web series, but the WR has more power stock. Stay tuned to see what happens next.


Yes folks this is a CRF250L

Yamaha's WR450F version. Turning a WR250R into this would be very cool as well. Compliments of Enduro21.com

YAMAHA WR450F RALLY BY REBEL X SPORTS

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YAMAHA WR450F RALLY BY REBEL X SPORTS
Developed by Rebel X Sport in conjunction with Yamaha Italy this Yamaha WR450F Rally bike can be yours for just 13.490 euro (£10,500, $17,200 approx) excluding tax!
Designed to be ‘a bike dedicated to big adventure and exploration but also ready to race’ the Yamaha WR450F Rally has been built to deliver affordable performance, reliability and simplicity. It’s also possible for those who already own a Yamaha WR450F to buy the Rally Kit separately at a retail price of 5.690 euro vat excl.
Here’s what the Rebel X Sports press release has to say about the Yamaha WR450F Rally…
A new Dakar-ready bike from Yamaha Italy, priced at 13.490 euro (£10,500, $17,200 approx.)
Today we are proud to present the Yamaha WR450F Rally in its final customer version at the incredible retail price of 13.490 euro (vat excl.).
The bike meets the Dakar regulations standards and so this gives the chance to any rider to have a machine ready to race Dakar and any other international rally without having to make any modifications.
Some of the main features of the WR450F Rally are a fuel tank capacity of almost 29 litres distributed in a homogeneous way through the 2 plastic tanks, which deliver autonomy of over 300km on offroad. A special bash plate has been designed with a water reserve, a water pump protector and a big toolbox in order to avoid having to wear a tool bag – favouring the position of the weights lower to the ground. The bike is equipped with full navigation system – an electric road book holder, a trip master and a handlebar command that let’s you adjust both navigational instruments.

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The navigation tower is developed with a new innovative patented frame bracket system, which excludes any modification and gives the chance to quickly and easily switch the bike from rally configuration to enduro. The whole tower can be dismounted simply by taking out two bolts. Furthermore the tower is machined from solid, this giving the structure a great resistance to impacts and it comes right away with Iritrack mount, fuse box, speedocap mount, second trip master mount and GPS/Iritrack Antennas support bracket.

The lights are LED with a power of 50 watt each, mounted inside a special plastic shell that removes light glare from the transparent Plexiglas fairing. The fairing is mounted on the tower and front fuel tank with six quick release buckles to make it extremely quick to mount/dismount without the need of any tools.
The exhaust system was developed with a long series of dyno tests in order to achieve a generally better performance both at high and low rpm and predispose the bike for rallies where generally average speed are much higher.

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For this reason together with the exhaust ECU has been re-mapped. Due to the higher speeds the brake system needed improvements so a 270mm oversize front wave brake disk is mounted together with a calliper support on which the trip master sensor is inserted.
One other important features comes from the electrical section where under the seat you can find a 14 Ah lithium battery which has a weight of only 700gr and grants enough power to keep all the navigations instruments turned on without fear of the battery running out. The navigation equipment has its own separate circuit going into the battery so if switching to enduro is simple and plug&play.

The WR450F Rally features graphics on the tanks and fairing made out of crystal to ensure maximum protection from scratches. Thanks to a special glue combined with little cuts on the stickers, these eliminate bubble formation from fuel evaporation.



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Ultimately people that want upgrades such as cush drive wheels, steering damper, higher seat and so on, there will be a series of options available with which you can customize the bike.
The Yamaha WR450F Rally can be purchased from today through the only exclusive distributor of this model, Rebel X Sports Srl.
For more info contact Yamaha Motor Italy or Rebel X Sports through their website www.rebelxsports.com, or email rebelxsports@gmail.com
Developing the Yamaha WR450F Rally by Rebel X Sports...
At the end of January a new rally prototype bike was presented by Yamaha Motor Italy at the Motor Bike Expo in Verona (Italy). The great consensus and appreciation from the public brought to the decision to develop a customer version to enable anyone to start dreaming about Dakar but also simply about exploring the desert and the unknown.
In May 2014 the Yamaha WR450F Rally made its debut on the race scene, as part of the testing process, at the Italian Baja Championship with the factory supported rider and 2012 Baja World Champion, Manuel Lucchese. The bike immediately made it on the top of the podium with an overall win, which helped also catch the Championship leadership but mostly demonstrating the potential of this model.

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The R&D went throughout a 12 months period since the start of the project in October 2013 with a key objective, to produce a rally bike that would be the most affordable on the market but also that would grant reliability and performance.
To achieve this the Italian rider Manuel Lucchese was hired to guide the engineers in the right direction since he has on his back 2 Dakar participations as a privateer and several years racing in the World Cross Country Rallies Championship.
The biggest challenge was to deliver a bike that without the need of upgrades could bring anyone to conquer the Dakar finish and subsequently any other rally without having to worry about the need of having particular mechanical knowledge and last but not least making the Yamaha WR450F Rally come out at an affordable and human price.

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- See more at: http://www.enduro21.com/index.php/component/k2/item/2216-yamaha-wr450f-rally-by-rebel-x-sports#sthash.ITNgvMfR.dpuf


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