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The Bike

To keep the cost’s down for my first ride in “The Dakar” I’ve chosen to stick with my Honda CFR450x which has it’s done very little work and more importantly, i know it inside out. It’s been tested in one small rally which we modified the suspension to take the extra weight, (mainly fuel), specially modified carburetor by “Bostyen” so we can run it rich and still doesn’t dog, bigger clutch to handle the extra weight and power sapping sand, Rally raid wheels made by “Talon” with cush drive sprocket, a remapped CDI for rallies and a specially modified head to reduce the chances of stretching the valves. To meet the Dakar technical specifications we’ll need to carry more fuel, water, tools and all the navigation equipment.

The Dakar 2013 final specifications will come out in May 2012 along with the entry forms. Once my entry has been accepted, they will send out the GPS, tracker, communication systems and all the safety deceives, then we’ll have to get busy fitting it all to the bike. We aim to have the bike finished for the summer for testing. If the sponsorship goes to plan we will be purchasing another Honda CRF450x and transfer all the modification over to the new model for testing in Morocco in October. My old bike will then be used for spares, stripped down and crated up along with the new bike and shipped out to Peru in November.

Motorcycles Absolute limit: 450cc

The operation to reduction engine power, introduced during the 2010 edition is now coming into full force. The rule which was initially applied to the elite riders has now been extended to all motorcyclists: the cubic capacity of their engines must not exceed 450cc. The measure has already encouraged several manufacturers to become involved in the sport. It also responds to the need for moderation in terms of both safety and of the environmental impact.

Modifications to engines: new penalties

In long-distance rallies, physical and technical performance must be coupled with endurance, which includes paying the greatest attention to equipment. This year, motorcyclists who modify their engines (including the first time they do so) will be penalised. The penalty scale will be as follows:

1st modification: 15 minutes

2nd modification: 45 minutes

3rd and subsequent modifications: 2 hours

A «semi-marathon» stage

On the evening of the 11th stage, motorcycle and quad riders will be accommodated in a specific bivouac. This should enable them to avoid a lengthy liaison section the following morning. An additional constraint has been introduced, as assistance vehicles will not have access to this bivouac. Vehicles will be parked in a maintenance area, to which only competitors who are involved in the race will have access

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