I recently caught up with JCR Honda Rider Quinn Cody as he was out in the So Cal desert testing and preparing for the upcoming Dakar rally in South America. I took the opportunity to talk with him a little about his bike and how they are preparing it this year. In his rookie ride last year he rode a relatively stock CRF450x with only the modifications required for the rigors of the rally.
This year, with a years worth of experience and a little more support, the bike is getting more refined. Major changes include a factory spec frame, same as the Baja race bikes. This includes integral mounting tabs for the rally fairing. Quinn will also be running factory spec suspension and he says that makes a big difference.
The gas tank and fairing will change. He will run the 4 gallon IMS unit with a non-permeable coating. His bike also features an extended and braced swingarm. What you see here in the photos are a combination of old and new parts that are all going through testing. So check out what goes into the making of a Dakar ready rally bike.