Hero Show­case Dakar-ready RR 450

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ALL SET TO TACKLE THE DAKAR RALLY ONCE AGAIN, HERO MO­TOS­PORTS an­nounced their team for Dakar 2018 and also show­cased the new Hero RR 450 mo­tor­cy­cle. Hero Mo­tos­ports’ two-man team has been augmented with the ad­di­tion of a new rider. The team now com­prises Joaquim Ro­drigues (num­ber 26), CS San­tosh (num­ber 49) and Oriol Mena (num­ber 61).

The Hero RR 450 is powered by a 450-cc liq­uid-cooled, sin­gle-cylin­der en­gine which is mounted within a chro­moly (chromium-molyb­de­num) frame. The mo­tor­cy­cle is not equipped with any rider aids, in­clud­ing rideby-wire. The ba­sic and sim­ple lay­out al­lows the rid­ers to per­form quick re­pairs, if nec­es­sary. The in­stru­ment con­sole fea­tures GPS, com­pass, road book, and other nav­i­ga­tion equip­ment. Weight has been con­trolled with the use of light­weight parts, in­clud­ing car­bon-fi­bre bits. Fi­nal con­tact with the ground is taken care of by Miche­lin­wrapped wheels; 21-inch at the front and 18-inch at the rear. The RR 450 also fea­tures WP sus­pen­sion and a three­l­itre wa­ter tank be­low the en­gine (for the rider, in case of an emer­gency).

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