At the cli­max of the 9,000-km-long 2017 Dakar Rally across Bo­livia, Paraguay and Ar­gentina, Joaquim Rodrigues crossed the fin­ish line in 10th po­si­tion for the debu­tant Hero Moto Sports Team Rally—eclips­ing vet­eran C.S. Santosh, who came in 47th. Here’s a

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Two spe­cially de­signed fuel tanks are po­si­tioned be­low the seat with a com­bined ca­pac­ity of 29 litres—com­peti­tors must cover at least 250 km be­fore re­fu­elling, and ev­ery stop costs pre­cious time


The oil-cooled, 4-stroke sin­gle-cylin­der en­gine fea­tures two over­head camshafts, four valves and elec­tronic in­take pipe in­jec­tion / dig­i­tal en­gine man­age­ment. At 449.5 cc, it pro­duces 55 PS, or 54 horse­power


The Chromium-molyb­de­num steel frame pro­vides the bike with ex­treme dura­bil­ity, with­out in­creas­ing weight. The body­work is a car­bon-Kevlar com­pos­ite, fur­ther en­hanc­ing its strength


The sus­pen­sion has a mas­sive travel of 300 mm (11.8 inches) up front and 320 mm (12.6 inches) out back. 52 mm WP cone valve in­verted forks with steer­ing damper and Trax rear shock with full link­age for the rear

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