Originally Posted by DesertSurfer
What HRC plans is what all the Dakar bikes are doing, and have been doing... Going smaller and lighter.
KTM will replace their current platform next couple of years (possibly next) as it was one of the heavier bikes.
HRC will merely be following suit to match or fall under the BMW/u Husky and Yamaha scales.
I would agree - the 2013 Dakar Honda looked fantastic, but it was overly complicated and bulky in comparison... especially compared to something like the Meca'System CRF kit (photos shamelessly robbed from the RMS facebook page, thanks Dave x)
This kit carries 31 litres of fuel, in a similar format to the Speedbrain Huskys (that is a 26L main rear subframe tank, and a small 5L header tank together with a high-mounted airbox... best of all, look at all that space around the engine for cooling and servicing access?
Another thing to consider is that the current CRF (the X that is, not the R) is actually the oldest chassis/engine on the market at the moment, being essentially unchanged from 2004... I imagine any 'new' rally bike (and corresponding Enduro X model) is going to be based much more closely on the current generation R version - with or without an e-start in Rally trim (much like the YZF based Yamaha of Olivier Pain for example?)
It is going to be interesting to see what they come up with!