These photos were snapped as Team Honda Europe’s five rider team put in a test session in the Tunisian desert in preparation for the 2011 Dakar. The Honda CRF 450 Dakar X has been modified with a carbon/Kevlar seat unit/subframe that contains the rear fuel tank, giving the bike 9.2 gallons of fuel storage; a large front fairing; larger front fender; stronger wheels; and a skid plate that contains a water reservoir. A larger alternator copes with the increased demand from xenon spot lamps and all the added instrumentation. Like all other teams, the Hondas have now been crated and shipped to Buenos Aires in preparation for the 14-day race’s start on January 1.

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