HRC's Dakar rally bike inspired Honda CB650R
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This Honda CB650R rally custom is a hoot!

Portuguese dealer Honda Wingmotor has created a custom Honda CB650R inspired by HRC’s Dakar Rally bikes

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Manufacturer-backed customisation competitions are brilliant. Dealers are given donor bikes and given complete freedom to build something a bit special. That’s what Honda Wingmotor from Portugal has done for the Honda Garage Dreams contest – in which Honda dealerships across Portugal and Spain were asked to customise a CB650R.

Honda dealerships across Portugal and Spain customised the CB650R
Honda dealerships across Portugal and Spain customised the CB650R Honda CB650R

Wingmotor’s machine pays tribute to Paulo Gonçalves, the veteran Portuguese rally racer who died while competing in the 2020 Dakar Rally – while commemorates Honda’s win at the 2020 Dakar Rally, its first since 1989.

Honda CB650R instrument cluster

It’s a fantastic looking machine, which is far removed from its CB650R base. It gets a new front mudguard, windscreen and headlight. There’s a solo seat, new handguards, fork guards and header pipes too. It was also fitted with a set of Continental TKC 80 tyres on a set of 17-inch spoked wheels – and to complete its Dakar inspired styling, Wingmotor fitted the bike with a proper rally raid navigation system, including a roadbook.

No news yet on if it’s won the competition or not, but it’s certainly gets our vote. Hopefully Honda’s taking note. Could the CB650R be the perfect platform a baby-Africa Twin? There have been rumours that there’s one on the way – and if it looks anything like this, we’re in!

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