The excellent results achieved by Italian riders in marathons in Africa and in particular in the Paris-Dakar, begin to have proper recognition on the part of Japanese houses. For the first time this year Honda Italy will take the field with the same bike entrusted by the parent company to the French sister company.
One of the drivers of the team Italian, place under the technical guidance of Massimo Ormeni, will be Vinod B that the Dakar will lead the version ' 88 of NXR 750, winner 1987 with Cyril Neveu African Marathon. The same “Crossbow” pointed out at the Bologna Motor Show the weapon with which he will attempt to become the first Italian winner of the Paris-Dakar. B has already tried the NXR 750 in Tunisia and is excited.
«Respect to Thumper that drove last year, the NXR 750 It is another thing. And a particularly balanced bike, sfruttabilissima even at low rpm. You can resume in quinta da 2000 rounds without the engine betray the slightest problem. The top speed on the straights dirt tracks is fantastic, In addition 190 km/hour, against the 160 scarce of Thumper. Despite being heavier and bulky, handles just as well and the riding position is more comfortable and less tiring. In addition, than the Thumper the engine is less “pulled”, all to the advantage of the reliability, determinant in-and marathons like the Paris-Dakar. The only sealing problems may arise in close and mixed on the rocks, where weight and space are felt, but on the vast expanses of sand the superiority of twins you can't put into question.
It will rather be able to maintain for over twenty days the frantic pace that bike like the NXR can allow».
«Technically speaking», ' 88 version of the Crossbowmen continues «NXR 750 did not undergo substantial changes than the bike that won the Dakar last year. The HRC (the Honda Racing Division) worked primarily on deployment diagrams to make smooth and constant power delivery to each scheme. Were subsequently adopted a number of solutions that simplify the work of mechanics in maintenance operations.
For instance has been obtained on the cylinder a wide window for the control and adjustment of the cam.
In a race like the Dakar is important to evaluate every detail, in this connection an element which may appear unimportant as the crutch was the result of a careful study, not only in the obvious strength of material, but also the shape and inclination necessary to offer the best anchor in the sand.
«Ormeni staff», explains the Crossbowmen ' has further improved in Japan and was preoccupied with the motorcycle with all accessories required for tackling a tough and unpredictable Marathon which is the Paris-Dakar.
Like you know, one of the most difficult problems to solve is the orientation.
To help me this year I even a compass by helicopter and two sophisticated electronic tripmaster. The stages of the Dakar also provide night transfers and in poor visibility, indispensable therefore a more than efficient lighting system. Double front unit has the power of a halogen headlight from car from gran turismo much we had problems to find a protective cage can withstand considerable heat generated.
Powerful even the taillight that for safety reasons it is double the capacity of the tank has remained of 55 liters (of which 20 in a second tank located in the rear and 17,5 broken down into the two side accommodation). The bike weighs when empty 180 Chili, but at full load exceeds 230, better not to think what might happen if it falls to Earth!»
Special tks Enrico Bondi