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Honda’s new CR Electric Proto made its global competitive debut last weekend in Japan, with Trey Canard at the controls.
Honda’s new CR Electric Proto made its global competitive debut last weekend in Japan, with Trey Canard at the controls. (Honda/)

Despite being around for almost a decade now, electric motorcycles (racing) still don’t garner nearly as much attention as mainstream ICE-powered rigs do. For example, the relatively new MotoE electric series within MotoGP is still evolving but continues to make impressive strides—just look at its recent adoption of a new bike, Ducati’s V21L—which, when you think about it, can only pay dividends for applicable programs in the consumer market. At least that’s the hope over at Honda, which just debuted its new CR Electric Proto at the penultimate round of the 2023 All Japan Motocross Championship last week. With Trey Canard at the helm for HRC, Big Red’s all-electric motocrosser got off to a flying start running as a wild card against gas machines and ended up performing admirably.

The No. 41 all-electric motocrosser ran as a wild card against gas-powered machines and won several holeshots.
The No. 41 all-electric motocrosser ran as a wild card against gas-powered machines and won several holeshots. (Honda/)

The official global racing debut for Honda’s new prototype machine was in the premier IA1 category of the series, running in the heat of competition for the first time, Canard started strongly, settled into a rhythm, and as he got more comfortable on the machine over the weekend, the pace continued to improve. At the end, Canard closed to just 0.7 second off the fastest lap, looking consistently quick.

The CR Electric Proto’s entry into the Japanese competition marks Big Red’s first attempt to field an in-house-developed electric motorcycle in an official race. The bike is closely related to the prototype Honda revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2019 and is yet another sure sign the company’s serious about marketing an electric motorcycle in the near future. Using the CRF250R/CRF250RX as its basis, the CR Electric Proto packs an electric motor, power controller, and battery pack between the frame rails instead of the donor bike’s gas-powered 249cc DOHC single. The brand has said it’s looking to create a rechargeable bike with performance equivalent to the gas-powered CRF250R.

The CR Electric uses the CRF250R as a base, swapping in an electric motor and battery pack where the gas engine would be.
The CR Electric uses the CRF250R as a base, swapping in an electric motor and battery pack where the gas engine would be. (Honda/)

Many have said that the power characteristics of electric motors are ideally suited to off-road bikes in particular, and motocross is a sensible starting point. It’s a field where the instant torque of an electric motor can offer a massive advantage, and where outright range isn’t important. There’s also a benefit with testing prototype parts on a dirt track; any component that can endure the brutal vibration, constant hits, and dirt-spewing environment a motocross bike has to survive is probably more than capable of dealing with daily road use. Honda’s weekend of racing the CR Electric Proto has no doubt provided all kinds of valuable data for the ongoing development of the program, and maybe even a solid step on its pledge to offer 10 new electric models by 2025 (and four models here in the US by 2024–2025). We can only hope.

Big hits, insane berms, and an ocean of dirt make for an ideal testing environment.
Big hits, insane berms, and an ocean of dirt make for an ideal testing environment. (Honda/)

As Team HRC’s manager Taichi Honda said; “I am very happy that we were able to complete [the] competitive debut of the CR Electric Proto without any problems, and that we could see that the bike’s performance is strong. It’s Honda’s first major competitive outing for an electric machine so we are very pleased…in bringing another new Honda initiative to the world

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By: Andrew Cherney
Title: Honda’s CR Electric Proto Dirt Bike Replacing the CRF450R?
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/honda-cr-electric-prototype-dirt-bike-replacing-crf450r/
Published Date: Fri, 03 Nov 2023 10:00:03 +0000

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Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand

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Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.
A surfboard rack on a motorcycle might seem like a gimmick to some, but if you live in Bali and love surfing, it’s a downright necessity. The Indonesian island is peppered with surf spots—and a small bike with a rack is the best way to get to them. It doesn’t hurt if that motorcycle looks as good as this Yamaha WR155R scrambler.

The bike was built by Dream Fast Co. for Tiw, the founder of the Laem Yah Rayong Surf Club. Both parties are based in Thailand, but the influence came directly from Bali’s motorcycle and surf culture. Tiw has Balinese friends who use vintage enduro bikes to find hard-to-reach surf spots, and wanted to capture that vibe in his Yamaha WR155R.

Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.

Dream Fast Co.’s mandate was to take the modern and reliable WR155R and inject it with a big dose of classic Yamaha dirt bike style. It sounds simple enough on paper, but in reality, it meant wading through piles of plastic to shed the WR155R’s contemporary aesthetic.

Once the Yamaha was denuded of its plastics, the Dream Fast Co. crew set about reworking its lines. The subframe was hacked off, and a new one was fabricated, this time with a kicked-up loop at the back. A new seat sits up top; it’s designed for one, but there is a smidge of space out back if you and your passenger want to get extremely cozy.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-wr155r-scrambler
Published Date: Sat, 18 May 2024 18:15:34 +0000

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1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This custom 1967 Ford Bronco underwent a full, frame-off restoration in 2020 that was completed in 2022. The frame and all components have been powder-coated in black. The body parts were media-blasted and coated top and bottom in LizardSkin for protection. The powerplant is a 351W with aluminum heads, roller rockers, mild roller cam, 10.25:1 compression and .40-over pistons. An Edelbrock Pro-Flow 4 fuel-injection system controls and monitors the engine components. It also features a CVF serpentine pulley system, K&N filters and an aluminum radiator.

The engine is backed by a C4 automatic transmission built to handle 400hp and includes Kevlar bands, Redline clutches, a 2,000-rpm stall converter and Dana 20T transfer case with twin-stick conversion. Power goes to a Ford 9-inch rear end with a Dana 30 front differential, WARN locking hubs and 3.50-ratio gears. It also features power steering and brakes (front disc and rear drum), new drive lines, a ceramic-coated exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers, complete Painless wiring, a chrome tilt wheel, 2.5-inch suspension lift with 2-inch body lift, stainless-steel brake lines, six Bronco oil shocks with single steering stabilizer and a BorgWarner steering box with all billet components.

This SUV was finished in a new Bronco Area 51 Blue with the original Bronco Wimbledon White hardtop, roll cage, dash, grille and accessories, and rides on color-matched Ford steel wheels wrapped in Toyo Mud Country tires. The cabin includes high-back bucket seats with a console, a rear seat that folds up, shoulder seat belts and a Vintage Air system for heating and cooling. It also features a Kenwood head unit with back-up camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and charging port, and sound going through two 6×9-inch and two 6.5-inch KICKER speakers paired with a 10-inch Fosgate subwoofer.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1967-ford-bronco-custom-suv-selling-with-no-reserve-at-the-2024-scottsdale-fall-auction/
Published Date: Fri, 17 May 2024 15:13:08 +0000

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This custom 1964 Chevrolet C10 crew-cab pickup is powered by a 496ci stroker V8 engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The exterior is equipped with suicide doors, shaved door handles and custom paint, and the bed of the truck features a hydraulic lift.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
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