Lawrence Hacking's XR650R
This is a little belated but I wanted to get some good photos of this bike and we didn't have time before putting it in the window so it had to wait until we took it out. Our May window bike was the same bike Lawrence Hacking rode in 2001 to become the first Canadian to complete the Paris to Dakar rally. We were honored to have it in the shop and it was really cool to be able to have Lawrence in for a talk in the same month.
The bike is a heavily modified 2001 Honda XR650R. In order to make it through the race Lawrence upgraded the tank to a 40 litre aluminum unit with a separate 15 gallon reserve tank. Swapped the stock suspension out for Ohlins units with heavier springs. He replaced the rear subframe with a chrome-moly which is stronger than the original aluminum one and added a huge skid plate and necessary navigation mounts to hold his gps and roadbook. Another noticeable upgrade is the HID headlight from Baja Designs for better lighting when racing through the desert in the dark. If you're interested in learning more about Lawrence's bike check out his book "To Dakar and Back" where he covers all his preparation and thought in putting this bike together as well as of course his amazing adventure.