With an eye on dirt rallies
The brand new Fantic XEF Rally, XEF Rally Factory make their debut on the Greek market! Fantic enters the Rally Raid motorcycle market and writes a new chapter for riders and enthusiasts of the category with two new models.
The active, dynamic Italian company Fantic presented its two “special” models XEF Rally, and XEF Rally Factory – a special “factory” version that will be produced in just 50 pieces.
With a common appearance/colors, very simple, so to speak, graphics and with a very small Fantic logo on the engine radiator guards, the two versions of the single-cylinder 450 for civil/racing (XEF Rally) and racing use (XEF Rally Factory) , bring a breath of fresh air to the enduro/rally junkyard.
The two new bikes were created thanks to the continuous research and development efforts of the Fantic Racing racing division and its participation in the most difficult rally raid races, from the Dakar to the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
The Fantic XEF 450 Rally and XEF 450 Rally Factory were developed by the company’s test team in racing conditions and incorporated the valuable guidance and observations of the legendary Italian rider Franco Picco, who participated in the Dakar 2022 and immediately demonstrated the performance, speed and reliability of the motorcycle.
Fantic XEF Rally: Rally every day and street legal
According to the company “the XEF Rally is a true racing bike, ready to take its place on the start line at the Dakar, but it is also a production bike, with Euro5 approval and license plate capability”.
Engine is Yamaha’s powerful 450cc single cylinder, so strong when needed but with manageable performance in every situation.
The frame is aluminum, perimeter with two large beams and works with Kayaba long travel suspensions. The scissors are also made of aluminum.
The tanks are designed to provide the required balance of ergonomics and maximum fuel capacity, with 30 liters divided into two sections: one side and one central.
Attention has been paid to the navigational instruments, essential on long tours, in unknown areas and races: fully integrated instrument system and plexiglass cover to protect against wind, dust and stones.
Thanks to the RallyScreen 7″ display the information is clearly visible and the rider can easily check tracks, GPS, digital roadbooks and use any of the navigation applications via the touch screen or via the two controls on the steering wheel.
Thanks to the Android operating system, it is as easy to manage as a smartphone.
Designed to be fully shockproof, dustproof and waterproof (IP67 certified), the RallyScreen turns on and off with the bike, but also has an internal battery that allows for route planning as it is detachable and can be transported when needed.
Fantic XEF 450 Rally Factory: The Racing
The twin sister of the official Fantic bikes competing in the Dakar and World Cross-Country Championships. An “exclusive” motorcycle, produced in a limited edition of 50 units and featuring a number of special features and extra racing components.
Race instruments: the Factory version comes as standard with a reinforced construction designed to support a professional roadbook and tripmaster for orientation in any race. It also has practical roadbook controls on the steering wheel and is ready to accept an additional tripmaster.
There is an oil cooler up front for increased airflow and a larger oil filter with an additional reservoir to allow for better lubrication in extreme weather conditions.
Handlebars and hubs entirely made of exotic billet aluminum alloys and CNC, have been developed, for great rigidity and with particularly tight specifications in order to guarantee maximum precision in directionality.
To increase the stability of the construction at high speeds, which is common in desert rally marathons, Fantic’s R&D department has developed a special hydraulic steering damper.
The titanium exhaust completes the set-up and was designed/developed in collaboration with Arrow, offering maximum performance and 1.5kg less weight.
Apart from the significant technical upgrades, the Fantic XEF 450 Rally Factory are limited production, which makes them extremely rare.
They are offered with a competition kit consisting of a Fantic Rally racing top and a 144 liter professional toolbox, to carry all spare tools to every race.
Both Fantic Rally bikes are manufactured at Motori Minarelli, owned by Fantic, in Bologna, Italy and will be available in Greece from the end of November 2022.
The prices of the two motorcycles are €16,492 and €23,994 for the Rally and Rally Factory versions respectively.
More information: www.fantic.gr
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