Motocross motorcycles are tough, powerful and light. After all, you need to be able to pull yourself and the bike out of mud, ruts and sand. So it pays having a motorcycle that weighs next to nothing. Right?
Well some Dutch bikers, known as the ModderFokkerTeam (Modder means mud in Dutch), don't think the same as you. They prefer heavier motorcycles to race down the mud. And what can get heavier than a Honda Gold Wing (well maybe a Victory, Rocket III or Valkyrie). So they went about and modified several Honda Gold Wings from decent & comfortable long distance motorcycles into machines that could go anywhere, especially mud and dirt.
I don't think they'll try this with a brand-new 1800 cc motorcycle, those pesky airbags are going to get in the way of jumps, but they did take a 1400 cc and 1200 cc.
They stripped the luxury motorcycles from all its .... luxury, added a few knobby tires, and they were ready....
... ready to race them. Yup, not only did they transform a luxury touring motorcycle into a motocrosser, they actually entered the bikes in a cross race.
Of course they didn't enter the bikes into the world championship MX1, MX2 or whatever category that would hold a 1400cc crosser. No, they entered them into the annual Dutch Crazy Cross event, an event that invites anyone and anybody to cross whatever they fancy. Cars, bikes, quads, anything is allowed to ride the track.
Most people go "dressed" for the occasion, so in crazy clothes, and most of their vehicles are wacko. So the Honda Gold Wings fit right in.
As you can see, they not only looked the part, they actually did fine as well. The Gold Dirts have been racing there since 2009, and participated in last year's event.
Now if they can adapt the bike to ride a rally, it might be interesting to see them in the Dakar. Or maybe that is where legend Dakar racer Cyril Despres is going....
Below is a video if the 1500 Gold Wing. No, you'll not see it ride in the mud, but you will hear it's engine, which is awesome.
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