Honda NXR750 Paris-Dakar

The NXR750 dominated the Paris-Dakar Rally from 1986 to 1989, winning the trophy 4 years in a row. Back then the 22 day race started in Paris and ended in Dakar/Senegal crossing nearly 15.000km of african desert. Gilles Lalay won the 1989 Paris-Dakar Rally on this motorcycle with its destinct Rothmans design.

The NXR750 was powered by a compact 45° V-twin engine, offering 75PS and had to be kick started. The motorcycle’s distinctive features were its superb handling, even fully loaded with 59 liters of fuel and its excellent high-speed stability, racing across the desert at its top speed of 177km/h.
Developed and built by Honda Racing Corporation (HRC), the NXR750’s exclusive purpose was to win the Paris-Dakar desert race. Making its debut in 1986 the NXR750 instantly won the Dakar. Another three victories followed, earning the NXR750 the title “Desert Queen”. After four subsequent victories Honda concluded its factory team activities in the Paris-Dakar. Ultimately the design-concept of the NXR750 was developed into the Africa Twin production motorcycle.

1989 Honda NXR750 Paris-Dakar Rothmans

Specifications:

  • Type of engine: Water-cooled 4-stroke V-twin engine (4-Valve OHC)
  • Engine displacement: 779,1 ccm
  • Maximum power: 75PS / 7000rpm
  • Dry weight: 185kg
  • Fuel capacity: 59 liters
  • Seat hight: 990 mm

1989 Honda NXR750 Paris-Dakar Rothmans

1989 Honda NXR750 Paris-Dakar Rothmans

1989 Honda NXR750 Paris-Dakar Rothmans

1989 Honda NXR750 Paris-Dakar Rothmans

1989 Honda NXR750 Paris-Dakar Rothmans

1989 Honda NXR750 Paris-Dakar Rothmans

1989 Honda NXR750 Paris-Dakar Rothmans

1989 Honda NXR750 Paris-Dakar Rothmans

1989 Honda NXR750 Paris-Dakar Rothmans

1989 Honda NXR750 Paris-Dakar Rothmans

1989 Honda NXR750 Paris-Dakar Rothmans

Track record of the NXR750 at the Rally Paris-Dakar:

  • 1986: double victory: Neveu, Lalay
  • 1987: double victory: Neveu, Orioli
  • 1988: victory: Orioli, third place: Lalay
  • 1989: victory: Lalay, third place: Morales

 

The Honda NXR750 is located on the third floor of the Honda Collection Hall.

More Honda Motocross and Enduro motorcycles at the Honda Collection Hall: http://www.honda-museum.com/motocross-enduro/

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5 Comments

  1. Reply
    Nicoas Vontobel February 3, 2016

    Hi, beautiful! Can you the specification of these colours? Blue, Gold and Red? Thank you

  2. Reply
    PALIX Jacques September 30, 2015

    message from France:
    good evening,
    did you own pictures of the Honda NXR (light) who run on Atlas rallye(Maroco)on 1988 and 1989?
    it was a very interesting bike;
    many thanks,
    Jacques PALIX
    (I run on Paris Dakar 89 with a Africa Twin Marathon)

    • Reply
      Honda-Museum October 6, 2015

      Hello Jacques,

      thanks for your message. We do not have any pictures, but if you have some, we could put them online here on honda-museum.com

      best regards,
      Oliver

  3. Reply
    Rolf Steinemann April 4, 2015

    It’s been a Long time ago since I sat on this Winnerbike in Zürich (CH) in 1989! The best Rally-Bike of all Time! :o) Cheers Rolf

    • Reply
      Honda-Museum April 6, 2015

      thanks for your comment Rolf!

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