Fantic Introduces XEF 450 Rally Production Motorcycle Replicas
Italian Fantic Motor has been around since 1968, but the name and brand have recently undergone a major revival, having entered into an official partnership with Yamaha on a variety of off-road projects (yes, that’s another cross-brand story , which translates to more awesome bikes available in more corners of the globe).
Fantic’s latest headliner is the release of its XEF 450 Rally and a limited edition XEF 450 Rally Factory, two production bikes that come straight from the proving grounds of the 2022 Dakar and Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge between the hands of corsairs and everyday adventurers. from November 2022.
Let’s start with the base model (strange to say “base” when the XEF Rally is actually a race-ready rally bike, although the limited edition has more capable components). At the heart of the Fantic 450s is Yamaha’s proven WR450 platform, so there’s the 450cc single-cylinder engine, aluminum twin-spar frame and KYB suspension. Still, Fantic really used the engine and chassis as a starting point, adding many refinements and custom components over the XEF’s two years of development.
Two fuel tanks, one located centrally under the seat of the bike and the other split and positioned laterally at the rear, combine for a sufficient volume of 30 liters or 7.93 gallons. A carbon kevlar sump guard wraps entirely around the sides of the engine to protect the gas tanks, as well as underneath, protecting the engine and manifold from the custom-developed Arrow exhaust system for the bike.
The Fantic’s custom KYB suspension is fully adjustable front and rear, with 310mm (12.2″) wheel travel offered from the 48mm fork and 300mm (11.81″) ) rear damping. The brakes, a 300mm hydraulic disc up front and a 245mm hydraulic disc in the rear, come from Moto-Master.
One of the coolest features of the XEF Rally is the 7-inch RallyScreen, which provides the standard information but is geared towards rally driving in that it is shock, dust and water resistant. , and configured to perfectly render digital rally roadbooks. And yes, you will also check your GPX tracks here or use all the other navigation apps available for the Android operating system (not to mention if they will be compatible with iOS).
The device is activated via the touchscreen or two controls on the left handlebar. Another nice feature is that while the unit turns on and off in sync with the bike’s ignition, it uses an auxiliary battery and can be removed from the bike for safety and trip planning purposes.
As you’d expect, the “Factory” edition, with a run of just 50 numbered units, performs a bit better. In the instrumentation department, the special-edition bike features the pro riders’ steel and aluminum tower, which supports the physical road book and a trip master device. There are also manual controls for the roadbook and the tower is designed to support a second trip master, which is required in some major events.
The full-spec bike also features a more complex front-mounted oil cooling system to accommodate maximum airflow. The triple clamps and CNC-developed billet hubs, with the rear geared to smooth out power fluctuations, are red, making the Factory Edition instantly recognizable next to the base Rally, with its black components.
The factory custom-designed Arrow exhaust is all-titanium, which shaves 3.31 pounds off the base-model unit.
We’ve seen replica rally bikes hit the market over the years, though they’ve been birds of a feather at Pierer Mobility. The KTM 450 Rally Replica is back for 2023 and spicier than ever. And even more recently and on the wings of their Sam Sunderland Dakar victory, GasGas announced an RX 450F Replica rally bike.
This Fantic rally bike is definitely a racing replica from a different feather, with its Japanese bones and Italian finesse. All XEF 450 Rally bikes, whether for the factory race team or a consumer’s garage, are handcrafted in the now Fantic-owned Motori Minarelli factory in Bologna, Italy. Italy. Pricing has not been officially released, but is expected to be €16,740 for the Rally and €24,240 for the Factory Rally.
Unfortunately, it looks like we won’t be seeing these models in the US anytime soon. Fantic opened a US headquarters in Denver, Colorado in 2016, but to date it’s primarily a portal for the brand’s extensive collection of mountain bikes and electric scooters.
Fantic XEF 450 rally and factory specs
|Type of engine:||Single cylinder 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, 4-valve DOHC|
|Starting system:||Electric starter|
|Lubricating System:||Wet sump|
|Frame type:||Aluminum perimeter frame|
|Swinging arm :||Aluminum with variable section and progressive rod|
|Rims:||21×1.60 – 18×2.15|
|Tires:||90/90×21 – 140/90×18|
|Brakes:||Hydraulic disc ø300mm – Hydraulic disc ø245mm|
|Front suspension:||KYB ø48 mm, fully adjustable, wheel travel 310 mm|
|Rear suspension:||KYB, fully adjustable, 300mm wheel travel|
|Seat height :||955mm (37.6 in)|
|Wheelbase:||1,480 mm (58.27 in)|
|Fuel tank capacity:||30 liters (7.9 gallons)|