First look: Sherco BAJA 450 ‘Rally lite’ model

A closer look at Sherco’s Baja 450, the under-the-radar “rally lite” option for Baja and Cross-Country Rally events.

 

Sherco’s Baja ‘rally lite’ edition slipped under our radar a little after the new model launch of the 2020 enduro and cross-country range this summer (we also missed out on the 2019 launch).

The model option has existed for a year or so now but we figured it may have slipped under many people’s radar too as it is difficult to spot on the Sherco new bikes list.

 
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Standing credibly as a ready to go, rally lite machine for €15,000, Sherco’s Baja model is a fairly simple idea yet a solid solution for riders wanting to ride long distance, navigation events like Baja or the numerous rally events around the globe.

Naturally it will also make a good option for any kind of distance riding where you want a more lively and better handling bike but also want some extra fuel capacity.

 
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A full-spec rally bike from other manufacturers, or taking the option of kitting up a stock MX or Enduro machine yourself, can be costly choices while this Baja model comes in at a more affordable price by comparison – although, of course, you can simply buy a bigger tank and go racing for an even cheaper alternative.

Built upon the well-established SF-R Factory enduro models (with stiffer suspension, X-Trig triple clamps, Akrapovic exhaust system), it is available in both 450 and 500 capacities and comes with increased fuel capacity including a bespoke rear carbon fuel tank, plus the all-important navigation mounting.

Sherco Baja has a small handful of simple upgrades to help it handle rally work:

13 litre fuel tank 

Additional 5 litre rear carbon fuel tank 

Navigation mounting system and handlebar controls

Larger sized (270mm) Galfer front brake disc/rotor

 
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More information visit your Sherco dealer: Sherco.com

 
 
 
 
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Jon Pearson
Enduro21 Editor and Bike Tester
jon.pearson@enduro21.com