Honda has announced the details of two its new arrivals to the off-road racing world: a totally revised CRF450R moto-crosser, and a new enduro racer – the CRF450RX.
For 2017, the CRF450R has been redesigned ‘from the ground-up’ under the development theme of ‘Absolute Holeshot’. Honda’s open class moto-crosser has earned a reputation for being the best-handling 450cc moto-crosser available, with strong, useable engine power and a chassis that allows riders of all experience levels to put every drop of that power to good use. For the 2017 year model, the full re-design brings a dose of heavy-hitting top end performance in an even sharper, more rider-friendly overall package.
The new CRF450R features:
- An HRC-inspired power-up engine with an 11% top-end power boost provided by revised cylinder head with greater valve lift, higher compression ratio and new intake giving a straighter pathway into the inlet ports.
- Stronger torque, particularly low down, but right throughout the rpm range, for a 5% improvement in acceleration out of the gate.
- New seventh generation aluminium frame with lower centre of gravity, shorter wheelbase and shorter distance between swingarm pivot and rear wheel, offering unprecedented levels of rear traction.
- Race-kit specification 49mm Showa steel spring front fork.
- Titanium fuel tank, smooth, aerodynamically-efficient plastics and the option of electric starter
Alongside the CRF450R, Honda can now also provide enduro riders with a race-ready machine – the new CRF450RX. Sharing the CRF450R’s new engine and frame package, the CRF450RX has crucial changes to create an enduro focus.
- Revised suspension settings for enhanced control.
- Revised PGM-FI settings and an 8.5 litre fuel tank for range of approximately 65km.
- Three revised engine maps, selectable at the handlebar using Honda’s Engine Mode Select Button.
- 18” rear wheel.
- Sidestand and electric start as standard.
Both the CRF450R and CRF450RX will be unveiled at the Assen MX GP August 26th – 28th. Check out some more images of the new Honda CRF450R and CRF450RX below and share your views through the comments section.