The CRF450R has constantly evolved, responding to competition and riders' needs in equal measure.
The CRF450R was first launched with a four-stroke engine as a 2002 model, and achieved faster lap times, not only with outstanding peak power, but also because of a substantial increase in torque. Adoption of Honda's programmed fuel injection system (PGM-FI) for the 2009 model achieved more stable combustion, even under the most extreme race conditions.
Honda started mass-producing motocross bikes with an aluminum frame ahead of other manufacturers in 1997. With the 5th generation, 2009 model, the aim was to strike an ideal balance between rigidity and agility. Honda's pursuit of the best possible bike for winning races prompted a thorough examination of the most efficient means of transmitting power and to achieve a more planted feel with greater traction.
It was identified that the key factor in enhancing competitiveness was to find the most effective means of incorporating ease of handling into a fast, competition-focused machine with absolute power and a highly rigid chassis. This led the direction of the new model.
2013YM European model