The Honda CRF450R is a fun and incredibly easy-to-ride bike for both novices and pros, thanks to its light, nimble and flickable feel. For 2016 the CRF received suspension changes to improve rear wheel traction and overall stability. The fork lower legs are 5mm longer but retain the same amount of travel, with both the fork and shock sporting revised internal settings. The damping adjusters also now using eight clicks per rotation instead of four, giving the rider more ability to fine-tune suspension settings.
A sixth position finish in a shootout where all the bikes were so closely ranked shouldn’t detour rider from considering the CRF450R. The Honda finished strong in front of the Suzuki RM-Z450 and was right in the mix for the fourth and fifth position. In fact, the Honda could very well be the best choice depending on riding style and needs. This was the case amongst our own testing crew, as a few riders selected the CRF as their top choice dependent on what track we were testing, proving that usable power is more important than just having the most raw power.
• One of the lightest 450s
• Very smooth usable power
• Improved stability and balance
• Engine not as exciting as other 450s
• Small feel for tall riders
Honda CRF450R Suspension Settings Fork
Air Pressure: 35 psi
Low Speed Compression: 20 (Turns out)
High Speed Compression: 22
Low Speed Rebound: 25
High Speed Rebound: 27 Shock
Low Speed Compression: 20
High Speed Compression: 19