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2011 Honda CRF450R Shootout Photo Gallery
The seamless spread of power ends in a peak of 50.5 horsepower (8750 rpm) and 34.7 lb-ft of torque (6500 rpm).
Check out photos of the 2011 Honda CRF450R in action at the 2011 450 Motocross Shootout. Read the full
2011 Honda CRF450R Comparison
Careful refinement to the CRF450R was enough to put it above the challengers in one of our most competitive shootouts to date.
It's clearly the lightest, most compact, quietest and surprisingly fast bike in the group.
It took a couple years, but Honda has gotten the CRF450R sorted into an all-around package.
The ergonomics work for a wide range of riders despite its chassis feeling the smallest and most like a 250F.
A light clutch pull, smooth, precise shifting and a cleanly spaced transmission all contributed to the best score in the drivetrain category.
2011 450 MX Shootout Horsepower
2011 450 MX Shootout Torque
Sheer power output from the CRF isn’t breathtaking, but it makes up for it by applying those ponies in a very usable fashion, not to mention being a featherweight on the scales and extra agile on the track.
As much as the CRF is improved this year in terms of balance and suspension compliance, it still isn’t perfect.
One of the only persistent comments was that the clutch tends to fade - from our former National-caliber pilot who made constant use of the quick adjust to a faster novice rider.
A bike that jumps, roosts and turns as well as the Honda deserves the title.
At 230.7 pounds without fuel, the CRF is almost three pounds lighter than the KTM 350, and seven pounds lighter than the closest 450 (Yamaha).
Top marks for its smooth, reliable drivetrain and compact-but-usable ergonomics helped push it to the front. Not to mention, half of our testers chose it as the bike they would ride in the For My Money segment.
The CRF was top choice for three of our testers in the For My Money segment where riders have to choose which bike they would spend their own money on.
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