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Honda CRF450R


Honda dirt bikes are epitomized these days by the 2009 Honda CRF450R motocross racer. The flagship 4-stroke MX bike from Big Red has been at the forefront of competitive off-road racing since it was introduced in 2001. The Honda CRF450 has found success in multiple disciplines including motocross, supercross, flat track, hillclimbing and supermoto.

Honda CRF450R
Honda rocked the motocross world when they released the original CRF450R in the spring of 2002. Not only was it the bike to be riding on the track, it proved to be versatile enough for the rigors of the desert, forests and trails.
With its powerful 449cc Unicam racing engine, Honda’s fuel-injected CRF450R is known as one of the best all-around track machines. Honda pioneered the twin-spar aluminum chassis for dirt bikes in the late 1990s with the 2-stroke CR125R and CR250R bikes. When the motorcycle industry turned to Thumper technology, Honda was ready to make the switch and it keeps pushing the envelope with things like the Honda Progressive Steering Damper (HPSD).

Honda Racing has always been considered a top tier factory ride for AMA Motocross and AMA Supercross Championships. Riders like Jeff Stanton, Johnny O’Mara, Ron Lechien, David Bailey, Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael and Ashley Fiolek have all used Honda motocross dirt bikes to win titles. Honda R&D has always taken what works on the professional equipment and worked it into production motorcycles for racing and OHV enthusiasts.

American Honda sells a huge volume of motorcycles and the CRF450R is the biggest and baddest in a long line of dirt bike siblings. All the way down to the best-selling CRF50 for kids, Hondas are known for reliability, build quality and long-lasting re-sale value. These are some of the reasons why Honda motorcycles are always a top pick for privateer racers, not to mention the bikes always hold true to Honda’s company slogan – “Performance First.”
Honda CRF450R Motorcycle Reviews
2010 Honda CRF450R Comparison
Friday, January 01, 2010
MotoUSA rounds up four of the best open-class motocross bikes on the planet from Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and KTM for our 2010 450 Motocross Comparison.
2010 Honda CRF450R First Ride
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
MotoUSA attacks the moto track aboard the updated 2010 Honda CRF450R motocross motorcycle. Learn how it performs in this dirt bike motorcycle review.
2009 Honda CRF450R Comparison
Monday, November 24, 2008
Honda brought out the most hyped machine of 2009 with this completely new rendition of the CRF450R.
2008 Honda CRF450R Comparison
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
It took a long time to get dialed in, but the wait was worthwhile after sampling the amazing motorcycles offered in MotoUSA's 2008 450 Motocross Shootout.
2007 Honda CRF450R Comparison
Sunday, February 11, 2007
We set out to discover what another 365 days of Darwinian Theory has done to the latest crop of 450 motocross bikes.
2005 Honda CRF450R
Friday, August 20, 2004
Honda already had a winner with its big Thumper, but subtle changes mark the arrival of the '05 version. MCUSA is the first to bring you a riding impression.
2005 Honda CRF450R Comparison
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Honda and Yamaha have been on top in the big-bore 4-stroke MX wars of late, but Suzuki joins the party in 2005 with the RM-Z450.
2004 Honda CRF450R
Friday, January 02, 2004
The Honda CRF450R is currently the four-stroke MX class leader and it has been retooled for 2004, is it still the top machine in the open class?
2003 Honda CRF450R Comparison
Friday, February 28, 2003
The 2003 crop of 4-strokes is by far the best set of performance thumpers we've ever test...maybe even the best bikes?
Honda CRF450R Project Bikes
2010 Honda CRF450R Project Bike
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Our 2010 Honda CRF450R Project Bike morphs even further with modifications to the fuel tank, controls, driveline, tires and exhaust in order to ride motocross, desert, dunes and woods.
Honda CRF450R MB1 Project Bike
Monday, April 26, 2010
In the first installment of our 2010 Honda CRF450R Project Bike we send our fork and shock off to MB1 Suspension and get familiar with HRC's PGM-FI Setting Tool.
MotoUSA EnduroCross Wrap-Up
Friday, December 01, 2006
The entire EnduroCross show had an awesome crowd, hot competition, storybook racing and went off without a hitch, none of which had anything to do with MotoUSA.
MotoUSA EnduroCross Bike Build
Thursday, November 16, 2006
After watching the intense action and brutal carnage that has been the norm since Day 1 at this event, MotoUSA has decided to give it a try.
Honda CRF450R Behind the Bike Features
Behind Heath Voss CRF450R
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Heath Voss is different from any other mechanic we've chatted with in the "Behind the Bike" series. Heath is the rider too!
Behind Kevin Windhams CRF450R
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Lars Lindstrom uses the skills he developed working on projects like Hayden's dirt track 450 and Bostrom's supermoto bike to keep Kevin Windham's CRF 450R at peak performance.
Behind Shaun Skinners CRF450R
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
When Butler Brothers MX team rider Shaun Skinner talks to his mechanic Paul Perebijnos, he doesn't have to worry about not getting through. The two are old friends and rivals from earlier times.
Honda CRF450R First Looks
2011 Honda CRF450R and CRF250R 1st Look
Friday, July 23, 2010
Honda releases its list of 2011 dirt bike models. The CRF450R and CRF250R motocross bikes get the most attention.
2009 Honda CRF450R First Look
Friday, September 05, 2008
MotorcycleUSA takes a look at the next generation Honda CRF450R. Follow along and find out what the new motocross bike is all about.
2008 Honda CRF450R   CRF250R
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Remember when Ricky Carmichael decimated the entire MA professional ranks by sweeping every single moto in the 2004 outdoor National series? That's when the development process began for Honda's big '08 unveiling.