MotorcycleUSA takes a look at the next generation Honda CRF450R. Follow along and find out what the new motocross bike is all about. Check out the full story in 2009 Honda CRF450R First Look.
- MSRP on the 2009 CRF450R is $7599.
- The 2009 Honda CRF450R weights four pounds less than the 2008 model it replaces.
- The CRF sports new bodywork.
- The new 2009 CRF450R is significantly slimmer than the motorcycle it replaces, but will it be as nimble as the CRF250R?
- A wider 120/80-19 Dunlop D756 puts power to the ground on the new 450.
- Redesigned exhaust system incorporates a left-side cylinder head exhaust port, increasing header length and allows muffler to be positioned closer to center of mass, contributing to significantly improved weight distribution and handling.
- In the chassis department, a Generation 5 aluminum frame incorporates a forged steering head and is almost a full pound lighter than the 2008 model. The steering head has been moved 10mm closer to the rider which in turn moves the front wheel 15mm towards the center of the bike.
- A fuel tank tether eliminates need to disconnect fuel line to work on top end. How cool is that?
- The redesigned and removeable subframe and higher-capacity airbox improve air-filter access.
- The all-new Unicam-equipped 449cc Single spins to 11,450 rpm and pumps out a claimed 56.3 horsepower at 8500 rpm and 37.5 lb-ft of torque at 7000 rpm.
- A HRC PGM-FI Setting Tool allows CRF450R owners to modify fuel delivery as well as ignition timing thereby altering engine power characteristics. The price of the HRC PGM-FI Setting Tool is $349.
- We're really going to miss that big mechanical fuel-mixing carburetors doohickey... or not.
- You'd be hard pressed to find an aftermarket exhaust of higher quality than the one on the new CRF450R.
- The Engine stop switch features an integrated LED pre-ride check indicator with EFI diagnostic capability to ensure CRF450R is operating perfectly.
- This 50mm throttle body with a single 12-hole fuel-injector replaces the 41mm flat-side carburetor.
- We stumbled upon this prototype CRF3500 V-8 engine inside Honda HQ. Shhhh!