Check out photos of the 2011 Honda CRF450R in action at the 2011 450 Motocross Shootout. Read the full 2011 Honda CRF450R Comparison review.
- 2011 450 MX Shootout Horsepower
- 2011 450 MX Shootout Torque
- Careful refinement to the CRF450R was enough to put it above the challengers in one of our most competitive shootouts to date.
- 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.
- The seamless spread of power ends in a peak of 50.5 horsepower (8750 rpm) and 34.7 lb-ft of torque (6500 rpm).
- A light clutch pull, smooth, precise shifting and a cleanly spaced transmission all contributed to the best score in the drivetrain category.
- 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.
- It's clearly the lightest, most compact, quietest and surprisingly fast bike in the group.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.