View photos of Honda’s updated flagship motocross machine, then learn how it performs in our 2012 Honda CRF450R First Ride review.
- The 2012 Honda CRF450R now comes outfitted with Dunlop Geomax MX51 off-road tires (80/100-21 front, 120/80-19 rear).
- The ’12 Honda CRF450R offers better front-to-rear chassis balance than ever before since being fully redesigned for 2009.
- With a fully fueled curb weight of 240 pounds, the ’12 Honda CRF450R is the lightest production 450-class motocross bike available.
- The Dunlop Geomax MX51 tires are a big improvement over last year’s model.
- Factory Effex’s Two Two Motorsports replica backgrounds ($69.95, available at Motorcycle-Superstore.com) add a touch of style.
- '12 Honda CRF450R retails for $8440 in the U.S.
- The CRF450R’s liquid-cooled and fuel-injected 449cc Single remains unchanged for ’12.
- 2012 Honda CRF450R
- The front Kayaba suspension received some updates including stiffer fork springs, more rigid fork tubes and front axle collars.
- The 2012 CRF450R features an updated rear suspension linkage that makes the rear end of the bike sit a few millimeters lower when in motion.
- Larger footpegs provide a more comfortable platform when at the controls of the ’12 Honda CRF450R.
- '12 Honda CRF450R
- Oversized footpegs disperse load more evenly when you land off a jump.
- Honda’s CRF450R is one of the more agile 450-class motocross bikes on the market.
- The Honda continues to impress with its high-level of maneuverability.
- The Honda’s powerband is very friendly delivering a smooth and hit-free spread of power throughout the rev range.
- The Honda’s cockpit is well proportioned and fit our 5’8” test rider without issue.
- Chad Reed put in some laps at Racetown 395 during the press launch for the ’12 Honda CRF450R.