View photos of Honda’s updated-for-2014 CRF450R motocrosser from the track then find out our thoughts on it in the 2014 Honda CRF450R First Ride.
- Honda’s CRF450R continues to source a 971 bend aluminum handlebar from Renthal. It has a neutral shape and is easy to get use to on track.
- The engine offers a little more snap at low rpm yet still is easy to manage as the rpms increase.
- We love the centralized feel of the CRF450R. It is a very agile bike which increases confidence and makes it easier (and more fun) to ride.
- We’re big fans of the way the CRF450R steers now. It is predictable and can be placed anywhere the rider commands with minimal effort.
- We love the adjustability and performance of the air fork on a smooth track, on rough terrain it doesn’t offer the same consistent damping feel of a more traditional coil spring set-up.
- The CRF450R continues to impress us with its high degree of maneuverability in the sky as well as on the ground.
- The CRF continues to use a six-spring clutch but the tension of the springs has been reduced for easier lever pull.
- The shape of the ports within the cylinder head were modified for improved flow. The update works together with the new dual-charge fuel injection map for increased throttle response.
- Honda’s CRF450R moves up in price to $8699 plus a $310 destination charge.
- The CRF450R’s mufflers have updated internals for improved flow.
- The CRF450R’s ergonomics fit a wide range of rider sizes and are easy to adapt to on track.