Euro’s top scam­bler now faster

A smooth new ‘or­ganic’ shape gives the rider ul­ti­mate free­dom to move

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING -

OVER the last eight years the CRF450R has been honed into one of the most com­plete rac­eready rides. Now for 2017, rev­o­lu­tion has re­placed evo­lu­tion.

Europe’s favourite open-class moto-crosser is ef­fec­tively brand new, wield­ing a ma­jor power boost from its new en­gine, plus in­creased grip and drive from a re­drawn chas­sis.

It looks dif­fer­ent, feels dif­fer­ent and de­liv­ers a whole new ex­pe­ri­ence track­side. In plain and sim­ple terms, it’s faster. Much faster.

The 2017 CRF450R has been de­vel­oped — with di­rect in­put from Honda’s AMA and MX GP teams — to be first out of the gate, first into turn one and to punch a blis­ter­ing lap time.

With a new en­gine pack­ing an 11% in­crease in peak power matched to a chas­sis that can truly make full use of it, the 2017 CRF450R is stronger, sharper and more fo­cused. And as MX1­class ma­chines are all about com­pe­ti­tion, both 16YM and 17YM ma­chines were raced backto-back by HRC in a se­ries of start sim­u­la­tions.

The power and drive of the new bike saw it gain a sig­nif­i­cant ad­van­tage. Zero to 10 me­tres took 1,53 sec­onds, 6,4% less time than the out­go­ing ma­chine.

The new power unit uses in­no­va­tive en­gi­neer­ing on both in­take and ex­haust side. On the in­take, straight pas­sage­ways re­duce air re­sis­tance sig­nif­i­cantly for im­proved com­bus­tion ef­fi­ciency.

On the ex­haust side, the twin pipes di­vide close to the en­gine, fa­cil­i­tat­ing the in­crease in com­pres­sion ra­tio from 12,5 to 13,5, a key el­e­ment in the greater power out­put. A 49 mm Showa USD fork — steel sprung and de­vel­oped from a race-ready fac­tory item sup­plied to MX race teams in the Ja­panese cham­pi­onship — re­places the KYB air fork.

Brand new plas­tics cre­ate ul­tra-ef­fi­cient aero­dy­namic per­for­mance, and a smooth, “or­ganic” shape to give the rider ul­ti­mate free­dom to move.

They also fea­ture film insert graph­ics, which de­liver sharp vi­su­als and a durable fin­ish. For the first time, elec­tric start is now avail­able as an op­tion.

The CFF 450R is on sale for R107 000.

— Wheels Re­porter.


The lighter, more pow­er­ful Honda CRF450R is set to con­tinue the bike’s po­si­tion as Europe’s favourite open­class Mo­toX bike.

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