Euro’s top scambler now faster
A smooth new ‘organic’ shape gives the rider ultimate freedom to move
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.