BEST MOTOCROSSER

HONDA CRF450R

Cycle World - - North Rim Adventure -

Bal­ance has al­ways been a fun­da­men­tal tenet of Honda’s de­sign phi­los­o­phy. But the 2017 CRF450R takes it to a new level for the com­pany’s motocrossers. All-new for the first time in five years, this com­plete re­design gave the bike the slim feel and ex­cel­lent er­gonomics. Sus­pen­sion (and a great new spring fork) is com­pli­ant and con­trolled on jump land­ings and rough chop for ex­pert riders while be­ing easy for the av­er­age per­son to dial in. The CRF is de­cep­tively fast thanks to broad, tractable power, and the switch­able ig­ni­tion maps wi­den its adapt­abil­ity. It works as a com­plete, well-rounded pack­age with, yes, an in­cred­i­ble level of bal­ance.

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