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2011 Honda CRF450R | Preview

Honda CRF450R Preview

Honda has always been a leader in the MX / SX and off-road motorcycle scene. And for 2011, the manufacturer wants to continue this trend by adding more improvements on their largest motocrosser, the CRF450R.

Honda revamped the CRF 450 R for 2011, tweaking the engine for more low-end and midrange grunt while improving throttle response. Also, Honda has upgraded the suspension with the all-new Honda Progressive Steering Damper (HPSD).

Bill Savino (Powersports Press Manager) says: “We’re proud to unveil our newest race bikes, the CRF450R and CRF250R motocrossers, plus a wide assortment of Honda off-road machines that have remained extremely popular with recreational riders over the years. With these models for 2011 and more to follow, this is certainly going to be a great year for riding enthusiasts.”

New For 2011:

  • Revised engine tuning and new 46mm throttle body increase low-end and midrange power and give improved throttle response.
  • Front fork features a lighter cartridge cylinder and all-new valving for improved control and increased ride plushness.
  • Revised shock valving yields improved control and increased rear wheel traction.
  • New suspension linkage produces improved chassis balance and increased rear wheel traction in rough-track conditions.
  • Honda Progressive Steering Damper (HPSD) features larger piston diameter (20mm to 24mm) for improved tracking traits.
  • Redesigned muffler lowers sound emissions to 94 dB.

2011 CRF450R Specs:

  • Engine Type: 449cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 96mm x 62.1mm
  • Compression ratio: 12.0:1
  • Valve Train: Unicam, four-valve; 36mm intake, titanium; 30mm exhaust, steel
  • Induction: PGM-FI, 50mm throttle body
  • Ignition: Full transistor with electronic advance
  • Transmission: Close-ratio five-speed
  • Final Drive: #520 chain; 13T/48T
  • Suspension Front: 48mm inverted KYB Air-Oil-Separate (AOS) with rebound and compression damping adjustability; 12.2 inches travel
  • Rear: Pro-Link KYB single shock with spring preload, rebound damping adjustability, and compression damping adjustment separated into low-speed and high-speed; 12.5 inches travel
  • Brakes Front: Single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper
  • Rear: Single 240mm disc
  • Tires Front: 80/100-21
  • Rear: 120/80-19
  • Wheelbase: 58.7 inches
  • Rake (Caster angle): 26° 52′
  • Trail: 114.2mm (4.5 inches)
  • Seat Height: 37.6 inches
  • Ground Clearance: 13.1 inches
  • Fuel Capacity: 1.5 gallons
  • Color: Red
  • Curb Weight*: TBD

MSRP: $7,199. Available in Red beginning October 2010.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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