Motorcycle Racing News 2017 Honda CRF450RX First Look | 10 Fast Facts

2017 Honda CRF450RX First Look | 10 Fast Facts

2017 Honda CRF450RX | 10 Fast Facts

2017 Honda CRF450RX - price
2017 Honda CRF450RX

Honda is seriously getting into the off-road motorcycle racing world with the GNCC-ready 2017 Honda CRF450RX. Based heavily on the all-new 2017 Honda CRF450R supercross and motocross racer, the CRF450RX has some important modifications to make it ready for cross-country racing.

To read about all the technical information of the CRF450RX, visit our 2017 Honda CRF450R story—the chassis and motor are the same on both bikes, and we go into detail explaining them. Instead of repeating ourselves, these 10 Fast Facts will focus on what makes the 2017 Honda CRF450RX different from the CRF450R.

Read our test of the 2016 Honda CRF450R

  1. Electric starting is standard on the 2017 Honda CRF450RX. On the 450R, electric start is an optional kit. Honda simply installs that kit on the CRF450RX for you, and includes a battery. If you run the battery down, don’t worry; the CRF450RX has a kickstarter, too.
  1. The 2017 Honda CRF450RX gets an 18-inch rear wheel. That’s a must, of course, and Honda got it right.
  1. There are different tires on the CRF450RX. The Dunlop Geomax MX3S tires are perfect for motocross, but the Dunlop Geomax AT81s are what you want off-road. The AT81 front is 10mm wider on the CRF450RX, while the rear 18-inch AT81 has a higher profile to compensate for the smaller rim.
  1. 2017 Honda CRF450RX - First Look- JCR
    Johnny Campbell and the CRF450RX

    Honda retuned the motor to give the CRF450RX more tractability. Although there’s nothing like the bark of asupercross bike, a more tractable motor makes sense in the tight confines of single track, and the physical demands of hours-long races. In addition to being more tractable, the 2017 Honda CRF450RX engine also has a smoother delivery.

  1. The CRF450RX gets softer suspension settings. Although the fully adjustable suspension units are the same, including the coil-spring/oil forks, the CRF450RX has less rebound damping, plus a lighter shock spring. Travel on the rear shock is decreased by a tenth of an inch.
  1. The fuel tank on the 2017 CRF450RX is off-road spec. The 1.6-gallon titanium unit on the CRF450R works on closed courses, but it’s too small and fragile for the rigors of GNCC racing. So, Honda put a plastic 2.2-gallon tank on the CRF450RX for increased range and durability.
  1. Final gearing is lower on the CRF450rX. For technical riding, and to compensate for the additional 18 pounds (wet) on the CRF450X, the 2017 Honda CRF450RX is geared down slightly. It’s not much, but the rear sprocket goes up from 49 teeth on the R to 50 teeth on the RX.
  1. The cylinder hangers on the CRF450RX are stiffer. To handle the hard knocks of off-road riding and the additional weight of the larger plastic fuel tank, the cylinder hangers have additional rigidity.
  1. There’s a kickstand. You don’t need one for supercross, but we’re glad the CRF450RX has a forged aluminum kickstand. It swings up high and out of the way when not in use, and it’s easily removed if you don’t need it.
  1. You’ll have to wait two extra months to get the 2017 CRF450RX. While the 450R will be available in October, you can’t get the 450RX until December. We hope to get one a bit sooner for testing.

2017 Honda CRF450RX Specs


  • Motor: SOHC 4-valve single
  • Bore x stroke: 96.0 x 62.1mm
  • Compression ratio: 13.5:1
  • Induction: PGM-FI w/ 46mm throttle body
  • Ignition: Transistorized
  • Starting: Electric and kick
  • Transmission: Constant-mesh five-speed
  • Final drive: 520 chain


  • Front suspension: Fully adjustable inverted 49mm Showa coil-spring/oil fork; 12.0 inches of travel
  • Rear suspension: Linkage-assisted fully adjustable Showa shock; 12.3 inches of travel
  • Front brake: 260mm disc
  • Rear brake: 240mm disc
  • Front tire: 90/90-21 Dunlop Geomax AT81
  • Rear tire: 120/90-18 Dunlop Geomax AT81


  • Wheelbase: 58.1 inches
  • Rake: 27° 22’
  • Trail: 4.6 inches
  • Seat height: 37.8 inches
  • Ground clearance: 12.9 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 2.2 gallons
  • Curb weight: 261 pounds

2017 Honda CRF450X Color:

  • Red

2017 Honda CRF450RX Price/Availability:

  • $TBA
  • Availability: December 2016

2017 Honda CRF450RX Gallery




Don Williams
Don Williams
With 50 years of riding experience, Don Williams is a fan of all kinds of motorcycles. He enjoys sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, touring bikes, adventure bikes, dual sport bikes, and rideable customs. Ask Don what his favorite bike is and he will tell you, "Whatever bike I'm on."

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