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2018 Honda CRF450R First Ride Review | Motocross Track Tested

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2018 Honda CRF450R First Ride Review | Motocross Track Tested

 

We drove to the Honda CRF450R in 2018 on the main motocross track at Sunrise MX Park in Adelanto, California. Here are the main facts that we learned after a day on the track.

This year Honda CRF450R is improved. After last year's review of the original version, we did not expect much change - even after the redesign of '17. However, Honda has made some key upgrades to improve their best MX-bike.
The biggest news is that the electric start is now on the CRF450R, not an expensive addition. While some of the European MX motorcycles have an electric start for many years, this year is the first to electrically start electricity on Japanese motocross (2018 Yamaha YZ450F is also e-start). It is not added for persuasion or ease of use, and in the ideal world you do not want it to be on your MX bike. When an electric start is really needed, when things are not perfect, and you stop or ride a motorcycle. In those cases where you can press a button and immediately start the bike, you will save valuable positions on the track.
The price for the electronic launch of the CRF450R this year fell by about $ 400. The e-start option last year was about $ 700, so the Honda CRF450R 2018 is a bargain compared to 2017 with the help of a magic button.
E-start adds five pounds to the Honda CRF450R in 2018, but the bulk is near the center of gravity. This is a fine, which we will pay with pleasure. Honda went with a lightweight lithium-ion battery and removed the kickstarter and internal gears. This makes the excess weight almost invisible when riding.
Honda re-displayed the ECU to provide a smoother bike from the lower end. The 450R comes with three different cards: 1 standard card, 2 soft card and 3 aggressive card. After turning circles around the Sunrise MX and trying all three cards, we found a card of 1 (standard) of our favorite. Compared to the 2017 model, the smooth power supply to the 2018 card in idle mode allowed us to confidently ride aggressively. Aggressive map 3 is not smooth enough to allow us to skate as we would like, and the soft map 2 just changed a bit for our tastes. Pro motocrossers will surely appreciate the map 3.
Honda felt that the chassis of the year 2017 was too rigid, so they made it more forgiving. To do this, Honda has added a little more flexibility to the engine mounts (it also remains on the head). The Honda CRF450R of 2018 is certainly less stiff in impact and better suited to corners.
Suspension Showa recalibrated and well balanced. Last year, Honda dropped the airplane in favor of the usual Springa fork. However, the overall suspension package for 2017 was on the soft side. This year, Honda fixed the springs at both ends and updated the valve to match. Our initial feeling is that the new setting is balanced, and we did not have complaints even when landing flat from a big jump. We will learn more about this when we take the bike to a more rough cracked track, like Glen Helen on a weekday.

The clutch engagement on the Honda CRF450R 2018 motorcycle is stiff, and the clutch is steep. While the CRF450R really emits a lot of energy and needs a strong clutch, we know that they can get a better feel from this - the hydraulic clutch will be pleasant. This is a slightly controversial issue, since not a lot of grip work is necessary on the 450cc four-stroke.
Honda built a great exercise bike, which feels dexterous by 450 standards. He does an excellent job with very little effort, but he feels stabile at speed. Of course, improved suspension and power supply help the chassis work better.
After a day on the Honda CRF450R in 2018 we are happy. Adding an electric start is a serious upgrade to an already strong package, while seemingly small changes in the processing and nutrition departments bring big dividends. We can not wait to hit bars with him. Photographer Don Williams
COATING STYLE
Helmet: Bell Caro-9 Carbon Flex
Points: Fly Racing Zone
Pants + Jersey: Fly Racing 2017.5 Kinetic grid
Gloves: Fly Racing Media
Boots: Fly Racing Sector2018 Specifications Honda CRF450R
ENGINE
Type: single cylinder
Displacement: 450cc
Hole diameter x: 96.0 x 62.1 mm
Compression Ratio: 13.5: 1
Valve circuit: Unicam SOHC, 4 valves
Refueling: EFI with throttle body 45 mm
Cooling: liquid
Start-up: electric (additional kick)
Transmission: 5-speed grid with a permanent grid
Final drive: circuit 520
CHASSIS
Frame: Aluminum double spar
Front suspension; travel: Fully adjustable fork of a length of 49 mm; 12.0 inches
Rear suspension; Trip: Fully adjustable with clutch. Shock: 12.4 inches
Front tire: 80 / 100-21; Dunlop MX3S
Rear suspension; Trip: Fully adjustable with clutch. Shock: 12.4 inches
Front tire: 80 / 100-21; Dunlop MX3S
The rear tire: 120 / 80-19; Dunlop MX3S
Front brake: 260 mm disc
Rear brake: 240 mm disc
DIMENSIONS AND POTENTIAL
Wheelbase: 58.3 inches
Rake: 27.2 degrees
Trail: 4.6 inches
Seat height: 37.8 inches
Ground clearance: 12.9 inches
Fuel tank capacity: 1.6 gallons
Curb Weight: 248 pounds
Red color
2018 Honda CRF450R Price: $ 9149 MSRP
 

2018 Honda CRF450R First Ride Review | Motocross Track Tested

 

2018 Honda CRF450R First Ride Review | Motocross Track Tested

 

2018 Honda CRF450R First Ride Review | Motocross Track Tested

 




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