FIFTY YEARS OF DOMINATION
Two thousand years ago, the Roman legions used a short sword called a gladius to conquer much of the western world. Today, motocross riders have a modern gladius, a bike they’re using to conquer racetracks everywhere: the Honda CRF®450R. And we’ve made that MX weapon even sharper for 2023. First, we’ve changed to the intake tract to give the engine more low- and midrange torque—that translates to faster corner exits for you and the ability to pull taller gears. Updated suspension mounting points are more robust, which means better stability. New fork settings and spring rates enhance chassis stability. And there’s even a new, stronger muffler. And here’s the biggest news: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Honda Elsinore, we’re producing a special, limited run of the CRF450R with old-school commemorative graphics. Finally, there’s also our CRF450RWE (WE for Works Edition). It gets all the 2023 improvements plus special touches like a new, exclusive Yoshimura exhaust, Twin Air filter, Throttle Jockey seat cover, Hinson clutch basket and cover, premium DID DirtStar LT-X rims, Kashima and titanium oxide-coated fork, a red cylinder head cover, and hands-on touches like special cylinder-head porting.
FEATURES & BENEFITS
LIGHT NARROW FRAME – HANDLING By making the frame’s main spars narrow, we save weight, but more important we make the chassis more responsive by fine-tuning the lateral rigidity. The result is a bike that gets into, around, and out of corners faster.
HYDRAULIC CLUTCH The CRF450R features the first hydraulically actuated dirtbike clutch we’ve offered outside of our works bikes. You get a clutch-lever pull that’s ten percent lighter at its peak, even though it’s paired with a strong, eight-plate clutch.
SEALED AIRBOX AND FILTER Along with the special air filter, the airbox shape helps deliver more torque. And because the CRF450R’s filter has no rubber gasket where it interfaces with the intake boot, cleaning and servicing the filter is faster and less messy than ever.
EXCLUSIVE WORKS EDITION The CRF450RWE Works Edition includes a handported cylinder head; Hinson clutch basket and cover; Throttle Jockey seat cover; upgraded DID DirtStar LT-X rims; an exclusive Yoshimura exhaust system; revalved suspension; and much more.
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