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- 2012 Honda CRF450R
2012 Honda CRF450R Review
The best 450 on the trackbetter than ever.
Since its introduction, the CRF450R has served as the standard by which all
other bikes are judged in the big-bore class of motocross machines. In 2012,
Honda raises the bar once again with a host of improvements that will help
the CRF450R stay at the head of the pack. A new, stiffer fork outer among
other refinements bring a more solid feel to the front end, and stiffer fork
springs, revised suspension settings front and rear plus a new shock linkage
yield improved tracking, more precise handling and added rider confidence
over rough terrain. New, longer and wider footpegs offer more support with
a larger platform and Dunlop's premium MX51 tires add to an overall package
that makes the CRF450R the bike of choice in the open-class for 2012.
Hondas awesome CRF450R has taken the lead in the four-stroke motocross revolution, and its still way out in front. To keep it there, weve given the king of the open class some serious updates for 2012. With a machine like this, anything less than perfection is unacceptableand the 2012 CRF450R gives you the perfect balance of open-class Honda power, refined suspension, and the best brakes in the business.
First, weve changed the rear shock linkage so you get a softer start and a stiffer finish. It responds to small bumps better, but still resists bottoming over really big hits. Fine-tuning the rear travel helps with steering during hard braking and on long, fast downhill sections. At the front, new fork outer tubes are stiffer for better feedback and superior tracking in heavy dirt, mud, and sand sections. New springs and suspension settings front and rear keep the balance right and increase steering precision. And weve even given the 2012 CRF450R wider, longer footpegs for better grip and comfort and fitted it with premium Dunlop MX51 tires for superior traction in corners and under acceleration.
All in all, the CRF450R is the most dialed-in open-class MX bike weve ever rolled up to the start gate. That, combined with its legendary power, makes it the machine serious riders will be campaigning in 2012.
2012 Honda CRF450R Features and Benefits
New for 2012
- New, stiffer fork outer tubes and front axle collars bring a more
solid feel to the front end.
- Stiffer fork springs, revised suspension settings front and rear plus a new shock linkage yield improved tracking, more precise handling and added rider confidence over rough terrain.
- New foot pegs are wider and longer for more support, and are now silver color.
- Premium Dunlop MX51 tires front and rear.
- New chain roller for added durability.
How you can make the worlds best MX bike even better.
The HRC Fuel-Injection Setting Tool lets you fine-tune your CRF450R's fuel injection for specific track conditions. Just click on the link below, and you'll get all the information you need.
New front and rear suspension settings, springs, linkage and fork tubes keep the CRF450R hooked up and out in front. Youll notice how well it steers the first time out.
More Control. Less Effort.
Developed by our factory racing team, the Honda Progressive Steering Damper is lightweight, compact and enhances cornering ability while reducing rider fatigue.
Taking a perfect bike and making it even better.
Anybody can make a bike with no power handle. But getting a machine as powerful
as Honda's CRF450R to work right? That's a challenge. And that's why we're
especially proud of our 2012 model. The new rear shock linkage, new springs
front and rear, new suspension settings and more all help sharpen the CRF450R's
steering precision and increase traction on downhills and under hard braking.
Throw in wider footpegs, new premium Dunlop MX51 tires, a revised chain roller
and new front-axle collars and from the time the first start gate drops you'll
know you're on the best open-class MX bike you've ever ridden.
2012 Honda CRF450R - US Specifications
USA MSRP Price - See Honda dealer for pricing.
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 Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), 46mm throttle body
Ignition Full transistor with electronic advance
Transmission Close-ratio five-speed
Final Drive #520 Chain; 13T/48T
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension 48mm inverted KYB® Air-Oil-Separate (AOS) with rebound and compression-damping adjustability; 12.2 inches travel
Rear Suspension 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
Front Brake Single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear Brake Single 240mm disc
Front Tire 80/100-21 Dunlop MX51
Rear Tire 120/80-19 Dunlop MX51
Wheelbase 58.7 inches
Rake 27°05' (Caster Angle)
Trail 116mm (4.57 inches)
Seat Height 37.6 inches
Ground Clearance 13.1 inches
Fuel Capacity 1.5 gallons
Curb Weight 238 lbs (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride.)
Available Colors Red
Model Id CRF450R
2012 Honda CRF450R - Canada Specifications
Candian MSRP Price - TBA CDN
Details to be announced.