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2015 Honda CRF450R Review
2015 Honda CRF450R on www.Totalmotorcycle.com
Your Trophy Awaits…
There’s big news for 2015: an all-new Engine Mode Select button lets you choose between three settings (Standard, Smooth, and Aggressive), just by pushing a handlebar-mounted button. It’s an industry first for MX bikes, and it’s going to make tuning your bike for changing track conditions a snap. With our available HRC Fuel Injection Setting Tool, it’s easily adjustable to specific track conditions and refines your settings in place of the smooth and aggressive settings on the engine mode selector.
Next, the CRF450R’s revolutionary KYB Air Fork features new high-speed/low-speed compression and rebound damping, letting you dial in the CRF450R’s suspension in much quicker. The new exhaust port header design and compact dual exhaust further enhance mass centralization. And the new head design provides more top end power and over-rev.
Plus, there’s stronger transmission gears, a new piston, more flywheel mass, a new rear shock that’s easier to adjust and a new 260mm front brake lets you haul down all that speed with more stopping power. The list just keeps going on.
Nothing Can Match Honda Technology.
Motocross bikes are showcases of technology–there’s no arguing that. But the big trophy in that showcase is Honda’s CRF450R. Because it’s increasingly obvious to everyone that an open-class MX machine has to be more than just about raw power–it has to be about how you get that power to hook up, and how rideable your machine is. And that’s where nobody can come close to Honda. The biggest news this year? The CRF450R’s new Engine Mode Select button–but that’s just the start. Check out everything else the CRF450R has to offer, and you’ll see why it’s the number-one choice of riders who want to know what winning feels like.
Staying on top is never easy and nowhere is this more evident than in the ultra-competitive world of motocross. Sure, big steps forward may take the pressure off for a while, but it’s the incremental development of these technological leaps that deliver the long-term advantage. For 2015, this cycle continues with the introduction of a mode selection button that allows choosing between different engine performance maps (Standard – Smooth – Aggressive), as well as extensive changes to the Unicam engine itself and the KYB air fork. A larger front brake disk, a redesigned rear brake disk and a number of small detail changes complete the upgrades for 2015. A look back to past technological milestones; introducing lightweight aluminum frames, the Unicam engine with its excellent mass centralization and reliable battery-less electronic fuel injection making the CRF450R easier to ride, easier to tune and yes easier to win on. Each of these innovations has undergone extensive development honing the CRF450R into the highly competitive machine that it is today.
CRF450R – ahead of the pack
2015 Honda CRF450R www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
•The innovative, 449 cc liquid cooled engine with its unique 4-valve, Unicam design has very compact dimensions allowing it to be ideally placed for excellent mass centralization. When combined with the advanced twin spar aluminum chassis, the CRF450R package offers its rider effortless direction changes on the ground or in the air.
•By changing the direction of the cylinder head’s exhaust port from the left to the right side, exhaust header pipe length could be optimized for improved power and throttle response across the rev range.
•Twin spar aluminum chassis offers the benefit of a low centre-of-gravity with excellent feel and feedback. Designed to work in concert with the air-fork and the Honda Progressive Steering Damper the chassis combines excellent stability with right now turning precision.
•The cutting edge 48 mm inverted Kayaba air fork has undergone further development resulting in lighter weight, reduced friction and improved sealing. Low speed and high speed damping adjusters for both rebound and compression are all now conveniently located on the fork cap and offer a wider range of adjustment.
•New Dunlop MX52 tires offer excellent traction in a wide variety of conditions.
CRF450R Tech Talk
We’ve got a ton of new features on the 2015 CRF450R, so you’ll want to watch this video several times to take it all in. Find out why the CRF450R is for winning.
Engine Mode Select Button
Huge news for 2015, and an industry first for MX bikes. Not to be confused with a launch mode selector, this handlebar-mounted button lets you dial in engine power delivery character with a push of your thumb. Choose between Standard, Smooth, and Aggressive, depending on track conditions.
New Cylinder Head And Piston
The CRF450R’s new cylinder head features a right-side exhaust port exit that helps the engine deliver more top-end power and over rev, plus better low-end torque feel. A new piston heat treatment adds durability, too.
Revised KYB PSF Air Fork
The CRF450R’s 48mm inverted KYB PSF (Pneumatic Spring Fork) air fork is even better for 2015, with new high/low-speed compression and rebound damping. It weighs less than a conventional spring fork, and adjusting the spring rate is as easy pumping air.
2015 Honda CRF450R www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
The innovative, 449 cc liquid cooled engine with its unique 4-valve, Unicam design has very compact dimensions allowing it to be ideally placed for excellent mass centralization. When combined with the advanced twin spar aluminum chassis, the CRF450R package offers its rider effortless direction changes on the ground or in the air..
By changing the direction of the cylinder head’s exhaust port from the left to the right side, exhaust header pipe length could be optimized for improved power and throttle response across the rev range..
Redesigned muffler internals boost torque output and increase throttle response..
Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) has new settings to take full advantage of changes to the exhaust system..
A convenient handlebar-mounted engine mode selection button allows the rider to choose from three different maps to tailor power delivery to track conditions. A blue LED incorporated into the button housing lets the rider know if they have selected mode one, the standard setting, mode two a smooth setting for slippery conditions or mode three the most aggressive setting for when traction conditions are ideal. Modes two and three can even be fine tuned using an HRC setting tool. Mode selection is easily accomplished without changing the rider’s hand position or shutting down the engine (as long as the engine is idling)..
Heavier ACG flywheel further improves drivability..
Stronger piston and transmission gears improve durability of the more powerful engine..
Twin spar aluminum chassis offers the benefit of a low centre-of-gravity with excellent feel and feedback. Designed to work in concert with the air-fork and the Honda Progressive Steering Damper the chassis combines excellent stability with right now turning precision..
The Honda Progressive Steering Damper allows very precise steering in the widely varied conditions found in motocross. On the gas or on the brakes the rider will enjoy superior steering in ruts, whoops, stutter bumps or whatever the track throws his way..
The cutting edge 48 mm inverted Kayaba air fork has undergone further development resulting in lighter weight, reduced friction and improved sealing. Low speed and high speed damping adjusters for both rebound and compression are all now conveniently located on the fork cap and offer a wider range of adjustment..
Pro-link rear suspension with its KYB “short” shock has also had all damping adjustment conveniently grouped together for faster track-side tuning..
A 20 mm larger front brake disc and redesigned rear brake disc offer improved stopping power and control..
New Dunlop MX52 tires offer excellent traction in a wide variety of conditions..
Optimized rider ergonomics with a very narrow mid section allow the rider to move freely around the motorcycle and fully utilize the CRF’s incredible agility..
Quick-adjust clutch perch simplifies cable adjustment..
Aluminum handlebar is rubber-mounted to reduce rider fatigue and improve comfort..
Wide, long footpegs offer greater support for more comfort and control..
The engine stop switch with integrated LED indicator lets you know if the PGM-FI system is working properly..
Redesigned fuel hose connector simplifies maintenance..
Optional HRC setting kit, includes an easy-to-use programming system with precise data for setting up the machine to meet all race situations. Ignition timing and fuel mapping settings can be uploaded by connecting the motorcycle to a computer and following simple step-by-step instructions. The system radically simplifies the setup process and makes tuning accessible to a wide spectrum of riders. Connection is simple with only one connector and no need to remove the fuel tank..
There’s no clutch lever for new riders to master, and that means no stalling. In addition, the smooth transmission offers three gear ratios. All you do is shift with your foot.
Rugged Steel Frame
New riders are hard on equipment, especially when they’re just starting out. That’s why the CRF450R uses a strong, steel frame that’s built to handle the bumps and dings of off-road riding.
Durable, Low-Maintenance Engine
If there’s one thing you can count on with a Honda, it’s the engine. That cuts down on frustration and hassles.
A removable key helps ensure your kids can’t ride without an adult’s supervision. Kids got their homework done early? Let’s go riding!
New 260mm Front Brake
The 2015 CRF450R gets a new, larger front-brake disc this year that measures a whopping 260mm. You get great brake feel, and the new wave pattern cuts down on weight. New front and rear black brake guards are part of the package too.
Honda Progressive Steering Damper (HPSD)
The HPSD is designed to work in conjunction with the front and rear suspension to give you unmatched steering precision under braking, acceleration, and in the whoops, ruts, and hardpack. There’s nothing like it!
Air-Fork Front Suspension
The CRF450R’s revolutionary air fork is better than ever for 2015. It’s a 48mm inverted KYB PSF (Pneumatic Spring Fork), easily adjustable with a simple air pump. This year we’ve added new high/low-speed compression and rebound-damping adjustments, so you can dial it in more precisely than ever to help keep your front tire planted for better tracking through turns and across whoops.
New Engine Mode Select Button
An industry first for MX bikes: This simple handlebar-mounted button lets you dial in engine power delivery character with a push of your thumb. Choose between Standard, Smooth, and Aggressive, depending on track conditions. If you want to change up the settings, you can reprogram the Smooth and Aggressive modes with our optional HRC Tuning Tool for a custom-tailored power delivery.
New blackened radiator fin guards, rear disk guard and brake line guides look sharp and help the CRF450R stand out from the competition.
New Cylinder Head Layout
For 2015, the exhaust header exits the head from the right side, which lets us shorten the header by 320mm. The new head design delivers more top-end power and over rev, plus better low-end torque feel.
The CRF450R’s piston may look the same for 2015, but a new heat treatment improves durability–just another example of Honda engineering working to make a great bike even better.
Revised PGM-FI Settings
The revised settings on the CRF450R’s Programmed Fuel Injection improve low- and mid-range power, and help deliver smooth, predictable engine performance. With our available HRC Fuel Injection Setting Tool, it’s easily to adjust to specific track conditions and to refine your settings in place of the Smooth and Aggressive settings on the Engine Mode Selector.
New Transmission Gears
We changed the transmission gears’ material this year: they’re the same size, but stronger now, making them more durable.
Next-Generation Aluminum Frame
Our Next-Gen twin spar aluminum frame is designed to work with the KYB air fork, suspension components and subframe to improve mass steering feedback, suspension action, chassis stiffness and compliance.
Short Twin-Muffler Exhaust System
The dual exhaust on the 2015 CRF450R features larger-diameter tail pipes and a new shorter head pipe, helping boost engine top-end horsepower. The dual exhaust system is compact and positioned close and low in the frame’s center to take weight off the rear end and bring more mass to the bike’s center for improved handling.
New Dunlop MX52 Tires
Developed using Dunlop’s “block-on-block” technology, the unidirection MX52F front tire and MX52 rear tire give excellent feedback and traction, and are a perfect complement for the CRF450R’s revised suspension.
2015 Honda CRF450R – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $8699 USD
449cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore And Stroke
96mm x 62.1mm
Unicam®, four-valve; 36mm intake, titanium; 31mm exhaust, steel
Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), 46mm throttle body
Full transistor with electronic advance
#520 Chain; 13T/48T
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
48mm inverted KYB PSF (Pneumatic Spring Fork) with air-adjustable spring rate, and rebound and compression-damping adjustability; 12.2 inches travel.
Pro-Link® KYB single shock with adjustable spring preload, rebound damping adjustability, and compression damping adjustment separated into low-speed and highspeed; 12.4 inches travel
Single 260mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Single 240mm disc
Dunlop MX52F 80/100-21
Dunlop MX52 120/80-19
27°04′ (Caster Angle)
116mm (4.57 inches)
243 lbs (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.)
2015 Honda CRF450R – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $9599 CDN
449 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
BORE AND STROKE:
96.0mm x 62.1mm
Unicam, four-valve; 36mm intake, titanium; 31mm exhaust, steel
Dual-Timing PGM-FI, 46mm throttle body
Full transistor with electronic advance
#520 chain; 13T/48T
Front: 48 mm inverted KYB PSF (Pneumatic Spring Fork) with air-adjustable spring rate, and rebound and compression-damping adjustability; 310 mm (12.2 in.) travel. Rear: Pro-LinkTM KYB single shock with adjustable spring preload, rebound damping adjustability, and compression damping adjustment separated into low-speed and high speed; 315 mm (12.4 in.) travel
Front: Single 260 mm disc with twin-piston caliper Rear: Single 240 mm disc
Front: Dunlop MX51FA 80/100-21 Rear: Dunlop MX51 120/80-19
1492 mm (58.7 in.)
RAKE (CASTER ANGLE):
116 mm (4.57 inches)
953 mm (37.5 in.)
330 mm (13.0 in.)
110 kg (243 lbs)
*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride.
2015 Honda CRF450R – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European/UK Specifications/Technical Details
UK/European MSRP Price: £ (On The Road).
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.
# Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.