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2016 Honda CRF450R Review
2016 Honda CRF450R on www.Totalmotorcycle.com
Enhanced Podium Ability…
Honda’s CFR450R is the nuclear option in the motocross wars. Light, powerful, nimble, responsive, it offers the most performance and refinement of any bike in its class. For 2016, we’ve made some fine-tuning changes that make it a little better, but the big features that separate it from the pack remain.
For example, there’s the CRF450R’s Engine Mode Select button that lets you choose between three settings (Standard, Smooth and Aggressive), just by pushing a handlebar-mounted button. Use that in conjunction with our available HRC Fuel Injection Setting Tool, and it’s easier than ever to adjust your engine’s output for specific track conditions.
Next, the CRF450R’s revolutionary KYB Air Fork features both high- and low-speed compression and rebound damping, letting you dial in the CRF450R’s suspension in much quicker.
Details like a fork that’s five millimeters longer this year and a new shock link help make the CRF450R even more stable. There’s even a new chain roller to help. All in all, you have everything you need to put you up front, from the second the start gate drops to when the checkered flag falls.
Going fast just got easier
The CRF450R packs big-bike power into small-bike agility. It turns like lightning on the ground and in the air, finding grip on a whole new level – even when pushed to the limit.
Go fast, easy.
With its HRC-specification cylinder head, redesigned big-bore exhaust and optimised PGM-FI Dual Fuel settings, the CRF450R’s 449cc Unicam® engine delivers more bottom-end torque, smoothed mid-range and a harder hit up top that goes on longer. So you can pick up the gas early, hook up consistent drive with more rpm, and have peak power to play with. Going fast just got easier.
Fast choices win races
Tweak the CRF450R’s engine performance to adapt to the track.
The Honda-developed 3-way Engine Mode Select Button (EMSB) changes the CRF450R’s engine character to suit the track condition – all controlled from the handlebar. So now you choose how power is delivered. Upgrades to the Honda Unicam engine allow for enhanced durability, torque and top end performance, with a redirected exhaust port for smoother exhaust gas flow.
To match the engine’s adaptability, the second generation KYB Pneumatic Spring Forks (PSF2) are lighter, with 10% less friction, and use high and lowspeed rebound damping adjusters on the fork tops for easy access. So no matter what you’re facing – mud, sand or hard pack – the right package is always at your fingertips.
The air fork offers significant advantage over steel-spring forks.
Red CRF450M motorbike front-on view.
Designed around the mass-centralised aluminium twin-beam frame, the updated 48mm KYB Pneumatic Spring Forks (PSF2) offer incredible front-end grip and feel – with improved transitional control between compression and rebound.
Within each leg a new cartridge structure reduces 200g while internally charged pressure eliminates the need for any sealing material – cutting friction by 10%. A forced lubrication structure distributes working fluid between the inner and outer sections during compression via a check valve, reducing the risk of air leakage while keeping the bearing lubricated. All adjusters, including high/low speed rebound damping are integrated on the Alumite fork tops, with preload adjusted via Schrader air valve.
Engine Mode Select Button
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.
Cylinder Head and Piston
The CRF450R’s 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. The piston’s special heat treatment adds durability, too.
KYB PSF Air Fork
The CRF450R’s 48mm inverted KYB PSF (Pneumatic Spring Fork) air fork is one of our 450’s best features. It weighs less than a conventional spring fork, and adjusting the spring rate is as easy pumping air. This year it’s five millimeters longer too, which helps enhance the bike’s stability.
2016 Honda CRF450R www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
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’s an 450 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.
2016 Honda CRF450R www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Engine / Drivetrain
Extra-strong transmission gears enhance durability while delivering smooth, sure shifts.
A special heat-treatment process improves the durability of the piston, adding to the CRF450R’s reputation for rock-solid reliability.
Engine Mode Select button
The CRF450R’s Engine Mode Select (EMS) system lets you modify fuel-injection and ignition mapping with the simple push of a handlebar-mounted button – perfect for dialing in the best power curve for better starts, better drive out of corners, better traction, or simply to better suit your riding style. Modes two and three can even be fine tuned using the optional 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).
Programmed for power
The CRF450R’s Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) settings contribute to the engine’s strong low-end torque, remarkable top-end power and generous over-rev capability.
Twin to win
The CRF450R’s twin-muffler exhaust system not only contributes to the engine’s exceptional power characteristics, it’s also positioned tightly to the frame’s
Awesome power & throttle response
By locating the cylinder head’s exhaust outlet on the right side of the engine, the length of the exhaust header pipe could be configured for optimum power and throttle response across the entire rev range.
Effortless directional changes on the fly
Unique 4-valve Unicam cylinder head has very compact dimensions, allowing it to be ideally placed for excellent mass centralization. This helps make it even easier for a rider to change direction, on the ground or in the air.
Chassis / Suspension
Dunlop MX52 tires offer excellent traction in a wide variety of conditions.
A new shock link and revised suspension settings work in conjunction with the longer fork to improve chassis stability and overall traction.
Fast track-side tuning
Locating the KYB shock’s rebound-damping adjustment screw on the top of the shock body makes it easy to access, saving you time and hassle.
Improved Air Fork
The cutting-edge 48 mm KYB Air Fork has grown 5 mm in length for improved stability. Low-speed and high-speed damping adjusters for both rebound and compression are all conveniently located on the fork cap and offer a wide range.
The Honda Progressive Steering Damper allows more-aggressive chassis geometry for quicker steering, while also assisting straight-line handling. Damping action smoothly progresses as handlebar deflection increases, which produces very natural steering characteristics and feel.
Excellent feel & feedback
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 KYB Air-Fork and the Honda Progressive Steering Damper, the chassis combines excellent stability with right-now turning precision.
Connectivity simplifies setup
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.
The design of the fuel hose connector simplifies maintenance.
The engine stop switch with integrated LED indicator lets you know if the PGM-FI system is working properly.
Comfort paired with control
Wide, long footpegs offer greater support for more comfort and control.
Reduced rider fatigue
Aluminum handlebar is rubber-mounted to reduce rider fatigue and improve comfort.
Easy to adjust
Quick-adjust clutch perch simplifies cable adjustment.
Agility plus comfort
Optimized rider ergonomics with a very narrow midsection allow you to move freely on the bike and fully utilize the CRF’s incredible agility.
2016 Honda CRF450R – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $8699 USD
Engine Type 449cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore And Stroke 96mm x 62.1mm
Compression Ratio 12.5:1
Valve Train Unicam®, four-valve; 36mm intake, titanium; 31mm 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 PSF (Pneumatic Spring Fork) with air-adjustable spring rate, and rebound and compression-damping adjustability; 12.2 inches travel.
Rear Suspension 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
Front Brake Single 260mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear Brake Single 240mm disc
Front Tire Dunlop MX52F 80/100-21
Rear Tire Dunlop MX52 120/80-19
Wheelbase 58.7 inches
Rake 27°04′ (Caster Angle)
Trail 116mm (4.57 inches)
Seat Height 37.5 inches
Ground Clearance 13.0 inches
Fuel Capacity 1.7 gallons
Curb Weight 243 lbs (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride.)
Available Colors Red
Model Id CRF450R
2016 Honda CRF450R – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $9599 CDN
Engine & Drivetrain
Liquid-cooled single-cylinder 4-stroke
Bore & stroke
96 mm x 62.1 mm
SOHC, 4 valves
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection with 46 mm throttle body
#520 T-ring-sealed chain; 13T/48T
Chassis & Suspension
48 mm inverted KYB PSF® (Pneumatic Spring Fork) with air-adjustable spring rate, and rebound/compression-damping adjustability; 310 mm (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 high-speed; 315 mm (12.4 inches) travel
Dimensions & Additional Information
Front: 80/100 – 21; Rear: 120/80 – 19
Front: 260 mm disc with dual-piston caliper; Rear: 240 mm disc
332 mm (13 in.)
955 mm (37.6 in.)
1,494 mm (58.5 in.)
110.1 kg (242.7 lb.) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
2016 Honda CRF450R – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £6999 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Bore Ã— Stroke (mm) 96.0 x 62.1
Compression Ratio 12.5:1
Engine Displacement (cm³) 449.7
Engine Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke single cylinder Unicam
Ignition System Full Transistor
Max. Power Output 39.5kW / 9,000rpm
Max. Torque 48.0Nm / 7,000rpm
Brakes Front 260mm hydraulic wave disc
Brakes Rear 240mm hydraulic mave disc
Suspension Front Kayaba 48mm inverted PFS2 (310mm stroke)
Suspension Rear Kayaba monoshock using Honda Pro-Link system (315mm stroke, 133.5mm axle travel)
Tyre Size Front 80/100-21 Dunlop MX52F
Tyre Size Rear 100/90-19 Dunlop MX52
Wheels Front Aluminium spoke
Wheels Rear Aluminium spoke
Dimensions and Weights
Caster Angle 27°
Dimensions (LÃ—WÃ—H) (mm) 2,194 x 827 x 1,274
Frame type Aluminium twin tube
Fuel Capacity (Litres) 6.3 litres
Ground Clearance (mm) 332
Kerb Weight (kg) 110.6
Seat Height (mm) 955
Trail (mm) 117
Wheelbase (mm) 1494
Clutch Wet, multiplate
Final Drive Chain
Gearbox Constant mesh
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