Dirt and motocross riders will like Honda’s updated CRF450R and CRF450RWE

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by Matthew Galang for TopBikes.ph | Mar 20, 2021
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Off-road enthusiasts will be familiar with Honda’s CRF dirt-bike platform commonly seen on dirt trails and motocross tracks. For the 2022 model year, the CRF450R and the CRF450RWE receive some choice updates.

A reworked 449cc Unicam engine is at the heart of the CRF450R, armed with a new cylinder head that, together with the single-muffler exhaust, increases power and exhaust efficiency. The front and rear Showa suspension has been fine-tuned for better damping and handling, and the frame is about a half a kilo lighter than the previous generation’s. The 2022 model gets Dunlop MX3S tires, which happen to be the rubber of choice for the current crop of motocross racers.

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Controls have been updated, too, with launch assist, power modes, and more now at the rider’s disposal.

If you’re looking for something a little more serious, the CRF450RWE (WE for Works Edition) gets all the features of the CRF450R in addition to a Yoshimura exhaust, a twin air filter, a Throttle Jockey seat cover, a Hinson clutch basket and cover, premium DID DirtStar LT-X rims, Kashima and titanium-nitrate-coated forks, a special red cylinder head cover, and a few more special touches. As befits a special-edition machine, the CRF450RWE will only be available in limited numbers.

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Prices start at $9,599 (approximately P467,000) for the standard CRF450R, and $12,399 (around P603,000) for the CRF450RWE. Would you want Honda PH to bring these off-road machines into our market?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopBikes.ph. Minor edits have been made.

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