The Honda CRF450RW is the works machine developed by Team HRC’s engineers and the technical might of Honda Racing Corporation and Honda’s R&D department in Japan. It’s a masterpiece of engineering efficiency and performance, and the 2017 bike is the latest all-new version of the 2016 World Championship-winning machine.
Development moved as fast as the bike’s pace on track in 2014 when HRC returned to MXGP as a factory effort, and five race victories ensued, four of those coming as the season drew to its close. With an intensive programme of further development over the winter, the 2015 bike proved to be a winner again, and finished second and third in the world. In 2016, HRC’s three-year plan was realised when Tim Gajser took his CRF450RW to the World Championship title – Honda’s first in 16 years. At the end of the 2016 season, the all-new 2017 CRF450RW was also debuted, first by Evgeny Bobryshev at the final two rounds of the season, and then also by Gajser at the SMX Riders’ Cup where he took the new bike’s first moto win.
The lightest stock machine in its class, it carries these characteristics into motocross race trim following Honda’s ethos of mass centralisation, combining light weight and effortless manoeuvrability with useable power delivery. Its slim proportions feature finely tuned aerodynamics and a low centre of gravity for greater control in the air.
The factory versions of the machine are shod with Pirelli tyres and Showa’s SFF Air TAC suspension, and a number of custom performance parts such as billet titanium footpegs, titanium bolts to reduce weight, factory-spec cylinder head and camshaft, and custom US-Yoshimura exhausts.
The Honda CRF has remarkable motorsport lineage and is a force to be reckoned with across all off-road disciplines.
In the MX2 category of the FIM Motocross World Championship, Gajser took the first of his back-to-back titles in 2015 on his CRF250RW, marking a motocross milestone for Honda and HRC.
In the Dakar rally, an all-new Honda CRF450 RALLY delivered remarkable performances in both the 2014 and 2015 editions of this gruelling event, and again took stage wins in Dakar 2016 and 2017 with both Joan Barreda and Paulo Goncalves leading during the two events. In the Enduro World Championship, Redmoto’s campaign is successfully building upon past successes such as Alex Salvini’s 2013 World Championship title aboard his CRF450R and Giacomo Redondi’s EJ World Championship crown in 2016.
At the other end of the spectrum, the CRF150R provides the ideal first step in a 4-stroke motocross career in the Honda 150 European Championship, which is growing from strength to strength after a successful inaugural season in 2013. Graduates like Jere Haavisto became the youngest rider to represent his country at the 2015 Motocross of Nations, at the age of just 16.
|Engine||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 4-valve OHC single|
|Bore x Stroke||96.0 x 62.1|
|Max Power||Restricted Information|
|Fuel System||Fuel Injection|
|Exhaust & Air filter||US Yoshimura / Twin Air|
|Final Drive (Chain)||D.I.D 520 ERT2|
|Wheels & Tyres||D.I.D Dirt Star/Pirelli|
|Fuel Capacity||Restricted Information|