Honda’s MX flagship evolves once more, thanks to lessons learned from fighting at the very front of a world-class pack. The 23YM has considerably more low-down torque and a smoother power delivery for the engine to promote corner-exit drive, while revised frame rigidity and suspension generate greater stability on braking, quicker turning, elevated front tyre grip and improved ability on rutted ground. It’s a bike designed to make going faster, easier. As well as a new graphic treatment featuring a brand new redesign of the iconic HRC logos, for 23YM only, to mark 5 decades since the iconic CR250M Elsinore took to the track as Honda’s first MX racer, a special CRF450R 50th Anniversary model, drawing its aesthetic inspiration from the legendary CRs of the 1980s.
HRC rider feedback from the FIM World MXGP, AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross championships has steered the direction of CRF450R development. As a result, the 23YM machine is easier to rider faster, for longer.
Revised rigidity for the frame allows an increase in rear spring rate and damping, for improved control, without unwanted stiffness. Likewise, front tyre grip is heightened and the 23YM machine (compared to the 22YM) is more stable and turns faster with better suspension reaction and bump absorption.
Driving the new chassis harder through and out of corners, the engine now produces much greater low-rpm torque with increased, smoother low-down power delivery; new intake ports, a longer air funnel, smaller diameter throttle body and revised, factory rider-spec. cam timing are responsible. The rear muffler has also been made more durable.
New graphics feature new redesigned iconic HRC logos, representing the expansion of HRC’s racing activities, while the 23YM CRF450R 50th Anniversary marks 50 years since the CR250M Elsinore took to the racetrack, starting Honda on its MX odyssey.
|Engine Type||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke single cylinder uni-cam|
|Bore x Stroke (mm)||96.0 x 62.1|
|Front Brake||Single 260mm disk|
|Rear Brake||Single 240mm disk|
|Front Suspension||Showa 49mm USD fork|
|Rear Suspension||Showa monoshock using Honda Pro-Link|
|Front Wheel||Aluminium spoke|
|Rear Wheel||Aluminium spoke|
|Dimensions||2,182mm x 827mm x 1,267mm|
|Frame Type||Aluminium twin tube|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||6.3 litres|
|Clutch||Wet type multi-plate|