Upon first starting the Honda engine and blipping the throttle a few times, it becomes apparent that it has somewhat of a loud engine and airbox noise, and it has a very throaty note overall. On the track, the engine is powerful and aggressive. The bottom-end is snappy, the midrange hits hard, and the top-end pulls strongly into the over-rev, which is plentiful as well. The seemingly never-ending top-end and over-rev make each gear feel long and, as a result, the bike requires less shifting than some of the other machines. When the track got beat up and baked out, it was possible to keep the CRF in third gear for a majority of the track for some test riders, but one tester complained that it seems to be missing some torque feel that helps give the rider confidence. Additionally, the bike revs quickly and has very little engine-braking.