Straight-line stability still isn’t one of the Honda’s strong suits in 2016. The CRF450R still feels a little twitchy on fast straights leading into corners (especially fast, sweeping corners). Faster riders felt the front end of the bike had a nervous feeling initially right before de-cel, then the CRF450 will settle into a berm or rut nicely. But, getting to the corners is the tough part. When there is a fast/rough straight the ‘16 CRF450R is somewhat of a chore at times. We have tried 22mm offset clamps on the 2015 (from the standard 20mm offset) model and this did help settle Big Red down on fast, choppy, straights. With that in mind, the 2016 Honda is still one of the best cornering bikes out today. If the corners are slower and tighter, this is where you pick up on the machine’s light and flickable feeling. Tons of front-end traction is felt with the Honda chassis in corners, a trait that will give slightly less experienced cornering riders a boost of confidence knowing they can lay it in with ease. Pivoting and exiting corners is done on a dime and at times it will feel like you’re riding a 250F instead of a bigger sized machine. We do wish Honda would go to Dunlop MX32 tires instead of the standard MX52 for increased traction.