2017 Honda CRF450R Spy Photos

E-Start CRF450R?

Recently seen racing at round 5 of the All-Japan nationals by Akira Narita, this Factory Honda CRF450R could be a sign of what’s to come to dealerships as soon as 2017. The race bike looks to have an all new motor, a new frame, and new plastics, and maybe most interesting of all – electric start.

The Japanese manufacturers use the loose race bike restrictions in Japan to race true factory machines, but also to sometimes test new production parts or even full prototypes of bikes that are headed for an upcoming production model. This machine had both e-start and a kickstarter, but Honda techs were not giving out info, so we’re all left to wonder for now if this e-start with kick backup is headed to production machinery.