The 2019 450 Off-Road Dirt Bike Shootout pits the latest 2019 dirt bike models against each other to find out the best 450 off-road dirt bike. For 2019, we compared the 2019 Honda CRF450RX, 2019 Husqvarna FX 450, 2019 KTM 450 XC-F, and 2019 Yamaha YZ450FX. This comparison test was done to determine how each manufacturer's 2019 450 cross-country dirt bikes stack up in a variety of different terrain and riding types. We rode the four bikes on tight trails, fast single-track, wide-open sections, hill climbs, and vet-level motocross tracks.

We took delivery of each motorcycle and installed DeCal Works preprinted number-plate backgrounds, then mounted Dunlop D404 street tires on the rear wheels for runs on our Dynojet dyno. Afterward, we mounted Dunlop AT81 tires on each bike front and rear to ensure consistency in traction among the four competitors through the duration of the test.

The shootout began at Cahuilla Creek MX in Anza, California, for photos and videos. We then headed to the high desert of Southern California for an initial shakedown of the four machines. The official test day took place back at Cahuilla Creek MX, where each manufacturer was present to make any necessary adjustments to their respective bikes for each rider. The test team consisted of four riders ranging in ability from novice to AMA pro, with weights ranging from 125 to 185 pounds.

Read on to find out how the four bikes finished when the dust settled and the results were tallied.

2019 450 Off-Road Shootout Dyno Comparison Chart
2019 450 Off-Road Shootout Dyno Comparison ChartRobert Martin
Bike Weight, Full Tank (lb.) Fuel Capacity (gal.) Seat Height (in.) MSRP
CRF450RX 257 2.25 37.4 $9,599
FX 450 240 2.25 37.0 $10,499
450 XC-F 240 2.25 37.4 $10,599
YZ450FX 256 2.2 37.4 $9,499

What Is The Best 2019 Off-Road Dirt Bike?

Our 2019 Off-Road Dirt Bike Shootout saw the best latest offerings from Honda, Yamaha, Husqvarna, and KTM. There are some manufacturers missing, but that’s because we wanted to test the newest models, one with updates or refreshes. For the 2019 model year, the Yamaha YZ450FX was our top-rated dirt bike with great scores in every category. Second was the 2019 KTM 450 XC-F, in third was the 2019 Husqvarna FX 450, and in last place was the Honda CRF450RX. Read our reviews for each model for an in-depth analysis and why they landed where they did.

Which 2019 Dirt Bike Makes The Most Power?

Part of our 2019 Off-Road Dirt Bike Shootout, is a comparison of the power that each of these bikes makes. Comparing horsepower between the four dirt bike models, the 2019 Honda CRF450RX makes the most with 53.70 hp at 9,680 rpm. Looking at torque, we see that the 2019 Husqvarna FX 450 makes the most with max torque at 33.94 pound-feet at 6,800 rpm.