Videography/ Editing by Scott Smith • Helmet camera operated by Ricky Yorks • Originally posted Tuesday, June 19, 2012
2013 Honda CRF450R. Dual exhaust. Air suspension. Electronic Fuel Injection. With updates like these, Honda clearly is not messing around in 2013. In a year where some other manufacturers are not applying massive—if any—changes to their machines, the boys in red have come up with a heavily revised formula for their flagship 450cc motocross bike, and the buzz has been incredible. Several weeks ago you read our first impression of the 2013 CRF; now, we have been lucky enough to spend even more time on the new bike, and as a result we have learned a lot about how the big Honda works on the track.
In this video, we take the 2013 Honda CRF450R out to Milestone MX Park in sunny Southern California to see how the bike works on a track that we are familiar with. But in order to gain a proper feel for just how heavily changed this bike is, we got our hands on a stock 2012 CRF450R and rode the two motorcycles back-to-back, which made the changes incredibly evident. From sound testing to rider opinions to eye-catching beauty shots of the bike, this is our in-depth opinion on the 2013 Honda CRF450R: