Honda has announced its 2019 off-road motorcycles, including two all-new models such as the closed-course CRF250RX and road-legal CRF450L. Other bikes receiving a number of updates include the CRF450RX and CRF450X.

Honda CRF450L
The CRF450L is one of two new models in Honda’s off-road lineup.Courtesy of Honda

Honda CRF450L

One of the most notable changes to Honda’s 2019 off-road lineup is the new CRF450L model, a bike intended to be a full-fledged off-road machine and road legal as well. Architecturally, the Unicam engine looks fairly similar to the CRF450R motocrosser, but is different in several ways including an increased crank mass (up 12 percent over the CRF450R) designed to provide better tractability in technical conditions, a new three-ring design piston, a wide-ratio six-speed transmission, a special clutch design for easier lever pull, a higher-capacity lithium-ion battery, a larger-capacity radiator, an electric fan, and a 2-gallon titanium fuel tank.

Honda CRF450L
The CRF450L is intended to be a full-fledged off-road machine while being road-legal as well.Courtesy of Honda

The CRF450L comes with similar suspension components as the CRF450R including a Showa 49mm fork and Showa shock, but both units have dedicated settings designed to handle on- and off-road use. The aluminum frame is similar to the CRF450R, and so is the front brake. However, the CRF450L’s front brake is designed with better fading resistance due to the thicker discs and larger-capacity reservoir. It also has a urethane-injected swingarm designed to reduce road noise, a black Renthal 7/8-inch handlebar with a red bar pad, and a gas cap with a cut-off valve to prevent fuel from flowing out of tank if the bike is on its side.

The CRF450L has an IRC GP21 front tire and IRC GP22 rear tire, both mounted to black rims. Additionally, to make it street legal, it has a dedicated single-muffler exhaust system that meets emission requirements, mirrors, and LED lights. The CRF450L will be available in September 2018 for $10,399.

Honda CRF250RX
The second new model to Honda’s off-road lineup is the CRF250RX.Courtesy of Honda

Honda CRF250RX

The second new model to Honda’s off-road lineup is the CRF250RX. The all-new machine is based on the CRF250R motocross bike and joins the CRF450RX as another one of Honda’s closed-course, off-road competition bikes.

The CRF250RX is equipped with off-road-specific parts in stock form, including a 2.2-gallon resin fuel tank, an 18-inch rear wheel, and a kickstand. The electric-start-equipped DOHC engine has dual exhaust ports, a 44mm throttle body, a downdraft intake layout similar to the CRF250R motocrosser, and ECU settings tailored for off-road riding conditions.

Honda CRF250RX
The CRF250RX is based on the CRF250R motocross bike and joins the CRF450RX as another one of Honda’s closed-course off-road competition bikes.Courtesy of Honda

The Showa 49mm coil-spring fork and Showa shock are similar to the CRF250R, but both suspension components are set up specifically for off-road use. Also, the top triple clamp features two handlebar holder locations for moving the handlebar rearward and forward by 26mm, and the bar can be moved an additional 10mm from the base position, resulting in four total unique riding positions.

The CRF250RX comes with HRC launch control, a Renthal Fatbar handlebar, and Dunlop AT81 tires fitted to black rims. The all-new off-road model will be available in September 2018 for $8,299.

Honda CRF450RX
The CRF450RX features the same changes the CRF450R motocrosser receives for 2019.Courtesy of Honda

Honda CRF450RX

The CRF450RX features the same changes the CRF450R motocrosser received for 2019, most to the engine. The revisions made to the powerplant include an updated cylinder head design, a larger-diameter header pipe, a revised clutch lifter and pressure plate, a new scavenge pump design, a new piston oil jet, a new shift sensor, HRC launch control, and updated engine mode select options. Also, the total tube length of the exhaust system (from exhaust port to muffler end) is increased by 98mm (approximately 3.9 inches) on the right and 187mm (approximately 7.4 inches) on the left.

The chassis of the CRF450RX has been refined with changes to the aluminum frame designed to improve traction and cornering feel and to reduce weight. The swingarm has also been updated to have better rigidity characteristics and be lighter, and the shock linkage has been changed to work with the new swingarm as well. The front brake caliper is lighter and uses a pair of 30mm and 27mm pistons, whereas the previous model used two 27mm units, intended to improve braking performance along with the updated front brake hose.

Honda CRF450RX
The CRF450RX will be available in September 2018 and will retail for $9,599.Courtesy of Honda

Like the CRF250RX, the top triple clamp now has two handlebar-holder locations along with a new Renthal Fatbar that is positioned 15mm lower than the previous models. The final chassis changes are redesigned fork protectors with more coverage, black rims, and newly shaped footpegs that are 20 percent lighter and are designed to shed mud more easily. The CRF450RX will be available in September 2018 for $9,599.

Honda CRF450X
The CRF450X undergoes a complete overhaul for 2019.Courtesy of Honda

Honda CRF450X

The CRF450X receives a complete overhaul for 2019. The bike is now based more on the modern CRF platform but has a slew of features designed for off-road use, such as an 18-inch rear wheel, headlight, kickstand, and 2-gallon titanium fuel tank.

The new Unicam engine is similar to the CRF450R, but has a 12 percent higher crank mass, a wide-ratio six-speed transmission, different valve timing, a new piston with a three-ring design, large-capacity radiators, a different clutch design, revised ECU settings, an off-road-specific exhaust system, and an emissions-compliant muffler with a spark arrestor.

Honda CRF450X
The CRF450X is based more on the modern CRF platform but has a slew of features make it designed for off road, such as an 18-inch rear wheel, headlight, kickstand, and 2-gallon titanium fuel tank.Courtesy of Honda

The CRF450X has a similar Showa 49mm coil-spring fork to the CRF450R but with off-road-specific settings. Chassis-wise, the bike has a new aluminum twin-spar frame, a new subframe, a lithium-ion battery with increased capacity to power the halogen headlight and LED taillight, a CRF450R-inspired front brake with a different master cylinder and hose intended to be better suited for off-road, and a cut-off valve on the fuel tank cap to prevent the bike from leaking gas if the bike falls on its side. Lastly, the CRF450X comes with Dunlop MX52 tires mounted to black rims. The CRF450X will be available in October 2018 for $9,799.