The CRF450RX was introduced as an all-new model to Honda’s lineup in 2017. It serves as Big Red’s flagship cross-country competition bike that is designed to be employed in off-road races such as Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) and the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS). How does it vary from the MX-specific CRF450R? The CRF450RX model comes equipped with off-road-focused parts, such as an 18-inch rear wheel, kickstand, larger-capacity fuel tank, and softer suspension settings.
Since the CRF450RX first hit the market in 2017, we have ridden it, dyno’d it, and tested it in race settings such as the Adelanto Grand Prix and the Lake Elsinore Grand Prix. In 2019, our dirt-only sister publication, Dirt Rider, conducted a 450 Off-Road Shootout, which pitted the CRF450RX up against its three main competitors in the 450 cross-country motorcycle segment including the Yamaha YZ450FX, KTM 450 XC-F, and Husqvarna FX 450. As far as pricing, the CRF450RX costs $100 more than the YZ450FX, $900 less than the 450 XC-F, and $1,000 less than the FX 450.
The Honda CRF450RX received a few minor changes for the new decade such as the addition of Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), a new battery position, and internal suspension updates.
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