Look up any of Honda’s esteemed line of racing bikes and there’s a good chance that you’ll stumble across the CRF450R and the unique history it possesses despite having been in the market for the last couple of years.
Introduced as an all-new and lighter bike with fuel injection in 2009, the CRF450R earned overwhelming praise, winning in AMA racing and also winning a host of comparison tests and bike of the year awards.
The production version of the CRF450R has upheld the bike’s already legendary history and the 2012 model offers no hint of slowing down the momentum the bike has achieved in short time.
For the 2012 model, Honda added a slew of features to the bike, including stiffer fork outer tubes and front axle collars that bring a more solid feel to the front end, stiffer fork springs, revised suspension settings on the front and rear, plus a new shock linkage that produces improved tracking, more precise handling and added rider confidence over rough terrain. New foot pegs are also wider and longer, thus enhancing rider support while a new chain roller adds durability.
As for the powertrain, the 2012 CRF450R comes with a 449cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine with a Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system that controls fuel injection with remarkable precision, producing amazing drive right off the bottom while delivering a super-strong mid-range punch and an even stronger rush of top-end power.
Find out more about the Honda CRF450R’s specs after the jump.
Yamaha Supercross rider James “Bubba” Steward will have his own show called Bubba’s World on FELD Motor Sports and we just came across the recently released trailer indicating March 28th as the date of the premiere. We wish Steward good luck and plenty of fun with his TV career, but we can’t see him giving the sound of a cheering crowd over big audience figures any time soon.
World Supercross Champion James ‘Bubba’ Stewart has recently presented his house and several garages at MTV’s Cribs. Yamaha’s rider may be a lot of time away for the races, but when he’s home, he sure doesn’t lack comfort and bikes to ride. James even has his own track to practice on and a Segway to help him cover the immense yard. Hmm, I wonder what he expects Santa to bring him…
AURORA, Ill. (June 23, 2008) – Live Nation Motor Sports, Inc., announced today the 2009 Monster Energy(r) AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, schedule, which includes three new markets and four new stadiums. The 2009 Monster Energy(r) Supercross season begins January 3 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., and concludes at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas May 2.
The traditional stop in Indianapolis will give racers and fans alike a new look as the race will move from the RCA Dome (...) > Full story
Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing’s Ryan Dungey capped off the 2008 AMA Supercross Lites season by not only winning the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout for the second year in a row, but by also being honored with the Rising Star Award as well. In the Las Vegas season finale event, Dungey finished second in his heat race and then came from behind to take the win in the 15-lap SX Lites main. Later in the weekend, he was honored with the new Rising Star award at the Live Nation (...) > Full story
The Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing team’s return to Angel Stadium for the third race in Anaheim, California, on Saturday night saw Mike Alessi pick up another impressive sixth-place finish. So far this year, Alessi has had sixth- and fourth-place finishes at this venue. Teammate David Vuillemin finished 14th, and was still recovering from popping his knee out at last weekend’s race. In fact, the Frenchman flew home to France last week to have his personal physician work (...) > Full story
This weekend’s Monster Energy(r) AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race from San Francisco’s AT&T Park will be broadcast in high definition on CBS Sports, Sunday, January 27 at Noon EST. The one-hour broadcast marks the first time in the sport’s history that fans can watch Monster Energy(r) Supercross in High-Definition technology on CBS Sports.
CBS Sports opened the 2008 Monster Energy(r) Supercross season with a one-hour preview show and will air a total of (...) > Full story
It wasn’t just the attendance and temperature that was better than the muddy and cold opener at Anaheim, the racing was too.
MDK KTM Lites riders, Justin Brayton and Billy Laninovich, were eager for the day to start. Brayton wanted to show the audience that he could maneuver his KTM to the front once again and Laninovich wanted to show the crowd that he too was a front runner after a spill of bad luck left him out of the main event the week prior.
Both riders suited up for Heat #2. As (...) > Full story
Monster Energy Kawasaki rider James Stewart captured the AMA Supercross victory while Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ben Townley took the win in AMA Supercross Lites at Texas Stadium in front of 41,635 fans. Teammates Darcy Lange and Timmy Ferry capped off a successful evening, earning the second and third positions in their respective classes.
“It was a really tricky track tonight,” said Stewart. “It was all about trying not to make too many mistakes and hold on to the points (...) > Full story
The 32nd Annual AMA Pro Racing Championship Banquet returned to The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday, Nov., 19, 2006. Hosted by Jamie Little and Todd Harris, the star-studded evening honored the leading riders who have competed in AMA Supercross, Motocross, Superbike, Flat Track, Supermoto and Hillclimb.
The highlight of the banquet was the announcement of the AMA Pro Racing SPEED Athlete of the Year Award recipient. Last year, Ricky Carmichael became the first rider (...) > Full story