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.