2012 Honda CRF450R

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.


Honda CRF450R
Engine Type449cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore and Stroke96mm x 62.1mm
Compression ratio12.0:1
Valve TrainUnicam, four-valve; 36mm intake, titanium; 30mm exhaust, steel
InductionPGM-FI, 46mm throttle body
IgnitionFull transistor with electronic advance
TransmissionClose-ratio five-speed
Final Drive#520 chain; 13T/48T
Suspension Front48mm inverted KYB Air-Oil-Separate (AOS) with rebound and compression damping adjustability; 12.2 inches travel
Suspension RearPro-Link KYB single shock with spring preload, rebound damping adjustability, and compression damping adjustment separated into low-speed and high-speed; 12.5 inches travel
Brakes FrontSingle 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Brakes RearSingle 240mm disc
Tires FrontDunlop MX51 80/100-21
Tires RearDunlop MX51 120/80-19
Wheelbase58.7 inches
Rake (Caster Angle)27° 05’
Trail116mm (4.57 inches)
Seat Height37.6 inches
Ground Clearance13.1 inches
Fuel Capacity1.5 gallons
Curb Weight238

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