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.

  • 2012 Honda CRF450R
  • Year:
    2012
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine
  • Displacement:
    449 L

Specifications

2012 Honda CRF450R High Resolution Exterior
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Model CRF450R
Engine Type 449cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore and Stroke 96mm x 62.1mm
Compression ratio 12.0:1
Valve Train Unicam, four-valve; 36mm intake, titanium; 30mm exhaust, steel
Induction PGM-FI, 46mm throttle body
Ignition Full transistor with electronic advance
Transmission Close-ratio five-speed
Final Drive #520 chain; 13T/48T
Suspension Front 48mm inverted KYB Air-Oil-Separate (AOS) with rebound and compression damping adjustability; 12.2 inches travel
Suspension Rear Pro-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 Front Single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Brakes Rear Single 240mm disc
Tires Front Dunlop MX51 80/100-21
Tires Rear Dunlop MX51 120/80-19
Wheelbase 58.7 inches
Rake (Caster Angle) 27° 05’
Trail 116mm (4.57 inches)
Seat Height 37.6 inches
Ground Clearance 13.1 inches
Fuel Capacity 1.5 gallons
Color Red
Curb Weight 238
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