The 2023 Honda CRF450R gets a revised frame with multiple changes to frame thickness and engine mounts. The chassis has also been revised to generate a more precise steering response, more stability, and better suspension compliance.

Frame rigidity has been increased by fine-tuning the thicknesses of the single-downtube joint and the rear shock’s upper mounts; the cylinder-head hangers have changed from aluminum to steel; the rear shock’s spring rate has been increased from 39.8 to 41.3 pounds per millimeter, and the shock has been re-valved in accordance with the new spring ratio.

The rear suspension offers 11-position rebound damping adjustability and six-position compression adjustment. The new aluminum swingarm measures 23 inches center to center, while the wheelbase now spans 58.3 inches.

Anew 49mm Showa fork delivers a generous 12.2 inches of travel, with 13 adjustments for rebound damping and 15 for compression damping. Steering geometry is set at 27.1 degrees with 4.5 inches of trail. Claimed weight is 245 pounds wet including a full fuel load. Weight distribution front/rear is 49/51.

The 2023 Honda CRF450R motor has been worked over to produce power more smoothly and an added dollop of torque. Honda says the updates include a longer intake funnel, 2mm-narrower throttle body, narrower intake port shape, and a new cam profile.

The muffler has been beefed up in the 2023 Honda CRF450R. The inner pipe is a new design, and it sits inside a heat-treated aluminum body. In addition to being more durable, Honda also claims it is quieter.

Honda has changed the thickness of the frame in unspecific amounts and locations. According to Honda, this optimized the frame’s rigidity.

The new engine of the 2023 Honda CRF450R mounts is steel, replacing aluminum mounts. Honda tells us this improves traction at the front end.

With the revised frame rigidity and new motor mounts come complementary changes to the Showa suspension. The fork gets new settings and the shock’s spring rate increases.

Honda tapped into the 1980s for the 50th Anniversary Edition’s styling cues. Sure, Honda could have gone with 1973 styling, baring the 2023’s titanium tank and giving it a green stripe along the top and the iconic yellow Honda wing on the tank, plus green number plates, but the company is pretty set on red these days.

So, we get a blue seat, white number plates, gold D.I.D DirtStar rims, gold Renthal handlebar, dark-gray triple clamps, and a 50th Anniversary sticker on the front number plate.

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2023 Honda CRF450R

2023 Honda CRF450R

2023 Honda CRF450R

2023 Honda CRF450R

2023 Honda CRF450R

2023 Honda CRF450R

2023 Honda CRF450R

FULL SPECIFICATIONS

2023 Honda CRF450R 50th Anniversary Edition Specs

ENGINE

Type: 4-stroke single

Displacement: 450cc

Bore x stroke: 96.0 x 62.1mm

Compression ratio: 13.5:1

Valvetrain: SOHC; 4 valves

Fueling: EFI w/ 44mm throttle body

Starting: Electric

Transmission: 5-speed

Clutch: Hydraulically actuated wet-multiplate

Final drive: 520 chain

CHASSIS

Frame: Twin-spar aluminum

Handlebar: Renthal tapered aluminum

Front suspension; travel: Fully adjustable Showa inverted 49mm fork; 12.2 inches

Rear suspension: Linkage-assisted fully adjustable Showa piggyback shock; 12.4 inches

Rims: D.I.D DirtStar

Tires: Dunlop Geomax MX33

Front tire: 80/100 x 21

Rear tire: 120/80 x 19

Front brake: 260mm disc w/ 2-piston caliper

Rear brake: 240mm disc w/ single-piston caliper

DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES

Wheelbase: 58.3 inches

Rake: 27.1 degrees

Trail: 4.5 inches

Seat height: 38.0 inches

Ground clearance: 13.2 inches

Fuel capacity: 1.7 gallons

Wet weight: 245 pounds

Color: Red

2023 Honda CRF450R 50th Anniversary Edition Price: $9899 MSRP

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