This is a special year for motocross. We’ve assembled the top motocross bikes in the world for Dirt Bike Magazine’s 2023 450 MX shootout. Altogether we have seven bikes: the GasGas MC450F, Honda CRF450R, Husqvarna FC450, Kawasaki KX450, KTM 450SX-F, Suzuki RM-Z450 and the Yamaha YZ450F.  It’s a special time in the sport because of a confluence of technology, trends and current events. Last year’s winner is unchanged but three others are completely new and another is heavily updated. Plus, one motorcycle that had been somewhat taken for granted has suddenly been rediscovered by the motocross community because of recent events and a shift in values. Going in, we had no idea which bike would win. For this comparison, all the bikes were left stock, as delivered. That includes tires and suspension. In some cases, we have been riding these bikes for months and we’re quite familiar with them. Others are newer, but all were fresh for our back-to-back comparisons.

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