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Honda CRF450R

2021 450 MOTOCROSS SHOOTOUT

We have a record crop of bikes, so we took our time to make sure we gave each of them a fair and full evaluation. That includes a newcomer to the motocross world: The GasGas MC450F. We have also included the unchanged Suzuki RM-Z450 thanks to the support of Simi Valley Cycles. Those two will […]

RATING THE 2021 450 MX BIKES SO FAR: THE WRAP

The 2021 450 MX shootout is underway–sort of. We have already tested the Honda CR450R, the Husqvarna FC450, the Kawasaki KX450, the KTM 450SX-F and the Yamaha YZ450F. Unfortunately, we will have to wait for a full house. The Suzuki RM-Z450 and the GasGasMC450 have yet to arrive. It will be the biggest shootout that […]

ALL-NEW 2021 HONDA CRF450R ANNOUNCED

Honda unveiled a newly redesigned CRF450R for model year 2021 today as well as a number  of other bikes based on that platform. Those models include the CRF450RWE factory replica and the CRF450RX off-road racer–both of those bikes got the same long list of revisions as the CRF450R. The CRF450X trail bike and the CRF450RL […]

NICKY HAYDEN’S FORGOTTEN FLATTRACKER

Late in 2001, Gary Jones, Chuck Miller and Nicky Hayden conspired with Dirt Bike Magazine to build an especially off-beat project bike: a dirt-track CRF450R. The bike was set up to run in the Formula USA/SFX National Dirt Track Series, which was designed around 400cc  four-strokes and allowed restricted Rotax 600s and Yamaha 426s to […]

10 GREATEST DIRT BIKES OF THE DECADE, 2010 – 2019

The last decade  brought a period of rapid improvement in dirt-bike design.  We’ve seen technology like electric start and fuel injection go mainstream, four-strokes become lighter and dual-sports break new ground. In general, the bikes of today have improved across the board compared to those of 10 years ago. This is a collection of the […]

2020 450 MX SHOOTOUT VIDEO

The 2020 Honda CRF450R, Husqvarna FC450, Kawasaki KX450, KTM 450SX, Suzuki RM-Z450 and Yamaha YZ450F are out in the real world and after months of riding them, racing them and living with them it’s finally time to pit them against one another.  For the video, scroll down. For the full written story of the 2020 […]

2020 450 SHOOTOUT NOTES: THE WRAP

For weeks we’ve been working on the 2020 450 MX shootout. By “working” I mean riding. We’ve also been doing a lot of photo-taking, bike-cleaning, note-taking and stuff like that, but riding is the most important part. We’ve had the bikes on four different tracks with a total of 10 test riders. Once upon a […]