THIRD PLACE: HONDA CRF450RX: Third
place on the track goes to Honda, just as it did in
our motocross shootout. The off-road version has
all the same assets: agile handling, plush suspension and instant throttle response. It suffers from
a dramatic increase in weight over the motocross
version, and that’s hard to
justify, even with the addition of electric start.
FOURTH PLACE: YAMAHA YZ450FX: The YZ450FX
was fourth in the track portion of the test for virtually all of
our test riders. In the past, Yamaha could always count on
superior suspension to bring up the bike’s overall score.
The fork and shock are still outstanding, but the tide has
risen in that category. As a result, the Yamaha’s weight
has become its overriding personality trait.
At the end of the day, it’s still 24 pounds
heavier than the Husqvarna.
APRIL 2017 / DIRT BIKE 51