HONDA CRF450R: $8699
The Honda returns with its dual-exhaust system, HPSD
steering damper and push-button selection of CPU maps
for altering the power delivery. The Honda fork is a KYB
air system. The CRF450R remains one of the lightest bikes
in the class and is easy to manhandle—by 450 standards.
The power is also very mild by 450 standards.
KAWASAKI KX450F: $8799
Kawasaki seems to go into R&D overdrive occasionally.
The 2016 KX450F is a perfect example. The whole bike
was redesigned. It’s lighter and much slimmer. The KX still
uses the Showa Triple Air fork and is very customizable.
You can alter the location of the bars and pegs, plus you
can change the power delivery with plug-in adapters.
HUSQVARNA FC450: $9399
This is kind of a new golden age for Husqvarna. Since
being absorbed by KTM, Husky has produced more bikes
than it has in years. The FC450 is based on the KTM
450SXF but has different suspension settings, different
bodywork, a different intake system and many other items
that set it apart. It’s fast, light and has electric start, like
KTM 450SX-F: $9299
This is a new bike for 2016 and is now the lightest
motorcycle in the 450 class, despite having electric start.
It has a chromoly steel frame, a WP shock and a WP 4CS
fork. The engine is still a SOHC design with a new throttle
body. The power delivery can be altered electronically, and
the KTM now has a launch control mode.
A record-breaking harvest