2017 NEW MODELS
HONDA CRF450R: TBA
Honda’s long-awaited redesign of its 450 is a late arrival
for 2017. It has a new intake design that brings air into
the motor over the top shock mount. The motor still uses
the Unicam layout, but is completely redesigned, and an
electric-starter kit will be a dealer-installed option. The fork
now has coil springs rather than air, but the overall weight
is said to be no more than before.
KAWASAKI KX450F: $8849
With a new chassis that arrived in 2016, the present-day
KX450 is narrower and lighter than it was, making it a very
safe choice in the 450 class. It has Showa’s SFF TAC air
fork, which has two opposing air chambers in the right fork
leg and all the damping functions in the left. The KX is a
very adjustable bike, with several options for footpeg and
HUSQVARNA FC450: $9499
The top of the food chain in motocross is up for grabs
this year, and the Husky FC450 is one of the leading contenders. It has always had the power, and this year the
suspension is vastly improved with the WP AER 48 fork.
It still has electric start and is amazingly light. The new
traction-control feature is a program that smooths out sudden rpm increases.
KTM 450SX-F: $9399
It’s hard to pretend that the KTM 450 isn’t flat incredible.
It’s the most powerful and lightest bike in the 450 class. It
has electric start, and for 2017 it gets a new fork. The WP
AER 48 has all its damping workings in the right leg, and in
the left side there’s a single chamber that replaces the coil
spring, saving almost 3 pounds and improving ride quality
dramatically over last year’s fork.
The brightest stars on the dirt bike horizon