In order to appeal to the off-road
crowd, the RX has the electric start-
er as standard equipment. It also
has softer suspension, an 18-inch
rear wheel, a 2.2-gallon fuel tank
(made of plastic) and a kickstand.
The motor hangers are also differ-
ent to allow a little more compliant
feel in frame flex. And even though
everything in the motor—from the
piston to the pipe—is the same as
the motocross model, the mapping
is configured for a more trail-friendly
power delivery. Both the motocross
and off-road 450s have a handle-
bar-mounted switch that allows for
a change in ignition maps.
For the first riding impressions on
the new Honda models, go to www.
(Right) The shock is lower and the
filter is higher, giving the Honda
motor a straight intake tract.
The motocross motor gets a titanium fuel tank.
PREVIEW: 2017 HONDA CRF450R & CRF450RX
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making a comeback!
The 2017 Honda CRF250R
is back without change.