The fit and finish of the
SR450S is far superior to
most Chinese-built dirt bikes.
The machine is comfortable,
performs well and sells for a
great price. For our dry con-
ditions, we weren’t fans of
the stock tires.
There is a saying: if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck
and quacks like a duck, it is probably a duck. In the case
of the SR450S, if it looks like a Honda, is it a Honda? No,
it isn’t, but it is a pretty nice copy. In fact, it is such a nice
copy—or clone if you will—that we feel a little uncomfort-
able. This is not a case where a company took an existing
design and improved it or made it its own. The fact that it
is a clone of a machine introduced a decade ago helps a
bit. As much as it looks like a Honda CRF450X, though,
don’t count on the parts being interchangeable.
The upside is that for once a Chinese manufacturer has
not merely made a bike that is a visual copy of an existing
machine while ignoring the tech. It would take a discerning
rider to tell the difference between this bike and an existing
Japanese production model. All of the control efforts are