MXA TESTS THE 2023 HONDA CRF450
The 2023 Honda CRF450 isn’t all-new, but it does come with an extensive list of little updates. The 2023 CRF450’s technical updates include a narrower intake-port shape and longer intake funnel, revised cam profile and smaller throttle body diameter. The frame’s rigidity has been optimized by increasing material thickness in strategic locations and the use of steel engine mounts (replacing aluminum) helps improve front-end traction. A stiffer 56 N/m shock spring (up from 54) and revised fork settings were added to work with the new frame. To enhance strength and reduce noise, the muffler body is constructed from heat-treated aluminum, and a new inner-pipe design is used.
For 2023, Honda also offers a 50th Anniversary Edition of the model, featuring a livery reminiscent of the legendary ’80s CRs that ruled AMA Motocross and Supercross. Easily recognizable to fans of that era, this version features a blue seat cover, white number plates, gold rims, gold handlebar, gray-metallic triple clamp and special graphics.