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Better than a Video Game: Click on this ride preview of the new Honda CRF450R for an action packed tour de force. Another
video by Brennan Wright shot at Glen Helen Raceway.
and routes out of both sides
onto the rear of the machine.
This makes it easier to move
around on and gives it a more
balanced feel. Now, instead of
one large, heavy muffler hang‑
ing off of one side, the compact
twin mufflers now flow smooth‑
ly and evenly to either side of
the bike. This also helps with
the overall mass centralization
concept. Since the new twin muf‑
fler system tucks in much bet‑
ter than the single muffler did,
it is also better protected in
case of a crash. The twin muffs
are super short and flow with
the 2013 model’s new body‑
work, making the latest Honda
CRF one of the most flickable
CRF450R’s ever built.
This is not some minor
cosmetic upgrade model, as
everywhere you look on this
machine, you’re going to see
major improvements. The en‑
gine benefits from a new piston
shape, porting, and valve tim‑
ing, along with more compres‑
sion for increased power. The
radiators are smaller for 2013,
and now flow more air. The
clutch is also totally redesigned,
with six springs for better dura‑
bility and more feel at the lever.
Honda has also beefed up the
footpegs and made tire im‑
provements on their next gen‑