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piston, new head design, and new six and longer lasting. having to send your forks out to a shop to be set up correctly, you can simply do-it-yourself, at the track. in about five min‑ utes. This allows even the moderately astute racer/me‑ chanic to dial in their suspen‑ sion system at the track. You can even modify it for changing track conditions during the day. The feel on this new front end is simply amazing. Honda Progressive Steering Damper Honda’s HPSD is designed to work with the front and rear suspension and improve the Honda sells a programmable fuel injection setting tool for the CRF450R from HRC. Kevin Aschenbak dials in the jetting for our test bike at Glen Helen Raceway. overall steering feel on rough or smooth sections of the track. Designed to give the rider un‑ matched steering precision under braking, acceleration, and in the whoops, ruts, and hardpack, Honda has taken great pains to make sure this integrated steering stabilizer is simple, smooth, effective and functional. New Piston Shape Along with a new cylinder- head design, a new piston gives the CRF450R a boost in com‑ pression for increased horse‑ power. The piston is also shot- peened with a moly-coating treatment, which helps to t re‑ duce friction, and in turn, make more power. More New Motor Improvements... While the CRF450R engine looks a lot like the old style CRF450 motor it also has a host of improvements, outside of the new piston. It now uses a slightly higher compression ratio, from 12 to 12.5 to 1. This gives it a bit more hit, right off the bottom end. Power pick up is much better. There is also now a two hole oil jet in the motor that sprays the bottom www.dirtillustrated.com