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We had police/fireman mxer, and off road racer, Ryan Chapin put in some hot laps
on our test bike at Glen Helen Raceway. “ I have a 2012 Honda CRF450R and this
model is a substantial improvement, “
Ryan Chapin, who is an EMT, raced the Policeman/Fireman Olympics in 2011 and
came away with a second in the Open Class and third in the Senior Four-Stroke.
Ryan feels the 2013 Honda is so good that he is selling his 2012, and ordering the
new one to race in the future. Look out fellow firemen, EMTs and police officers.
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easily dialable suspension sys‑
tem on the new CRF450R.
It gets the weight lower and
more forward, making the ma‑
chines overall handling much
nimbler. More control via its
well thought out mass central‑
ization. It is agile, and quick
turning, but smooth and very
responsive. It stays on the
ground, hooks up quicker, and
is more flickable in the air.
The front end feels lighter,
and there is more grip with
the new air front suspension.
It tracks well, and when you
want it to, it whips sideways
better than ever. It fits the new
“Scrub” riding style extremely
well, and by staying lower and
closer to the ground you will be
able to cut faster laps.
Power is also better than last
years model, the biggest differ‑
ence being more grunt and bot‑
tom end. It has a good hit, right
off the bottom, a solid mid-
range, and revs out on top. We
think it looks good sitting still,
especially with the new plas‑
tic and graphics, and moving
around on it is easier than ever.
The whole package is well
thought out. It is a “Fun-to-
ride” fully race capable ma‑
chine, that is one of the most
responsive Honda production