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race bikes ever built. Having Jeremy McGrath involved in the testing and development of this machine had a lot to do with how this bike works. It turns, jumps and handles like a factory race bike. The weight bias is the best ever. With a low center of gravity, and a built-in ability to execute the “scrub”, this is one of the most agile Honda racers we have ever ridden. Even turning on hard packed flat corners is easier on this machine. It sticks and holds a line or you can rail the berm with ease. It is also more plush in the rough stuff, looks futur‑ istic and sleek, and has great, smooth, hard hitting power. Combined with a versatile, and easy to dial in, air fork sys‑ tem, the 2013 Honda CRF450R is the best handling machine they have rolled out in years. That is saying something, con‑ sidering some of the prime off- road dirt bikes that Honda has unleashed over the years. The Manufacturer Suggested Retail price starts at $8440. Steep, but well worth it. If you want a bike that’s ready to win, right out of your dealers show‑ room floor, then this is your machine. Specifications: 2013 Honda CRF 450R ENGINE Engine Type: 449cc liquid-cooled single- cylinder four-stroke Bore And Stroke: 96mm x 62.1mm Compression Ratio: 12.5:1 Valve Train: Unicam®, four-valve; 36mm intake, titanium; 31mm ex‑ haust, steel Induction: Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), 46mm throttle body Ignition: Full transistor with electronic advance DRIVE TRAIN Transmission: Close-ratio five-speed Final Drive: #520 Chain; 13T/48T CHASSIS, SUSPENSION & BRAKES Front Suspension: 48mm inverted KYB PSF(tm) (Pneumatic Spring Fork) with rebound and compression Rear Suspension: Pro-Link KYB single shock with spring preload, rebound damping adjustability, and compression damping ad‑ justment separated into low- speed and high-speed; 12.5 inches travel Front Brake: Single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper Rear Brake: Single 240mm disc Front Tire: 80/100-21 Dunlop MX51FA Rear Tire: 120/80-19 Dunlop MX51 DIMENSIONS Wheelbase: 58.7 inches Rake: 27°04’ (Caster Angle) Trail: 116mm (4.57 inches) Seat Height: 37.5 inches Ground Clearance: 13.0 inches Fuel Capacity: 1.66 gallons Curb Weight: 242.7 lbs (Includes all stan‑ dard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel— ready to ride.) Available Colors: Red MSRP: Starting at $8440* www.dirtillustrated.com