TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed has been busy getting back into the swing of things after spending a few months on the sidelines due to injuries. In addition to getting back up to speed, he’s also been getting used to the all-new 2013 Honda CRF450R. “I love the bike,” said Reed. “My initial impressions of it weren’t 100% positive, but that was because I didn’t get to start with a stock bike and see what every modification and works part did to the performance of the bike. Because of time constraints and a lack of bikes, the first bike I got to ride was set up for guys like Jeremy McGrath and Justin Barcia. I obviously prefer a much different setup, as I grew to love the bike more and more as I set it up for me.”
As do all the factory Hondas, Chad Reed's new bike is equipped with a hydraulic clutch. We had high hopes that the production bike would be similarly equipped, but were told by Honda engineers that the increase in retail price that would come along with it was the deciding factor in not bringing it into production.