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.”
A closer look at the magnesium side cover and hydraulic clutch slave. The steel shift lever is a factory Honda part. In addition to being a tad longer and offering more leverage for better shifting, it is also designed to bend in the event of an impact, rather than snap. The titanium pegs on Reed's bike are borderline frightening.