First Impression: 2014 Honda CRF450R

After learning from the number of massive changes made to the CRF450R in 2013, Honda felt that there was still room for improvement in 2014. The Japanese brand refined a number of areas on the already-impressive machine, including the engine (new cylinder head, exhaust system, dual-stage fuel injection) and suspension (fork internal components and pressures) and have upped the ante in the competitive big-bore class. To see what was changed for the new model year and how it improves the bike, Honda invited us to Chaney Ranch for a private day of testing and we’ve come away with a solid impression on the big red beast…