Spy Photos | 2017 Honda CRF250/450R
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Round one of the 2016 All Japan National Championships kicked off last weekend in Kumamoto, Japan, and as always, TransWorld Motocross was on hand to check out the racing and machinery. More often than not, the bikes of the Japanese series are a very good indicator of what's to come the following year in production. In the past, we've seen several all-new models in action on the Japanese race tracks, as far as two years before they hit the showroom floors in America.
Without a doubt, the most interesting bikes found in the pits at Kyushu Sports Park were the factory Hondas, piloted by ten-time All Japan National Champion Akira Narita and his IA2 class teammate Chihiro Notsuka. Narita’s CRF450R is an all-new machine that is said to be a very good indicator of what to expect in 2017. Boasting an all-new chassis and bodywork, Narita’s bike is equipped with an electric start and a hydraulic clutch. Will both features find their way into production? Details were mixed, but it sounds like the decision has yet to be made, and there is a good chance that both will be available as official Honda accessories in the HRC parts catalog. One more definite detail we were surprised to hear, however, was that Honda will make the switch back to mechanical spring forks on both the CRF250R and CRF450R in 2017. Showa Twin Chamber forks are said to be slated for production.
For more details, see the gallery above! Enjoy!