Earlier this week we were invited out to a special event that the crew at Honda held that celebrated big news by the Japanese manufacturer. Unveiling their 2019 “CRF Performance Line” that included three new models to their lineup, they are adding some serious excitement to their already solid lineup. The biggest news relating directly to motocross racers? The all-new CRF450RWE, which is a “Works Edition” model with added race mods that will offer the consumer a bike that is race-tuned to replicate Ken Roczen’s Team Honda HRC race bike. They also released an all-new street legal CRF 450L that is super exciting for the road-to-trail enthusiasts, and an all-new CRF250RX that fills the gap beneath the already successful CRF450RX. A huge update to their CRF450X model is big news for the off road crowd, and one that should change the game for off road racers. One last completely superficial detail that most will find to be great news is the black wheels that now come stock on all of these new and updated models (less the CRF150R.) Read on below for the official press release along with detailed information and photos of every model and click the links for more info!
From American Honda: IRVINE, Calif. (May 23, 2018) - During a recent "CRF Collective" unveiling ceremony at Fox Racing headquarters, Honda announced its most far-reaching range of performance off-road models ever, expanding the group by three and significantly improving the four returning models. Leveraging the brand's unparalleled experience in the manufacture of dirt bikes, Honda's performance off-road lineup now includes CRF machines for riding applications including motocross, closed-course off-road, pure off-road, and even dual sport.
All seven models are based on the platforms of Honda's revolutionary motocrossers, the CRF450R and CRF250R. Those two machines return for 2019 but with important updates, as does the closed-course off-road CRF450RX. In addition, Honda is offering a factory-replica version of its full-size motocrosser called the CRF450RWE ("Works Edition"). The trail-ready CRF450X is entirely new for 2019, and it's joined by a road-legal CRF450L that enables customers to connect trails via asphalt. Finally, Honda is also introducing an all-new CRF250RX closed-course off-road machine.
"Honda's history in off-road is something we're very proud of, from the '70s-era Elsinores, through the XRs of the '80s and '90s, to the post-millennial CRF models," said Lee Edmunds, American Honda's Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications. "For 2019, it's exciting to build on that reputation with the most expansive lineup of CRF performance off-road models ever offered, and to reach a wide range of enthusiasts through motorcycles that are tailored to an equally diverse spectrum of riding environments. With this new lineup, there really is a CRF off-road performance machine for everyone."CRF450RWE
For the 2019 model year, you don't have to be Ken Roczen to enjoy a CRF450R with factory enhancements, as the new CRF450RWE features a number of upgrades based on the bikes in the Team Honda HRC race shop. Rocketing to the top step of the podium through the use of a specially designed cylinder head with hand-polished ports, Yoshimura titanium slip-on muffler, and special ECU settings, this new model offers increased low- and mid-range torque. It also features the same graphics as Roczen's No. 94 race bike, including a Throttle Jockey factory seat cover. Upgraded black D.I.D LT-X rims are included, along with black triple clamps and a gold RK chain. Titanium nitride-coated fork legs and an updated, titanium nitride-coated shock shaft increase traction and bump absorption.
- Color: Red
- Price: $11,499
- Availability: August
- Info: https://powersports.honda.com/2019/crf450r.aspx