KIWI RIDER 11 2018 VOL.2 - Page 50

It’s fair to say that Honda has not sat still in the last 12 months, but has kept pushing forward with its 450... D espite looking very similar to the 2018 machine, the ‘19 CRF has been widely updated. There’s very little that hasn’t been touched but there are no big headline changes. The basics are that the frame is essentially the same as last year but has benefited from being slimmed and lightened around the swingarm pivot plates, the swingarm has been given a little more flex and cut in weight, there’s a front brake caliper is new along with a new front brake hose. 50 KIWI RIDER In terms of the springy bits, the fork gets a new oil weight and new compression/rebound settings to suit. The rear shock now has a ‘super finish’ treatment to improve the stroke action, and it works through a new Pro-Link ratio that softens a little towards full shock compression. The exhaust is all new too with a larger bore on both pipes – up to 35mm on the right pipe and 42mm on the left pipe – both were 31.8mm last year. The total length of the left