The 2019 iteration of the CRF450R is a very
impressive machine. The engine is fast, tractable
and easy to ride. The ergonomics are brilliant
and seem to suit a wide variety of rider shapes.
The suspension is damn good, especially on
the motocross track, and Honda build quality
is really still second to none. The highlight for
me was the new-found steering accuracy and
the absolute confidence that comes from good
Build quality; ergos; front end grip/
No hydraulic clutch; front brake could
have more bite
feedback from the front tyre – this is one very
planted front end. The only down sides are a
slightly soft front brake which doesn’t stack up
with the rest of the package (the rear brake is
excellent) and the lack of a hydraulic clutch.
But that’s it, this is one very accomplished and
refined machine that’ll be taking a lot of race
wins over the coming season... and I would
happily park one in my shed.
KIWI RIDER 59