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Honda Selectable Torque Control
Notice that button on the handlebar by the clutch perch? The CRF450R gets our Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). You can choose from one of three settings to perfectly dial your bike in depending on how much traction is available.
Honda’s Unicam cylinder heads combine the best of single- and double-overhead-cam designs. With redesigned auto decompression hardware and the cam positioned on the left side, the result is less stalling at very low RPM (think deep into a turn without downshifting) as well as better rideability. The CRF450R cylinder head’s biggest feature is its oval-shaped centralized exhaust port. Together with the single-muffler exhaust, it boosts power from 5000rpm up and increases exhaust efficiency. Lightweight titanium intake valves cut down on reciprocating mass and combined with smaller valve springs, reduce overall engine height.
The CRF450R features a downdraft intake tract and FI body to help increase both power and fuel-metering precision. It’s part of the reason the CRF450R offers such explosive power and massive torque, especially out of the starting gate and in the critical first 30metres of the race to the first turn. We’ve changed the angle where the fuel-injector fits into the CRF450R’s intake tract. By steepening the angle from 30 to 60 degrees, the injector now sprays fuel all the way back to the throttle butterfly. The engine gets a cooler, denser fuel charge for more power and better torque. It’s little details like this that put the CRF450R up front.
We’re talking about a special ECU program here: push the button to select the mode, hold the throttle open, release the clutch, and the CRF450R will do the rest, launching you into the first turn with a big advantage. It turns your bike into a holeshot-seeking machine!
This simple handlebar-mounted button lets you dial in engine power delivery character with a push of your thumb. Choose between Standard, Smooth and Aggressive, depending on track conditions. Also, check out the controls. We’ve made them lighter and more intuitive. Controls used to be your bike’s shifter, clutch, and brakes. Now you have things like launch assist, selectable power modes, and more. We believe they should be easy to use, and we’ve just made them easier.
Brakes are for more than just stopping: they help you set up the bike in turns and jumps. Which is why we pay so much attention to detail like brake pads. They’re designed to last longer and give you more stopping power—a real win/win to help you win. The CRF450R’s large front-brake disc measures a whopping 260mm. You get great brake feel and a pattern that cuts down on weight. Front and rear brake-disc guards are part of the package too.
Kickstarting? Maybe if you’re riding in the vintage class, but not here. By ditching the kick-starter entirely, our engineers can make the CRF450R lighter. Electric starters and lithium-ion batteries are so light now and so good that putting them on a bike like this is a win/win combination. And winning is what a CRF450R is all about.