HOW IS THE PRICE?
It’s one of the big reasons to
seriously consider the Honda. The
450R sells for $7799, which ties it with
Can-Am’s base DS 450 for the lowest-priced, high-performance 450s—by
a bunch. The next most affordable
is Kawasaki’s KFX450R at $8299.
Yamaha’s motocross-width YFZ450R
starts at $8799. Can-Am’s DS 450
X xc woods racer is $8999, and the
motocross-width DS 450 X mx goes for
WHAT POWERS IT?
One of the most powerful, proven
and reliable 450 powerplants. The
Honda’s engine also responds well
to modification, and there are many
aftermarket options for increasing the
power to any level you like.
Rather than a double-overhead-cam
design like other 450s, the four-valve
Honda uses a single overhead cam
to operate the titanium intake valves
directly, and rocker arms working off
the same cam to actuate the steel
exhaust valves. The simpler design
makes the Honda one of the lighter
450s. The Honda’s 40mm Keihin FCR
carburetor also saves weight compared
to the fuel injection on other 450s, but
it calls for choke for cold starts and
rejetting rather than EFI reprogramming
to compensate for engine mods or
riding at extreme altitudes. Carburetor
jets are cheaper than an EFI controller,
To stop material from the clutch
and transmission from contaminating
the engine oil, Honda uses separate
oil supplies for the engine and
transmission, a feature that allows the
use of special oils for each purpose.
HOW FAST IS IT?
Even completely stock, the 450R
hauls. If you can ride well enough to
make full use of its power, the Honda
has enough motor for entry-level racing
and nearly any trail situation. Yamaha’s
YFZ450R hits harder, but the Honda’s
solid mid-to-top pull is just as useful.
With modifications, the 450R can be
competitive with any other 450 at any
level of racing. The number of pros on
the Honda is proof of the machine’s
HOW IS THE POWER DELIVERY?
Solid and instant. The 450R is a race
machine, not a mild trail quad, so it revs
extremely fast and the power builds
suddenly. It works extremely well for
skilled riders on a motocross track and
for fast, aggressive woods riding. If you
need a quick, forceful drive to clear a
big jump, the Honda’s power is right
You can trail ride or cruise on the
Honda, and you don’t have to be
an expert-level rider to hang on to it,
The Honda has the performance
potential and reliability to satisfy riders
at any level, but you’ll find better bars
and parking brakes on other 450s.
The Honda’s single-overhead-cam, four-valve
engine is a bit simpler to maintain than the
double-overhead-cam engines on other 450s.
Separate engine and transmission oil supplies
keep clutch and transmission debris out of
the engine oil.
The Special Edition Tri-Color
TRX450R is a new take on the look
of the legendary TRX250R. It’s the
same price as the red one—$7799.