NEW HONDA DUALSPORT - ENDURO MODELS RELEASED

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Last week Upshift's Simon Cudby got the call from American Honda. "Be at FOX racing HQ on Monday night!" Simon's gotten these calls before and typically it was a co-lab gear launch or the traditional new model release with the expected bold new graphics (BNG's) As he found out this night was to be different. What followed was the much anticipated release of the new street-legal Honda CRF450L, and a new from the ground up CRF450X. The CRF450L has been talked about for many years and we've waited for it patiently. We look forward to riding the new bikes in September!  

2019 HONDA CRF450L

The all-new, road-legal CRF450L answers, expanding customers’ off-road possibilities by enabling access to the best riding trails on public lands, even when that means connecting them via asphalt roads. Based on the CRF450R, the durable CRF450L is a full-fledged off-road machine, but with street legality achieved via features like LED lighting, mirrors, and a dedicated exhaust system, making this bike equally at home in the woods, desert, or the roads in between. 

Target Price:$10,399.  Availability: September. Info:https://powersports.honda.com/2019/crf450L.aspx

Key Features

  • Lightweight, 2.0-gallon titanium fuel tank for long range
  • Riding time maximized by lightweight, compact LED lighting system, featuring headlight with high-intensity projection for illuminating broad area
  • Rear-view mirrors
  • Lightweight lithium-ion battery with increased capacity compared to CRF450R, to power electrical components
  • Lightweight, compact digital meter with black characters on a white liquid-crystal background is easily legible while riding

Engine/Drivetrain

  • 449.7cc Unicam® engine specially tailored for trail-to-trail riding
  • Finger rocker arm contributes to compact layout while using dedicated design to attain off-road-specific power characteristics. DLC surface treatment reduces friction
  • Dedicated valve timing for smooth power delivery in technical riding
  • High crank inertia (up 12% over CRF450R) for tractable power delivery in technical terrain
  • 12.0:1 compression ratio
  • New piston with three-ring design
  • Wide-ratio six-speed transmission is ready for a wide variety of off-road terrain or road going
  • Special clutch design enables light lever pull. Primary damper mechanism with friction springs suppresses engine torque fluctuations, ensuring smooth running
  • Large-capacity radiators with high heat-exchange efficiency for strong performance in demanding off-road conditions
  • Electric fan and thermostat control engine temperature in brutal conditions
  • ECU with dedicated settings
  • Noise emissions minimized via covers on the left and right crank cases
  • Powerful AC generator for street-legal lighting 
  • Air cleaner box
  • Dedicated single-muffler exhaust system provides great sound while meeting emissions requirements

Chassis/Suspension

  • Aluminum twin-spar frame designed for nimble-yet-stable handling on trails
  • Subframe designed to ensure optimum rigidity balance appropriate for carrying tools
  • 49mm Showa fork with dedicated settings for trail-to-trail riding
  • Shock based on that of the CRF450R but with dedicated settings and link ratio for off-road riding
  • Front brake uses design from CRF450R, but with better fade resistance thanks to thicker discs and large-capacity reservoir
  • Endless sealed chain withstands the elements
  • Front and rear sprockets, produced in durable steel material, feature damper system for smooth, quiet running
  • Urethane injection in swingarm to reduce road noise
  • Fuel tank cap with a cut-off valve prevents fuel from flowing out of tank if the bike is on its side
  • LED turn signals with flexible mounts for durability
  • Easily accessible electronic component box on left side of the frame
  • Black 7/8” Renthal handlebar with red pad
  • Compact, lightweight handlebar switches
  • In-mold graphics are resistant to peeling caused by washing or abrasion
  • IRC GP-21F/GP-22R tires provide great balance of on- and off-road performance
  • Black rims for strong presence
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2019 HONDA CRF450X

Having featured heavily in Honda-mounted teams winning 20 of the last 21 Baja 1000s, the CRF450X gets a complete overhaul for 2019, based on the modern CRF platform but with off-road-appropriate features. A true off-road machine that’s ready for racing or trail riding, this model features a headlight, taillight, and side stand, as well as an 18” rear wheel and lightweight 2.0-gallon fuel tank. For maximum versatility in challenging terrain, the CRF450X also features a 49mm Showa fork with dedicated settings, wide-ratio six-speed transmission, and higher crank mass than the CRF450R.

Target Price: $9,799.  Availability: October.  Info: https://powersports.honda.com/2019/crf450X.aspx

Key Features

  • Large-capacity, 2.25 gallon resin fuel tank for completing long closed-course off-road loops
  • 18-inch rear wheel to enable taller tire sidewalls for improved traction in technical conditions
  • Side stand 
  • Sealed drive chain to withstand the elements
  • Suspension with settings dedicated to closed-course off-road use 

Engine/Drivetrain

  • 449cc single-cylinder engine with Unicam® cylinder head, downdraft intake tract, and electric start 
  • Updated cylinder head design, with specific changes near the exhaust ports, achieves improved exhaust efficiency and contributes to increased power across the rev range
  • Revised clutch lifter and pressure plate allows optimum oil supply to clutch plates and friction discs, resulting in enhanced durability
  • New scavenge pump design features two 12mm pumps, up from a single 16mm pump, for increased lubrication and reduced friction inside the engine, improving peak performance and enhancing over-rev characteristics
  • All-new piston oil jet uses five nozzle holes and a refined pattern to improve cooling efficiency and reduce knocking
  • Shift sensor adopted to establish an ignition map for each gear, enabling optimum running
  • Exclusive ignition timing settings for ideal engine performance and rideability in off-road situations
  • Utilizing the space gained by eliminating the kick starter and using a compact electric starter, a new exhaust features a larger pipe diameter and optimized design at the branching location for increased power. Previously 31.8mm, the right and left pipes are now 35mm and 43mm, respectively. In addition, the total tube length (from exhaust port to muffler end) is up 98mm on the right and 187mm on the left.
  • Selectable HRC launch control offers riders great start performance in closed-course off-road race situations
  • Updated Standard, Smooth and Aggressive riding modes enable easy tuning depending on rider preference or conditions

Chassis/Suspension

  • Optimized frame for improved traction and cornering feel, as well as reduced weight
  • Swingarm is redesigned to be lighter and have appropriate rigidity, endowing the 2019 CRF450RX with great handling and traction
  • Specially tuned Showa 49mm fork uses low-friction oil for optimum feel
  • Rear suspension uses dedicated-rate, 52 N/mm spring for enhanced comfort and performance in closed-course off-road races 
  • Revised shock linkage works with all-new swingarm to provide optimum performance over bumps
  • Forged aluminum side stand is designed to be lightweight yet strong, with a new design to accommodate changes to the 2019 model-year swingarm
  • New, lighter front brake caliper uses a pair of 30mm and 27mm pistons, versus identical 27mm pistons, for added braking performance
  • Updated front brake hose has reduced expansion for more precise braking 
  • Top triple clamp features two handlebar-holder locations for moving the handlebar back and forth by 26mm, ensuring rider comfort. When handlebar holder is turned 180 degrees, the handlebar can be moved an additional 10mm from the base position, resulting in four total unique riding positions.
  • New Renthal Fatbar® handlebar is positioned 15mm lower than in 2018 for  a more active riding position, while also contributing to lightweight steering system 
  • Newly shaped footpegs are 20% lighter and shed mud more easily, giving the rider great feel and confidence in challenging riding conditions
  • 2.2 gallon resin fuel tank is durable and offers optimum range for long closed-course off-road races
  • Redesigned fork protectors offer improved coverage
  • Black rims offer strong presence, parked in the pits or out on the trail
  • In-mold graphics last long and are resistant to peeling caused by washing or abrasion
  • Dunlop Geomax AT81 tires provide optimum feel and traction in challenging riding conditions
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2019 HONDA CRF450RX

Currently campaigned by JCR Honda’s Trevor Bollinger and Trevor Stewart in GNCC and WORCS competition, respectively, the CRF450RX inherits the same performance-enhancing features of the 2019 CRF450R, including an updated cylinder head and refined oil-management system, while still featuring off-road-specific features like a2.2-gallon resin fuel tank, 18-inch rear wheel, and aluminum side stand. Suspension is specially tailored to the CRF450RX and uses low-friction fork oil. For added performance and increased comfort, the 2019 model features new ECU settings, HRC launch control, a Renthal Fatbar handlebar, and adjustable handlebar position. Black rims and redesigned fork protectors are also new.

Price:$9,599.  Availability: September. Info:https://powersports.honda.com/2019/crf450rx.aspx

Key Features

  • Large-capacity, 2.25 gallon resin fuel tank for completing long closed-course off-road loops
  • 18-inch rear wheel to enable taller tire sidewalls for improved traction in technical conditions
  • Side stand 
  • Sealed drive chain to withstand the elements
  • Suspension with settings dedicated to closed-course off-road use 

Engine/Drivetrain

  • 449cc single-cylinder engine with Unicam® cylinder head, downdraft intake tract, and electric start 
  • Updated cylinder head design, with specific changes near the exhaust ports, achieves improved exhaust efficiency and contributes to increased power across the rev range
  • Revised clutch lifter and pressure plate allows optimum oil supply to clutch plates and friction discs, resulting in enhanced durability
  • New scavenge pump design features two 12mm pumps, up from a single 16mm pump, for increased lubrication and reduced friction inside the engine, improving peak performance and enhancing over-rev characteristics
  • All-new piston oil jet uses five nozzle holes and a refined pattern to improve cooling efficiency and reduce knocking
  • Shift sensor adopted to establish an ignition map for each gear, enabling optimum running
  • Exclusive ignition timing settings for ideal engine performance and rideability in off-road situations
  • Utilizing the space gained by eliminating the kick starter and using a compact electric starter, a new exhaust features a larger pipe diameter and optimized design at the branching location for increased power. Previously 31.8mm, the right and left pipes are now 35mm and 43mm, respectively. In addition, the total tube length (from exhaust port to muffler end) is up 98mm on the right and 187mm on the left.
  • Selectable HRC launch control offers riders great start performance in closed-course off-road race situations
  • Updated Standard, Smooth and Aggressive riding modes enable easy tuning depending on rider preference or conditions

Chassis/Suspension

  • Optimized frame for improved traction and cornering feel, as well as reduced weight
  • Swingarm is redesigned to be lighter and have appropriate rigidity, endowing the 2019 CRF450RX with great handling and traction
  • Specially tuned Showa 49mm fork uses low-friction oil for optimum feel
  • Rear suspension uses dedicated-rate, 52 N/mm spring for enhanced comfort and performance in closed-course off-road races 
  • Revised shock linkage works with all-new swingarm to provide optimum performance over bumps
  • Forged aluminum side stand is designed to be lightweight yet strong, with a new design to accommodate changes to the 2019 model-year swingarm
  • New, lighter front brake caliper uses a pair of 30mm and 27mm pistons, versus identical 27mm pistons, for added braking performance
  • Updated front brake hose has reduced expansion for more precise braking 
  • Top triple clamp features two handlebar-holder locations for moving the handlebar back and forth by 26mm, ensuring rider comfort. When handlebar holder is turned 180 degrees, the handlebar can be moved an additional 10mm from the base position, resulting in four total unique riding positions.
  • New Renthal Fatbar® handlebar is positioned 15mm lower than in 2018 for  a more active riding position, while also contributing to lightweight steering system 
  • Newly shaped footpegs are 20% lighter and shed mud more easily, giving the rider great feel and confidence in challenging riding conditions
  • 2.2 gallon resin fuel tank is durable and offers optimum range for long closed-course off-road races
  • Redesigned fork protectors offer improved coverage
  • Black rims offer strong presence, parked in the pits or out on the trail
  • In-mold graphics last long and are resistant to peeling caused by washing or abrasion
  • Dunlop Geomax AT81 tires provide optimum feel and traction in challenging riding conditions
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2019 Honda CRF250RX

Based on Honda’s successful 250cc motocrosser, the all-new CRF250RX joins the CRF450RX as a weapon for closed-course off-road competitions throughout America. Equipped with a larger-capacity, 2.2-gallon resin fuel tank, 18-inch rear wheel, and aluminum side stand, the RX makes quick work of challenging situations, its dedicated suspension and ECU settings helping the rider work through even the toughest trail sections. As with the CRF250R, HRC launch control, a Renthal Fatbar handlebar, and black rims are standard.

Target Price:$8,299.  Availability: September.  Info: https://powersports.honda.com/2019/crf250rx.aspx

Key Features

  • Large-capacity, 2.2 gallon resin fuel tank for completing long closed-course off-road loops
  • 18-inch rear wheel to enable taller tire sidewalls for improved traction in technical conditions
  • Forged aluminum sidestand is designed to be lightweight yet strong
  • Sealed drive chain to withstand the elements
  • Suspension with settings dedicated to closed-course off-road use 

Engine/Drivetrain

  • High-performance, 249cc single-cylinder engine with dual-overhead-cam design and high rev limit, offering great performance
  • Finger rocker arm with Diamond Like Coating (DLC) maximizes valve lift while retaining a low engine height
  • Downdraft intake layout produces strong power and enables great throttle response by reducing resistance, thereby improving air-charging efficiency
  • Dual exhaust ports enable ideal air-charging efficiency
  • Cam profile, which is based on feedback on the CRF250R used by the Team HRC factory MX2 race team, provides strong off-corner acceleration
  • Intake- and exhaust-port geometry provides strong low-rpm engine power while also maintaining stellar top-end performance
  • 44mm throttle body offers ideal low-rpm intake airflow for strong corner-exit performance
  • Honda’s piston oil jet with five nozzle holes provides superior piston-cooling efficiency and reduced knocking, enabling a precise ignition-timing setting for optimum power delivery
  • Lightweight AC generator keeps weight to a minimum and minimizes friction losses
  • Electric-start standard for easy, fast engine startup
  • Easily selectable Standard, Smooth, and Aggressive riding modes enable easy tuning depending on rider preference or course conditions
  • Selectable HRC launch control provides a steady stream of torque for excellent performance on race starts
  • Exclusive ECU settings for ideal engine performance and rideability in off-road situations

Chassis/Suspension

  • Lightweight aluminum frame with tapered main spars provides great rider feedback
  • Low center of gravity reduces front-end lift for strong acceleration
  • Renthal Fatbar® handlebar reduces steering-system weight, and flexes for comfort
  • Top triple clamp features two handlebar-holder locations for moving the handlebar rearward and forward by 26mm, ensuring rider comfort. When holder is turned 180 degrees, the handlebar can be moved an additional 10mm from the base position, resulting in four total unique handlebar positions
  • Newly shaped footpegs are 20% lighter and shed mud more easily, giving the rider great feel and confidence in all riding conditions
  • Engine guard allows excellent airflow, boosting engine-cooling performance
  • 49mm Showa SPG coil-spring fork with dedicated settings for ideal handling and comfort in technical conditions experienced in off-road racing
  • Fork protectors have outstanding coverage for protection in off-road conditions
  • Black rims offer strong presence parked in the pits or out on the trail
  • Lightweight front-brake caliper uses pistons of different diameters (30mm and 27mm) for strong braking performance
  • Front-brake hose resists expansion for precise braking
  • Smooth bodywork layout eases rider movement
  • In-mold graphics are durable and resistant to peeling caused by washing or abrasion
  • Dunlop Geomax AT81 tires provide optimum feel and traction in challenging riding conditions
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