The Honda CRF450RX is the perfect cross country weapon

The CRF450RX combines motocross technology with all day riding ability

Reuben Van Niekerk
Honda CRF
Honda motorcycles

In 2017 Honda introduced a cross-country machine to their off-road motorcycle line up, named the CRF450RX. It used the rock solid engine and chassis of the CRF450R motocross machine and modified it for longer rides with an 18-inch rear wheel, revised PGM-FI mapping and suspension changes.

These modifications resulted in a motorcycle that combines pure MX DNA with the ability to tackle any enduro stage and the confidence-inspiring competence to handle flat-out trails, challenging climbs and tight, tricky sections with ease.


What’s new?

The latest iteration sees a major evolution. Starting from the exact same point as the CRF450R it is an even more formidable off-road weapon, with excellent build quality and reliability that makes it easy to live with.

The motorcycle is now 2.3kg lighter thanks to a revised frame and sub frame. The new frame and swingarm’s rigidity and balance combined with tighter chassis geometry, heightened ground clearance and suspension changes, are all targeted at creating optimal cornering performance.

The 450cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine also benefits from HRC’s knowhow with a strong focus on low to mid range torque. The decompressor has been relocated, airbox volume has been improved, the throttle body redesigned and exhaust ports reshaped. The exhaust header is new and a single muffler replaces the dual mufflers.

A larger volume hydraulic clutch has an even lighter action while other weight saving details include a smaller fuel pump and optimised magnesium cylinder head cover. New plastics too are lighter and slimmer to aid rider freedom. Brush guards are standard fitment and the side stand tucks away more neatly. A smart all-red graphics scheme completes the major update.

Suspension updates include a revised swingarm, geometry changes to improve cornering ability, re-valved front suspension and improved ergonomics thanks to a smaller seat and redesigned plastics.


What about the electronics?

Honda’s Selectable Torque Control works to minimise rear wheel spin and maximise traction and offers three riding modes which can be selected depending on the riding conditions and level of assistance required.

Ride controls and switchgear have also been updated, the launch control indicator, EFI warning, EMSB mode button and LED indicator are sited on the left handlebar and incorporate the HSTC button.



Honda CRF450RX 20YM                       R122 100