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Honda CRF450R Shoots Down The Competition

12 February 2009 - For the fifth year running, Honda’s CRF450R has won DIRT ACTION Magazine’s (DA) motocross shoot out, a competition that squarely pits the best of the best against each other in equitable, yet supremely tough riding conditions.

The Open class is considered hard-hitting with most machines fitting into the category of being the ‘ultimate’ in dirt bike riding.

DA’s four judges including pro rider Nathan Crawford, ex pro Scott Bishop, expert Ben Foster and intermediate rider Johnny McLean put each of the four models tested through their paces, and agreed unanimously that the Honda once again delivered the goods.

According to DA, the 2009 CRF450R possesses all the qualities a rider demands from a bike: instant response, equal parts of bottom-end, mid-range and top-end power, a lightweight feel, good handling, solid suspension, and the feel of excitement and satisfaction when you ride it.

In particular, the latest release modifications impressing the judges include the bike’s new and improved ergonomics, new Kayaba suspension offering light and easy turning, usable power delivered via the EFI engine and lightest weight in its class (only 108 kg fuelled).

All of the bodywork has also been completely redesigned on the CRF450R and includes a new smart looking fuel tank, seat, fenders, radiator shrouds and side plates all mounted on a lighter frame.

In summary, Bishop says, “the Honda is the most versatile and rideable of the bikes and with all its new gadgetry and technology, there’s plenty of potential left in it.”

Anyone considering purchasing a CRF450R will want to drop into their dealer soon to take advantage of a tool box kit giveaway valued at $799.

The kit includes a 9 draw tool box, T-Bar set and rack, aluminium ramp, tie wire pliers, tyre levers, double sided exhaust bung and an allen key set. The promotion is available on Honda’s complete range of motocross bikes (as well as other selected off road models) and runs between 11 February and 30 April 2009

The shoot-out issue (#118) is available from newsagents now.

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