Plenty of rumours have been circulating over the past few months as to whether the bike will have electronic fuel injection, and the world's largest engine manufacturer has responded in the positive with a complete overhaul that moves off road riding to a whole new level.
Honda has not only added a revolutionary EFI system, but has also managed to reduce overall weight by completely redesigning the engine, frame, bodywork and suspension package. It is the first time since the bike's introduction in 2002 that punters will see much more than just evolutionary changes, and even though extra components have been added, the overall weight has still been reduced.
Honda's EFI system is revolutionary in that it uses a plastic fuel pump, improving reliability whilst reducing overall weight. The system also provides for improved air flow compared to the previous model and includes a Honda patented throttle body design offering optimum drivability.
Cold and hot starting has never been easier due to the EFI's 12 hole injector nozzle which targets the valve more efficiently than a carburettor can.
In addition to the battery-less EFI system, the '09 CRF450R offers a new lighter, more compact engine, as well as a new four spring clutch based on US race team designs that aim to get the revs up quicker.
All of the bodywork has also been completely redesigned and includes a new smart looking fuel tank, seat, fenders, radiator shrouds and side plates all mounted on a lighter frame.
Like many road bikes, the CRF450R's 'kill' button incorporates an engine management LED indicator that offers warning codes, whilst its new Kayaba front and Honda exclusive rear suspension offer easier adjustment and better mass centralisation.
The CRF450R is set to redefine the class with early US based testing times showing the bike is quicker and more manageable than ever before.
The bike will be on display for the first time this weekend at the Dirt Bike Masters, this Sunday 7 September at Pakenham Racecourse in Victoria. The new CRF450R will also be on show at each round of the Australasian Supercross Championships commencing in October.
Available in Australia late November, recommended retail for the CRF450R has just been announced.....$11590.
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