With the return of the CRF250R and CRF150R for 2021 and the introduction of an all new CRF450R; Honda’s performance range is your ticket to glory!
Arriving in October, the biggest news for the MX line up for 2021 is undoubtably the new CRF450R, which looks different and feels different too. Nearly two decades after its introduction to the motocross world, Honda’s CRF450R begins a new chapter for 2021, this latest version inspired by a “Razor Sharp Cornering” design philosophy.
The CRF450R is guided by three main goals for 2021: improved power (particularly on corner exits), improved handling and more consistent lap times over the course of a tough moto.
Honda’s lightened, latest-generation twin-spar aluminium frame headlines the update list, with changes that reduce lateral rigidity for improved cornering performance and stability. Out back, a new swingarm improves rear traction. The Unicam® engine features updates to the decompression system, intake and exhaust (including a switch from two mufflers to one), resulting in improved low- and midrange performance and a narrower layout.
A stouter clutch with hydraulic activation is new, delivering reduced slip and a lighter lever pull for more consistent performance. The new bodywork and seat offer a slimmer, smoother rider interface, as well as simplified maintenance.
To celebrate the release of the 2021 MX range and most notably the new CRF450R, Honda are excited to announce a brand-new ‘Race Red’ Program. The aim of the new ‘Race Red’ Program is to truly support Honda racing customers through the Honda dealer network, to ensure opportunity is given to those looking to progress in our sport. Access to the program will be based on submission of an application via your local Honda dealer, where you’ll get access if approved, to racing Honda products and an affordable unit to race.
To qualify, the applicant must submit to their local Honda dealer:
- A copy of your racing licence (MA, state or club based equivalent)
- A race resume outlining your upcoming planned race events.
The Honda dealer will then submit this application to Honda and on approval, the rider will collect a new Honda CRF race machine, a Honda Pit Tent and Honda Racing Stand from their dealer and be welcomed into the ‘Race Red’ program.
General Manager of Honda Motorcycles, Mr Tony Hinton anticipates the new program as a way to further support those who have dreams of becoming a future Champion.
“We are pleased to see this program come to life. Racing is Honda’s lifeblood and with this program we are looking to cater to all levels of racing across the country. We have our Penrite Honda Factory Racing Team as a tier 1 level for National Supercross and MX classes, we’ve also got our ‘Ride Red’ program for privateer riders competing in National and State events around the country and now we are proud to roll out a more refined ‘Race Red’ program which looks to support riders at a local and dealer ambassador level of racing,” Hinton said.
“It’s the ideal time to launch the program with our new CRF450R and 2021 MX line up, as we believe these bikes will deliver results to those who want to take the next step with their racing careers. We want to see future Champions on our CRFs.” Hinton finished.
For more information on the new ‘Race Red’ program click here.
- New frame and subframe design;
- Slimmer single sided exhaust and muffler configuration;
- Redesigned radiator shrouds and body work;
- New triple clamp design;
- Revised front suspension and new shock design;
- Improved swing arm;
- Newly designed seat;
- Integrated switch block to include Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC);
- New hydraulic clutch;
- New clutch structure;
- Revised air cleaner system;
- Straightened exhaust port design;
- Revised injector angle;
- Revised fuel pump;
- New decompression weight design;
- New graphics.