Honda takes a play out of the KTM playbook for 2019 and makes their very own Factory Edition, which Honda calls their CRF450 Works Edition. HONDA CRF450 WORKS EDITION New for 2019, Honda introduces a CRF450 WE (“Works Edition”), a special model with a number of upgrades based on the bikes in the Team Honda HRC race shop. This motorcycle incorporates a specially designed cylinder head with factory hand-polished ports, a titanium Yoshimura slip-on muffler and special ECU settings in the CRF450 package. Sporting factory-inspired Throttle Jockey graphics and seat cover from Ken Roczen’s race bike, the CRF450 WE has the looks to match its incredible performance. CRF450 WE KEY FEATURES If you look closely on the head of the CRF450 WE engine it is engraved with the words “Works Edition.” • Unique cylinder head with factory hand-polished ports improves torque feeling from low-to-midrange, especially between 5,000 and 6,000 rpm, for even quicker lap times • Yoshimura slip-on muffler with titanium body and pipes, plus carbon fiber tail caps, exclusively designed for the CRF450 WE The 2019 Honda CRF450 WE’s head has factory hand-polished ports to improves torque from low-to-midrange. • ECU settings optimize performance advantages of the Yoshimura exhaust and cylinder-head updates • HRC launch control with special settings influenced by Ken Roczen Slip-on Yoshimura dual mufflers come standard on the 2019 CRF450 WE. • Kashima fork-tube coating reduces friction and improves handling performance. Developed by Miyaki Company of Japan, Kashima coating is a special treatment for hard-anodized finishes that fills the micro-pores on the surface of hard-anodized aluminum for better lubrication and reduced stiction • Titanium nitride coating on fork legs enhances suspension feel The CRF450 WE forks are Kashima coated and have a titanium nitride coating on the fork legs. • Shock shaft processed with Super Finisher and coated with titanium nitride for superior performance • Stronger D.I.D LT-X black rims with special laser-engraved logo Stronger D.I.D LT-X black rims with special laser-engraved logo come standard. • High-performance gold RK chain • Throttle Jockey factory Team Honda HRC graphics and seat cover for premium look and enhanced grip during acceleration • Top and bottom triple clamps in black RETAIL PRICE: $11,499 COMPETE LIST OF 2019 HONDA CRF450 UPDATES 2018 HONDA CRF450 MXA FULL TEST 2018 MXA 450 SHOOTOUT The post 2019 HONDA CRF450 WORKS EDITION appeared first on Motocross Action Magazine.
Chad Reed has all but announced he won’t be riding for Yamaha in 2018 – so where does that land him? There are a few empty seats for the upcoming AMA Supercross Series, some of which fit and some which could be a long shot. Let’s throw some scenarios out there! RED BULL KTM Red Bull KTM need a guy. Ryan Dungey has retired, so has Trey Canard. Marvin Musquin has signed until 2019 and Broc Tickle is also linked to the team. Marvin is a lead rider, he could and should be a competitor for the 2018 Championship, both Supercross and Motocross. Chad has also been linked to the third seat, along with Justin Barcia. Chad had success under Roger DeCoster in the past while riding Suzuki – could we see a repeat of this success? It’s a strong contender. AutoTrader.com/JGR SUZUKI To us, this seems to be the most probable step for Chad Reed. Weston Peick is back, while it looks like Justin Barcia is off to another team. With the RCH team folding, Justin Bogle also needs a home and is currently on fire outdoors. Suzuki have an all-new bike and they need to be up front on the bike. Chad is proven on Suzuki and the JGR outfit seem to provide an environment which would suit the #22 – plus JGR are the new factory outfit and word is Ricky Carmichael will assist with the riders. We loved seeing Reedy win on Suzuki and would love to see it again! TwoTwo Motorsports This one seems very unlikely to us, but some forums are whispering it. Chad’s TwoTwo Motorsports outfit was successful and he rode to some inspirational performances. Do we see Chad spending his own coin to go racing again – no we don’t. However, he will want to go racing on the best bike he possibly can, stranger things have happened. So who fills Chad’s spot at Yamaha? Davi Millsaps is linked to Chad’s empty seat at Yamaha, possibly for SX only. Justin Hill is also. How about Dean Ferris? He made a lot of Yamaha’s guys look silly by flying over finishing second in a moto and flying home. Dean has made it clear he’s not keen on Supercross, which could make this spot not possible. However, Millsaps for SX and Ferris for outdoors is a good option in our books! The post CHAD REED – 2018 SEASON appeared first on Dirt Action.
FOR ALL 2019 FIRST LOOK MODELS We rode the 2019 KTM 350SXF down at the private Chaney Ranch track. The 2019 350SXF offers the updated chassis that the 2018 1/2 Factory Edition KTM 450SXF received. The high revving, high horsepower engine also features a new clutch, improved transmission and a re-designed DOHC cylinder head. Other updates include updated suspension settings, stiffer upper tripe clamp (5% stiffer), three piece exhaust and new spoke nipples. The rubber-damped bar mounts reduce the vibration level and are two-way adjustable. An hour meter comes stock already mounted on the top triple clamp. In this MXA exclusive video, Daryl Ecklund and chief test rider Dennis Stapleton take you through what is new and what their first impression was on the 2019 KTM 350SXF. Check out the complete details of the 2019 KTM 350SXF. The post 2019 KTM 350SXF | MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO appeared first on Motocross Action Magazine.
For 2019, the Honda CRF450 receives a laundry list of changes. 2019 HONDA CRF450 For 2019, the CRF450 receives a host of updates for, making it lighter and more powerful. Rider comfort has been increased through the addition of adjustable mounting positions for the new Renthal Fatbar handlebar. It also comes with all-new black rims. The 2018 CRF450 was the victor at the 2018 Daytona Supercross at the hands of Team MotoConcept Honda’s Justin Brayton. 2019 UPDATES The 2019 CRF450’s engine offers many updates. • Updated cylinder-head design, with changes near the exhaust ports, achieves improved exhaust efficiency and contributes to increased power across the rev range • Revised clutch lifter and pressure plate allow 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 in 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, enabling a precise ignition-timing setting for optimum power delivery • Shift sensor adopted to establish an ignition map for each gear, enabling optimum running Updated Standard, Smooth and Aggressive riding modes enable easy tuning depending on rider skill or conditions. • Utilizing the space gained by eliminating the kick 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, total tube length (from exhaust port to muffler end) is up 98mm on the right and 187mm on the left. • Updated Standard, Smooth, and Aggressive riding modes enable easy tuning depending on rider skill or conditions • Optimized frame for improved traction and cornering feel, as well as reduced weight The swingarm is redesigned to be lighter and have less rigidity for 2019. • Swingarm is redesigned to be lighter and have appropriate rigidity, endowing the 2019 CRF450 with great handling and traction • Fork uses revised settings and low-friction oil for improved performance and handling • Revised shock linkage works with all-new swingarm to provide optimum performance over bumps The shock linkage is updated. • Mimicking the race team’s setup, a 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 • New black Renthal Fatbar handlebar is positioned 15mm lower than in 2018 for a more active riding position, while also contributing to light steering feel The top triple clamps offers different handlebars mounting positions. • Newly shaped footpegs are 20% lighter and shed mud more easily, giving the rider great feel and confidence in all riding conditions • Redesigned fork protectors have improved coverage • New front number plate design accommodates handlebar in any of the four available positions COMPLETE INFO ON THE 2019 HONDA CRF450 WORKS EDITION 2018 HONDA CRF450 MXA FULL TEST 2018 MXA 450 SHOOTOUT 2019 HONDA CRF250 The 2019 Honda CRF250 receives much needed engine updates. Newly introduced in 2018, the CRF250 was down on low-to-mid power compared to the competition. For 2019, Honda focused on acceleration performance. The updates to the CRF250 were factory-inspired for the engine, brakes and electronics. 2019 UPDATES • New cam profile based on feedback from the Team HRC factory MX2 race team provides strong off-corner acceleration • New intake- and exhaust-port geometry improves low rpm engine power while also maintaining the CRF250’s top-end performance • New 44mm throttle body improves low-rpm intake airflow compared to previous 46mm version, for improved corner-exit performance The Honda CRF line now comes with Renthal Fatbars as well as two handlebar-holder locations. • All-new piston oil jet uses five nozzle holes instead of four, for improved piston-cooling efficiency and reduced knocking, enabling a precise ignition-timing setting for optimum power delivery • Right-side exhaust pipe shortened 50mm for excellent high-rpm power • All-new AC generator reduces weight and friction losses • Renthal Fatbar reduces weight of the steering system, and flexes for optimal 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 riding positions • New engine guard allows increased airflow, improving engine-cooling performance Right-side exhaust pipe has been shortened 50mm. • Redesigned fork protectors offer improved coverage • Rim color has been changed from silver to black • New, lighter front-brake caliper now uses pistons of different diameters (30mm and 27mm) for strong braking performance • Updated front brake hose has reduced expansion for more precise braking • Newly shaped footpegs are 20% lighter and shed mud more easily, giving the rider great feel and confidence in all riding conditions 2018 HONDA CRF250 FULL TEST 2018 250 SHOOTOUT 2019 HONDA CRF150 The 2019 Honda CRF150 have no changes other than graphics. Raced by Amsoil Honda hotshot Hunter Yoder on the amateur National circuit, Honda’s smallest motocross machine is powered by a Unicam four-stroke engine that offers a spread of ample, useable power and torque across the rev range. Suspension duties are handled by Showa, with a 37mm inverted fork and Pro-Link rear link system. In addition to the standard version, Honda offers the CRF150, which features larger wheels, a taller seat, a longer swingarm, and more rear-suspension travel. Engine/Drivetrain High-performance Unicam cylinder-head design Compact, lightweight engine assembly weighs only 43.6 pounds Twin-sump lubrication system separates the oil supply for the crankshaft, piston and valve train from the clutch and transmission. This ensures a supply of cool oil to the clutch, eliminates potential clutch and transmission material contamination of the engine oil, reduces the amount of circulating oil, and permits the use of a smaller oil pump Cylinder head, piston, camshaft, and carburetor provide power, torque, and rideability throughout the powerband Lightweight, compact, internal auto decompression and handlebar-mounted hot-start system provide easy starting, hot or cold 32mm Keihin FCR carburetor with an accelerator-pump circuit provides accurate fuel metering, resulting in crisp throttle response and good rideability throughout the powerband Suspension settings provide good action through even the toughest of track conditions Exhaust system uses a lightweight stainless-steel header and re-packable aluminum muffler Durable close-ratio five-speed transmission Chassis/Suspension Front and rear suspension settings unique to the CRF150 deliver ideal bump-absorption characteristics Lightweight, high-tensile steel frame with large-diameter frame tubing and cross-member provides excellent turning performance and straight-line tracking 37mm leading-axle inverted Showa cartridge fork features friction-reducing design to improve compression and rebound control Pro-Link rear suspension Strong, lightweight wheels are durable and minimize unsprung weight Lightweight front and rear disc brakes with high-performance pads offer powerful, precise braking Stout 15mm front and 17mm rear axles incorporate a surface-treatment for added strength and durability Large-capacity airbox and reusable two-stage foam air filter Lightweight plastic body components (radiator shroud, side covers, rear fender, seat base, fuel tank, front fender, and front number plate) offer a slim, aggressive style High-quality Dunlop tires HRC works-type rear-brake system integrates the rear master cylinder and fluid reservoir, eliminating the separate rear master-cylinder reservoir and hose The post FIRST LOOK! 2019 HONDA CRF450, CRF250 & CRF150 appeared first on Motocross Action Magazine.
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Moto-groms across the nation had the opportunity to ride the all-new Yamaha YZ65 at Yamaha Australia’s ride days. Watch on below to see the YZ in action! The post VIDEO | YAMAHA YZ65 RIDE DAYS appeared first on Dirt Action.
Seven-time British National Motocross champion Kurt Nicoll reveals the machine he’ll race at the Tenth Anniversary Vets des Nations at Farleigh Castle in September – a fully restored replica of his 1992 KTM 500 factory racer. He rides the bike and talks about the machine and his hopes for the VMXdN this year for motoheadmag.com. The post KURT NICOLL UNVEILS THE 1992 KTM 500 TWO-STROKE HE PLANS TO RACE AT THE VET MXDN appeared first on Motocross Action Magazine.