Electric start is the big news, but it's not the single biggest improvement.


Electric Start, Stiffer Suspension, Revised Mapping

With a handful of key refinements, the 2018 Honda CRF450R is a much-improved machine that should be even more popular than the all-new machine that debuted in 2017. Electric start is the most exciting new feature, but firmer suspension settings, softer engine hangers, and a more-controllable Map 1 ignition setting make the bike a better all-around package. Honda invited us out to spin our first laps on the new machine at Sunrise MX Park today, but before we fired it up, Jason Abbott gave us a full technical breakdown.