Off-road enthusiasts will be familiar with Honda’s CRF dirt bike platform commonly seen on dirt trails and motocross tracks. For 2022, the Honda CRF450R, CRF450RWE receive some choice updates.
A reworked 449cc Unicam engine is at the heart of the CRF450R, armed with a new cylinder head that, together with the single-muffler exhaust, increases power and exhaust efficiency. The front and rear Showa suspension have been fine-tuned for better damping and handling, and the frame is about a half a kilo lighter than the previous generation’s. Controls have been updated, too, with launch assist, power modes, and more now at the rider’s disposal. The 2022 model gets Dunlop MX3S tires, which happen to be the rubber of choice for the current crop of motocross racers.
If you’re looking for something a little more serious, the CRF450RWE (WE for Works Edition) gets all the features of the CRF450R in addition to a Yoshimura exhaust, twin air filter, Throttle Jockey seat cover, Hinson clutch basket and cover, premium DID DirtStar LT-X rims, Kashima and titanium nitrate-coated forks, a special red cylinder head cover, plus a few more special touches. As befitting of a special-edition machine, the CRF450RWE will only be available in limited quantities.
Prices start at $9,599 (approximately P467,000) for the standard CRF450R, and $12,399 (around P603,000) for the CRF450RWE. Would you want Honda PH to bring these off-road machines into our market?