First Look – 2019 Honda Off-Road Model Updates

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On Monday, Honda invited a few people out to the HQ of Fox Racing to tell us what was in store for their off-road trail and competition bikes in 2019. Four models are updated, but the big news is that three models are technically all-new.

I’ll walk you through all 7 bikes with what I think is important (and then I’ll share Honda’s press release with you), but instead of doing so in a logical order like price or displacement, I’m going to tell you about bikes in the order of how much they excite me. Let’s see if you agree…


CRF450L – preliminary MSRP of $10,399 – on paper, this sounds like a 250L with a lot more power, which would have the makings of an awesome ADV platform. Ever heard of the “CRF500L“, where owners take the CB500 motor and shove it into a CRF250L frame? I find that idea very appealing. But the new 450L is different – Honda jokingly says it’s basically a CRF450X with some mirrors. It uses a slightly detuned version of the MX CRF450R motor paired with LED lighting, a 2.0 gallon tank, and a license plate! The crankshaft mass is increased by 12% to help with tractability, the radiator is larger, the lithium battery is a little bigger, and the transmission has a sixth gear in it.

Honda is excited because this bike is almost as competent as the 450R and 450RX but it’s street legal so you can connect trails with some pavement when necessary. That is very, very cool – and it might be the ultimate LA-Barstow-Vegas bike. Even if my personal riding style would appreciate lazier maintenance intervals, I really love this bike and I’m so glad Honda has brought it to the world. Now we just need them to make a 450 Rally!


CRF450X – preliminary MSRP of $9,799 – the previous generation is a legend with Baja 1000 victories, but now it’s all new. It features a 18″ rear wheel, digital gauges, 6-speed wide-ratio transmission (it’s been a long time coming), titanium fuel tank, and a new frame. In California, it’ll be a green sticker bike.


CRF250RX – preliminary MSRP of $8,299 – all-new for 2019, this is the little sibling of the 450RX. It’s designed for closed-course, off-road competition like GNCC and WORCS.


CRF450RWE – WE stands for “Works Edition”. Take the CRF450R (the best-selling 450 MX bike) and add goodies like a hand-ported cylinder, titanium Yoshimura mufflers, revised ECU settings, upgraded DID wheels, gold RK chain, Throttle Jockey graphics and gripper seat, special coatings on the shock shaft/forks, and more. It’s basically a factory replica of Ken Roczen’s bike.


CRF450RX – preliminary MSRP of $9,599 – like the rest of the returning 450 lineup, it gets updates like a slight bump in power and a slight reduction in weight, as well as launch control. The X gets a larger tank (2.25 gallons), 18″ rear wheel, side stand, sealed chain, and tweaks to the suspension to make it better suited to closed-course off-road competition as opposed to MX tracks.


CRF450R – preliminary MSRP of $9,299 – as noted above, this is the industry’s best selling 450. It cleaned up in media comparisons last year and it recently won the Daytona SX race. In addition to the upgrades detailed above, it gets a Renthal Fatbar and some cosmetic tweaks like black rims and in-mold graphics.


CRF250R – preliminary MSRP of $7,999 – this was revamped last year, so the 2019 model gets small updates to the engine, brakes, and electronics. Honda claims that the new bike is “consistently .2 seconds quicker than its predecessor through a control corner at Honda’s test track.” That’s great if you’re a top-level racer, but I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

For all the details, here’s Honda’s full press release. Do any of these appeal to you?


Honda Broadens CRF Lineup with Expansive New-Model Launch
Largest performance off-road release yet includes new models for diverse applications

IRVINE, Calif. (May 23, 2018) – During a recent “CRF Collective” unveiling ceremony at Fox Racing headquarters, Honda announced its most far-reaching range of performance off-road models ever, expanding the group by three and significantly improving the four returning models. Leveraging the brand’s unparalleled experience in the manufacture of dirt bikes, Honda’s performance off-road lineup now includes CRF machines for riding applications including motocross, closed-course off-road, pure off-road, and even dual sport.

All seven models are based on the platforms of Honda’s revolutionary motocrossers, the CRF450R and CRF250R. Those two machines return for 2019 but with important updates, as does the closed-course off-road CRF450RX. In addition, Honda is offering a factory-replica version of its full-size motocrosser called the CRF450RWE (“Works Edition”). The trail-ready CRF450X is entirely new for 2019, and it’s joined by a road-legal CRF450L that enables customers to connect trails via asphalt. Finally, Honda is also introducing an all-new CRF250RX closed-course off-road machine.

“Honda’s history in off-road is something we’re very proud of, from the ’70s-era Elsinores, through the XRs of the ’80s and ’90s, to the post-millennial CRF models,” said Lee Edmunds, American Honda’s Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications. “For 2019, it’s exciting to build on that reputation with the most expansive lineup of CRF performance off-road models ever offered, and to reach a wide range of enthusiasts through motorcycles that are tailored to an equally diverse spectrum of riding environments. With this new lineup, there really is a CRF off-road performance machine for everyone.”

CRF450L
The trails are calling, and the all-new road-legal CRF450L answers, expanding customers’ off-road possibilities by enabling access to the best riding trails, even when that means connecting them via asphalt roads. Street legality is achieved via features like LED lighting, mirrors, and a dedicated exhaust system. Equally at home in the woods or desert, the CRF450L has a wide-ratio six-speed transmission for maximum adaptability, while a lightweight, 2.0-gallon tank offers great range. Compared to the CRF450R motocrosser, crank mass is up for tractability in technical conditions, where a large-capacity radiator keeps things cool.

• Color: Red
• Target Price: $10,399
• Availability: September
Info

CRF450RWE
For the 2019 model year, you don’t have to be Ken Roczen to enjoy a CRF450R with factory enhancements, as the new CRF450RWE features a number of upgrades based on the bikes in the Team Honda HRC race shop. Rocketing to the top step of the podium through the use of a specially designed cylinder head with hand-polished ports, Yoshimura titanium slip-on muffler, and special ECU settings, this new model offers increased low- and mid-range torque. It also features the same graphics as Roczen’s No. 94 race bike, including a Throttle Jockey factory seat cover. Upgraded black D.I.D LT-X rims are included, along with black triple clamps and a gold RK chain. Titanium nitride-coated fork legs and an updated, titanium nitride-coated shock shaft increase traction and bump absorption.

• Color: Red
• Price: $11,499
• Availability: August
Info

CRF450R
Already the industry’s top-selling motocrosser and the winner of the 2018 Daytona Supercross at the hands of MotoConcept’s Justin Brayton, the CRF450R receives a number of important updates for 2019. Better engine performance is achieved through a new combustion-chamber shape, as well as improved over-rev characteristics through a refined oil-management system. The frame and swingarm have been revised for optimized rigidity and weight reduction, while the braking system has been updated with a lightweight front brake caliper featuring a large-piston design. As a result of the weight-saving measures, the CRF450R is 1.76 lbs. lighter than its predecessor. For added performance and increased comfort, the 2019 model features new ECU settings, HRC launch control, a Renthal Fatbar® handlebar and adjustable handlebar position. Black rims and redesigned fork protectors are also new. This is how you convert the “Absolute Holeshot” into moto wins.

• Color: Red
• Price: $9,299
• Availability: August
Info

CRF450X
Having featured heavily in Honda-mounted teams winning 20 of the last 21 Baja 1000s, the CRF450X gets a complete overhaul for 2019, based on the modern CRF platform but with off-road-appropriate features. A true off-road machine that’s ready for racing or trail riding, this model features a headlight, taillight, and side stand, as well as an 18” rear wheel and lightweight 2.0-gallon fuel tank. For maximum versatility in challenging terrain, the CRF450X also features a 49mm Showa fork with dedicated settings, wide-ratio six-speed transmission, and higher crank mass than the CRF450R.

• Color: Red
• Target Price: $9,799
• Availability: October
Info

CRF450RX
Currently campaigned by JCR Honda’s Trevor Bollinger and Trevor Stewart in GNCC and WORCS competition, respectively, the CRF450RX inherits the same performance-enhancing features of the 2019 CRF450R, including an updated cylinder head and refined oil-management system, while still featuring off-road-specific features like a 2.2-gallon resin fuel tank, 18-inch rear wheel, and aluminum side stand. Suspension is specially tailored to the CRF450RX and uses low-friction fork oil. For added performance and increased comfort, the 2019 model features new ECU settings, HRC launch control, a Renthal Fatbar handlebar, and adjustable handlebar position. Black rims and redesigned fork protectors are also new.

• Color: Red
• Price: $9,599
• Availability: September
Info

CRF250RX
Based on Honda’s successful 250cc motocrosser, the all-new CRF250RX joins the CRF450RX as a weapon for closed-course off-road competitions throughout America. Equipped with a larger-capacity, 2.2-gallon resin fuel tank, 18-inch rear wheel, and aluminum side stand, the RX makes quick work of challenging situations, its dedicated suspension and ECU settings helping the rider work through even the toughest trail sections. As with the CRF250R, HRC launch control, a Renthal Fatbar handlebar, and black rims are standard.

• Color: Red
• Target Price: $8,299
• Availability: September
Info

CRF250R
Newly introduced in 2018, the CRF250R has seen the GEICO Honda and TiLube Honda teams earn multiple wins in AMA Supercross and Arenacross competition, respectively, while also achieving success in amateur national races. For 2019, the model is revised with increased low-to-midrange engine performance for improved corner exiting. Inspired by the factory version, the Double Overhead Cam engine features updated cam profiles and intake- and exhaust-port profiles, a 50mm shorter right exhaust pipe, and a 2mm smaller throttle body. Riders can select from three engine modes for ideal performance depending on conditions, while HRC launch control has been adopted for improved race-start performance. A Renthal Fatbar handlebar sits in a four-position-adjustable top clamp, while the braking system has been updated with a lighter, CRF450R-inspired caliper with larger piston for optimum braking performance. Black rims are standard.

• Color: Red
• Target Price: $7,999
• Availability: September
Info

CRF150R / CRF150RB
Raced by Amsoil Honda hotshot Hunter Yoder on the amateur national circuit, Honda’s smallest motocross machine returns for 2019, featuring 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 CRF150RB, which features larger wheels, a taller seat, a longer swingarm, and more rear-suspension travel.

• Color: Red
• Target Price
o CRF150R: $5,099
o CRF150RB: $5,399
• Availability: August
Info

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