For the very first time, an electric-start kit is available on the CRF450R. Kit specification and local availability will be announced later.
The body is more compact with aerodynamically-efficient plastics with feature film insert graphics for optimum scratch resistance and a bolder effect.
Large Project Leader (LPL) for the 2017 CRF450R, Mr M. Uchiyama described the new model as a complete change from previous models, "Nothing has been overlooked and we have been relentless in our effort to provide customers with a machine that's ahead of the pack" he said.
Direct input from Honda's MX GP and AMA teams highlighted the need to develop a race partner with the unoquivical need to be first out of the gate, first into turn 1 and to punch out a blistering lap time.
Honda have taken this literally with the design inspiration completely underpinned by creating a machine that is the 'Absolute Holeshot.'
Mr Uchiyama talked of the central focus on 'producing a new model with execptional engine performance, engine power, low centre of gravity and to offer outstanding rear wheel traction' all in the one package.
"We are proud to give a machine with this kind of performance to motocross lovers worldwide." He added.
It's a lot to take in; a complete redesign and geometric rework that's resulted in a stronger, lighter, sharper, faster machine... Christmas might arrive that little bit earlier this year.
For more detailed information on this brand new CRF450R and to keep up to date with when it will hit Australian shores please visit www.hondacrf.com.au
Honda America also release news of the 2017 Honda CRF450 models they will recive in 2017 with the below information being released
On the 15th anniversary of Honda‰Ûªs original 450cc class four-stroke motocross model, Honda announces a revolutionary CRF450R that promises to be the most powerful, best-handling Honda motocross machine ever. Honda‰Ûªs no-compromises approach to designing and developing the new bike was intended to put it at the front of the pack in all areas of performance, resulting in what Honda is calling the ‰ÛÏAbsolute Holeshot.‰Û