American Honda has released information on the first of its planned 2011 rollouts. As is usually the case this early in the cycle, the first bikes announced are dirtbikes. Topping the list is a new CRF450R, which received updates to the engine to broaden its powerband with more bottom- to midrange power. Additionally, a new throttle body is used for improved engine response. A redesigned muffler has a quieter 94-dB sound rating, which is required by various racing organizations. Tweaks were made to suspension for improved ride quality and better rear-wheel traction. The CRF450R will be available in October for $8199.
The CRF250R ($7199) Lites classer gets a new Honda Progressive Steering Damper (HPSD) and new suspension settings front and rear. Changes were made to the tuning of its engine to improve bottom- to midrange power output, as well; it also gets a quieter 94-dB muffler. Other bikes released include the CRF70F ($1899) and CR50F ($1499) playbikes.