News 18 Oct 2017

Pricing and release date announced for 2018 CRF models

Honda Australia confirms details on next year's motocross bikes.

Source: Supplied.

Honda has revealed the 2018 CRF450R is due to arrive in Australia in November for an MLP of $11,999, while the all-new CRF250R is due in December and will be available for an MLP of $10,999.

To celebrate the impending arrival, customers who pre-order either the 2018 CRF450R or the 2018 CRF250R, will receive a free motocross Honda Racing stand. Constructed of strong, lightweight powder coated aluminium with a removable nylon plate – it’s the ideal accessory for a budding motocross star.

To pre-order and be eligible to receive one of the stands, riders can visit www.motorcycles.honda.com.au and click the product page of the interested model – either the 18YM CRF450R or 18YM CRF250R and click the ‘Request a Quote’ tab. Follow the prompts to enter your details and a Honda dealer will contact you to finalise the pre-sale.

The 2018 CRF250R is most anticipated with notable changes to its power plant including a new compact DOHC engine with rocker arms, higher valve lift, larger valve diameter and a higher rev limit resulting in a five percent increase in power-to-weight and peak power at 2000rpm higher.

A new straight intake layout and dual exhaust system further enhance the power and speed range of the entire engine. Adopting an advanced Scavenge Pump system to reduce engine friction and ‘pumping’ losses at high rpm, which results in upgraded engine efficiency. The CRF250Rs redesigned chassis gives the rider absolute control of this new powered-up DOHC engine.

Changes to geometry and dynamic parameters of the frame’s performance give the CRF250R enhanced starting performance, front-end stability and rear wheel traction.

After a complete from the ground up re-design of the CRF450R in 2017, the 18YM CRF450R has some exciting updates to further cement this motocrosser as the absolute hole-shot it promises to be.

The powered-up HRC designed engine, aluminium frame and chassis geometry based completely on achieving supreme handling with a lower centre of gravity make the CRF450R the ideal competition bike for anyone hungry for a podium finish.

The electric starter that was previously offered as an accessory is now standard for 2018, along with the lightweight lithium-ion battery. The kick-start lever has been removed for further weight saving measures. The 2018 CRF450R also gets updated suspension settings aimed at further improving chassis feel and overall action.

The downdraft air-intake and fuel-injection layout achieves a potent, broad spread of torque, but it also allows for heavier components to be located as centrally and low as possible so that all that power can be effectively utilised. In addition, the CRF packaging results in nimble cornering, while updated suspension settings to the Showa® shock and 49mm coil- spring fork improve handling.

For more information, visit www.motorcycles.honda.com.au.

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