2023 CRF450R, 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION
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Celebrating five decades of elite motocross heritage, Honda today announced the 2023 CRF performance range.
Introduced 50 years after the debut of the 1973 CR250M Elsinore – Honda’s original motocross machine – the 2023 CRF450R receives a 50th Anniversary Special Edition, honouring Honda’s motocross heritage with a special livery evoking the iconic CR models that dominated both Supercross and Motocross in the 1980s. The 50th Anniversary Special Edition has a unique blue seat cover, ride side plates with white background, gold anodized rims, gold Renthal handlebars, grey triple clamps and 50th Anniversary inspired graphics.
Multiple iconic riders have played an integral role in the development and innovation of CR and CRF motocross bikes, while cementing Honda’s legendary status in the sport.
Honda’s success in motocross started with the aforementioned 1973 CRF250M Elsinore, which Gary Jones piloted to Honda’s first AMA Motocross Championship. In the half-century since, additional titles have been delivered by a long list of champions including Marty Smith, Donnie Hansen, Chuck Sun, Johnny O’Mara, Ron Lechien, David Bailey, Darrell Schultz, Micky Dymond, Rick Johnson, Jeff Stanton, Jean-Michel Bayle, Mike Kiedrowski, Doug Henry, Steve Lamson, Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Carmichael.
Australians have also claimed their share of wins on Honda’s iconic motorcycles with notable riders including, Jeff Liesk and Glen Bell winning multiple Australian Motocross and Supercross championships, culminating in Team HRC rider, Australia’s, Jett Lawrence delivering the American 2021 AMA Pro Motocross 250 crown, as well as the 2022 AMA Supercross 250SX West Region title.
Originally introduced in 2002, the CRF450R continues Honda’s tradition of race-driven innovation by incorporating feedback from Team Honda HRC riders including four times World Champion Tim Gasjer, who currently leads the 2022 Motocross World Championship.
Honda is synonymous with motocross and off-road performance, and this legacy is a direct result of the brand’s dedication to the sport for many years, as well as the invaluable contributions of current and past champions.
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