Honda CRF450R being ridden off road with mountains in the background.

CRF450R - 50 Years in the making

We’ve been racing motocross for 50 years. The highs, the lows and everything in between, we have had it all and owned every moment. Winning at the weekend is what drives us. And winning is what’s created the new CRF450R and, for 2023 only, the CRF450R 50th Anniversary.

A very special bike marking 50 years of motocross racing.

Two riders going over jumps on the Honda CRF450R.

More Acceleration Less Effort

So you can drive harder than ever, the engine is armed with narrower intake ports, a longer air funnel and smaller, 44mm diameter throttle body delivering higher-velocity air flow to create more torque and low-down power. New ECU settings and valve timing (straight from Tim Gajser’s #243 HRC machine) create a usable powerplant with Launch Control, HSTC and EMSB to put it completely at your command.

Two riders going over jumps on the Honda CRF450R.

What Works For HRC Factory Racers Works For You

We never, ever stop pushing. That’s what it takes to fight at the front and the CRF450R is now easier to ride faster, for longer. Its lightweight aluminium frame features a new, factory-rider specification rigidity balance – from 2mm thicker front frame joints and upper shock mount – as well as new steel engine hangers producing a stable chassis that finds amazing front-end grip, yet steers razor-fast.

Two riders going over jumps on the Honda CRF450R.

Showa Suspension Set For Control

HRC riders – Gajser and Roczen – have led the suspension updates to produce faster lap times with less effort. Working with the new frame ‘tune’ the rear spring rate is higher at 56N/mm, with increased rebound/compression damping for incredible control over bumps and ruts. The 49mm USD forks also have new damping settings for optimum front/rear balance.

Two riders going over jumps on the Honda CRF450R.

Built To Race Hard Every Weekend

Minimal bodywork is easy to move around and remove. The CRF450R uses top-draw equipment; Renthal Fatbars offer comfort and four-way adjustment. The 6.3L fuel tank is made from titanium. Aluminium DID rims are light and strong, while a 30/27mm diameter two-piston front brake caliper ensures consistent stopping power at racing temperatures.


Our first production motocross racer, the CR250M Elsinore, took to the track in 1973 and set us on our journey. The new CRF450R is built ready to race; the CRF450R 50th Anniversary celebrates 50 years of battle. And Honda’s will to win.

CRF450R 50th Anniversary


50 years of racing. Of winning. But always, year after year, stronger. To mark a special milestone, for one year only we’ve created something quite special. The CRF450R 50th Anniversary. It’s loaded with one-off parts; the blue seat, gold wheels and handlebar, and white number boards all pay homage to the mighty CR range of the 1980s, while unique graphics set it apart.