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Honda’s New Arrivals!

Honda is delighted to announce details of two significant new arrivals to the off-road racing world: a totally revised CRF450R moto-crosser, and a new enduro racer – the CRF450RX.

CRF450R & CRF450RX

2017 CRF450R & CRF450RX

A moto-cross benchmark since its introduction in 2002, the CRF450R has been redesigned ‘from the ground-up’ for 2017 under the development theme of ‘Absolute Holeshot’. Honda’s open class moto-crosser has earned a reputation for being the best-handling 450cc moto-crosser available, with strong, useable engine power and a chassis that allows riders of all experience levels to put every drop of that power to good use. For the 2017 year model, the full re-design brings a dose of heavy-hitting top end performance in an even sharper, more rider-friendly overall package.

The new CRF450R features:

  • An HRC-inspired power-up engine with an 11% top-end power boost provided by revised cylinder head with greater valve lift, higher compression ratio and new intake giving a straighter pathway into the inlet ports.
  • Stronger torque, particularly low down, but right throughout the rpm range, for a 5% improvement in acceleration out of the gate.
  • New seventh generation aluminium frame with lower centre of gravity, shorter wheelbase and shorter distance between swingarm pivot and rear wheel, offering unprecedented levels of rear traction.
  • Race-kit specification 49mm Showa steel spring front fork.
  • Titanium fuel tank, smooth, aerodynamically-efficient plastics and the option of electric starter

“Our focus has been on producing a machine with exceptional engine performance, outstanding traction and a low centre of gravity – to create a 5% improvement in acceleration on the previous model. The phrase underpinning development was ‘Absolute Holeshot’. The CRF450R is already proving its worth in the Japanese MX championship, winning the first five races. We are proud to give this kind of performance to motocross lovers worldwide.”

Mikio Uchiyama, Large Project Leader for the 17YM CRF450R

Alongside the CRF450R, Honda can now also provide enduro riders with a race-ready machine – the new CRF450RX. Sharing the CRF450R’s new engine and frame package, the CRF450RX has crucial changes to create an uncompromising enduro focus.

  • Revised suspension settings for enhanced control.
  • Revised PGM-FI settings and an 8.5 litre fuel tank for range of approximately 65km.
  • Three revised engine maps, selectable at the handlebar using Honda’s Engine Mode Select Button.
  • 18” rear wheel.
  • Sidestand and electric start as standard.

“The CRF450RX is a pure, race-ready enduro tool like nothing else Honda has ever made. It uses the greatly improved performance of the brand new CRF450R and we made no sacrifices in producing this ‘RX’ enduro version, which offers something completely new to expert riders everywhere. It is built to win straight from the crate, at the highest level of competition.”

Mikio Uchiyama, Large Project Leader for the 17YM CRF450RX

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Dave Ball from Fowlers wins Yamaha UK Tech Grand Prix

Dave Ball, a Master Motorcycle Technician at Fowlers of Bristol, has won the 2016 Yamaha UK Tech Grand Prix (UKTGP) and will go on to rDavid Ballepresent the UK at European level.

To reach the UK final, Dave had to complete several online assessments before being invited to Yamaha UK’s head office in Surrey, where he competed with four other successful Yamaha technicians for the coveted award.

After a day of intense assessments, including a series of practical tests covering skills such as fault-finding, diagnostics and customer interaction, Dave was named the winner. Training Officer, James Fenton, and Country Manager, Lee Neesham, presented his award.

Dave has been with Fowlers of Bristol for 20 years and has previously been recognised for his technical skills, having won the Yamaha UK award 2007. He was also crowned Suzuki Motorcycle Technician of the Year in 2013.

A keen motorcyclist, Dave is still riding the XT660R that Yamaha gave him for a prize in 2007 – “It’s the ideal commuter bike for Bristol’s busy city streets”.

“I’d rather fix a broken bike than do the routine servicing jobs” says Dave. “You get a happy customer and that’s where the job satisfaction comes from”.

The UKTGP is part of a wider search for the world’s best Yamaha technician; Dave will go on to compete against the winners from other European countries in September at the European Tech Grand Prix (ETGP) in The Netherlands. The top three technicians from the ETGP will then be invited to the World Tech GP final at Yamaha Motor Co., Japan in October.