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Honda’s 2023 CRF450R 50th Anniversary Edition will be available starting this September.
Honda’s 2023 CRF450R 50th Anniversary Edition will be available starting this September. (Honda/)

American Honda will celebrate the anniversary of its first motocross machine, the 1973 CR250M Elsinore (find out more about the original Elsinore in the The 11 Most Important Motorcycles of All Time article), with a revised CRF450R platform in 2023. The base off-road model will start at $9,599 and be available in July. A special 50th Anniversary Edition, with retro livery inspired by the brand’s ‘80s-era MX bikes, will start at $9,899 and be available this September.

Revisions to the 450cc single include an updated cam profile and reduced throttle body diameter. The intake port is narrower, as is the intake funnel; both revisions are intended to balance power delivery and provide more torque with the goal of improving exit performance out of corners. These changes also required revisions to the ECU and ignition map settings. The single-muffler exhaust has been strengthened with a new outer shell and inner pipe construction.

Related: The Bike That Got Away: 1978 Honda CR250 Elsinore

The frame is updated as well, with new, more robust cylinder-head hangers. The frame is thicker than before, providing a more rigid setup that promises improvements to overall handling. The suspension mounting points have also been reinforced as well. The swingarm is updated to complement the rigidity changes in the mainframe, and the subframe is nearly a pound lighter than last year’s model.

Suspension settings front and rear are updated for improved handling, with better damping performance up front and faster rebound out back.

A bevy of up-spec elements return as well: titanium fuel tank, lightweight fuel pump, torque and launch control, engine mode settings, a works-style hydraulic clutch, race-ready Dunlop Geomax MX33 tires, and more.

Related: Racing The Lake Elsinore Grand Prix On A Honda CRF450L

This platform revision will also extend to two other 450 iterations, the CRF450RX and CRF450RWE.

2023 Honda CRF450R Technical Specifications and Price

Price:$9,599/$9,899 (50th Anniversary Edition)Engine:450cc, SOHC, liquid-cooled single; 4-valveBore x Stroke:96.0 x 62.1mmCompression Ratio:13.5:1Fuel Delivery:PGM-FI w/ 44mm downdraft throttle bodyClutch:Wet, multiplateTransmission/Final Drive:5-speed/chainFrame:Twin-spar aluminumFront Suspension:49mm Showa USD fork, compression and rebound damping adjustable, 12.2 in. travelRear Suspension:Pro-Link Showa shock, preload, compression and rebound damping adjustable, 12.4 in. travelFront Brake:2-piston caliper, 260mm discRear Brake:1-piston caliper, 240mm discWheels, Front/Rear:Spoked; 21 in., 19 in.Tires, Front/Rear:Dunlop Geomax MX33; 80/100-21 / 120/80-19Wheelbase:58.3 in.Seat Height:38.0 in.Fuel Capacity:1.7 gal.Claimed Curb Weight:245 lb.Available:2022Contact:powersports.honda.com

Engine and chassis refinements promise a better-handling and more torquey machine.
Engine and chassis refinements promise a better-handling and more torquey machine. (Honda/)
Specific changes to the engine are aimed at improving corner exit.
Specific changes to the engine are aimed at improving corner exit. (Honda/)
A more rigid frame is meant to give riders more precise handling.
A more rigid frame is meant to give riders more precise handling. (Honda/)
The CRF450R gets a revised swingarm and subframe.
The CRF450R gets a revised swingarm and subframe. (Honda/)
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By: Byron Wilson
Title: Honda Marks 50 Years of Motocross With Its 2023 CRF450R
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/story/news/2023-honda-crf450r-commemorates-50-years-of-motocross/
Published Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2022 10:00:04 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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