Motocross started in the United Kingdom, and over the years, it has grown to become one of the most popular racing sports in the world. In a motocross competition, you have to race and finish strong and ahead of your competitors if you want to walk away the winner. Often, the competition is stiff which is why you need every advantage you can get over your competitors but most importantly, you need a good bike. Here are the reviews for two of the best motocross bikes in 2017.
Motocross racing requires a bike with a high level of balance, something that Honda is well known for being good at. The Honda CRF4507 takes the balance game a notch higher, but that’s not the only thing the reputed manufacturer has improved in the new Honda CRF450R. The bike is a great improvement from its predecessor, the 2012 Honda CRF450R.
Within those five years that Honda took to release the new CRF450R, it seems like they have been working day and night looking for new ways to make the 2017 release better. The motorcycle is completely redesigned; it has excellent ergonomics and an attractive slim design. It provides an incredibly high level of balance, speed, and power; it’s the whole package.
Honda CRF450R is designed for hard and aggressive motocross racing; it rewards those who ride it in that fashion. It has a nimble chassis, a performance-oriented suspension that is valved and sprung on the firmer side, and a very strong engine. The chassis makes the bike easy to hop on and ride it as aggressively as you can that is if you want to walk away the winner.
2017 Kawasaki KX450F
The 2017 Kawasaki KX450F is just a little different from last year’s model, but still works better. Thumbs up to the manufacturer for not overdoing innovation and changing things that are already working. The new model is slimmer and lighter, but the company was careful not to mess with the overall chassis characteristics.
Winning a motocross race is about having the right power — not necessarily the highest — solid handling, and being small and right. The right combination of these factors will produce the best motocrosser. Kawasaki has made forward advances over the last few years on matters of carving. You can feel the difference — albeit small — with the minor changes to the rear link and the fork lamp.
The fork lamp, depending on how strong it is, can make or break a motocross bike. Kawasaki has found the often-elusive balance between bottoming, compliance, and a fork that holds itself up in mid-stroke. The engine itself is very user-friendly, and it produces usable, sufficient performance efficiently. But the 2017 KX450F has its shortcomings too. For instance, some riders want to pull exiting corners and a more tractable torque.