2021 Honda CRF450RWE

Power, handling, and up-spec parts. The Honda CRF450RWE stands out from its base trim counterpart.

2021 Honda CRF450RWE

2021 Honda CRF450RWE. (Honda/)

Ups

  • Top-spec components differentiate it from the base model
  • Most powerful engine of all 450 motocross bikes
  • Combination of its engine performance and synchronized suspension/chassis contribute to its great handling.

Downs

  • A higher-spec machine comes with a high price tag.
  • Limited availability

Verdict

The CRF450RWE offers the highest horsepower figures among the 450 motocross class. Its up-spec components and suspension/handling differentiate it from its stock form, but its high price and limited run mean it will be difficult to acquire.

2021 Honda CRF450RWE.
2021 Honda CRF450RWE. (Jeff Allen/)

Overview

The Honda CRF450RWE is the higher-spec sibling of Honda’s CRF450R and is the most expensive motocross bike on the market. With that said, the RWE is designed for motocross enthusiasts looking for a limited-edition machine with trick parts and updates that differentiate it from the standard motocross bike.

Updates for 2021

Updates seen on the stock CRF450R, which were also executed on the WE, include a lightened twin-spar aluminum frame, narrower swingarm, altered Showa suspension components, engine updates to the decompression system, intake, exhaust system (which includes a switch from two mufflers to one), a hydraulically actuated clutch, and new bodywork and seat. The CRF450RWE also has a hand-ported cylinder head, updated ECU settings, a Yoshimura RS-12 exhaust system, Twin Air air filter, and Hinson Racing clutch basket and cover for MY21.

Pricing and Variants

This year’s CRF450RWE has an MSRP of $12,380 which makes it the most expensive motocross bike on the market.

Competition

Competition would include the other special-edition models of 450cc motocrossers including the Husqvarna FC 450 Rockstar Edition and KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition. Although it does not feature mechanical upgrades over the standard model, Yamaha YZ450F Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition fits the bill for those who want a racebike look right off the showroom floor. Even the Kawasaki KX 450, GasGas MC 450F, and Suzuki RM-Z450 could be considered competitors.

Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

What motor cranks out the most horsepower seen in the 450 motocross class? It’s the CRF450RWE’s 449cc SOHC four-stroke. This engine measured an impressive 56.7 hp at 9,600 rpm and 34.8 pound-feet at 7,100 rpm on our in-house dyno. We wrote in our review that, thanks in part to its updates, it is smoother, makes more overall power, is noticeably quieter, and is easier for riders to manage compared to the CRF450R. Its power delivery is smoother off the bottom and builds steadily throughout the rpm range.

2021 Honda CRF450RWE.
2021 Honda CRF450RWE. (Jeff Allen/)

Handling

The latest-generation frame is claimed to reduce lateral rigidity for improved cornering performance and stability. During testing, we found the 49mm Showa coil-spring fork and Showa shock work in unison with the chassis. The big news regarding the 18mm shock is that it is 2mm larger in diameter than the stock CRF450R and offers more control and holdup because it displaces more oil in the shock body.

Brakes

Identical to the standard CRF450R in this department, braking is handled by Nissin calipers with 260mm and 240mm discs, front and rear. The front disc size is the same as KTM’s 450 SX-F Factory Edition and Husqvarna’s FC 450 Rockstar Edition, while the rear is the same diameter as Yamaha’s YZ450F Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition. The CRF450RWE’s brakes aren’t the strongest in the class, but they stop the bike in short order.

2021 Honda CRF450RWE.
2021 Honda CRF450RWE. (Honda/)

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

Real-world mpg is not provided. Its 1.7-gallon fuel tank splits the capacity differences of its 450 motocross bike competitors.

Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility

Renthal Kevlar grips make the bike feel more personalized while the restructured bodywork offers a slimmer profile than the previous generation. The Throttle Jockey gripper seat and bodywork graphics are exclusive to the CRF450RWE. The ‘WE has a Cycle World-measured seat height of 37.4 inches and measured wet weight of 243 pounds.

2021 Honda CRF450RWE.
2021 Honda CRF450RWE. (Jeff Allen/)

Electronics

The ‘WE features an electric starter, three map options that can be toggled via the Engine Mode Select Button (EMSB), and three levels of Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC).

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

The CRF450RWE does not have a warranty.

Quality

You want quality? The CRF450RWE delivers with a slew of high-end parts, most notably the Yoshimura full titanium exhaust system, D.I.D rims, gold RK chain, Team Honda HRC Throttle Jockey graphics, and more.

2021 Honda CRF450RWE.
2021 Honda CRF450RWE. (Honda/)

2021 Honda CRF450RWE Claimed Specifications

MSRP: $12,380
Engine: 449cc, SOHC, liquid-cooled single-cylinder; 4-valve
Bore x Stroke: 96.0 x 62.1mm
Transmission/Final Drive: 5-speed/chain
Fuel Delivery: Electronic fuel injection w/ 46mm throttle body
Clutch: Wet, multiplate; hydraulic actuation
Engine Management/Ignition: DC-CDI
Frame: Twin-spar aluminum
Front Suspension: 49mm Showa coil-spring fork, compression damping and rebound damping adjustable; 12.2 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Showa shock, spring preload, high-/low-speed compression damping, and rebound damping adjustable; 12.4 in. travel
Front Brake: Nissin 2-piston caliper, 260mm disc
Rear Brake: Nissin 1-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Wheels, Front/Rear: D.I.D DirtStar LT-X; 21 in. / 19 in.
Tires, Front/Rear: Dunlop Geomax MX33; 80/100-21 / 120/80-19
Rake/Trail: 27.1°/4.5 in.
Wheelbase: 58.3 in.
Ground Clearance: 13.2 in.
Seat Height: 38.0 in.
Fuel Capacity: 1.7 gal.
Wet Weight: 244 lb.
Contact: powersports.honda.com

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height: 37.4 in.
Wet Weight: 243 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower: 56.7 hp @ 9,600 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque: 34.8 lb.-ft. @ 7,100 rpm
Source : Motorcyclist More   

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2021 Husqvarna FE 501

The 2021 Husqvarna FE 501 pairs big-bore power with comfortable suspension for a serious off-road racer.

2021 Husqvarna FE 501

2021 Husqvarna FE 501. (Husqvarna/)

Ups

  • Strongest Husky enduro with 44.5 hp on tap
  • Suspension comfort that is suitable for a wide range of riders
  • Quality components such as durable skid plate and hand guards
  • Larger tank capacity is not noticeable between the legs

Downs

  • Power does sign off lower in the rpm range than the FC 450 motocrosser
  • Consider the extra mass when braking downhill

Verdict

Dialed-in WP suspension offers remarkable comfort and the 511cc four-stroke engine delivers big-bore power and torque. Looks like a long, comfortable day of riding and/or racing ahead.

2021 Husqvarna FE 501.
2021 Husqvarna FE 501. (Husqvarna/)

Overview

The 2021 Husqvarna FE 501 is the Austrian brand’s big-bore four-stroke enduro that shares many of its components with its dual sport sibling, the FE 501s, but is more of a competition-spec enduro model. The FE 501 is 50-state legal and California green-sticker eligible, and is fit for high-level enduro riders who aim to use it on long-distance, open-trail rides or as a starting point to modify it for racing events such as long-distance enduros.

Updates for 2021

Restyled graphics are the only change seen on the FE 501 for 2021.

Pricing and Variants

The 2021 FE 501 is priced at $11,299.

Competition

This enduro has a competitor in the family: its cousin, the KTM 500 XCF-W. Other competition includes the Honda CRF450X and Yamaha WR450F.

Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

A wide-ratio, six-speed transmission is housed within the 511cc four-stroke motor. The engine is based on the FC 450 motocrosser, but has a longer stroke to boost its displacement. With a 12.75:1 compression ratio the FE 501 has ready power, but compared to the 450 motocrosser, “the powerband signs off much lower in the rpm range, likely due to its longer stroke and engine modifications made for it to meet EPA requirements,” we covered in our review of the bike.

On our in-house dyno, the FE 501 churns out 44.5 hp at 8,400 rpm and 31.6 pound-feet at 6,900 rpm, making it Husqvarna’s most powerful enduro motorcycle.

2021 Husqvarna FE 501.
2021 Husqvarna FE 501. (Husqvarna/)

Handling

The FE shares its chromoly steel frame and composite carbon fiber subframe with its motocross counterparts. It has a 48mm WP Xplor fork with compression damping and rebound damping adjustability. Its WP Xact shock offers spring preload, high-/low-speed compression damping, and rebound damping adjustability. Both ends have 11.8 inches of travel. With stock settings, the suspension caters to comfort; its plush ride will suit a wide range of riders, but stiffening both ends is advisable for more advanced riders to help the components ride higher in the stroke.

Plush suspension along with its 511cc engine “delivers a planted feeling along with much more traction than you would expect. Riding the bike with both feet on the pegs, standing as much as possible, you can use its torque to get through obstacles that would normally require much more effort,” we wrote in our full test.

Brakes

Braking is handled by Magura two- and one-piston calipers with 260mm and 220mm discs, front and rear.

Weighing at a Cycle World-measured 253 pounds, there is a little more weight to account for when going down hills. During our testing we found that this requires “you to think about your braking zone a little earlier than on a smaller-bore machine.”

2021 Husqvarna FE 501.
2021 Husqvarna FE 501. (Husqvarna/)

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

Tank capacity is 2.2 gallons making this enduro’s tank 0.3 gallon larger than Husky’s FC 450.

Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility

Although tank size is larger, its dimensions are not noticeable whether sitting or standing. This bike features four-position-adjustable handlebar mounts, a ProTaper handlebar, and a non-gripper seat. The Cycle World-measured seat height is 37.4 inches.

2021 Husqvarna FE 501.
2021 Husqvarna FE 501. (Husqvarna/)

Electronics

The motorcycle fires to life with an electric starter and is powered by a lithium-ion battery. Traction control and two engine maps are standard. A multifunction odometer provides useful information via several trip, speed, and fuel consumption displays.

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

The FE 501 has a 30-day warranty.

Quality

Quality components like a durable skid plate and hand guards are a couple of the niceties of an overall well-designed machine. The FE 501 requires very few adjustments to make it comfortable for most enduro riders, and has potential to be a competitive racebike with some relatively minor modifications.

2021 Husqvarna FE 501.
2021 Husqvarna FE 501. (Husqvarna/)

2021 Husqvarna FE 501 Claimed Specifications

MSRP: $11,299
Engine: 511cc, SOHC, liquid-cooled single-cylinder; 4 valves
Bore x Stroke: 95.0 x 72.0mm
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Fuel Delivery: Electronic fuel injection w/ 42mm throttle body
Clutch: Wet, multiplate Damped Diaphragm Steel (DDS); hydraulic actuation
Engine Management/Ignition: N/A
Frame: Central double-cradle chromoly steel
Front Suspension: 48mm WP Xplor fork, spring preload, compression damping, and rebound damping adjustable; 11.8 in. travel
Rear Suspension: WP Xact shock, spring preload, high-/low-speed compression damping, and rebound damping adjustable; 11.8 in. travel
Front Brake: Magura 2-piston caliper, 260mm disc
Rear Brake: Magura 1-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Wheels, Front/Rear: Spoked wheels; 21 x 1.60 in. / 18 x 2.15 in.
Tires, Front/Rear: Dunlop Geomax AT81; 80/100-21 / 110/100-18
Rake/Trail: 26.5°/NA
Wheelbase: 58.5 in.
Ground Clearance: 14.2 in.
Seat Height: 37.4 in.
Fuel Capacity: 2.2 gal.
Dry Weight: 239 lb.
Contact: husqvarna-motorcycles.com

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height: 37.4 in.
Wet Weight: 253 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower: 44.5 hp @ 8,400 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque: 31.6 lb.-ft. @ 6,900 rpm
Source : Motorcyclist More   

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