Honda updates MX bikes, unveils other 2011 off-road models


Honda has announced an additional release of off-road models for the 2011 model year, including updated CRF450R and CRF250R motocross machines and the return of the CRF70F and CRF50F dirtbikes, the FourTrax Rancher family of ATVs, and the sporty TRX250X.

Detailed information and images of Honda’s model line can be found on

Honda has retuned the CRF450R’s engine for more low-end pull and midrange grunt, while enhancing throttle response via a new throttle body. Revised suspension linkage and settings are said to yield improved control, increased ride plushness and enhanced rear-wheel traction. A new Honda Progressive Steering Damper (HPSD) with a larger damper piston (24mm versus 20mm) reportedly produces better tracking traits. The CRF450R has a new muffler that meets the sound levels of 94 decibels that will be required by some racing organizations in 2011. MSRP will be $8,199, and the unit will be available in red in October.

The CRF250R also receives a new Honda Progressive Steering Damper (HPSD) with a larger 24mm damper piston. Honda says new suspension settings front and rear help give the bike better chassis balance, and changes to engine tuning give it a stronger bottom-end and midrange hit. A new muffler meets sound levels of 94 dB. MSRP will be $7,199, and the unit will be available in red in October.

The CRF70F and CRF50F return to the lineup in 2011 with no updates. They will retail for $1,899 and $1,499, respectively, and will be available in red in October.

Each member of the FourTrax Rancher family of ATVs is again powered by a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 420cc engine with electric starting. The base model has an automatic clutch and manual-shift five-speed transmission with reverse. The FourTrax Rancher ES comes with Honda’s Electric Shift Program (ESP), which allows the rider to shift with the touch of a handlebar-mounted button. The manual-shift FourTrax Rancher 4x4 and ESP-equipped FourTrax Rancher 4x4 ES come with a reportedly easy-to-use TraxLok 4WD/2WD selector. The family’s top-tier models are the automatic-transmission 4x4 FourTrax Rancher AT and FourTrax Rancher AT with Electric Power Steering. Both models feature five-speed auto-shifting or push-button ESP shifting, plus four-wheel disc brakes and independent rear suspension.

Honda hasn’t yet determined the MSRPs for the FourTrax models. The two-wheel-drive models will be available in red and olive in early 2011. The 4x4 models will be available in red, olive and camo in December.

In the sport ATV category, the TRX250X again features electric starting and Honda’s SportClutch, which enables the rider to experience manual clutch actuation with the advantage of no stalling. It has a five-speed transmission plus reverse. Honda hasn’t determined the MSRP. The TRX250X will be available in red and black in September.

Posted by Arlo Redwine