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Cycle News 2014 Issue 12 March 25 2014

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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FEATURE P70 2014 HONDA CRF450F TUNE-UP THE 2014 HONDA CRF450F IS A GREAT BIKE BUT HERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT WE LEARNED WILL MAKE IT AN EVEN BETTER BIKE. Cycle News test rider Jason Abbott puts in the laps at Starwest Park on our FMF/Hinson- modified 2014 Honda CRF450R. FINISHING TOUCH BY THE CN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIT PALMER H onda's pride and joy in the big-bore class, the CRF450R, is blessed with above-average suspension and solid handling. It's also light on its feet and offers that just-right feel that no other machine in its class can boast. As good as the Honda is, however, there are a few minor and simple – though not necessar- ily cheap (but still worth it) – things you can do to make your 2014 CRF450R even better. First of all, compared to some of the other bikes in its class, like the Kawasaki KX450F, KTM 450 SX and Yamaha YZ450F, the Honda's total power output is a little on the soft side for our tastes. For some, though, that might not be a terrible thing but for hard-core motocross- ers like us, the Honda, we feel, could benefit from a bit more snap and overall output from its motor. Since we like to keep things rela- tively simple, the first and most ob- vious thought that came to our mind was to swap out the stock exhaust system with an aftermarket system. And really, who doesn't do that any- way? In this case, we went to FMF for answers and their answer was its Factory 4.1 RCT titanium/carbon slip-on muffler and Power Bomb titanium header. We chose to re- place the stock dual-muffler system with FMF's single-muffler version to save weight and to just plain simplify things. Compared to dual mufflers, single muffler systems have less parts to hassle with, are less sus-

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