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Is this Honda's 2013 CRF450R?

This drawing, filed as part of a patent by Honda, appears to show a new design of the firm's CRF450R motocrosser.

THE design shows twin exhausts, a solution tried a few years ago on the CRF250R, and different bodywork to the existing model. The frame also appears to be new compared to previous versions of the CRF. The single-cylinder engine is visually unaltered, showing the basic design idea won't be changed although you can be sure that next year's CRF will get a selection of mechanical refinements.

Since motocrossers tend to be launched much earlier than road-going bikes, it's likely Honda will reveal whether or not this design really is the 2013 CRF within the next two or three months.

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