Akira Narita's Honda CRF450R.

Akira Narita’s Honda CRF450R.

2017 Spy Photos | New Bikes From The Big Four

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TransWorld Motocross is in Japan this weekend for the opening round of the All Japan National MX Championship Series, held at Kyushu Motorsports Park in Kumamoto, Japan. As usual, the machines raced in the homeland of the Japanese Big Four manufacturers are super trick and oozing with new technology. Ten-time Japanese Champion Akira Narita’s factory Honda CRF450R is the most intriguing of all the bikes, as it looks radically different than the current 2016 CRF450R, with all-new bodywork and a new chassis. We did a quick lap around the pits today (Thursday) as teams were setting up for qualifying tomorrow and racing on Sunday. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the machines. Stay tuned over the next few days for more detailed posts on all the bikes, plus some great information we’ve found out about changes that are in store for the 2017 models, and rumors about two “new” machines that are making a production comeback.

Chihiro Notsuka's Honda CRF250R.

Chihiro Notsuka’s Honda CRF250R.


The Kawasaki KX450Fs of Hiraoki Arai and Takasa Tanaka.

The Kawasaki KX450Fs of Hiraoki Arai and Takasa Tanaka.


Makoto Ogata's Kawasaki KX450F.

Makoto Ogata’s Kawasaki KX450F.


Junya Takenaka's factory Suzuki RM-Z250.

Junya Takenaka’s factory Suzuki RM-Z250.


All Japan National Champion Yohei Kojima's Suzuki RM-Z450.

All Japan National Champion Yohei Kojima’s Suzuki RM-Z450.


Stay tuned for much more detail in the coming days!