2024 450cc Four-Stroke Enduro Bikes To Buy

2024 450cc Four-Stroke Enduro Bikes To Buy

In the modern motocross world, 450cc four-strokes rule the roost in terms of bikes with the largest engines. When it comes to enduro models however, there are 478cc four-stroke options from Beta and Sherco as well as three flavors of 511cc four-stroke choices to select from with KTM, Husqvarna, and GasGas. One step below those big-bore thumpers with headlights are 450cc four-strokes, which are also designed for trail riding and enduro racing. We cover the seven models that fit that description in this article.

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2024 Yamaha WR450F

The Tuning Fork brand’s flagship enduro has been overhauled for 2024 with updates based on what the YZ450F received last year. (Yamaha/)

Entering its next generation in 2024, Yamaha’s WR450F boasts a new fuel-injected liquid-cooled DOHC four-stroke 450cc single-cylinder engine, aluminum bilateral beam frame, and bodywork. Its KYB Speed Sensitive System (SSS) 48mm coil-spring fork and KYB shock have been updated as well. Dunlop Geomax MX33 tires are wrapped around the blue rims in 80/100-21 front and 120/90-18 rear sizing. According to bLU cRU, its flagship enduro shed 4 pounds in its MY24 overhaul.

2024 Yamaha WR450F Price: $10,199

Related: 2021 Yamaha WR450F Review

2024 Honda CRF450X

Honda’s CRF450X is the only one in this category without a five-figure price tag. (Honda/)

The CRF450X first hit the market in 2005 and has gained legendary status in the racing world with over 20 combined victories in the Baja 500 and Baja 1000. In stock trim, this model serves as Honda’s 50-state-legal off-road motorcycle. Its fuel-injected liquid-cooled SOHC four-stroke 450cc single-cylinder engine spins 41.1 hp and 30.2 lb.-ft. of torque, as measured by our in-house dyno. Big Red relies on a Showa 49mm coil-spring fork and Showa shock for suspension duties, and an aluminum twin-spar frame to provide consistent handling characteristics in a variety of terrain.

2024 Honda CRF450X Price: $9,899

Related: 2023 Honda CRF450X First Ride Review

2024 KTM 450 XCF-W

A Progressive Damping System (PDS) rear suspension system is the biggest differentiating factor between the 450 XCF-W and its model-equivalent Austrian cousins. (KTM/)

Every Austrian motorcycle in this segment is new for 2024, and leading the charge is KTM’s 450 XCF-W. This bike’s fuel-injected liquid-cooled SOHC four-stroke 450cc single-cylinder engine is good for 49.5 hp and 31.4 lb.-ft. of torque at the rear wheel. It’s the only one here without linkage thanks to a Progressive Damping System (PDS) rear suspension system, which allows for more ground clearance and less maintenance. According to our measurements, the 450 XCF-W’s seat height is 37.7 inches and it weighs 253 pounds with its 2.2-gallon fuel tank filled.

2024 KTM 450 XCF-W Price: $11,999

Related: 2024 KTM 450 XCF-W Review

2024 Husqvarna FE 450

Husqvarna’s FE 450 is the only Austrian-built 450cc enduro model with CNC-machined triple clamps. (Husqvarna/)

The FE 450 was a great motorcycle in 2023, but Husqvarna isn’t one to rest on its laurels. For 2024, the Austrian brand gave its 450cc four-stroke enduro model a new double-cradle chromoly steel frame, polyamide/aluminum hybrid subframe, and die-cast swingarm to improve overall handling. Front suspension gets a major upgrade with the switch to WP’s Xact 48mm closed-cartridge coil-spring fork. Husqvarna finishes the package with new bodywork and graphics.

2024 Husqvarna FE 450 Price: $12,099

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2024 GasGas EC 450F

The newest model in this segment is GasGas’ EC 450F. (Gas/)

In addition to updating its entire full-size dirt bike range, GasGas added a pair of four-strokes to its enduro lineup for 2024. The smaller-displacement and more competition-focused of the two is the EC 450F. Unlike the other Austrian-built machines in this list, it’s spec’d with a WP Xplor 48mm open-cartridge coil-spring fork. Brand-specific bodywork, a larger-capacity fuel tank, silver rims, and a lack of hand guards further differentiate it from the KTM and Husqvarna. According to GasGas, the EC 450F weighs 244 pounds wet, without gasoline.

2024 GasGas EC 450F Price: $11,399

Related: 2024 GasGas EC 300 First Ride Review

2024 Sherco 450 SEF Factory

What’s the most expensive 450cc four-stroke enduro motorcycle in 2024? That would be the Sherco 450 SEF Factory. (Sherco/)

Adding some French flavor to the mix is Sherco’s 450 SEF Factory. This is the second-highest-displacement model in its enduro lineup, and complementing its fuel-injected liquid-cooled DOHC four-stroke 449cc single-cylinder engine package is an Akrapovič muffler. For suspension, Sherco relies on a KYB 48mm closed-cartridge coil-spring fork and KYB shock. Slowing and stopping this machine are Brembo brakes, and Michelin Enduro Medium tires are mounted on Excel rims in 90/90-21 front and 140/80-18 rear sizes. Fuel tank capacity on this motorcycle is the largest of the bunch at 2.6 gallons.

2024 Sherco 450 SEF Factory Price: $12,599

Related: 2024 Sherco Enduro and Dual Sport Model Introduction

2024 TM EN 450 ES Fi 4T

The only European machine in this category with an aluminum frame is TM’s EN 450 ES Fi 4T. (TM /)

The largest-displacement enduro in TM’s lineup is the EN 450 ES Fi 4T. This Italian ride sends power to its rear wheel with a fuel-injected liquid-cooled DOHC four-stroke 449cc single-cylinder engine. Differing from all others but the Yamaha is the way its airbox is positioned in front of the fuel tank. TM is one of three manufacturers in this list to spec its 450 enduro motorcycle with a KYB 48mm coil-spring fork. Like the two competitors from Japan, this model is built around an aluminum frame.

TM is currently without an importer in the United States, but interested buyers can check out the manufacturer’s website to find out how to purchase any of its models.

Related: 2020 TM EN 250 ES Fi 2T First Ride Review

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