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2021 SML 450 Edition Shootout

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In 2012, KTM introduced the 450 SX-F Factory Edition in order to provide Ryan Dungey with the best possible race machine for the 2012 Supercross season. A few years later, Husqvarna joined the edition group with their Rockstar Edition FC450, only to be followed by Honda in 2019 with their CRF450R Works Edition. Now, nearly ten years since the first edition motocross bike was released, consumers have a wide selection of tricked out mid-year released bikes to choose from.

For our 2021 edition shootout, we decided to not only line-up each consumer offered edition bike against each other, but also bring a GYTR outfitted Yamaha YZ450F to the test. With four trick 450’s similar in cost and four varying skill-level test riders, it’s safe to say this is our most in-depth edition shootout yet. We turned our test riders loose at State Fair MX to see which of the four machines they would purchase, and here’s what they had to say. Enjoy!

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Chase Curtis

Chase Curtis is an avid motocross and MTB rider, and he has been editing moto videos for a mere two years. He's also the Swapmoto Race Series on-site photographer and reporter. When he finishes college, he will join the SML staff full time.

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