LET’S REDEFINE DUAL-PURPOSE
Making the CRF450R tamed for the road.
The CRF450L looks like the CRF450R for a reason. It is a CRF450R. Same aluminium beam frame, 449cc Unicam engine and Showa suspension. We’ve turned it into a total trail machine with more bottom-end torque, a six-speed gearbox, full road legality and sharp LED lighting package. And it’s manufactured with the high-quality engineering Honda is famous for.
An engine tuned for drive
Riding off-road throws up a wide variety of conditions. To make the CRF450L’s engine more usable–with strong, smooth torque to hunt out every last scrap of rear wheel traction–we gave it 13% more crank inertia plus revised valve timing. Because if you’re spinning a rear wheel you’re not going anywhere.
THE BALANCE OF POWER
And why it matters…
The CRF450L’s electric-start, 449cc four-valve Unicam engine delivers a smooth spread of torque from low rpm up, helping the rear tyre hook up no matter the ground conditions. Developed in conjunction with the CRF450RX enduro machine it uniquely features a heavier crank mass and compression ratio of 12.0:1. The piston uses 3 rings for long-term durability and the ACG has been uprated to provide electrical power for the lights and maintain battery charge during lower-speed running.
Torque versus power
Away from the MX track too much peak power saps precious energy. On the trail torque that finds drive is what matters and the CRF450L makes a strong, fluid 32Nm balanced by power of 18kW, making life easy for its rider, not harder.
Real world service intervals
Honda is legendary for its engineering ability and high build quality. The CRF450L was designed from the outset to have an air/oil filter change every 1,000km, with a major overhaul only required at 32,000km intervals.
|Bore × Stroke (mm)||96.0mm x 62.1mm|
|Carburation||PGM-FI Fuel injection|
|Engine Displacement (cc)||449cc|
|Engine Type (cm³)||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke single cylinder uni-cam|
|Brakes Front||Single Disk|
|Brakes Rear||Single Disk|
|Suspension Front||49mm Showa steel-sprung USD fork|
|Suspension Rear||Showa monoshock using Honda Pro-Link system|
|Tyre Size Front||80/100-21|
|Tyre Size Rear||120/80-18|
|Wheels Front||Aluminium spoke|
|Wheels Rear||Aluminium spoke|
Dimensions and Weights
|Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm)||2,280mm x 825mm x 1,260mm|
|Frame type||Aluminium twin tube|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)||7.6 litres|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||315mm|
|Kerb Weight (kg)||130.8kg|
|Seat Height (mm)||940mm|
|Clutch||Wet type multi-plate|
Instruments and Electrics
|Ignition System||Digital CDI|