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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.
- Based on the CRF450R, with first major service at 32,000km
- EURO4 compliant, with electric start
- Greater crank inertia improves drivability and feel for traction
- 6-speed gearbox
- Drawn from the CRF450R, with minor adaptations for its dual purpose role
- Full LED lighting, increased fuel tank volume and sidestand
- Larger radiator volume, plus electric fan
- Styling closely mirrors that of CRF450R, with new graphics for 2019
A true dual-purpose motorcycle should be many things. Off-road it needs to be light weight, with quality suspension and handling ability that keeps life easy as the going gets harder. Its engine has to make good power and torque from the bottom up – the sort that is supremely usable, allowing the rider to find all the rear wheel grip possible, whatever the terrain.
All the attributes that make it great fun off-road also enable it to be really useful around town; narrow and nimble, a dual-purpose machine slips through gaps, soaks up the hits from rough roads and stays well ahead of traffic thanks to smart, low-gear acceleration. It also needs to be turn-key reliable, with sensible intervals between major service work.
Competition machines can make a solid base for dual-purpose adaptation. But there is much to consider. Race-level performance brings with it an intensive maintenance schedule, which is simply too much for many ‘hobby’ trail riders, who just want to push a button and go – and keep on going, Furthermore, a barely-disguised race bike can mean crucial road-going elements - lights, indicators, ignition switch - are not as user-friendly and durable as they should be.
Honda understands this, and with a desire to produce a dual-purpose bike that draws strongly on the fundamental performance of a race machine, yet with much more ‘normal’ service intervals and high-quality road ancillaries, in 2018, it took its CRF450R moto-crosser as a base to start from, and created the CRF450L.
It is unmistakably a race-bred CRF – and looks it – but with the additions and modifications needed to make it both road legal and supremely useable in a trail environment. As such, the CRF450L is a complete package, as happy roosting trails as it is linking them up on-road. And with Honda engineering and build quality at its core, is sure to do so for years to come.
|Type||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke single cylinder uni-cam|
|Bore and Stroke||96.0mm x 62.1mm|
|Carburation||PGM-FI Fuel injection|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||7.6 litres|
|Clutch Type||Wet multiplate|
|Type||Aluminium twin tube|
|Dimensions (L´W´H)||2,280mm x 825mm x 1,260mm|
|Type Front||49mm Showa steel-sprung USD fork|
|Type Rear||Showa monoshock using Honda Pro-Link system|
|Type Front||Aluminium spoke|
|Type Rear||Aluminium spoke|
|Amount of Credit||£7,454.37|
|36 Payments of||£185.00|
|Final Payment inc Option Fee||£1,758.12|
|Total Amount Payable||£10,462.75|
|Option to Purchase Fee||£10.00|
|Annual Contracted Mileage||4,000|
|Excess Mileage Charge||£0.04|
|Interest Rate pa||6.60%|
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