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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.

Key Features

  • 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

Core Features

  • 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
Displacement 449cc
Bore and Stroke 96.0mm x 62.1mm
Compression Ratio 12.0:1
Carburation PGM-FI Fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 7.6 litres
Ignition Digital CDI
Starter Electric
Clutch Type Wet multiplate
Transmission Type Chain
Final Drive Chain
Type Aluminium twin tube
Dimensions (L´W´H) 2,280mm x 825mm x 1,260mm
Wheelbase 1500mm
Caster Angle 28.5°
Trail 122mm
Seat Height 940mm
Ground Clearance 315mm
Kerb Weight 130.8kg
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
Tyres Front 80/100-21
Tyres Rear 120/80-18
Front Single Disk
Rear Single Disk


Representative example


Model CRF450L
OTR £9,499.00
Deposit £1,981.83
Amount of Credit £7,517.17
36 Payments of £140.00
Final Payment £3,621.00
Final Payment inc Option Fee £3,631.00
Total Amount Payable £10,652.83
APR 6.9%
Option to Purchase Fee £10.00
Annual Contracted Mileage 4,000
Excess Mileage Charge £0.05
Interest Rate pa 6.60%


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