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Honda CRF450L Review

12
Oct

If you are a dual-sports motorbike fan, you would have been waiting for years for the Japanese manufacturer to release the Honda CRF450L. It is a motorbike which gives you great performance off-road while being street legal at the same time. This is our Honda CRF450L review.

If you wanted to have the best of both worlds, there were very few motorbikes which could deliver. With the introduction of the CRF450L, Honda aims to target such enthusiasts by giving them everything they need. Let’s jump in to understand the hype about the Honda CRF450 L.

Specifications

The Honda CRF 450L gets similar suspension to the other CRF models, but the ones on this machine are for proper off-roading. In the front, there is the Showa fork, with light springs, allowing to handle different types of terrain. You get adjustments for rebound and compression damping, necessary when you have to take the motorbike off-road. In the rear, it is the Showa shock, with soft springs, with adjustments for preload and rebound damping. The Japanese manufacturers have spent a lot of time calibrating the motorbike for off-roading.

In the front brakes, you will find a single disc with two-piston callipers, while the rear has the smaller disc, with single-piston callipers. You will appreciate the brakes deeply, as it provides great control over your motorbike when you are taking it off-road.

As you will be spending most of your time on dirt roads, the handling of this motorbike is incredible. Regardless of the difficulty of entering the corner, the motorbike gives you precision handling. At the same time, it doesn’t affect the stability of the motorbike at high speeds.

You won’t face a lot of fatigue, even if you spend long hours riding this machine, as the saddle is comfortable. Whether you are going for an adventure which lasts several hours or days, the seat will always surpass your expectations.

Performance

Powering the Honda CRF450 L is a four-stroke, single cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-valve, Unicam OHC, 449.7 cc engine, producing 24.6 hp of power and 23.6 ft-lb of torque. Even when you are off-road, the motorbike can touch 65 – 70 mph without breaking a sweat. The engine produces linear and smooth power, a necessity for this type of motorbike.

The six-speed gearbox comes with wide ratios, which is great when you have to use this motorbike on different types of terrain. Thanks to the damping against vibrations, you will find the ride to be smooth. Expect the motorbike to cover at least 80 miles of difficult terrain, thanks to its fuel efficiency of 55 mpg.

Verdict

Honda CRF450 L is a great off-roading motorbike, which will fulfil all your requirements if you are into dual-sports machines. The suspension, handling, brakes, and level of comfort on this motorbike allows you to go on long stretches, without having to take a break. Along with the powerful engine, you have the confidence to conquer a variety of terrain on this motorbike. If you want to pick up this machine, you will have to pay a base price of £9,469! You can find a dealer here https://www.honda.co.uk/motorcycles/range/off-road/crf450l/overview.html

 

Honda CRF450L

A Honda CRF450L flying through the forest