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Honda CRF450L

DUAL PURPOSE DREAM MACHINE

The wait is over. The dual-purpose motorcycle you’ve been dreaming of for so long is here. The CRF450L excels both off-road and on and is built to go your distance.

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Honda CRF450L product logo.

The best of both worlds

The CRF450L mixes its competition-bred performance DNA with full road legality and reliability. And is a helmet-full of fun wherever you ride it.

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.

 

CRF450L close up of engine
CRF450L close up of engine
Front facing CRF450L on a dirt road in a forest.
CRF450L, close up of handlebars

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.

CRF450L front face

Strong all-round performance from the 449cc 4-valve Unicam engine.

CRF450L close up of the radiator.

The large-volume radiator also features an electric fan.

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.

 

CRF450L close up of the left handlebar.

High-quality switchgear built to last.

Agility plus stability equals confidence

Off-road performance with on-road manners.

A tuned rigidity balance between the CRF450L’s aluminium frame and swingarm provides strength, stability and also feel. The 49mm Showa USD fork and Pro-Link rear suspension are fully adjustable with spring and damping rates specifically revised for use on the trail. An 18-inch rear wheel–with cush drive to protect the gearbox and chain–opens up tyre choice while the 260mm wave-pattern front disc and twin-piston calliper, matched by a 140mm rear disc and single-piston calliper serve up sensitive, but powerful stopping ability.

FULLY ADJUSTABLE

Showa suspension front and rear with spring and damping rates specifically adjusted for trail use.

CRF450L, close up of the forks.

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CRF450L, right side.

COMPETITION DNA

The twin-spar aluminium frame is shared with the honed CRF450R MX1 machine.