2019 Honda CRF450L Dual-Sport | First Look Review

2019 Honda CRF450L
The new-for-2019 Honda CRF450L is a street-legal dual-sport based on the CRF450R motocrosser.

Looking for a lightweight, modern dual-sport? Based on Honda’s flagship CRF450R motocrosser, the new-for-2019 CRF450L provides a street-legal alternative with LED lighting, mirrors and a dedicated exhaust system.

The CRF450L is powered by a liquid-cooled, 449cc, four-stroke single with a Unicam SOHC, 4-valve head, Honda’s Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) with a 46mm downdraft throttle body and a wide-ratio 6-speed transmission. Compared to the CRF450R, crank mass is up for tractability in technical conditions and a large-capacity radiator keeps things cool.

2019 Honda CRF450L
Tall, light and nimble, the CRF450L should be quite the machine off-road. But its small tank and dirt bike levels of comfort mean that on-road stints will likely be short.

Showa suspension consists of a 49mm upside-down fork with adjustable rebound and compression and a Pro-Link shock that’s fully adjustable, and it has single disc brakes front and rear. The CRF450L is a tall bike, with a 37.1-inch seat height and 12.4 inches of ground clearance. Fuel capacity is 2 gallons and claimed curb weight is just 289 pounds.

Available this September in red at an estimated MSRP of $10,399.

4 COMMENTS

  1. If a bike like this landed as a dual-sport when I started riding 50 years ago, the White House would be justified in spinning out another conspiracy theory: Intergalactic Aliens are Producing Motorcycles! Luckily for us, it’s 2018 and there’s no need for conspiracy theories, right?

  2. $10,300 for a 300 lb 25hp bike? Who would want this? Cant you get same numbers for half the price with a CRF250l? You can get a KTM 500 exc with 58hp for $500 more.
    Is 300 lbs light and nimble? Compared to an AT maybe.

  3. $10K for 25HP? hmmm. But then on the positive, it is street legal, and great ‘major’ maintenance intervals.
    I’m a 2017 CRF250L owner, so have got the same claimed 24HP as the Rally version, by the time I’ve put an Ohlins kit on front and rear, + RaceTech Gold Valves + DNA high flow filter and EJK, I still don’t think I’ll be getting anywhere close to $10K for something which may be in roughly the same performance territory. Ally frame could make it feel quite a bit stiffer / tighter / lighter I guess, but 37″ seat height may deter some folks too. Guess we’ll have to see what folks think when it’s available to ride eh?

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