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2017 Honda CRF450X
2017 Honda CRF450X

2017 Honda CRF450X
2017 Honda CRF450X

2017 Honda CRF450X
2017 Honda CRF450X



2017 Honda CRF450X Review

2017 Honda CRF450X on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

Off-Road Warrior...

Having won the world-renowned and ultra-rugged Baja 1000 and Baja 500 races multiple times—enough to rightfully earn its reputation as the King of Baja—the CRF450X boasts some pretty impressive credentials in the world of off-road racing. At the same time, if you're planning a weekend of relaxed trail riding rather than aiming for a prestigious off-road racing victory, the CRF450X offers equally impressive credentials for a weekend of fun rides. So the choice is really up to you; no matter how seriously or how relaxed you want to approach your weekend ride, the CRF450X is more than up to the task.

It’s a dream everyone had, but nobody could deliver on—until Honda invented the CRF450X. The light weight and power of a motocross bike, available to trail riders, Baja demons, and cross-country racers everywhere. But actually the CRF450X is a whole lot better than just an MX bike off the track. It gets a ton of specialized touches and refinements that hone it for the trail.

Honda engineers fine-tuned everything from the steering geometry, suspension, and power delivery to better suit off-road riding. Additional extras like the Honda Progressive Steering Damper make it a bike you’ll appreciate for a lot longer than just a 20-minute moto: It not only helps reduce rider fatigue but also improves the CRF450X’s cornering. And then there’s the CRF450X’s Honda Unicam® engine—tough enough to survive Baja, it can easily survive one of your weekend rides. Best of all, the CRF450X features both an electric starter and a kickstarter, so you get both convenience and supreme reliability—exactly the traits, along with performance, that make the CRF450X the machine of choice for cross-country riders everywhere.


The Power to Win.

Utilizing a Unicam® cylinder head, the CRF450X’s 449cc liquid-cooled four stroke puts out maximum power over a wide rpm band.


Easy Starts.

Our push-button electric starter offers all-around convenience, whether you’re starting out on your ride or quickly restarting in tough conditions.


Control Freak.

Perfected on the MX circuit, the Honda Progressive Steering Damper not only improves cornering, but also helps reduce arm fatigue.

 



2017 Honda CRF450X www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Power at any RPM

Powerful 4-stroke 449 cc liquid-cooled four-valve Unicam engine is designed to produce power across a wide rpm band. Unicam valve train provides the lightweight of a compact single-cam design and the optimum combustion chamber shape for maximum power.

Electric starter

Electric starter drives the clutch side of the crankshaft to provide superior lubrication of starter gears, and produce a narrow engine with a short, strong crankshaft.

Superb cold or hot starting

Lightweight, compact, internal auto decompressor system provides superb cold-starting and hot-starting operation.

Incredibly light weight

Unicam valve train features a carburized single camshaft that directly actuates two 35 mm titanium intake valves. The camshaft exhaust lobe actuates two 30 mm steel exhaust valves via a forked, low-friction, roller rocker-arm. Lightweight titanium intake valves permit use of smaller valve springs, reducing overall engine height. Clutch cover and cylinder head cover are made of magnesium to reduce engine weight.

Able to maintain high RPM

Crankshaft is made of high-strength, low-carbon steel with carburized main journals for maximum durability at sustained high-rpm operation.

Maintains power

Forged 12:1-compression slipper piston is lighter than a conventional design, revving quickly while maintaining excellent cylinder sealing and high-rpm power.

Extended engine life

Nikasil cylinder lining is lightweight and provides cooler and quieter operation for extended engine life.

Excellent throttle response and rideability

40 mm Keihin FCR-type carburetor features four rollers on the flat slide, resulting in very light throttle effort, smooth operation, crisp throttle response and excellent rideability.

Massive torque with reduced vibrations

Gear-driven balancer reduces vibration and drives the water pump. Eight clutch plates provide the surface area necessary to handle the engine's massive torque, while carefully matched clutch springs provide a light feel at the lever.

Improved manoeuvrability & cornering control

Neatly tucked away behind the front number plate, the Honda Progressive Steering Damper (HPSD) makes a huge difference in your ability to hold the line in corners. Rebuildable, and with up to 15 clicks of adjustment, HPSD also allowed engineers to reduce steering offset and shorten wheelbase for an amazingly nimble feel. You get the best of both worlds: improved manoeuvrability, and uncanny cornering control. The aluminum frame design is matched to rider ergonomics to maximize handling and control.

Superb rider comfort and manoeuvrability

Semi-double-cradle twin-spar aluminum frame features a single large-diameter tapered downtube. Two rugged box-section rails attach to the base of the downtube and support the engine. A forged aluminum steering head provides a compact and extremely durable mount for the frame spars and engine downtube. In addition, tall swingarm pivot plates and narrow frame spars create a narrow overall frame cross-section for superb rider comfort and manoeuvrability.

Robust light-weight design

Swingarm features a dual-axis, double-taper design with a large cast-aluminum cross-member offering high strength and light weight. 18-inch rear wheel features the same lightweight rear hub and HRC works-type lightweight aluminum spoke nipples as used on CRF450R.

Maintains momentum & cushions impacts

Front wheel features large-diameter front axle and wide wheel-bearing span for excellent rigidity. Rear-axle diameter of 25 mm and large-diameter bearings provide optimum rigidity to withstand torturous off-road conditions.

Smoother ride over rugged terrain

Lightweight 47 mm inverted Showa twin-chamber cartridge fork with aluminum dampers is derived from the CRF450R and features settings unique to the CRF450X. The fork offers 315 mm (12.4 inches) of travel, 16-position rebound and 16-position compression damping adjustability. The inner surface of the front fork outer-tubes receives the same honing treatment as works bikes for low-friction operation.

Easier to handle

Pro-Link single-shock rear suspension system features a fully adjustable Showa rear damper and 313 mm (12.3 inches) of wheel travel, separate low-speed (13 positions) and high-speed (3.5 turns) compression damping adjusters, and 17-position rebound damping adjustment.

Consistent performance

Rear shock damper piston diameter is 50 mm for consistent performance under demanding riding conditions.

Improved turning & handling

Compact twin-piston front brake caliper, anodized aluminum brake pistons and lightweight front brake disc minimize unsprung weight for improved turning and handling. 240 mm wave-style front and rear brake rotors reduce unsprung weight.

Condensed design

HRC works-type rear brake system integrates the rear master cylinder and fluid reservoir, eliminating the need for a remote master cylinder reservoir and hose assembly.

Light-weight body components

All plastic body components (radiator shroud, side covers, rear fender, seat base, fuel tank, front fender, and front headlight) are designed for slim, aggressive styling and lightweight.

Excellent lighting

Powerful 35-watt halogen headlight produces a wide range of illumination. Integrated LED taillight in rear fender.

Improved comfort for rider

Rider ergonomics are optimized by adapting the handlebar, seat and footpeg height to place the rider's legs at the narrowest cross-section of the frame for improved comfort and handling.

Increased rider mobility

Seat cushion uses foam construction that follows the shape of the fuel tank, providing a smooth transition to increase rider mobility and comfort. Non-slip seat cover for increased rider control.

Light-weight ergonomic design

Rear-brake pedal and shift lever are made of lightweight aluminum and are designed to complement the riding position.

Excellent grip & durability

Wide, cleated, stainless steel footpegs are self-cleaning, resist corrosion, provide excellent grip and fold for extra ground clearance.

Reduced rider fatigue

Aluminum Renthal handlebar (971 bend) is rubber-mounted to reduce rider fatigue and improve comfort.

Unconventional durability

Chain guide material offers durable wear resistance, and service life is five times greater than conventional materials.

Information at a glance

Resettable, easy-to-read, three-digit odometer.


 

 

2017 Honda CRF450X www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Engine/Drivetrain
•Powerful four-stroke 449cc liquid-cooled four-valve Unicam® engine is designed to produce power across a wide rpm-band for easy-to-control operation.
•Forged 12.0:1-compression slipper piston is lighter than a conventional design, revving quickly while maintaining excellent cylinder sealing and high-rpm power.
•40mm Keihin FCR-type carburetor features four rollers on the flat slide, resulting in light throttle effort, smooth operation, crisp throttle response and excellent rideability.
•Carburetor features a Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) to help maintain linear throttle response throughout the rpm range.
•Twin-sump lubrication system separates the oil supply for the crankshaft, piston and valve train from the clutch and transmission. This ensures a cool supply of oil to the clutch, eliminates clutch and transmission material contamination of the engine oil, reduces the amount of circulating oil and permits the use of a smaller oil pump.
•Exhaust system uses a lightweight stainless-steel exhaust header and muffler equipped with USDA-qualified spark arrester.
•T-ring-sealed chain is approximately 1.6mm narrower and is stronger compared with conventional chains.
•Durable five-speed wide-ratio transmission.
•Electric-start system for easy starting in all conditions.
•USDA-qualified muffler/spark arrester.

Chassis/Suspension
•Fourth-generation Twin-Spar Aluminum Frame with forged-aluminum steering head.
•18-inch rear wheel features same lightweight rear hub and HRC works-type lightweight aluminum spoke nipples as used on the CRF250R.
•Front wheel features large-diameter front axle and wide wheel-bearing span for excellent rigidity.
•Rear-axle diameter of 25mm and large-diameter bearings provide optimum rigidity to withstand torturous off-road conditions.
•Large 50mm-diameter rear shock-damper piston for consistent performance under demanding riding conditions.
•HRC works-type rear-brake system integrates the rear master cylinder and fluid reservoir, eliminating the need for a separate reservoir and hose assembly.
•Fuel-tank capacity is 1.9 gallons, including 0.4-gallon reserve.
•Powerful 35-watt halogen headlight features an innovative lens for a wide range of illumination.
•Integrated LED taillight in rear fender.
•Suspension tuned for competitive off-road riding needs.
•Aluminum Renthal handlebar (971 bend) is rubber-mounted to help reduce rider fatigue and improve comfort.
•Handlebar holders provide two different mounting positions to match rider preference.
•Front disc-brake cover helps protect rotor and caliper from damage.
•Washable, two-stage foam air filter for optimal engine protection and easy maintenance.

Honda Genuine Accessories
Aluminum Work Stand, Oversized Handlebar Holder, Front and Rear Master Cylinder Cap, Front Brake Line Clamp, Rear Brake Adjuster Clevis, Engine Cover Inspection Plugs

WARRANTY: Because we're so confident in the quality of each of our Honda Genuine Accessories, we're pleased to offer one of the best warranties in the industry. One-year warranty begins on the day accessories are purchased by the customer.
•Consult owner's manual for optional racing parts
•Meets current CARB and EPA emissions standards



 



 

2017 Honda CRF450X - www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $8440 USD

ENGINE
Engine Type 449cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore And Stroke 96mm x 62mm
Induction Keihin® 40mm flat-slide carburetor with Throttle Position Sensor (TPS)
Ignition CD with electronic advance and lighting coil
Compression Ratio 12.0:1
Valve Train Unicam®, four-valve, 35mm intake valve, 30mm exhaust valve
Starting Electric and Kick
DRIVE TRAIN
Transmission Wide-ratio five-speed
Final Drive #520 T-ring-sealed chain; 13T/51T
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension 47mm inverted Showa® cartridge fork with 16-position rebound and 16-position
compression-damping adjustability; 12.4-inches travel
Rear Suspension
Pro-Link® Showa® single shock with adjustable spring-preload, 17-position
rebound-damping adjustability, and compression-damping adjustment separated
into low-speed (13 positions) and high-speed (3.5 turns); 12.4 inches travel.
Front Brake Single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear Brake Single 240mm disc
Front Tire 80/100-21
Rear Tire 110/100-18
DIMENSIONS
Rake 27.10° (Caster Angle)
Trail 110mm (4.3 inches)
Wheelbase 58.3 inches
Seat Height 37.9 inches
Curb Weight 269 pounds (includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuelready
to ride)
Fuel Capacity 1.9 gallons, including 0.4-gallon reserve
Ground Clearance 13.6 inches
OTHER
Model ID CRF450X
Emissions Meets current California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA off-road emissions
standards.
Available Colors Red

 


 

2017 Honda CRF450X - www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See dealer for pricing in CDN

Engine & Drivetrain
Engine Type
Liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Displacement
449 cc
Bore & Stroke
96 mm x 62.1 mm
Compression Ratio
12:01
Valve Train
Unicam, four-valve
Fuel Delivery
Keihin 40 mm flat-slide carb with throttle position sensor
Transmission
Wide-ratio five-speed
Final Drive
#520 T-ring-sealed chain; 13T/51T
Chassis & Suspension
Front Suspension
47 mm inverted Showa cartridge fork with 16-position rebound and 16-position compression damping adjustment; 315 mm (12.4 in.) travel
Rear Suspension
Pro-Link Showa single shock with spring preload, 17-position rebound damping adjustment, and compression damping adjustment separated into low-speed (13 positions) and high-speed (3.5 turns); 313 mm (12.3 in.) travel
Dimensions & Additional Information
Tires
80/100 - 21 front; 110/100 - 18 rear
Brakes
Front 240 mm disc with dual-piston caliper; rear 240 mm disc
Ground Clearance
346 mm (13.6 in.)
Seat Height
963 mm (37.9 in.)
Wheelbase
1,480 mm (58.3 in.)
Curb Weight
122 kg (269 lb) including required fluids and full tank of gas - ready to ride
Fuel Capacity
7.2 litres, including 1.6-litre reserve
Colour
Extreme Red
Warranty
No warrranty




 

2017 Honda CRF450X - www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ NA GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

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