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– 2012 Honda CRF450X
2012 Honda CRF450X Review
Meet the reigning champion of Baja.
The CRF450X has 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. But even 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.
Just how good is the CRF450X? Here’s a hint: it’s won more races in Baja than all other recent 450-class machines combined.
But this bike is merely a sum of its parts – intelligently-engineered parts taken from its MX-winning cousin and specially tuned for the trail. Like the Honda Progressive Steering Damper that helps reduce rider fatigue and improve cornering. An electric starter for easy start-ups in even the worst conditions. A Pro-Link suspension, bulletproof Unicam® engine and the kind of durability Honda is known for.
Put it all together and you’ve got perhaps the best off-roader ever built.
2012 Honda CRF450X Features and Benefits
New for 2012
– Bold new graphics.
The best in Baja.
Baja has a reputation for being ruthless. Only the best bikes can conquer the elements, and one bike has conquered all the others every time: the CRF450X.
Compact and powerful.
Utilizing a Unicam® cylinder head, the 449cc liquid-cooled four stroke in the CRF450X puts out maximum power over a wide rpm band.
Precise, controlled steering.
Perfected on the MX circuit, the Honda Progressive Steering Damper not only improves cornering, but also helps reduce arm fatigue.
King of Its Class
Multi-time Baja 500 and 1000 winner. Dirt Rider’s “Bike of the Year.” Lauded by experts as arguably the best big-bore trailbike ever. Simply put, The CRF450X is the king of 450-class off-road machines, with features like the revolutionary Honda Progressive Steering Damper and works-style brake discs.
2012 Honda CRF450X – US Specifications
USA MSRP Price – See Honda dealer for pricing.
Engine Type: 449cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore and Stroke: 96mm x 62mm
Compression ratio: 12.0:1
Valve Train: Unicam, four-valve; 35mm intake valve; 30mm exhaust valve
Induction: Keihin 40mm flat-slide carburetor with Throttle Position Sensor (TPS)
Ignition: CD with electronic advance and lighting coil
Starting: Electric and kick
Transmission: Wide-ratio five-speed
Final Drive: #520 T-ring-sealed chain; 13T/51T
Front: 47mm inverted Showa cartridge fork with 16-position rebound and 16-position compression damping adjustability; 12.4 inches travel
Rear: 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: Single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear: Single 240mm disc
Wheelbase: 58.2 inches
Rake (Caster angle): 27.35°
Trail: 117mm (4.6 inches)
Seat Height: 37.9 inches
Ground Clearance: 13.6 inches
Fuel Capacity: 1.9 gallons
Curb Weight*: 269 pounds
*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride.
Consult owner’s manual for optional racing parts.
Meets current CARB and EPA emissions standards.
2012 Honda CRF450X – Canada Specifications
Candian MSRP Price – TBA CDN
Details to be announced.