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2016 Honda CRF450X Review
2016 Honda CRF450X on www.Totalmotorcycle.com
King Of Its Class…
Taking its inspiration from Honda’s CRF450R motocross machine, the CRF450X gets Honda’s magical touches that transform it into the king of the trail. Touches like the Honda Progressive Steering Damper, which helps reduce rider fatigue and improve cornering; an electric starter for easy start-ups in even the worst conditions; Pro-Link suspension; Unicam® engine; and the kind of durability Honda is known for.
Enduro with MX DNA.
A battle hardened multi-time champion of off-road enduro competition, like the World Enduro Championship and Baja 1000, the stunning CRF450X wins hearts, minds and races with its finely balanced blend of sheer power and civility.
Power, agility and control
The CRF450X’s lightweight, compact and powerful Unicam® engine starts at the touch of a button and delivers drive in an instant. Breathtaking? Certainly, yet you’ll always be in complete control thanks to impressive throttle feel and awesome rear wheel traction.
Toughness is built into the CRF450X, with a robust twin-spar aluminium frame and super-strong swingarm.
The aluminum swingarm provides massive rigidity for less deflection in ruts, and improved corner-exit traction. It works a compact, fully adjustable rear shock; Powerful braking is ensured by the 240mm wave-pattern disc and twin-piston brake calliper at front, and the 240mm wave-pattern disc with single-piston calliper at rear.
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.
Our push-button electric starter offers all-around convenience, whether you’re starting out on your ride or quickly restarting in tough conditions.
Perfected on the MX circuit, the Honda Progressive Steering Damper not only improves cornering, but also helps reduce arm fatigue.
2016 Honda CRF450X www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
Dominate In The Dirt.
Along with its powerful and lightweight engine, the CRF450X has dozens of smart features like works-type front and rear brake discs, a narrow fuel tank that’s easy to move around and an 18-inch rear wheel for superior tire selection and traction. In short, all the attention to detail you’d expect in a Honda.
2016 Honda CRF450X www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Engine & Drivetrain
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.
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.
Extended engine life
Nikasil cylinder lining is lightweight and provides cooler and quieter operation for extended engine life.
Forged 12:1-compression slipper piston is lighter than a conventional design, revving quickly while maintaining excellent cylinder sealing and high-rpm power.
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.
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.
Superb cold or hot starting
Lightweight, compact, internal auto decompressor system provides superb cold-starting and hot-starting operation.
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.
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.
Chassis & Suspension
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.
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.
Rear shock damper piston diameter is 50 mm for consistent performance under demanding riding conditions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Information at a glance
Resettable, easy-to-read, three-digit odometer.
Chain guide material offers durable wear resistance, and service life is five times greater than conventional materials.
Reduced rider fatigue
Aluminum Renthal handlebar (971 bend) is rubber-mounted to reduce rider fatigue and improve comfort.
Excellent grip & durability
Wide, cleated, stainless steel footpegs are self-cleaning, resist corrosion, provide excellent grip and fold for extra ground clearance.
Light-weight ergonomic design
Rear-brake pedal and shift lever are made of lightweight aluminum and are designed to complement the riding position.
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.
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.
Powerful 35-watt halogen headlight produces a wide range of illumination. Integrated LED taillight in rear fender.
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.
2016 Honda CRF450X – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $8440 USD
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
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
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 fuel-ready to ride)
Fuel Capacity 1.9 gallons, including 0.4-gallon reserve
Ground Clearance 13.6 inches
Model Id CRF450X
Emissions Meets current California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA off-road emissions standards.
Available Colors Red
2016 Honda CRF450X – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $9199 CDN
Engine & Drivetrain
Liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore & Stroke
96 mm x 62.1 mm
Keihin 40 mm flat-slide carb with throttle position sensor
#520 T-ring-sealed chain; 13T/51T
Chassis & Suspension
47 mm inverted Showa cartridge fork with 16-position rebound and 16-position compression damping adjustment; 315 mm (12.4 in.) travel
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
80/100 – 21 front; 110/100 – 18 rear
Front 240 mm disc with dual-piston caliper; rear 240 mm disc
346 mm (13.6 in.)
963 mm (37.9 in.)
1,480 mm (58.3 in.)
122 kg (269 lb) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
7.2 litres, including 1.6-litre reserve
2016 Honda CRF450X – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £6399 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Bore Ã— Stroke (mm) 96.0 x 62.0
Carburation 40mm Keihin FCR flat-slide carburetor with Throttle Position Sensor (TPS)
Compression Ratio 12.0:1
Engine Displacement (cm³) 449
Engine Type Liquid-Cooled 4-Stroke 4-Valve Unicam Single
Ignition System CD with electronic advance and lighting coil
Max. Power Output 33.2 kW/7,500rpm
Max. Torque 43.1 Nm/7,000rpm
Starter Electric and Kick
Brakes Front Single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Brakes Rear Single 240mm hydraulic disc
Suspension Front 47mm inverted Showa cartridge fork with 16-position rebound and 16-position compression-damping adjustability; 315mm travel
Suspension Rear Pro-Link Showa single shock with spring-preload, 17-position rebound-damping adjustability and compression damping adjustment separated into low speed (13 positions) and high speed (3.5 turns); 315mm travel
Tyre Size Front 80/100–21 M/C 54R
Tyre Size Rear 110/100–18 M/C 65R
Wheels Front Aluminium rim/wire spoke
Wheels Rear Aluminium rim/wire spoke
Dimensions and Weights
Caster Angle 27.1°
Dimensions (LÃ—WÃ—H) (mm) 2,178 x 821 x 1,273
Frame type Semi-double cradle; aluminium twin-spar
Fuel Capacity (Litres) 7.3 litres (including 1.6-litre reserve)
Ground Clearance (mm) 345
Kerb Weight (kg) 121
Seat Height (mm) 963
Trail (mm) 115
Wheelbase (mm) 1480
Final Drive #520 T-ring sealed chain
Gearbox Wide-ratio 5-speed
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