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MihaiVeniamin 08-18-2008 01:03 AM

Honda CRF 450 X pics and tricks
what about Honda CRF 450 X ?

I just bought a new one and I would like to see some pictures of your 450 & 250 CRF-X's

can you ride it like e hobby enduro bike ?
it is to much to use it for hobby ?
what extra do you have on it ?

BikePilot 08-18-2008 05:56 AM

I'm not sure what hobby means but its a fantastic bike. You can ride it on the street some, but try to avoid extended high rpm use as its not really built for that and keep an eye on the oil level. Enjoy one of the best handling and the best suspended off road bike made:clap

Ruffus 08-18-2008 06:18 AM

I hear you should run a full quart of oil in the tranny side, I guess the manual calls for less. Yanni on this board has numerous dualsport miles on his 450X & would be an exellent source of info for you. His member link is below, just give a PM

yanni23 08-18-2008 03:08 PM

Yanni Checkin' In.
I give guided dual-sport tours here in the mountains of WNC/EastTN aboard my '05. 12,000 miles last season...still rollin' hard. Run a full quart in the tranny, swap to SS valves whenever the stock Ti valves zero out, and change your oil when you feel like it. I run regular Castrol 10w-40 on both sides. This bike has been drowned, flipped, and had the wheels ridden off of it. Go to my link in my signature to see all the mods I've done. It's a great bike and will do anything you could ever ask of it. :thumb

MihaiVeniamin 08-31-2008 08:49 AM

thank you guys for the info
I changed the oil for the first time after 150 km (100 miles) and I put a little more than in the manual
I will soon put some pictures with the bike
Now it is stock and I run 2-3 miles on road until I reach the trails, so I will not change gearing for the moment.

I will soon try to make it dual sport (blinkers, mirror and a stoplight, a good skid plate) and then I will try to register it.

I am a begineer with this bike (I rode a DR 650 SE and I still have it) and it's powerful and really fun to ride, very light and agile.

I will do my best to ride it well and have fun.

MihaiVeniamin 08-31-2008 09:26 AM

and an important question: what do you mean a full quarter of oil ?

1 liter ? to put it in the engine ? instead of 0.75 liter ?

I use MOTUL 10W-40 both sides, and I belive I will change oil and filter after 500-800 km not after 1000 km like in the book

justlookin 08-31-2008 10:49 AM

Entire quart oil in transmission side only. Also do not overfill engine side as it will push oil into air box. one more thing I do when changing engine side is, after engine stops draining I push kick starter down a couple of times by hand and get quite a bit more oil to drain. I don't use the button for this as I don't want it to start. You have a great bike that requires more maintenance than the old "bulletproof" XR. I broke those too. Remember that the bike carries very little engine side oil so keep the oil changed often and the valves checked.

MihaiVeniamin 08-31-2008 11:52 PM

ok, I got it, a full quarter in transmission side, I will do that.
I did the thing with the kickstarter to drain more oil, it's working well, and I think no harm is done.

I also have to mention that my bike is an US model, not an european one.

How often do you guys check/replace the coolant ?

I wait all of you guys in Romania to have some nice rides.

MihaiVeniamin 09-08-2008 08:54 AM

here are some pics of mine, made by mobile phone
sorry for pour quality

MihaiVeniamin 09-08-2008 08:56 AM

another one, I'm sorry but I stink on putting some pics here

MihaiVeniamin 09-08-2008 08:57 AM

another one

MihaiVeniamin 09-08-2008 08:59 AM

pictures made near my hometown Galati, Romania in a beautiful forest where me and my friends go very often

MihaiVeniamin 09-08-2008 02:22 PM

Do you know how to connect blinkers, horn, high beam and stop light on this bike ?


MihaiVeniamin 09-18-2008 06:35 AM

I noticed that the headlight has 2 filaments, it is possible to be prepared already for high and low beam ?

or just the two of them are on in the same time ?

Sycamore 09-18-2008 03:24 PM

The CRF 450X is the most popular bike by far where I live, which is 99.9% desert riding. For racing as well as for weekend riding.
I'm one of the weirdos who stays faithful to the 650R, but here are some pics of my buddy's CRF, with the white tank, in full desert trim.

He bought it used after being used as a race bike, it's never given any trouble,

And 3 CRF's at the start of the 5-day UAE desert challenge. I'd say the majority of bikes entered in this race are 450X..

Good solid bike, keep the oil fresh.

And lastly, videos...

made up from 2 helmet cams, on 450x and Xr 650R. The shots of the front of the bike with the big navigation pod are from the CRF. The shots without are from my XR650R.
If that makes sense.

The second vid is filmed from the 650R so the only bike you're seeing is the CRF.

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