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.