CRF450 X or R?

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  1. the venturer

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    Hello everyone. I am looking for another bike to ride on, next to my F650GS. It s time to fly higher.
    I need your opinions about these two:
    CRF450R or CRF450X.
    Their cons and pros...Actually, I want a lighter bike with more power, R is better but on the other side, kickstart is what many complain about and need some power for GPS and headlights for nite rides.
    Their HPs are a matter as well. R jhas more horses working inside engine.
    Cant go up to more than 2008. What year do you recommend as well? Are there many differences?
    Thx in advance for your precious comments.
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  2. motosinko805

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    06+ x. Has the amenities and uncorked make plenty of power. Ive seen kendall norman ripping on his at zaca.
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  3. Gryphon12

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    My neighbor bought an "R" for fast trail riding with friends on KTMs. Big mistake. Get the "X". HP is not an issue unless you are racing motorcross.
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    Thanks for your input motosinko805
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  5. the venturer

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    No no, I m not a Motorcross rider. Thank you for your comment.:freaky
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    Get the X. It has more hit than my WR450, power was about the same but it felt more hard edged, mx bike like. The R is pure MX.
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    :freaky Thx Dude.
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    Great share. Well, actually not in my mood to refresh my X in the short term. Need to fix ABS issue on my F650GS.
    Then, might come this one. Can you add more info ab this stator? Thx a million.
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    For trail riding unless you're riding WFO all the time you won't even be able to tell the HP difference. The R's makes its' power high in the RPM band. Plus with the lighter flywheel you'll be stalling it out more often in the slow stuff.

    If you want lighter get a 2stroke KTM, otherwise the 450-x will be a fine trail bike. I've had MX bikes and they suck on the trails compared to a dedicated XC bike.
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    Another vote for the X. Thx.
    KTM is what I dont want here in TR. Honda and spares are way easier to find. Thx.
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    My stator is actually a Baja Designs, have used Ricky's stators over the years on other bikes and no complaints on his stuff. Run Sol Tek HID's and a Lowrance Elite 5 gps for pre-running and racing. The cam, head pipe ect, makes the X a whole different animal, friends that have ridden it get off and just reply by saying wow. X is a 07 and have had "zero" problems and lots of ear to ear grin miles. Would be glad to send somes pics to you if you would like to see the set up. (can't post pics). Pre-running/ riding in Baja, The parts availability down there is a big plus.
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    I have a 450x for dual sport and a 250r woods race bike. Both are awesome. If I had to keep only one, Im keeping the X without hesitation.
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    Thank you. You can send me pics showing the stuff and mods on your bike.
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    Thanks:1drink:thumb
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    A 2009 450X showroom beauty is now mine. Brandnew one from US. I m thinking of getting handguards and front/rear fender/tail bags.
    As the shipment will be an important issue, I need to be happy with the stuff you are going to help me choose.
    Also, I intend to mount Trailtech Voyager next to my oldie goodie Streetpilot 2820. How is it?
    What do you carry in your toolbox? I own F650 GS as well and know that a different bag of tools will be needed. What number keys and thingies needed?
    Any ideas and bits of advice would be appreciated.
    Barkbusters vs Cycra Probend and others you would suggest me? And same question counts for the bags.
    Thanks.Safe rides.
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