Honda CRF 450 X pics and tricks

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  1. MihaiVeniamin

    MihaiVeniamin Been here awhile

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    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 ?
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  2. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    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
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  3. Ruffus

    Ruffus Dirty Old Mudder

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    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

    http://advrider.com/forums/member.php?u=57350
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  4. yanni23

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    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



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  5. MihaiVeniamin

    MihaiVeniamin Been here awhile

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    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.
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  6. MihaiVeniamin

    MihaiVeniamin Been here awhile

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    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
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    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.
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  8. MihaiVeniamin

    MihaiVeniamin Been here awhile

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    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.
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  9. MihaiVeniamin

    MihaiVeniamin Been here awhile

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

    MihaiVeniamin Been here awhile

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

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    another one
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  12. MihaiVeniamin

    MihaiVeniamin Been here awhile

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

    MihaiVeniamin Been here awhile

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

    :deal
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  14. MihaiVeniamin

    MihaiVeniamin Been here awhile

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    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 ?
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  15. Sycamore

    Sycamore d00b

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    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,

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    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..


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    Good solid bike, keep the oil fresh.

    And lastly, videos...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_PP8Rv78nM

    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.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q74LnalEMjw
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  16. MihaiVeniamin

    MihaiVeniamin Been here awhile

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    thanks alot for the pics and youtube link
    i have noticed before your movie on youtube
    it's a magnific bike and I love the big tank

    I also have a friend with a XR650R, he also like to have a big tank
    maybe someday we can meet and ride together...it will be funtastic...no ?

    we invite you in Romania to ride in the wood, on fields, on the beach or in mountain areas...

    we ride just for fun, not racing ... hobby only

    thanks again for pics & movie....zuper
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  17. MihaiVeniamin

    MihaiVeniamin Been here awhile

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    more pics with CRF 450 X ?

    is not such a popular bike in USA ?
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    Just a reminder that a quart is a little less than a liter. A full liter may overfill it.
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  20. gaspipe

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    Hey Sycamore,

    Any idea who makes the rear fuel tank on your buddy's rally CRF?

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