Who saw this coming... CRF450L

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Leget, May 23, 2018.

  1. GhettoCanuck

    GhettoCanuck Been here awhile

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    Weird. I'm pretty sure here in British Columbia you just need to be insured and have a registration sticker.
  2. sonic reducer

    sonic reducer Been here awhile

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    this thread needs to fucking die. at least until the first L hits the streets.
  3. GhettoCanuck

    GhettoCanuck Been here awhile

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    I think I'll unsubscribe. I'm not contributing anything of use I've noticed. I encourage others to do the same.
  4. Dad

    Dad Diapers & Dirt

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    No no please. I come here to get away from the DR650 thread for a few minutes. The more pointless ramblings the better. It makes this feel like home. A place where pointlessness and proactive combine to make pie. Its good pie...
  5. Benduro

    Benduro Desert Hobo

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    I used to ride everything with one bike. Tire compromise is the big one.
    But yeah, it affects how you choose to ride if you have to get home on it.

    I ride hard enduro on a plated bike because it means I can ride everything legally.
    Green sticker trails?
    Check.
    Roads connecting them, where I'd get a ticket riding a green-stickered bike?
    Check.
    You can't fuck with me, at all, as an LEO when I'm on a plated bike.
    That said, in 130 hours of ride time on my 501, it's been on a paved road, three or four times.
  6. Benduro

    Benduro Desert Hobo

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    $275 tickets for connecting trails on a dirt road on your green sticker bike REALLY sucks.
  7. Dad

    Dad Diapers & Dirt

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  8. miksu

    miksu Been here awhile

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    The real reason to use proper enduro bikes for rides like this is that they are really tough to beak. A more street oriented bike has a lot more parts to fall off and does not have the durability of a bike which is built to be crashed and thrown around and even if something breaks, it is light enough to push or lift out of a mudhole, ride without clutch or shifter etc. and simple enough to fix.

    It is not really about trailering or not trailering, it is not like they are alternatives to each other. I take the trailer every time, but when I get to nice areas, I leave the trailer and get riding. Problem is that on a bike, one hour journey on highway turns into three hour journey on smaller roads. Of course plated bike can blast on highway, but I will still take the car any day for that, especially after an exhausting day of riding. An hour or two ride home in pouring rain, let alone in winter in freezing temperatures in total darkness with studded tires at 60mph is not something I want to do (anymore). Even stopping to eat for example in that situation is out of the question, it is just straight home and into hot shower. Not anymore, thanks.

    Honda has been missing from this market, as are many others.
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  9. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer

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    I agree. But you know that durability argument won't compute for many die hard Japanese dual sport riders. A lot of folks seem to equate oil change and factory race use rebuild interval with durability.

    I also hope Yamaha considers this a challenge since they are and have been so maddeningly close for so long. The more the merrier because I love this type dual sport.
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  10. malignity

    malignity Wonton

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    Well their most iconic bike of all time, the YZ250 got BNG this year so that's groundbreaking at least.
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  11. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    That's what's great about a street legal dual sport, put it in your van if you want or ride it from home. It's a good time to be US!!

    :webers
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  12. thejrod

    thejrod Been here awhile

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    Cuz it really sucks having to truck it 4 miles up the road to the trailhead, but if it's 45 miles to the trailhead, I'd rather truck it. Having that option is key.
    Cuz many good loops include FS roads as connectors.

    If I wanted to ride 200+ mile days, mixed road and offroad, I'd accept that inherent compromise in that scenario and get an Africa Twin or 690 Enduro.
  13. olegbabich

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    According to the web Honda USA said that 25HP is for Euro and N American model will be in mid 40's HP.

    That is only what the web says
  14. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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    Yep . . . expect mid 40’s in the USA

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    It should handle similar to this bike:



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  15. Bhart89

    Bhart89 Been here awhile

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    Will this be the plated and E-start version of a modern day XR650? For me, that is the benchmark this bike needs to surpass.
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  16. OrangeYZ

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    If owners say it is, will you believe them?
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  17. Bhart89

    Bhart89 Been here awhile

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    There are certain people I trust, so yes. :-)
  18. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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    A cross between a plated 400R & 650R . . .
    Better late than never :-)

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  19. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    i ride my xr400 30 miles of pavement to the trail head. takes over an hour via back roads and canyons. never bothered me.

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    love to test ride the new 450L.
  20. Lutz

    Lutz Fuzzy Rabbit

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    Sooo...how about some more all-Japan (plus some necessary Euro) thread speculation?
    Kawasaki has a brand new KX450 coming on the market for 2019. On paper it is making for a very sweet motocross machine. The big highlights are: hydraulic clutch & dedicated electric start. If Kawi follows through and makes this into an enduro and/or dual sport...

    Maybe we really are on the cusp of genuine competition in the market (the market for street legal, current-tech dirt bikes, that is).