HONDA CRF450L MEGA THREAD

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by KICKNBACK, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. nokturnal

    nokturnal Been here awhile

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    Gratuitous fall pic

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  2. pointsunknown

    pointsunknown Explore. Dream. Discover. Supporter

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    The fun had riding this bike is off the charts. IMG_20211016_190315_342-01.jpg
  3. tobyone

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    I have never ridden a stock crf450l .My 2019 had a vortex on it when I bought it. He had it set up for super motard , the throttle was a bit jerky but after I set the vortex correctly it is smooth now. I ran stock muffler for awhile then I put on a FMF mainly for the lighter weight ( or just to mess with it). Most of the fuel injected Bandits and BMW street bikes I owned I had to add a fuel controller except for current 2015 R1200R. It surges alittle around 30-40 MPH
  4. nokturnal

    nokturnal Been here awhile

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    What did you change?
  5. KYwoodsrider

    KYwoodsrider Base Camping and Day Tripping

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    I'm going to join the "Leaf Peepers" this week and spend a couple of days riding some of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
    https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/maps.htm
    My favorite section is from Linn Cove Viaduct to Cherokee.
    I'm going to deviate from my Base Camping and Day Tripping routine and just ride the bike there.
    I made a few minor mods for the trip:
    * put the stock mirrors back on
    * 14 tooth CS. (I wish I had done this sooner. I like the way it runs)
    * Shinko 700 DS tires
    * cheep Walmart seat cushion I've had for at least 10 years
    * Tusk Pilot luggage. This will be the 3rd trip I've had with this luggage.
    I plan to ride 4 days and camp 3 nights.
    Looks like temps are mid 60's during the day and low 40's at night.
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    I weighed the bike as it sets:
    Full of gas, All camping gear, clothes, tools, chair, a small amount of food, stove, personal items, a liter of Gatorade and 2 adult beverages. No back pack or tank bag required.
    368 lbs
    Heading out tomorrow morning.
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  6. ZoomerP

    ZoomerP Long timer Supporter

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    That should be fun.

    What do you attach here?
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  7. MVI

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    It is a Tie down bracket..

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  8. ZoomerP

    ZoomerP Long timer Supporter

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    They are handy for the lift table too
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  10. WalterMitty2

    WalterMitty2 Been here awhile

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    A full ride report is expected upon your return.

    Ride Safe!!!
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  11. Leystone

    Leystone Back in the saddle

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    Sounds like a great trip! Do those bags attach to some kind of rack system?
  12. tobyone

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    I believe he had it set on 0. I set it on Traction 7. 555
  13. KYwoodsrider

    KYwoodsrider Base Camping and Day Tripping

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    As @MVI said. It makes it a lot quicker to load the bike
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  14. KYwoodsrider

    KYwoodsrider Base Camping and Day Tripping

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    Of course. I'll try to post a few pics along the way, depending on internet service.
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  15. KYwoodsrider

    KYwoodsrider Base Camping and Day Tripping

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    I got the bags and the racks at RMATV
    Tusk Pannier Racks | Parts & Accessories | Rocky Mountain ATV/MC (rockymountainatvmc.com)

    They are low cost and "old school" compared to the newer soft luggage such as Mosko.
    They are solid and are really tight on the bike. I built quick release plates for them as well.
    There is a thread here: Tusk Pilot Pannier Bags: Too Good To Be True? | Adventure Rider (advrider.com)
    I have a few post in there somewhere.
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  16. PomInAus

    PomInAus Been here awhile

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    Anyone using an ODB2 Bluetooth dongle to get basic engine information via a phone?
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  17. MVI

    MVI MVI Moto Supporter

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    IIRC @AdvNener has it worked out using a OBD Port Honda adapter, and a Bluetooth Dongle to send it to a phone.
  18. AdvNener

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    That is correct. It works pretty well (RPM, coolant temp, battery voltage, engine load and other stuff)

    Throttle openings values are a bit weird (two available values: one seems to have a 10%-75% range, the other 0%-65%.. but it seems to match what's happening on the throttle grip in a linear fashion) but the big disappointment is that the speed value doesn't work (stays at 0). Looks like the front wheel sensor is connected to the dash display but not to the ECU..

    Never had a fault code yet so i don't know if it really works to show/clear them.
  19. ZoomerP

    ZoomerP Long timer Supporter

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    Correct. Speed is separate from the rest.

    Part of the installation of the mini-gauge that @MVI made fun of me for buying includes installing a plug inline with the OE speedo wiring to add that function to the gauge, with the gauge's main harness connecting to the OBD-II port under the seat.
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  20. KYwoodsrider

    KYwoodsrider Base Camping and Day Tripping

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    I left home this morning around 8:30 and rode thru eastern KY to Damascus VA.
    Took about 7hrs. I was impressed how well the L handled on the highway crusing around 60mph.
    I'm camping tonight at Creeper Trail Campground in White Top VA.
    http://creepertrailcampground.com/
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    Tomorrow I'll hit the Blue Ridge Parkway and ride it down just south of Asheville NC.