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Discussion in 'Australia' started by Big Willy, May 23, 2018.
Honda have apparently said that they are working with IMS on a long range tank
There from Nomad tanks.
Not on his site yet but I'm sure if you sent an email he'd be able to suply details.
Looks to be a good bike, the young bloke is thinking of trading the DR250 on one.
What capacity are the aftermarket tanks ?
Not sure, but they seem to be getting quite good fuel economy - about 160km trail riding from the std tank
A review from enthusiastic mob at RevZilla
Review text here:
These people are not afraid to talk about the downsides of gear - including the gear they sell
I read the bike comes with a uncorking kit being ecu etc,
I think there will be aftermarket ECU's to dial in different HP, which would be pretty cool.
Less power, last longer between freshen up's, longer distance in oil changes.
Even thou that oil changes depends on how much throttle a rider gives the bike,
flog it, then it costs more to run / maintain as we know Hoots.
That reveiw you posted Hoots, seems to be the clickers work in the suspension and not under sprung,
good to see Honda are taking on a different mentality to suspensions, instead of the unsprung too soft, the way they
used to do things.
I been looking at getting a boat of late, been checking out outboards.
Companies have been forced to make there motors very efficient and earth friendly.
Some of the electronics , engine management is starting to be pretty cool.
Suzuki with lean burn, Merc with transient spark and so on.
Why i am saying this is, i think pretty soon we may see a 650 size type bike from Honda,
just wondering if they will go a single or a twin.
In a 650 range it would be good if Honda went the same as they have done with the 450 with
a few different models.
This is a quote from a mate currently doing the Darryl Beattie Cape trip. He normally rides a husky 450 and is an expert level enduro rider. High praise from him.
Suspension is really good standard ! Bike turns a lot easier than the 130kg on paper it weighs. Power was surprising for a blocked up muffler etc . Perfect for what we did but no enduro weapon . Unbelievable how quiet it is , no chain slap noise and a stealth muffler .
That'll do me for a "thumbs up" that HONDA hit the mark, with the CRF450L...
A capable "dual sport" bike, that you can bolt some extra fuel capacity on (if that's what you require).
A good base model, that can be tailored to specific need... with full rego off the showroom.
We ran an enduro out the farm on the weekend. The Albany dealer took one out so I took the opportunity to have a go on it. It had the de-restricted inlet and ECU to match but crappy trail tyres. So, across the creek, up the dam bank, along a track, through the barley paddock and back and I have an impression. Go's ok, suspension didn't give me any grief and handling was nimble enough. Would do adventure riding duties no worries with the right mods. The enduro riders ( mostly KTM, Husky, 500 to 350 4 stroke and 2 stroke riders) reckoned ok but wouldn't buy one for that use.
So it's a good trail bike that you would have to modify for long distance travel use. That means the usual big tank etc. Boofy muffler sticks out too far and has a pissy little exit hole, it would have to go. A proper subframe style rack like I made for my son's WR450 when we went down the CSR to carry your gear and things start to look good. Can't say how good the lights are.
It is looking like a good thing
Cost is going to be the only downside at this point
Going to be personal, but a bike like this I'd be doing everything possible to keep the weight off - keep in trail bike / enduro trim - unless intending to do a whole lot of long-distance hauls, just use a Nomad tank on the back of the seat - and no pannier racks - just rackless gear
Hard to know about that muffler - didn't think it looked bulky in the shop - this bike is ultra-quiet, and might be a shame to disturb that
I didn't get a chance to check the rear subframe but I doubt it is any more substantial than the WR450. If you have to carry a fair bit of gear for an expedition then it is good to transfer weight to the footpeg area. This worked well and would suit AndyStrapz panniers. Made of 4130 it is really light and strong.
If carrying less than such an effort probably not required as Hoots says. I always like to have compact mufflers because here in WA overhanging bushes in lots of places where I ride are a pain so it's good to keep the luggage in narrow.
I think this Honda would make a good replacement for my WR250R and would also be better than a DRZ400.
You could have 1 for Nov 1 you know
Interestingly the CRF450L and the ADR compliant WR450F are both 131kg I'd be pretty confident that build quality reliability and versatility would be pretty similar save for the fact that the L takes a little more Oil and possibly in a slightly lower state of tune.
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The Honda Shop WA is putting this on this weekend for anyone intetested.
Hoots has been waiting for this one
Just noticed this (above)
But no, not thinking about trading down from the yellow slug - suspect the next bike will either be a 500 or 350EXC
A couple of others at this end might be keen though
[no sound on this machine - will check out that vid later]
Official Dyno figures from cycleworld. Looking at the graph its corked up alright. Missing the big hit up top for sure. Be interesting to see one uncorked.
For those who venture into the dark web
Daryl Beatie giving his video report after using them for 4000km on the cape
Seems like a happy camper