We’ve written about Honda’s new and aggressive street-legal dual sport, the CRF450L.
At EICMA, Honda also displayed a concept rally bike that uses the CRF450L as a base. Except for the tires (Dunlop AT81), everything about the concept appears to be street legal.
What hasn’t changed are the mirrors, turn signs, plate holder, chassis (apparently), and engine. Nor has the headlight, although the mount is different. Whether or not these would carry over to a production model (if it happens) is something we’ll have to wait and see.
There are big, obvious differences, though.
One is the rally navigation tower, which comes with a TFT screen and quite possibly GPS.
The Honda CRF450L Rally Concept has a much bigger fuel tank, dual tanks actually, that hold 5.2 gallons (20liters,) compared to the 450L’s 2.1. For a thumper, that should be an ample fuel supply.
As a weight-saving measure, there’s a Termignoni exhaust system, which replaces the heavy and somewhat clunky-looking original. Besides reducing mass, it’ll also improve performance.
The skidplate, criticized for being flimsy on the CRF450L, is a lot more substantial on the Rally Concept. It’s carbon-fiber and protects a lot more of the bike, including the exhaust.
The bodywork has d-ring fasteners for speedy removal and servicing. The saddle is a Noguchi.
If Honda’s CRF250L Rally is any indication, this CRF450L Rally Concept is a trial balloon, intended to gauge interest. The 250 Rally also started life as a concept, got lots of positive feedback, and went into production.
So it may be up to the public to decide if it gets a big brother sometime in the future.