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Old 04-04-2014, 01:11 PM   #1
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KLX or CRF

I might get a used bike, the local shop has a pair of street legal 450's for sale, both for just under $5,000.

The first one is a 2008 Kawasaki KLX 450, it has a Recluse clutch.

The second bike is a 2006 Honda CRF 450, it has Race Tech suspension.

Both bikes are very clean.

Pro's and con's of each?
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:44 AM   #2
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I don't have either bike however Alan Roach the owner of Baja Designs rides a KLX 450 as his dual sport bike and he puts on the miles. He put 34,000 miles on his original XR600R in the 90s.
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Old 04-05-2014, 01:50 PM   #3
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The CRF450X is far more common, and I'd say more of a known quantity. A 2006 CRF450X (it is an 'X' right, not an 'R'?) transmission may be prone to seizing up under smooth road cruising. A full quart of oil in the transmission seems to be the easiest solution. Honda fully updated the transmission in 2008, and the newer parts fit in the older models.

The KLX450R is much more rare in the states. They seem to have a good reputation for reliability, as far as this type of bike goes.

Both are good bikes. $5,000 seems a lot high for either one.
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Old 04-08-2014, 04:28 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies guy's. I figured $5000 is a bit high myself but I am in Canada, not too many of these bike's on the road where I live which mean's there aint many for sale either so I'm probably stuck buying one, unless I wanna spend 12k for a new KTM 350...
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Old 04-08-2014, 05:35 PM   #5
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Oh, Canada! Can't believe I missed that. Anyway, yeah, that throws my pricing frame of reference out the window.

Another thing I thought of...I think the KLX might have a slightly wider ratio transmission. Maybe slightly better for dual sporting. Something to verify.

Oh, and if the KLX has the stock exhaust head pipe, it needs to be removed to access the oil filter. A nuisance, I'm sure. But I believe a KX450F head pipe is a direct swap and doesn't get in the way, and there are aftermarket alternatives too.
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Old 04-08-2014, 05:53 PM   #6
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I ride a 2009 KLX 450R often. The KLX weighs in at 277 full tank ready to ride. From what i can find, the Honda is lighter.
The stock gearing on the KLX seems a little tall for tight stuff, but when i ride in that tight stuff the motor seems to be able to get down low and chug. It will snap right back up when you twist the grip.

Like most Japanese bikes the suspension needs work. I been riding with a guy who has 2 KLX450R's he rides one and i ride the other. Both the KLX 450's are sitting in my garage now. I did some work on them and he said just keep them there and ride them. Win Win for me.
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