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Old 08-22-2012, 08:26 PM   #1
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Eek Turning a CRF 450x into a road legal adventure bike

I'm working on my CRF 450x and turning it into a fun road legal Bike!

Changes I have made:

New .heavy duty spring in rear suspension

Road legal kit

New sprockets front 16 and rear 46 and chain

New custom seat

New tires

Tom Tom

E-12 wolf saddle bags

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Old 08-22-2012, 08:31 PM   #2
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Almost forgot that I added Rekluse z-Start Pro Clutch

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Old 08-22-2012, 09:49 PM   #3
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Sweet! I can't wait to see the photos of your 450x, I've been riding my dualsported 250x for a few thousand miles now and love it.

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Old 08-23-2012, 05:26 AM   #4
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:30 AM   #5
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You better add a spare motor, to your list of parts needed.
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:38 AM   #6
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You better add a spare motor, to your list of parts needed.
That depends on how you intend to use it. If you're thinking of long days spent cruising the slab and spanning continents you're not wrong. This is the wrong tool for the job, turn around now. If you're looking for a featherweight dual-sport that will keep asking for more long after the big bikes have turned around the CRF is a compelling option. I have over 8,000 miles on my CRF250X and it's had nothing but oil and air filter changes. It still fires up instantly every time and runs like a sewing machine.
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:36 AM   #7
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That depends on how you intend to use it. If you're thinking of long days spent cruising the slab and spanning continents you're not wrong. This is the wrong tool for the job, turn around now.
The OP listed custom seat, Tom Tom GPS and saddle bags .
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:36 PM   #8
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i would love to get a crf450 for on road fun but found the seat hight to be huge. i tryed one at a bike show and my feet were no were near the ground.
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Old 08-23-2012, 03:37 PM   #9
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USED HONDA CRF450X RALLY KIT

This kit is owned by Peter Hardy. Made by Honda Europe, this is the same kit used by them and by our riders up to 2010. Peter is asking $6,000 for this complete kit. Interested? Contact Peter directly at "peterhardy(at)sbcglobal.net"
Here is a photo of a bike with a similar kit that we built for Octavio Valle for the 2010 Dakar:


Here is Peter's description of the kit and some of his photos:
The 450x kit is as follows:
2 front and 2 rear tanks carbon fiber
fuel mainifold with quick connects
akrapovic exhaust
wiring harness
front fender (new-unused)
fairing (new-unused/not drilled)
navigation tower and mounting parts
KTM headlights (1 new pair + a cracked set)
bash plate carbon fibre and aluminum
bash plate mounted water tanks = 3 liters
spare exhaust hanger
air box extension carbon fiber

It is a complete kit. There is no roadbook or ICO, but the mount is included. The front tanks have fresh paint. One of the water tanks leaks at the seam.
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Old 08-23-2012, 03:45 PM   #10
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The OP listed custom seat, Tom Tom GPS and saddle bags .
I have all of those on my CRF, the stock seat is comfortable for exactly 6 minutes of sitting so a custom seat is a good investment even if you only use your bike for day trips. I use my saddlebags for trips to the grocery store as much as I use them for my camping gear and trails and single track (In my area) are not as well marked as the roads so a GPS is pretty much crucial for exploring any area I am not familiar with.


I find my SeatConcepts saddle with tailbone channel comparable to the Sargent KLR saddle in the background, I can do a full day on either without walking funny.
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Old 08-23-2012, 03:48 PM   #11
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What a great way to distroy a perfectly good 450x. Rally racing and common man dual sport riding, require two completely different build approaches.

For six grand, you could buy a KTM 640 ADV and be done with the project.
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:52 PM   #12
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I agree with Garthe and others... the 450X is a great motorcycle but not the right bike for adventure touring.... the motor is not designed for piling on the miles the way you will in an adventure touring scenario.

Check out your maintenance schedules. If used in competition, Honda recommends new piston/rings every 15 hours! I probably got 1800-2000 miles (sorry, no true odometer) on my 450X motor before a top end rebuild was needed. That is a fair amount of single track miles but on the street, your miles add up quickly. Also, the motor oil capacity is limited (.74 qt) and should be changed every 100 miles. See where I'm going... Honda did not design nor intend this bike to run a lot of miles between service intervals because it is a dirt bike. There are lots of great bikes out there for adventure riding... your money would be better spent buying a dual sport or adventure bike if that is your intended use.

But two thumbs up on getting the bike street legal... gives you the option of hitting public roads or non OHV forest service roads when needing to ride to an OHV area or from one OHV area to the next. Both my Honda's are plated solely for that reason.
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:09 PM   #13
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Bah! Puttering along the street is far easier on the engine, trans and oil than racing it. Unless you are bouncing off the limiter and drifting into corners with triple downshifts and sticky tires your bike will be just fine. Street riding with a clean airfilter is probably the LEAST damaging to a top end and just keep the oil fresh. I have 600cc of oil in my engine side chamber in my 530 and change it when it gets dark. That might be one ride or many. One rid oil changes means a tuff enduro, many rides means street sumoto riding and it never gets too hot or strained.

Consider a cush hub if you are using really streety tires, I used to, don't bother now and when it loses compression,

REBUILD IT!

Keep the air & oil clean and just ride!
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:12 PM   #14
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P.S. A CRF wouldn't be my first choice, (which is why I own a EXC) but if I already had one I'd ride the wheels off it!
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:57 PM   #15
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Nice seat.

Also, nice bike collection JD.
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