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Honda CRF450L Confirmed for NZ

Updated: Apr 18, 2019

It's official, Honda's new Euro-fighting 450cc dual sport is soon to arrive in New Zealand – the CRF450L.

Unlike the CRF250L and our project CRF250L Rally which are based off street bike engines wrapped in a bespoke dual purpose frame, the CRF450L is based on the architecture of the high-performance CRF450 off-roaders with street legal kit bolted on in addition to other changes to make the 450L a streetable machine.

Included in the upgrades to the CRF450L which make it street legal are a full suite of LED lighting, revisions to the engine and gearbox including the addition of a 6th gear.

Suspension comes in the form of 49mm Showa forks which are adjustable for rebound and compression damping, while out back is the traditional Honda Pro-Link system featuring a Showa single shock, adjustable preload, rebound and high- and low-speed compression damping.

The first arrivals are expected at the end of May or Early June according to Blue Wing Honda, with a price of $16,495 plus on-road costs. Blue Wing says the first shipment of bikes are coming from Japan (where the CRF450L is made unlike the Thai built 250L) in US-spec, which means we getting the higher power version of the CRF450L which is reported to be roughly 45hp, 20hp more than our friends in continental Europe where the bike is restricted to around 25hp.


2019 Honda CRF450L Specs


Type: Liquid-cooled single-cylinder Uni Cam

Bore x Stroke: 96.0mm x 62.1mm

Displacement: 449cc

Compression Ratio: 12.0:1


Fuel System: PGM-FI Fuel Injection

Fuel Capacity: 7.6 Litre

Starter: Electric


Clutch Type: Wet Multiple

Transmission: Constant Mesh, Wide Ratio 6-Speed

Final Drive: Chain


Dimensions (LxWxH): 2,280mm x 852mm x 1,260mm

Wheelbase: 1,500mm

Ground Clearance: 350mm

Seat Height: 940mm

Kerb Weight: 130.8Kg


Front: 49mm Showa Steel Spring USD Fork

Rear: Showa Mono Shock Pro Link System


Front: 80/100-21

Rear: 120/80-18


Front: 260mm Wave Disk

Rear: 240mm Wave Disk


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