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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #60 on: May 21, 2021, 01:16:24 pm »
Found this video - very informative  :thumleft:

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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #61 on: May 21, 2021, 05:52:12 pm »
The choice of accessories for this model is not vast, but all of them are from over the ocean, with almost zero items available from local suppliers and one can hardly blame them considering the number of bikes sold.

Wanting to keep the mods to a minimum but at the same time provide necessary functionality or improved protection where it makes sense.

With that in mind the first item is a proper bash plate, the stock item will probably reduce gravel rash from the front wheel, but is too thin to provide any protection to the frame rails from any harder impacts.

Decided to try HDPE this time having always used aluminium in the past, and was happy to find that AXP make one for the 450.  Of course then came the agonising decision of which colour

Black orÖ itís a Honda it may as well be red







I think it works
 

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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #62 on: May 21, 2021, 05:54:07 pm »
agonising decision of which colour

Black orÖ itís a Honda it may as well be red


Damn that is so nice!!! :drif: :drif: :drif:
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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #63 on: May 24, 2021, 02:15:44 am »
agonising decision of which colour

Black orÖ itís a Honda it may as well be red


Damn that is so nice!!! :drif: :drif: :drif:

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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #64 on: May 24, 2021, 07:42:16 am »
Nice project! Glad the 450 is now sorted out.
Let us know what your actual oil change intervals are - 1000km is a bit ridiculous.
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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #65 on: May 24, 2021, 12:34:45 pm »
Hello Teebag, enjoying your fred, very informative

Question if i may, did you consider a road legal wr450? I'm still deciding between ktm 500 or crf 450l, but can pick up wr's for a bit cheaper, i'm obviously missing some drawbacks on the wr?
 

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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #66 on: May 24, 2021, 01:13:30 pm »
Rode my sons WR in NZ (admittedly a Sumo conversion) good fun, but it is a dirt bike, only a 5spd box, it even somehow manages to have a smaller tank from the factory - the Honda is better suited to mixed riding.

 

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« Reply #67 on: May 24, 2021, 06:38:27 pm »
Talking of tanks 2 gallons (7.6L) is too small, but before we address that it is time to add a little protection for the radiators.

Minimal but strong from Adventure Spec in the UK.







Now we can get to the tank. The stock one is a lovely, pressed titanium item that is just too small to be of much use for the range we typically require between fuel stops.







Only 11.4L from the IMS - the only other option is the 20L from Nomad in Australia, but that is just too bulky for my liking, and due to itís size and position of the pump, not easy to use all the available fuel.

I will probably still end up with a bladder for the long road, but this will work for most trips, and does not add much bulk to the Hondas lines.
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« Reply #68 on: May 25, 2021, 08:43:16 pm »
The stock one is a lovely, pressed titanium item that is just too small to be of much use

It is a thing of beauty though

If anyone is interested it weighs 1144g

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Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #69 on: May 27, 2021, 05:51:18 pm »
Next item of protection are some decent handguards. Barkbusters seem to be the go to ADV option and I have had them on previous bikes but this time I wanted something a little different, and of course colours had to be chosen - hope you donít mind, I went with the red again.



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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #70 on: May 29, 2021, 02:25:53 pm »
- hope you donít mind, I went with the red again
I don't mind. Thanks for sharing your build. It looks too pretty to get it dirty.
 

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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #71 on: May 29, 2021, 04:01:11 pm »
Thanks Lance, don't worry it will get dirty  :biggrin:
 

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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #72 on: May 29, 2021, 04:03:47 pm »
Now to the other end, most just remove everything and bolt the plate up under the tail light at a jaunty angle, or fit a tail tidy kit that replaces the rear lights and indicators. Being winter I thought iíd leave a bit more there and see if that helps keep some of the spray under control.

So for now I just modified the stock mount with a few cuts to enable me to flip the mounting plate.

 

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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #73 on: May 30, 2021, 02:15:32 pm »
That's no tail tidy, that's a towbar!! ;) :thumleft: :drif:
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« Reply #74 on: May 30, 2021, 02:43:36 pm »
No, I still havenít made my mind up about it, so no tail tidy for now.
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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #75 on: May 31, 2021, 02:48:41 pm »
So getting close to the end of the mod list for now, and it is time for the only bit of bling  :biggrin:  However the supplier was supposed to include a spacer for fitment to the L and as they didn't have any they just left it out, effectively making the part unusable  :'(  An email confirms they will ship one when they have stock, but they have no idea when that will be.

I reached out to @SparkMark, who builds stuff, to ask if he knew where I might source something that would work. No luck, but he kindly offered to "print" me one if I sent him a sketch   ???

About a week later and I have this in my hands, and can finally get everything bolted up.

 

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« Reply #76 on: June 01, 2021, 03:28:21 pm »
Ok so whats it for then?

Itís a clutch perch spacer, to help the shorty clutch lever clear the Honda switch cluster.



and this is what it looks like all mounted up






and the other side
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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #77 on: June 01, 2021, 06:41:29 pm »
Very tasteful alterations!! :thumleft:
However - there is still a huge elephant in the room:  :peepwall: :patch:
 

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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #78 on: June 01, 2021, 08:07:04 pm »
I would love a Yoshi pipe for mineÖ?
 

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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #79 on: June 01, 2021, 08:22:41 pm »
Will ride the bike some before deciding how best to address the elephant