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2019 Honda CRF450X Features & Benefits

Having featured heavily in Honda-mounted teams winning 20 of the last 21 Baja 1000s, the CRF450X gets a complete overhaul for 2019, injecting the DNA of the modern CRF platform into a true off-road machine suitable for year-round racing and trail riding. With off-road appropriate features like a sidestand, 18-inch rear wheel, headlight, and sealed chain, the CRF450X is ready for desert expanses or tight woods.

Key Features

  • Lightweight, 2.0 gallon titanium fuel tank offers good range
  • Aluminum sidestand facilitates trailside stops
  • 18-inch rear wheel enables tall tire sidewall for optimum traction in technical conditions
  • Lightweight, compact digital meter with black characters on a white liquid-crystal background is easily legible while riding
  • Off-road-ready, emissions-compliant muffler with spark arrestor
  • Endless sealed chain withstands the elements
  • Lightweight, compact halogen headlight and LED taillight extend riding time

Engine/Drivetrain

  • 449.7cc Unicam® engine specially tailored for off-road riding
  • Finger rocker arm contributes to compact layout, while its dedicated design attains off-road-appropriate power characteristics. DLC surface treatment reduces friction
  • Dedicated valve timing for smooth power delivery in technical riding
  • High crank inertia (up 12% over CRF450R) for tractable power delivery in technical terrain
  • 12.0:1 compression ratio
  • New piston with three-ring design
  • Wide-ratio six-speed transmission is ready for a wide variety of off-road terrain. Construction from high-strength material ensures durability in demanding conditions
  • Special clutch design enables light lever pull. Primary damper mechanism with friction springs suppresses engine torque fluctuations for smooth running
  • Large-capacity radiators with high heat-exchange efficiency for strong performance in demanding off-road conditions
  • ECU with dedicated settings
  • Specially developed exhaust system with optimized pipe length and diameter for excellent responsiveness at low rpm

Chassis/Suspension

  • Aluminum twin-spar frame designed for nimble yet stable handling on trails
  • Subframe designed for optimum rigidity during off-road riding
  • 49mm Showa fork with dedicated settings for challenging terrain
  • CRF450R-inspired front brake but with dedicated master cylinder and hose for off-road-appropriate braking performance
  • Lightweight lithium-ion battery with increased capacity compared to CRF450R, to power lighting
  • Front and rear sprockets feature damper system for smooth, quiet running
  • Fuel-tank cap with cut-off valve prevents fuel from flowing out of tank if the bike is on its side
  • Easily accessible electronic component box on left side of frame
  • Gray metallic Renthal handlebar with red pad
  • Compact, lightweight handlebar switches
  • In-mold graphics last long and are resistant to peeling caused by washing or abrasion
  • Fork protectors are shaped to prevent damage in off-road riding
  • Dunlop MX52 tires provide excellent traction and feel in wide range of conditions
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