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Is there any new info about the CR450F out there?

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I am very interested in the CR450F to replace my aging Husky. I like big powerful light weight bikes. I also need long term durability. I am fairly sure the Honda will be reliable, as are most of Honda's products. I would of course need to have a headlight and taillight so I can get a tag for it. A bigger tank would be nice too. I like the XR650 and it's power, but it is way too heavy. I feel the suz 400 are a little porky too and down on power.

We always want what we can't have! At least not yet.

TIA

Chris
 

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Info.

You can get into the www.hondamotorcycles.com website and look at the specifications, and a couple of engine cutaway views. Other than what you see Ryan Hughes doing, I don't know of anything else. The release date to the dealers is October.

My local dealer has one reserved for me. It took a $200 deposit. I am #15 of 32 available local bikes for '02, and will be getting mine in November.

I have been looking very closely at the photos of the 450 & 250. It looks to me that the plastic is interchangeable. I hope the tanks are too. I also need the desert tank. My local dealer was of no help on the parts questions.
 
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one thing that i heard was that the tranny oil and engine oil have seperate sumps unlike the yzf's with a shared sump.
Surley,this would increase reliability,
but i thought it was a good idea also, does any one else agree?
 
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Having trans oil seperate from engine oil seems like a very good idea. Each lubricant can be designed for a particular job if desired. I would suspect less engine wear as an addl beni.

Chris
 

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BSA's?

The "separating engine oil/trans oil on four stroke motorcycles" idea has been around decades ago (maybe someone with ancient four stroke knowledge has more detail). I thought it was abandoned in favor of an "all in one" oiling system because of it's lighter design, but Honda's implementation has blown that thought out of the water.:confused:

Sounds like a great idea, but it will make oil changes a bit more time consuming. Like most others, I'm checking the mailbox for that first issue with a test on it (CR450)........
 
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How about a version of the MX designed CR450F for trail/enduro riders? Competition for the WR and the E/XC. Does anyone think it'll happen or will they stick with the XR400. If they do it I'll be in line for one! But I'll never sell the XR6.
 
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highcountry,

You can bet they will! Probably sooner than later, if they're smart. There are a lot of us older dudes (34) with the disposable income to buy these pricey new bikes and most will opt for a trail/enduro rather than a straight mx. But, perhaps they'll let the KTM's & WR's run thier course a little more, then spring a new trail steade on us like they've done with the mxer. Regardless, there will be a TON of aftermarket guys "trailing" these bikes with all kinds of goodies...most of which are probably already developed or will be available by Thanksgiving!
VERY :cool:
 
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Possible bad news for all you offroader's wanting a 450f, a ride report posted on the 2-stroke board for a CR250/125 said that Honda is having problems getting the noise down on the new four stroke, said it is alot louder than a YZF !:scream: