Changes Needed To Crf For Trail Bike

Discussion in 'Honda' started by maicofred, Nov 23, 2001.

  1. maicofred

    maicofred C level Member
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    WHAT CHANGES ARE NEEDED TO MAKE THE CRF 450 INTO A (GOOD) TRAIL BIKE. FOR EX. FLYWHEEL,GEARING AND SUSPENSION. PLEASE TELL ME WHAT HAS WORKED FOR YOU. THANKS. FRED
     
  2. andym

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    I'm happy with handguards and some suspension tuning (not revalving). Adding a tooth or two to the rear would help out too.
     
  3. DR.billZ

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    I rode one this past weekend and really liked it.
    I thought the suspension was workable the way it is, although a revalve may be needed(depending on your weight and riding ability). I wouldn't get one unless you are a pretty good rider.
    I've heard some guys do better with less oil in the forks.
    My sore spot with the bike was the shock, not the forks. It seemed to kick a bunch and maybe can be tuned out with the clickers(less compression and more rebound).

    Engine seemed fine, but may actually pull too hard in mid-upper rpm range for good control for woods riding. I prefer a smooth engine and love the DRZ's motor.
    Other than that, just bars,bark busters and a skidplate and you are set for the 450.
    Only one thing keeping me from really wanting a 450.....BUTTON.
     
  4. incorrigible

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    Fred,

    Sell it and get a CRF250x. The electric start, trail suspension and trail power band make it a fun bike to ride.

    Mine is for sale and I live like 25 miles from you.

    I bought a KTM from you a couple of years ago. Remember?
     
  5. KXcam22

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    Fred,
    Other than guards (which any bike needs) I added a +15oz flywheel and a rad overflow tank from the 450X. The gearing is a touch high so I just picked up a 50T rear (+2). With practice and the flywheel I get easy 1 kick starts almost always. I do stall a couple times a ride but it is way better with the flywheel. I have been doing ok without a larger gas tank but will likely pick one up next season. So far it's been a great trail bike.
     
  6. CrazyTed

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    Wow, a post from 2001 comes back to life....
     

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