One month on a CRF

Discussion in 'Honda' started by andym, Nov 20, 2001.

  1. andym

    andym C level Member
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    I thought I would share my views of the CRF450 after riding and maintaining it for a month.

    Power- Smooth and strong. The power comes on low and pulls hard. It doesn't have a hit like the 426; some like that, some dont.

    Suspension- For MX I went slowed rebound down 2 clicks and softened suspension 2 clicks. For woods I like the rebound the same but softened 2 more clicks (from my MX setting). I have left the shock alone. With these settings I am using all of the suspension. It has been soaking up everything I throw at it. A guy with a '01 CR250 w/Pro-Action suspension said it feels 10 times better than his.

    Turning- I have never had a problem turning this bike. The front end feels long when pushing the bike around the yard but I don't feel it when riding.

    Wrenching- Maintanence has been nothing but oil changes and clean oil filters. After a couple rides the chain needed tightened and some spokes were loose, nothing out of the ordinary though.

    The only changes I have made are CR High bars (although CR Mid will be my next choice) and handguards.

    I raced it in a HS race this weekend and have nothing but good things to say. I felt better after the 2 hour race than I ever did on my 250 or 650.

    :D :D
     
  2. jmd

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    A whole month on a CRF? Geez, you'd think your butt would get sore.
     
  3. DR.billZ

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    I rode one over the weekend and liked it a lot. I ride mainly woods and rode it in the woods. I thought the bike did excellent all the way around. I have no idea where this "the forks suck" idea is coming from.
    With that said, I still prefer my DRZ's conventional forks for woods use, however, as I do on any bike, including KTM's. I just don't like inverted forks for the woods...... but this bike's forks are no worse than any MX bike's forks.
    Weight: Swwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeet !
    Power: Sweeeeeeeeter!
     
  4. Realfast

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    I think the suspension is awsome on mine. I used to have a gas gas and that honda suspension is fas superior.
     
  5. RKNWC

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    diggin my crf

    after riding (when it started ) that yamaha 400
    and switching back to hondas (yeah)
    its like the church music when the pearly gates open up or something
    i have only about 6 hrs on mine and all i had to do is adjust the forks clickers a couple in
    nothing needs to be done on this bike ,,,,,you can read all those magazine idiots and what they say but we are the
    people BUYING these ...they get to ride them free........
    anyways this is possible the best out of the crate scooter i have ever had,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,not of course counting my 1972 Jawa CZ

    buy one or two...........................i did
     

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  6. Russ VCHSS

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    RKNWC,

    That's a really great picture.... to the untrained eye!! We all know you went out there and had your riding buddies throw dirt at you as you pulled that wheely, you are not fooling anyone. Nah, it is pretty cool. I wish I had the money to buy a 450, at this rate I'll be riding my KX till it or myself dies.:mad:
     
  7. jmd

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    Hey, RKNWC, that doesn't look much like Illinois. Looks more like the Mojave. If so, I envy you. I was there in August, and it was so hot we drank a gallon of water an hour. I wish I could get out there in the cool weather.

    How do you like the Honda in the tight Illinois woods? Does the suspension work on the rocks and roots? Do you find you need a flywheel weight to prevent stalling?
     
  8. kyle

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    LOL.
    Yeah, talk about "monkey butt." :eek: :)
     
  9. RKNWC

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    LETS SET THIS RECORD STRAIGHT

    O K RUSSVHCCS , MAYBE IF I WAS ONE OF THOSE SPOILED LITTLE MAGAZINE TEST RIDERS I WOULD HAVE TO HAVE SOME GEEK THROW DIRT ON ME BUT I WILL SEND YOU PROOF
    AND AS FAR AS THIS PIK ,,,,ITS IN MOAB , UTAH
    I REALLY DONT EVEN RIDE MUCH IN ILLINOIS ONCE I GOT HOOKED ON DESERT RALLY OR BAJA,,,NOT TO MENTION MOAB!!!!!
    ILLINOIS REALLY SUCKS FOR ANY RIDING
    WE DO HAVE A 80 ACRE RIDING PARK !!!!OOHH I CANT TAKE NO MORE , SO I TRY TO GO OUT WEST AT LEAST 6 TIMES A YEAR
    3 FOR RACES AND THE REST TO PLAY
    AND THAT CRF IS AWSOME,,,AND THE FORKS ARE GREAT!!!!!!
    SO THERE
    HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY EVERYONE
    NOW SHOW WHERE THE GUY THROWING DIRT IS AT!!!!!
     

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  10. Russ VCHSS

    Russ VCHSS C level Member

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    RKNWC,

    lol, i was just busting your stones. however if i wanted to, i could say that you spliced a few pictures together to get more of the hill in there.:)

    since you like to make long trips, you should try to come east some time. west virginia has a trail system that is called the Hatfield McCoy Trail. I hear it is excellent. Just a suggestion.
     
  11. Vet393

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    Lots of really good places in Illinois to ride in the woods.
     

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