Riding For Moaning Lisa: 2015 Honda CRF450X First Ride
Honda’s CRF450X has quickly become the darling of the dual-sport crowd. It’s light, powerful, handles well, and has won everything from the Baja 1000 to the Erzberg Rodeo. But how does it hold up as a trail-riding machine? We strapped our test bike to Lisa, who’s about as tough as they come, and sent the two of them out into the hills to find out.
The CRF450X is, first and foremost, a beast of a bike. It’s powered by a 449cc Unicam V-twin that puts out 43 hp and 38 lb-ft of torque. Honda designed the CRF450X to be the ultimate trail bike, and to be capable of running enduro races, motos, and XC races. To accomplish this, Honda gave the CRF450X a taller seat height, a higher 75.8-inch wheelbase, and a longer swingarm than the motocross CRF450R. The CRF450X also comes equipped with a 21-inch front wheel. The CRF450X is 3.5 inches longer than the CRF450R, 1.5 inches wider, and an inch taller.
The CRF450X’s best trait is its suspension. The 43mm fork has 6.5 inches of travel, and the shock has 7.5 inches of travel. The fork has 47mm tubes and is adjustable for compression and rebound damping. The rebound is adjustable through 13 clicks, and the compression is adjustable through 18 clicks. The shock has 49mm tubes and is adjustable for rebound and compression damping. The rebound is adjustable through 13 clicks, and the compression is adjustable through 18 clicks.
The CRF450X’s dual-sport tires are 90/90-21 front and 120/80-18 rear. They fit on 21-inch aluminum wheels. The bike has electric start, a 6-speed transmission, hydraulic disc brakes front and rear, and dual trip meters. The CRF450X weighs 146.8 pounds.
Lisa is 5’10” tall and weighs 145 pounds.