2019 Honda CRF450L Reviews and Key Features

2019 Honda CRF450L Reviews

2019 Honda CRF450L Reviews and Key Features

2019 Honda CRF450L Reviews

The 2019 Honda CRF450L has made its way into the hands of testers and reviewers across the US and the feedback has been very exciting to see! 2019 Honda CRF450L Reviews have been hitting the web and they have been super positive about the new enduro machine.

The bike that Australian’s have been asking for. Based on the updated 2019 CRF450R motocross bike, the all-new CRF450L is finally a reality.

Reviews and test results have started flowing through in the States for the all new 2019 Honda CRF450L. Here’s what the testers have to say – 2019 Honda CRF450L Reviews:

There’s no doubt that the new CRF450L is a highly refined, potent, off-road weapon. It is also the most comfortable and capable high-performance dual-sport bike we’ve ever ridden on the asphalt. Best of all, we know that the fire-breathing soul of the CRF450R lurks beneath the surface, and undoubtedly some of us will make modifications to awaken the beast within, but that is purely optional. The beauty of the 2019 Honda CRF450L is that it is legal and performs at a high-level on- and off-road in stock trim, something that no other dual-sport can claim—and that is worth the wait.” Dirt Bike Magazine

We had a blast blazing through the woods on the 2019 Honda CRF450L. Without question, this is a true performance dual sport that is ready to give any competitors a run for their money in this category. The stiffer suspension is greatly appreciated for aggressive riding and the tractable power makes the bike easy to ride fast. Even better, Honda took the time to smooth out and quiet the motor, which not only makes it a better street bike, but also reduces the fatigue factor over a long day of riding.” – ADV Pulse

“…the Honda CRF450L has its first valve inspection at 1,600 miles, whereas at the same distance the KTM 450 EXC-F would be on its third valve inspection, and halfway to a full engine rebuild, if we are obeying the maintenance schedules recommended by both brands.

There is neither good nor bad in that comparison, but it shows you the intent that Honda has with this bike. Instead of chasing race bike level performance characteristics, there is a certain level of refinement, reliability, and usability that Honda is choosing to focus on with its CRF450L offering.” – Asphalt and Rubber

“It first appeared on my radar back in March when there was a lot of excitement in the dual sport motorcycle community at the time of its announcement. Everyone and their dog was keen to get the deets on this rig right away (myself included). Almost immediately there seemed to be a smear campaign launched against it online even though no one had even seen one in person yet.

It only has 25 horsepower
It’s going to be built in Thailand instead of Japan
It’s going to cost $19,000
It’s going to have motocross racing equivalent service intervals

Whenever I hear outrageous claims like these I immediately get suspicious. Happily, NONE are true.” –  Web Bike World

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Ten Key Impressions

1. The 2019 Honda CRF450L is different from a dirt bike with a license plate—it is a high-performance dual-sport machine. Rather than simply making a barely-legal street-legal dirt bike out of the Honda CRF450R motocross platform, Honda engineered a performance motorcycle with durability and comfort in mind. The 2019 Honda CRF450L is designed for long stints in the saddle and multi-day adventures across the nastiest terrain, and all the way back to the garage.2019 Honda CRF450L price

2. Our seat-of-the-pants estimate would be that the horsepower in stock trim is somewhere in the mid-40s. Whatever speculation you might have read about the 2019 Honda CRF450L putting out 25 horsepower was wrong.

3. This is not your standard Japanese underpowered and heavy dual-sport bike with handling characteristics more akin to cattle herding than off-road racing. At 131 kgs / 298 pounds fully gassed up and street legal, the CRF450L is only 15.4kgs / 34 pounds heavier than our CRF450RX race machine

5. The 2019 Honda CRF450L’s handling is precise without compromising high-speed stability. The CRF450L pivots on a dime when blasting through tight and technical single-track. With 28.2 degrees of rake—one degree more than the CRF450R—the CRF450L is extremely stable at high speeds and feels very predictable throwing it around twisty fire-roads. Ergonomics are neutral with a balanced feel between the grips, seat, and footpegs. Hondas are known for having a balanced feel, and the CRF450L is no exception. The bar bend is comfortable for both stand-up and sit-down riding. The traditional Renthal aluminum handlebar is mounted to the triple clamp with rubber cone cushions to reduce the shock from sudden impacts.

6. The six-speed wide-ratio transmission has perfectly spaced cogs, and shifts smoothly.The entire gearbox works well. First and second gears for tight and technical single-track; third gear for when the trail opens up a bit; fourth and fifth for fire roads; and sixth gear for the highway. Unlike our barely-legal personal dual-sport bikes, the CRF450L achieves highway speeds with comfort and can cruise at 112kph / 70 mph without rattling your fillings.

7. Anti-vibration damping is a game changer. The rubber-cushioned sprockets totally eliminate chain-slap, even when accelerating out of a sweeping turn in too high of a gear. The urethane-injected swingarm and sound-deadening motor covers not only reduce noise and vibration—they also protect the engine. The end result is an ultra-smooth ride that is less fatiguing and more enjoyable. For all-day riding and multi-day adventures, that’s the name of the game. The full-length aluminum subframe is built to support all of your adventure kit. The subframe is so substantial that you can stand on the rear fender. The kickstand can easily support the weight of the bike with a rider standing on the pegs. 

Hona CRF450L 2019 Digital Dash8. The CRF450L has a two-gallon titanium fuel tank—stylishly shrouded in a black plastic cowling—and provides between 130kms / 80 and 160kms / 100 miles of range depending on terrain and pace. We burned 8lt / 2.1 gallons over the course of 160kms / 100 miles, and measured real-time fuel consumption of 4.2lt per 100km / 55 mpg while cruising at 90kph/ 55 mph on the highway. The digital display can show real-time mpg, as well total fuel consumed. That makes it easy to know exactly how much is left in the tank, and how much farther you can go. Additionally, because fuel consumption is measured at the throttle body, this system will work with an aftermarket fuel tank.

9. The legal bits are durable enough to withstand constant off-road punishment. The license plate hanger is large, but made out of lightweight sturdy aluminum. All lighting is LED, so it shouldn’t succumb to the constant shaking like the incandescent lamps of yesteryear. The rear-view mirrors cover the entire field of vision behind the rider, and stay in place when the going gets rough. When I hit a branch, folding the mirror in, I simply straightened it out by hand—no stopping required.

10. The maintenance interval is the same across the entire CRF450 lineup. The Honda shop manual calls for the motor oil to be changed every 600 miles and for the intake and exhaust valves to be inspected every 3000kms / 1800 miles. Imagine 1000kms / 600 miles of twisty single-track and water crossings. That is a long time between oil changes, especially given that common sense and conventional wisdom calls for changing and inspecting the oil after every long trip.

2019 Honda CRF450L Specs


  • Motor: Four-stroke single
  • Displacement: 450cc
  • Bore x stroke: 96.0mm x 62.1mm
  • Compression ratio: 12.0:1
  • Fuel system: EFI w/ 46mm throttle body
  • Starting: Electric
  • Transmission: Constant-mesh 6-speed
  • Final drive: 520 chain


  • Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
  • Front suspension; travel: Fully adjustable 49mm inverted Showa coil-spring forks; 12.0 inches
  • Rear suspension; travel: Fully adjustable linkage-assisted Showa shock; 12.4 inches
  • Front tire: 80/100-21; IRC GP21 (Dunlop D606 as tested)
  • Rear tire: 120/80-18; IRC GP22 (Dunlop D606 as tested)
  • Front brake: 260mm disc w/ two-piston caliper
  • Rear brake: 240mm disc w/ single-piston caliper


  • Wheelbase: 1496mm / 58.9 inches
  • Rake: 28.2 degrees
  • Trail: 11.6cm / 4.6 inches
  • Seat height: 940mm / 37.1 inches
  • Ground clearance: 315mm / 12.4 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 7.6 litre / 2.0 gallons
  • Curb weight: 131 kgs / 289 pounds

CRF450L Key Features

• Lightweight, 7.6lt / 2.0-gallon titanium fuel tank for long range
• Riding time maximized by lightweight, compact LED lighting system, featuring headlight with high-intensity projection for illuminating broad area
• Rear-view mirrors
• Lightweight lithium-ion battery with increased capacity compared to CRF450R, to power electrical components
• Lightweight, compact digital meter with black characters on a white liquid-crystal background is easily legible while riding


• 449.7cc Unicam® engine specially tailored for trail-to-trail riding
• Finger rocker arm contributes to compact layout while using dedicated design to attain off-road-specific 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 or road going
• Special clutch design enables light lever pull. Primary damper mechanism with friction springs suppresses engine torque fluctuations, ensuring smooth running
• Large-capacity radiators with high heat-exchange efficiency for strong performance in demanding off-road conditions
• Electric fan and thermostat control engine temperature in brutal conditions
• ECU with dedicated settings
• Noise emissions minimized via covers on the left and right crank cases
• Powerful AC generator for street-legal lighting
• Air cleaner box
• Dedicated single-muffler exhaust system provides great sound while meeting emissions requirements

2019 Honda CRF450L Reviews


• Aluminum twin-spar frame designed for nimble-yet-stable handling on trails
• Subframe designed to ensure optimum rigidity balance appropriate for carrying tools
• 49mm Showa fork with dedicated settings for trail-to-trail riding
• Shock based on that of the CRF450R but with dedicated settings and link ratio for off-road riding
• Front brake uses design from CRF450R, but with better fade resistance thanks to thicker discs and large-capacity reservoir

• Endless sealed chain, which withstands the elements
• Front and rear sprockets, produced in durable steel material, which feature damper system for smooth, quiet running
• Urethane injection in swingarm to reduce road noise
• Fuel tank cap with a cut-off valve prevents fuel from flowing out of tank if the bike is on its side
• LED turn signals with flexible mounts for durability
• Easily accessible electronic component box on left side of the frame
• Black 7/8” Renthal handlebar with red pad
• Compact, lightweight handlebar switches
• In-mold graphics are resistant to peeling caused by washing or abrasion
• IRC GP-21F/GP-22R tires provide great balance of on- and off-road performance
• Black rims for strong presence

Check out all the specs and current pricing of the 2019 Honda CRF450L here

2019 Honda CRF450L Review

2019 Honda CRF450L Reviews

2019 Honda CRF450L Reviews
2019 Honda CRF450L Reviews

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