Honda CRF 450 X

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Honda CRF450X MotorcycleTorrance, Calif. 09/07/2005 --

With numerous magazine accolades and roaring approval from riders coast-to-coast, the electric-start CRF450X is the favorite big-bore off-road machine for racers and weekend warriors alike.

Features & Benefits

New for 2006

* Race Team-inspired graphics.

Unique features

* Electric-start system for easy starting in all conditions.
* California model meets California Air Resources Board (CARB) emission standards.
* Fuel-tank capacity is 2.27 gallons.
* Resettable, easy-to-read three-digit odometer.
* USDA-qualified muffler/spark arrester.
* Powerful 35-watt halogen headlight features new lens type for wide range of illumination.
* Integrated LED taillight in rear fender.
* Convenient sidestand integrated into left footpeg bracket can be easily removed for competition events.
* Easy-access air filter.
* Wide-ratio five-speed transmission.
* Suspension and chassis tuned for competitive off-road riding needs.
* 18-inch rear wheel for greater flat-tire protection.
* T-ring-sealed chain is narrower, stronger and lighter compared to conventional O-ring chains.
* Skidplate and engine guards feature a unique three-piece design.

Engine/Drivetrain

* Powerful four-stroke 449cc liquid-cooled four-valve Unicam engine is designed to produce power across a wide rpm band for off-road riding.
* Electric starter drives the clutch side of the crankshaft to provide superior lubrication of starter gears, and produce a narrow engine with a short, strong crankshaft.
* Lightweight, compact, internal auto decompressor system provides superb cold-starting and hot-starting operation.
* Compact, lightweight engine assembly weighs only 71 pounds.
* Unicam valve train provides the light weight of a compact single-cam design and the optimum combustion chamber shape for maximum power at all engine rpm.
* Unicam valve train features a carburized single camshaft that directly actuates two 35mm titanium intake valves. The camshaft exhaust lobe actuates two 30mm steel exhaust valves via a forked, low-friction, roller rocker-arm.
* Lightweight titanium intake valves permit use of smaller valve springs, reducing overall engine height.
* Crankshaft is made of high-strength, low-carbon steel with carburized main journals for maximum durability at sustained high-rpm operation.
* Clutch cover and cylinder head cover are made of magnesium to reduce engine weight.
* Forged 12.0:1 compression slipper piston is lighter than a conventional design, revving quickly while maintaining excellent cylinder sealing and high-rpm power.
* Double-carburized connecting rod utilizes an updated big-end needle bearing and thrust washers for maximum high-rpm performance and durability.
* Nikasil cylinder lining is lightweight and provides cooler and quieter operation for extended engine life.
* Press-fitted aluminum spark plug pipe fits between forked exhaust rocker arms, further contributing to compact cylinder head design.
* 40mm Keihin FCR-type carburetor features four rollers on the flat slide, resulting in very light throttle effort, smooth operation, crisp throttle response and excellent rideability.
* Carburetor features a throttle position sensor (TPS) that helps maintain linear throttle response throughout the rpm range.
* Twin-sump lubrication system separates the oil supply for the crankshaft, piston and valve train from the clutch and transmission. This ensures a cool supply of oil to the clutch, eliminates clutch and transmission material contamination of the engine oil, reduces the amount of circulating oil and permits the use of a smaller oil pump.
* Vertically split crankcases feature a built-in oil pump, reducing weight compared to a conventional design.
* Exhaust system uses a lightweight stainless steel exhaust header and muffler equipped with spark arrester.
* Dual radiators feature a refined core area for improved heat dissipation compared to conventional dual-radiator design. Coolant recovery tank is located in front of the engine between the frame down-tubes for improved center of gravity. Coolant tank is protected by plastic skid plate.
* Gear-driven balancer reduces vibration and drives the water pump. Eight clutch plates provide the surface area necessary to handle the engine's massive torque, while carefully matched clutch springs provide a light feel at the lever.
* T-ring-sealed chain is approximately 1.6mm narrower, and stronger compared to conventional chains.
* Durable and versatile five-speed wide-ratio transmission.

Chassis/Suspension

* Fourth-generation twin-spar aluminum frame. Forged aluminum steering head and tapered downtube section are designed to optimize frame rigidity. In addition, tall swingarm pivot plates and narrow frame spars create a narrow overall frame cross-section for superb rider comfort and maneuverability.
* Semi-double-cradle frame design features a single, large-diameter tapered downtube. Two rugged box-section rails attach to the base of the downtube and support the engine. A forged aluminum steering head provides a compact and extremely durable mount for the frame spars and engine downtube.
* The aluminum frame design is matched to rider ergonomics to maximize handling and control operation.
* Swingarm features a dual-axis, double-taper design with a large cast aluminum cross-member offering high strength and light weight.
* 18-inch rear wheel features same lightweight rear hub and HRC works-type lightweight aluminum spoke nipples as used on CRF(R)450R.
* Front wheel features large-diameter front axle and wide wheel-bearing span for excellent rigidity.
* Rear-axle diameter of 25mm and large-diameter bearings provide optimum rigidity to withstand torturous off-road conditions.
* Lightweight, 47mm inverted Showa twin-chamber cartridge fork with aluminum dampers is derived from the CRF450R and features settings unique to the CRF450X. The fork offers 12.4 inches of travel, 16-position rebound and16-position compression damping adjustability. The inner surface of the front fork outer-tubes receives the same honing treatment as works bikes for low-friction operation.
* Pro-Link(R) single-shock rear suspension system features a fully adjustable Showa rear damper and 12.4 inches of wheel travel, separate low-speed (13 positions) and high-speed (3.5 turns) compression damping adjusters, and 17-position rebound damping.
* Rear shock damper piston diameter is 50mm for consistent performance under demanding riding conditions.
* Compact twin-piston front brake caliper, anodized aluminum brake pistons and lightweight front brake disc minimize unsprung weight for improved turning and handling.
* HRC works-type rear brake system integrates the rear master cylinder and fluid reservoir, eliminating the need for a remote master cylinder reservoir and hose assembly.
* 240mm front and rear brake discs.

Additional Features

* All plastic body components (radiator shroud, side covers, rear fender, seat base,fuel tank, front fender, and front headlight) are designed for slimmer, more aggressive styling and light weight.
* Airbox features easy access to reusable foam air filter.
- Rider ergonomics are optimized by adapting the handlebar, seat and footpeg height to place the rider's legs at the narrowest cross-section of the frame for improved comfort and handling feel.
* Seat cushion uses foam construction that follows the shape of the fuel tank, providing a smooth transition to increase rider mobility and comfort.
* "Non-slip" seat cover for increased rider control.
* Rear-brake pedal and shift lever are made of lightweight aluminum and are designed to complement the riding position. Brake pedal features optimized ratio to match integrated rear-brake master cylinder design.
* Wide, cleated stainless steel footpegs are self-cleaning, resist corrosion, provide excellent grip and fold for extra ground clearance.
* Aluminum Renthal handlebar (971 bend) is rubber-mounted to reduce rider fatigue and improve comfort.
* CR(R) handlebar holders provide three different mounting positions: standard CRF450X holder (CRF450R/CR125R/CRF250R-type) provides +/- 3mm fore or aft position to match rider preference, and optional holder (CR250R-type) provides neutral position.
* Works-type handlebar grips add to rider comfort.
* Adjustable front brake lever.
* Hot-start lever conveniently located on clutch perch.
* Quick-adjust clutch perch.
* Chain guide material offers durable wear resistance, and service life is five times greater than conventional materials.
* Front disc brake cover helps protect rotor and caliper from damage.
Removable rear subframe allows easy maintenance.
* Washable, two-stage foam air filter for optimal engine protection and easy maintenance.
* Comfortable, durable controls and high-quality fasteners.
* Stainless steel clutch cable for long life.
* Honda Racing-inspired colors and graphics.
* Ownership includes one-year complimentary membership for an individual in the Honda Rider's Club of America(TM) (HRCA(R)). Benefits include: discounts, travel benefits, roadside assistance, one year of Honda Red Rider(TM) magazine, access to HRCA Clubhouse Web site (www.hrca.honda.com) and access online to Honda Common Service Manual. For HRCA details, call 1-800-847-HRCA. For dealers only, please call (310) 783-3958.

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