Dirt and Trail August 2019


T h e H o n d a C R F 4 5 0 L

Faster! Faster! Faster!!

Honda’s first batch of the CRF

450L came in for a lot of criticism

locally, because in South Africa,

we received the constipated

version of the bike. A 450 should

run – well like a 450 and, while the

first batch of bikes were fun, they

were a tad on the sluggish side.

Honda South Africa listened to the criticism, did

some homework and invited us to try out a bike

that Bikers Warehouse has remapped and sorted

out for the South African market. No gearing

or any other performance mods have been

undertaken. The impact that electronics have on

modern motorcycles is astonishing.

Cool plan – but, not personally having ridden

the first rendition of this bike, we rustled up a unit

from the friendly people at Honda Wing East Rand

Mall who still had a 1st gen so that we could do


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