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    • By Bryan Bosch
      The trails are calling, and the all-new, road-legal CRF450L answers, expanding customers’ off-road possibilities by enabling access to the best riding trails on public lands, even when that means connecting them via asphalt roads. Based on the CRF450R, the durable CRF450L is a full-fledged off-road machine, but with street legality achieved via features like LED lighting, mirrors, and a dedicated exhaust system, making this bike equally at home in the woods, desert, or the roads in between.
      CRF450L Key Features

      • Lightweight, 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
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      • 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
      • 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
      • 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
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      thicker discs and large-capacity reservoir
      • Endless sealed chain withstands the elements
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      • 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
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    • By Zach7018
      I've been riding my 2002 400s with stock 15/44 gearing for a while now. Unfortunately I find myself having to do a lot more highway than I would like to, to get to where I want to ride the dirt. I'm building the bike into a light adventure bike and I don't ride any super technical trails (I don't want to completely lose that ability though) but I do like some so-cal mountain trails. I anticipate a lot more highway miles in the future in order to reach the trails I'd like to ride, also meaning I'll be adding a little weight, camping gear etc.( I am a 150lb rider) I saw a 43t rear sprocket available, would 15/43 make any noticeable difference in my highway rpms (65-75) and how much damage would it do to my abilities on the trail. I would also like to know the same for 15/41 and if anyone can let me know what changes in chain would need to be made. This will be my first time experimenting with a gearing change on any bike that I have owned.
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      Went for the first off road ride on the drz after getting it about a week ago. Really loving the torque of this thing compared to the crf250l. Being able to comfortably maintain 70ish and pass grandma is a HUGE plus. It takes about an hour for me to get to the n.f. from my house sooo ordered the seat concepts seat when I got home lol. There seems to be a sweet spot at 56-62 on this bike where it really smooths out. 1---Need to get rid of the trailwings pronto. 2---Maybe because of the extra power but this feels a lot more confident in the heavier stuff than the crf250l did for sure. 3---This bike handles jumps a lot better for a 200lb 6'3" guy lol (a little obvious maybe)

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      'wings don't clean out well huh lol. Clogged up and sent me down. All in all it was a good ride and I am really liking the drz. I find that even with one less gear than I am used to, you can leave it in a higher gear and just grunt along. New bars and hand guards are in the works. I have a wolfman rear bag that I am looking for a rack it will work with. 

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