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  1. TheVolta

    450L & 450X similarity’s

    I looked on my bike and in the parts catalog and there is no lambda sensor anywhere. Most likely a AU/EU thing like you stated.
  2. TheVolta

    450L & 450X similarity’s

    The L does not have a Lambda sensor. (At least the one in the states.)
  3. TheVolta

    CRF450L Build

    The only thing that sees 450ccs of air is the exhaust and the airbox. There is no vacuum on the tube at all while running or through the rev range, its just positive pressure. It is a top mount for the Scotts.
  4. TheVolta

    CRF450L Build

    After riding the bike for a bit more its time to start adding some small parts to make it more "mine". First thing I did was toss on a Renthal Fatbar with the BRP mount and the option to add a Scotts stabilizer in the future. I also changed the grips. Removed the rear chain guard. Then I went ahead and removed the smog related items, bike runs fine with no FI lights. Mostly removed them for ease of cleaning/maintenance and weight. I also changed out the line that goes to the carbon canister for the line from the RX (I originally bought the tank cap assembly but it didn't fit). There is two lines coming off the airbox that I also plugged up and are not pictured. I also removed the kickstand switch. The PCV line from the valve cover goes into the clear plastic box and then into the airbox. I went ahead and joined it to some extra tubing and routed it down and to the swingarm. This is on the thermostat housing. There is a brass fitting that goes into the airboot, if you want you probably could swap it out with the one from the R or RX. Line that was swapped out that routes to the carbon canister. The Honda PGM-FI tool does not work, pretty much saw that coming but I found a used one off ebay for really cheap and my friend wanted me to tune his bike. I might be able to figure out something else out but haven't had as much time due to studying for a cert for work. Hopefully an exhaust is next on the list, maybe swap or modify the airbox but I don't want to do that until I can add more fueling. Im sure this bike is running super lean from the factory to pass emissions standards. I also have some levers that I purchased but need a different brake master to fit so that's on hold for the moment.
  5. TheVolta

    CRF450L Ride/Review

    Aweee yeee. Best part is keeping all my stuff in the trunk and then washing it out. Everyone I show it to is like "whatttttt".
  6. TheVolta

    Suede Noguchi seat cover

    I do!
  7. TheVolta

    CRF450L Ride/Review

    Thanks, I am 180lbs.
  8. TheVolta

    Suede Noguchi seat cover

    Here it was before I sold it.
  9. TheVolta

    Suede Noguchi seat cover

    I had one on my 450X and I loved it.
  10. TheVolta

    Honda CRF450L 2019

    Picked up the bike on 9/25/2018 My Riding Credentials This is so you can get an idea of where I am coming from as a rider. I first got my MSF in 2013 and have been riding for around 4 years so I am a relatively new rider. Im 5'11 with a 34 inseam. My first bike was a Ninja 250 that did a few track days on and then moved up to a CBR600RR. Two years ago I bought the Africa Twin, and quickly realizing I was out of my element the first time I rode on dirt, I decided it would be a smart idea to learn to ride dirt on something a little less expensive. Then from there I had a 02 CR125, 2014 CRF250R, and an 06 CRF450X. I have also ridden a tested a few of my friends bikes all the Japanese brands and KTMs. Overall I would say currently am an average dirt rider, especially for the short amount of time I have spent riding dirt, I can keep up and am faster than people who have been riding a lot longer than I have. Expectations Having recently sold my Africa Twin due to not having any buddies to ride with ( I don't feel comfortable riding a big adventure bike out in the desert solo) and not really using it as much as I would like, I was looking for a bike that I could still ride on the street and have fun riding off road with my friends. The 06 450x was "street legal" but I also wanted to upgrade to FI and I enjoy having new projects to modify. Power wise I wasn't needing anything with more power, and the maintenance intervals were not such a huge deal with me considering the X has very similar schedules. Ultimately I was looking for a FI bike with a magic button, reliability, weight and power comparable to my current X and something that could take the AZ heat. I was pretty content with the X and had been looking at the KTM/Husky but was interested to see what Honda was going to drop. The 450x also was not a ideal for the street due to not having a rad fan, and no brake light or turn signals. First impressions (Dirt) Mostly rocky doubletrack and a little bit of singletrack (~35 miles) High of 101° Coming from the X the bike feels a lot more smooth, refined and has a bit more power. (The X had a full exhaust, airbox mod, and proper jetting) . Due to the bike being so quiet it is not as apparent but it is definitely a bit faster. The power band is very linear like most people have been saying but starts to fall off a bit near the top of the range, this is most likely due to all the emissions and cat on the bike. I feel like once that is removed and there is a tuning option, there is some extra ponies available. The suspension is noticeably stiffer than the x, but because my ride was solo, I was taking it easy and didn't want to push too hard. Stock tires are meh but that is to be expected, i will probably move to something more aggressive. Weight wise it didn't feel noticeably heavier than the X but then again I was not pushing it that much. First impressions (Street) Highway (~25 miles +60mph ) and Street (~10 Miles) High of 101° Bike is really great for riding surface streets within city limits and easy to get around, not a whole lot of vibration from 0-50 mph and has a surprising amount of get up and go. Once on the freeway speeds 60-70 its a little more serious, you can feel some vibration around 65 but once above or below it goes away. Nothing super bad but if you are death gripping the bars I could see how this would cause some fatigue. There is obviously very little wind resistance at that speed but its to be expected and livable. I don't really see making any really long distance trips with the bike due to the relatively short tank range but its possible. There is some riding areas north of Phx but I see myself trucking the bike up for the hour 1:30+ trips, once its cooler in the valley I will be able to simply ride to the local trails with no problems. The headlight is a big step up from the X and shows a decent V from the front of the light, the high beam just adds a bit more light but nothing crazy. I can put my tip toes down on the bike but its nothing that feels too "tall or unconformable for me. The side mirrors work well for anything under 50, once you get up to speed they are kind of useless due to vibrations on the freeway. Likes The fit and finish of the bike is really nice, everything is really sturdy and seems to be put together really well. (Only time will tell). The transmission is really smooth, gives a nice click when putting it in gear and does not feel mushy or vague at all. The spedo is awesome, I really like the estimated gallons used feature and is probably one of the cooler things on the bike. The turn signals are cool, they are small LED and can be bent 90° and just spring right back into place. Dislikes Not a big fan of the fuel cap and the huge plastic on the bottom of it, the throttle feels a bit twitchy and light compared to the 450x but its something I need to get used to, it reminds me of the Fi 250. The seat is pretty stiff, most likely due to it being fresh and my x seat has 12 year old foam that had time to soften up. Not coming stock with a fatbar is a letdown but something I plan on changing. Misc Why did I not buy the KTM / Husky? I didn't feel like the power jump was some thing I really needed or wanted, they seem like great bikes but I like sticking with things that have worked for me in the past. I do like all the options they come with (fatbar, no cat and a lot less emissions bullshit, fuel capacity is a bit larger, handguards stock) but most of that stuff I am planning on swapping out anyways on the L so its not such a huge deal for me. Am I a Honda fanboi ? I have owned a lot of different brand bikes/cars in the past but recently have been on a Honda kick. My previous Ridgeline had 300k miles with practically no issues, and between my girlfriend and I we have had multiples. (Integras,S2000, K and B seriers swapped Civics, Fit, Insight). The reason I keep coming back is because of their reliability quality and are easy to work on. Once they stop making nice products, I will stop buying them. TL:DR Version Overall the bike meet my expectations of what it was going to be, so far I am super happy with my purchase. If you are looking for a updated CRF450X with FI, updated suspension, lights, turn signals, speedo, street legal, and a 6th gear the CRF450L should fit the bill perfectly. I will post a bit more once I get some more seat time, let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!
  11. TheVolta

    Honda CRF450L (2019)

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    Picked up the bike on 9/25/2018 My Riding Credentials This is so you can get an idea of where I am coming from as a rider. I first got my MSF in 2013 and have been riding for around 4 years so I am a relatively new rider. Im 5'11 with a 34 inseam. My first bike was a Ninja 250 that did a few track days on and then moved up to a CBR600RR. Two years ago I bought the Africa Twin, and quickly realizing I was out of my element the first time I rode on dirt, I decided it would be a smart idea to learn to ride dirt on something a little less expensive. Then from there I had a 02 CR125, 2014 CRF250R, and an 06 CRF450X. I have also ridden a tested a few of my friends bikes all the Japanese brands and KTMs. Overall I would say currently am an average dirt rider, especially for the short amount of time I have spent riding dirt, I can keep up and am faster than people who have been riding a lot longer than I have. Expectations Having recently sold my Africa Twin due to not having any buddies to ride with ( I don't feel comfortable riding a big adventure bike out in the desert solo) and not really using it as much as I would like, I was looking for a bike that I could still ride on the street and have fun riding off road with my friends. The 06 450x was "street legal" but I also wanted to upgrade to FI and I enjoy having new projects to modify. Power wise I wasn't needing anything with more power, and the maintenance intervals were not such a huge deal with me considering the X has very similar schedules. Ultimately I was looking for a FI bike with a magic button, reliability, weight and power comparable to my current X and something that could take the AZ heat. I was pretty content with the X and had been looking at the KTM/Husky but was interested to see what Honda was going to drop. The 450x also was not a ideal for the street due to not having a rad fan, and no brake light or turn signals. First impressions (Dirt) Mostly rocky doubletrack and a little bit of singletrack (~35 miles) High of 101° Coming from the X the bike feels a lot more smooth, refined and has a bit more power. (The X had a full exhaust, airbox mod, and proper jetting) . Due to the bike being so quiet it is not as apparent but it is definitely a bit faster. The power band is very linear like most people have been saying but starts to fall off a bit near the top of the range, this is most likely due to all the emissions and cat on the bike. I feel like once that is removed and there is a tuning option, there is some extra ponies available. The suspension is noticeably stiffer than the x, but because my ride was solo, I was taking it easy and didn't want to push too hard. Stock tires are meh but that is to be expected, i will probably move to something more aggressive. Weight wise it didn't feel noticeably heavier than the X but then again I was not pushing it that much. First impressions (Street) Highway (~25 miles +60mph ) and Street (~10 Miles) High of 101° Bike is really great for riding surface streets within city limits and easy to get around, not a whole lot of vibration from 0-50 mph and has a surprising amount of get up and go. Once on the freeway speeds 60-70 its a little more serious, you can feel some vibration around 65 but once above or below it goes away. Nothing super bad but if you are death gripping the bars I could see how this would cause some fatigue. There is obviously very little wind resistance at that speed but its to be expected and livable. I don't really see making any really long distance trips with the bike due to the relatively short tank range but its possible. There is some riding areas north of Phx but I see myself trucking the bike up for the hour 1:30+ trips, once its cooler in the valley I will be able to simply ride to the local trails with no problems. The headlight is a big step up from the X and shows a decent V from the front of the light, the high beam just adds a bit more light but nothing crazy. I can put my tip toes down on the bike but its nothing that feels too "tall or unconformable for me. Likes The fit and finish of the bike is really nice, everything is really sturdy and seems to be put together really well. (Only time will tell). The transmission is really smooth, gives a nice click when putting it in gear and does not feel mushy or vague at all. The spedo is awesome, I really like the estimated gallons used feature and is probably one of the cooler things on the bike. The turn signals are cool, they are small LED and can be bent 90° and just spring right back into place. Dislikes Not a big fan of the fuel cap and the huge plastic on the bottom of it, the throttle feels a bit twitchy and light compared to the 450x but its something I need to get used to, it reminds me of the Fi 250. The seat is pretty stiff, most likely due to it being fresh and my x seat has 12 year old foam that had time to soften up. Not coming stock with a fatbar is a letdown but something I plan on changing. Misc Why did I not buy the KTM / Husky? I didn't feel like the power jump was some thing I really needed or wanted, they seem like great bikes but I like sticking with things that have worked for me in the past. I do like all the options they come with (fatbar, no cat and a lot less emissions bullshit, fuel capacity is a bit larger, handguards stock) but most of that stuff I am planning on swapping out anyways on the L so its not such a huge deal for me. Am I a Honda fanboi ? I have owned a lot of different brand bikes/cars in the past but recently have been on a Honda kick. My previous Ridgeline had 300k miles with practically no issues, and between my girlfriend and I we have had multiples. (Integras,S2000, K and B seriers swapped Civics, Fit, Insight). The reason I keep coming back is because of their reliability quality and are easy to work on. Once they stop making nice products, I will stop buying them. I will post a bit more once I get some more seat time, let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!
  12. TheVolta

    CRF450L Ride/Review

    My Riding Credentials This is so you can get an idea of where I am coming from as a rider. I first got my MSF in 2013 and have been riding for around 4 years so I am a relatively new rider. Im 5'11 with a 34 inseam. My first bike was a Ninja 250 that did a few track days on and then moved up to a CBR600RR. Two years ago I bought the Africa Twin, and quickly realizing I was out of my element the first time I rode on dirt, I decided it would be a smart idea to learn to ride dirt on something a little less expensive. Then from there I had a 02 CR125, 2014 CRF250R, and an 06 CRF450X. I have also ridden a tested a few of my friends bikes all the Japanese brands and KTMs. Overall I would say currently am an average dirt rider, especially for the short amount of time I have spent riding dirt, I can keep up and am faster than people who have been riding a lot longer than I have. Expectations Having recently sold my Africa Twin due to not having any buddies to ride with ( I don't feel comfortable riding a big adventure bike out in the desert solo) and not really using it as much as I would like, I was looking for a bike that I could still ride on the street and have fun riding off road with my friends. The 06 450x was "street legal" but I also wanted to upgrade to FI and I enjoy having new projects to modify. Power wise I wasn't needing anything with more power, and the maintenance intervals were not such a huge deal with me considering the X has very similar schedules. Ultimately I was looking for a FI bike with a magic button, reliability, weight and power comparable to my current X and something that could take the AZ heat. I was pretty content with the X and had been looking at the KTM/Husky but was interested to see what Honda was going to drop. The 450x also was not a ideal for the street due to not having a rad fan, and no brake light or turn signals. First impressions (Dirt) Mostly rocky doubletrack and a little bit of singletrack (~35 miles) High of 101° Coming from the X the bike feels a lot more smooth, refined and has a bit more power. (The X had a full exhaust, airbox mod, and proper jetting) . Due to the bike being so quiet it is not as apparent but it is definitely a bit faster. The power band is very linear like most people have been saying but starts to fall off a bit near the top of the range, this is most likely due to all the emissions and cat on the bike. I feel like once that is removed and there is a tuning option, there is some extra ponies available. The suspension is noticeably stiffer than the x, but because my ride was solo, I was taking it easy and didn't want to push too hard. Stock tires are meh but that is to be expected, i will probably move to something more aggressive. Weight wise it didn't feel noticeably heavier than the X but then again I was not pushing it that much. First impressions (Street) Highway (~25 miles +60mph ) and Street (~10 Miles) High of 101° Bike is really great for riding surface streets within city limits and easy to get around, not a whole lot of vibration from 0-50 mph and has a surprising amount of get up and go. Once on the freeway speeds 60-70 its a little more serious, you can feel some vibration around 65 but once above or below it goes away. Nothing super bad but if you are death gripping the bars I could see how this would cause some fatigue. There is obviously very little wind resistance at that speed but its to be expected and livable. I don't really see making any really long distance trips with the bike due to the relatively short tank range but its possible. There is some riding areas north of Phx but I see myself trucking the bike up for the hour 1:30+ trips, once its cooler in the valley I will be able to simply ride to the local trails with no problems. The headlight is a big step up from the X and shows a decent V from the front of the light, the high beam just adds a bit more light but nothing crazy. I can put my tip toes down on the bike but its nothing that feels too "tall or unconformable for me. The side mirrors work well for anything under 50, once you get up to speed they are kind of useless due to vibrations on the freeway. Likes The fit and finish of the bike is really nice, everything is really sturdy and seems to be put together really well. (Only time will tell). The transmission is really smooth, gives a nice click when putting it in gear and does not feel mushy or vague at all. The spedo is awesome, I really like the estimated gallons used feature and is probably one of the cooler things on the bike. The turn signals are cool, they are small LED and can be bent 90° and just spring right back into place. Dislikes Not a big fan of the fuel cap and the huge plastic on the bottom of it, the throttle feels a bit twitchy and light compared to the 450x but its something I need to get used to, it reminds me of the Fi 250. The seat is pretty stiff, most likely due to it being fresh and my x seat has 12 year old foam that had time to soften up. Not coming stock with a fatbar is a letdown but something I plan on changing. Misc Why did I not buy the KTM / Husky? I didn't feel like the power jump was some thing I really needed or wanted, they seem like great bikes but I like sticking with things that have worked for me in the past. I do like all the options they come with (fatbar, no cat and a lot less emissions bullshit, fuel capacity is a bit larger, handguards stock) but most of that stuff I am planning on swapping out anyways on the L so its not such a huge deal for me. Am I a Honda fanboi ? I have owned a lot of different brand bikes/cars in the past but recently have been on a Honda kick. My previous Ridgeline had 300k miles with practically no issues, and between my girlfriend and I we have had multiples. (Integras,S2000, K and B seriers swapped Civics, Fit, Insight). The reason I keep coming back is because of their reliability quality and are easy to work on. Once they stop making nice products, I will stop buying them. TL:DR Version Overall the bike meet my expectations of what it was going to be, so far I am super happy with my purchase. If you are looking for a updated CRF450X with FI, updated suspension, lights, turn signals, speedo, street legal, and a 6th gear the CRF450L should fit the bill perfectly. I will post a bit more once I get some more seat time, let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!
  13. TheVolta

    CRF450L Ride/Review

    I ended up going to the dealer by myself and didn't have anyway to get the truck back so it made sense to chuck it up there.
  14. TheVolta

    CRF450L Ride/Review

    Just got the bike today, excited to get this thing on the dirt this weekend and get it dirty. First thing I noticed is that it's weird having a dirtbike with a key and the gated kill switch is pretty neat. The fit an finish on the bike is super nice and is surprisingly quiet. Will post more after this weekend.
  15. TheVolta

    CRF450L Media Ride - What would you like to see us cover?

    Nice of him to wait..... lol
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