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2002 Honda CRF450

Date Added March 21, 2000

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Average Rating

95/100

Photos

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Specifications

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2002 Honda CRF450 Specifications
  Engine

Displacement

449 cc

Bore x Stroke

96 mm x 62.1 mm

Engine Features

4-valve, SOHC

Compression Ratio

11.5:1

Engine Cooling

Liquid
  Carburetion

Carburetor

Keihin 40mm
  Transmission

Transmission

5 - speed
  Chassis

Frame Type

Twin-spar aluminum

Steering Rake (Castor)

28.6 degrees

Steering Trail

4.68 in

Wheelbase

59.4 in

Ground Clearance

13 in

Seat Height

37.2 in

Weight, dry

225 pounds

Fuel Tank Capacity

2 gallons
  Forks

Forks

47mm Showa inverted

Fork Travel

12 in

Fork Rebound

16 positions

Fork Compression

16 positions

Fork Preload

Internal
  Shock

Shock(s)

Showa

Shock Travel

12.4 in

Shock Rebound

17 positions

Shock Compression - Low-speed

13 positions

Shock Compression - High-speed

3.5 positions

Shock Preload

External
  Wheels and Tires

Front Wheel

21 in

Rear Wheel

19 in

Brakes

Disk/Disk
  Power

Maximum Horsepower

55 hp at 9000 RPM

Maximum Torque

36 ft/lbs at 7000 RPM
  Other Information

Color Scheme

red

Cost when new

$6299

Country of Origin

Japan

Comments

Replaces the venerable CR500 two-stroke.

2002 Honda CRF450 Reviews
lord_of_two_strokes

Joined: 06/01/2006
Posts: 48
Location: Going Sideways somewhere in California

Posted: Mar 9, 2009 2:42 AM   Back to Top
Well.... (Score:1)
Power
Well, ill be honest i just bought this thing after swearing i would never own a honda. I serviced her good and checked her out, she seemed good. Well long story short i killed it in about 45 min of hard trail abuse. im not dissapointed. It had fair power for a little while, but nothing to get excited about. My brothers RM125 could probably outdrag it.
Freshly rebuilt with all new high performance everything and one wild port job from my buddy. Im still not impressed, Lots of power off idle, but the midrange and upper rev range still is way too soft. The mid to top end power is crap. Even with a stage 2 hot cam, special valves and a wiseco 13.5:1 piston this machine just doesnt seem to have what it takes. My homies 1998 CR250R will roast on this thing all day. Ive jetted this thing six ways from sunday and tried every aftermarket exaust i can think of. WHY do people love this bike soo much, i will never know. I have since parted ways with this big red road block and am in the prosess of building a YZ426F. Lets hope that thing does better that this piece.
Ergonomics
Feels like a good old honda. Like the seat and bar positioning.
Suspension, Front
Nice. They finally figured out how to make it stick and not get jumpy at speed. COOL
Suspension, Rear
Ummmm cushy, not bad. Holds a line well and hasnt failed yet. Hehehe well.......i do see a rebuild in the near future.
Brakes
Put it this way, i overheated the rear brakes before i managed to kill the motor after fresh fluid during servine. Lame. As for the frount well they did what they were supposed to do so im not complainin,
Comments
Well. They apperantly blow up a lot from what ive been told but they handle ok. Ummm obviously go buy a two stroke. Rebuilds are very pricy and the thumpers wear out just as quickly. IM gonna go ride my KX500. It has better power than this thing anyways.
Rating
80
Rider Height / Weight / Skill
5'11" / 180lbs / Intermediate
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canadiantraileater

Joined: 10/10/2005
Posts: 10
Location: Kamloops BC, Canada

Posted: May 14, 2006 12:40 AM   Back to Top
02 crf450r (Score:1)
Power
One of the best motors Ive ever ridden or owned. I had a KX500 in the past and although its been a while, I can say this motor is the best. Has a nice upper midrange/top end hit. Now that Im used to it I could use more overall but would like to keep the smooth powerband as is.
Ergonomics
I bought this bike used and it came with renthal cr hi bends. Ive owned these bars in the past and I cant say theres anything wrong with the ergos overall.
Suspension, Front
Maybe Im old or something I find the suspension stiff on medium to hard landings. Ive softened the clicks way up and its better but I still think its hard. The small bumps and whoops its great though.
Suspension, Rear
Same as above
Brakes
Honda....
Comments
If it wasnt for the motor I woulda sold it for a newer model because the horrible handling in the corners. The 20mm offset clamps should fix it and if not its outaa here and will pick up an 05/06. Absolutly love the motor and will always own a 450 now.
Rating
90
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markh450
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Reviews: 2


Location: england


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Jul 7, 2004

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Posted: Aug 19, 2004 11:06 AM   Back to Top
Legacy Review (Score:1)
Power
excellent, a tad lumpy at the bottom when compared to the 2003, but other than that awesome
Suspension
very good, had to put a stiffer rear spring in, i'm 15 stone.
Brakes
fine
Comments
very good bike
Rating
95
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NOHANDS
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Reviews: 8


Location: england


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Jan 26, 2001

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Posted: Jul 22, 2003 11:43 PM   Back to Top
Legacy Review (Score: +1, Interesting)
Power
The powerband is very wide and seems electric like until you find the hit in the high mid. The hit is deceivingly violent and has costed many rear fenders for those who practice wheelies. I would trade some low-end for the mid-top hit anytime. The Yamaha 426/450 motor has the low end and suits my riding style better but I always end up buying Hondas for resale value. I like tha fact that it has a lot less engine braking than the Yamahas. It is clear to me that this engine is more powerful than the average 2stroke 250cc. It is a marvel but a handful.
Suspension
The valving is good. I just needed to install stiffer springs .49 front and 5.8 back. Even with my mere 145 lb. The bike was not rideable to me without the springs. It would throw me over in the whoops. With the springs, it is so great I fell in love with the bike. By the way, The Showa stuff may be harder to work on but it is more durable and built way better that the Kayaba offering on the CR125.
Brakes
No problem here. I'm not a brake dragger. As good as any other jap.
Comments
The airboot needs some attention. Also, there is bulletin from Honda warning that the oil sight window is placed too low. You have to keep an eye on the oil level.
Rating
95
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DesertDogg
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Reviews: 4


Location: england


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May 15, 2003

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Posted: Jun 7, 2003 12:57 AM   Back to Top
Legacy Review (Score: +1, Interesting)
Power
This bike is a BRUTE !! I also own a 1987 Yamaha TT 350, another fine "big bore", but the CRF 450 has a lot more torque. I ride in the wide open desert of Utah a lot, and like big open terrain and BIGGG LONG powerslides !!
Suspension
The suspension of this beast is awesome. It handles great in fast open terrain and does great climbing up steep sandy hills. Has plenty of cushion when you jump over "rolls" in the desert at high speed !
Brakes
Exellent stopping power when you need it in a hurry. Honda has done a fine job with the brake design. Seems to be balanced well when braking hard and feels under control.
Comments
This bike is definitely a "King of the Desert" class of bike. Although it is primarily designed as a big bore motocross racing machine, I mostly use it for high speed desert cruising on long open trails..........where it does GREAT ! Excellent Machine and a lot of fun to ride.........just hang on....... 50-some horsepower is a lot of get-up-and-GO !!!
Rating
100
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stephen punch
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Reviews: 1


Location: england


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Feb 21, 2003

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Posted: Feb 23, 2003 9:10 PM   Back to Top
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Power
Too much, was like a car. There was power froma dead stop and even at low rpm's, there was too much power.
Suspension
kinda mushy. I was riding it on a track and it was too soft
Brakes
Stoped on a dime. came into a turn in 3rd gear and it just about threw me, I didn't even use the front break
Comments
There no reason someone should need anymore power
Rating
95
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Kwik-Silver
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Reviews: 2


Location: england


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Jun 17, 2002

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Posted: Oct 11, 2002 3:54 PM   Back to Top
Legacy Review (Score:1)
Power
This bike is very powerful and is not reccomended for the new rider. Heres a example, take the powerband of a Cr125 and multiply it by 4. You can easily make the front come up.
Suspension
Good for a MX Track and very dependable(wont break spokes) ,does great on the trails too. It takes the roots excellent!
Brakes
you could stop on a pin, the front brakes are excellent and you can do a stoppie if your going fast enough"not reccomended to do", and the back brakes do great in cornering for dry or wet conditions.
Comments
This bike i reccomend to the experienced rider. It is easy to start and i love that little window thing where you can look at your oil. This is one of the best bikes i have ever ridden and it is very comfortable and is worth your money.
Rating
100
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paul gander
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Jan 22, 2002

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Posted: Jan 22, 2002 5:00 AM   Back to Top
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Power
47bhp is not to be sniffed at with only 102kg - it grunts from its high tickover and keeps going. Takes a few outings to avoid stalling it. dont think it will need flywheel weights as it has low/mid grunt
Suspension
awesome, glides over the most evil surfaces.
Brakes
progressive and powerfull.
Comments
Expensive but in a recent rideout was the only bike to reach the top of a notorious UK muddy hillside. Quietish at tickover and moderate revs but a wild bellow when its opened up.
Rating
100
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lowside
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Nov 20, 2001

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Posted: Nov 20, 2001 9:06 PM   Back to Top
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Power
Lots of it , really smooth and usable . If you like a big hit it is not there , but you dont need it with all the torque . Third gear is the miricle gear does everything. I love it . It accelerate with authority.
Suspension
best on a stock bike , their again I like firm suspension. You can feel it on rough , but it just craves for you push hard.
Brakes
Honda!
Comments
I think this is probably one of the best bike out their. Its worth the money , jumps great, feels alot like a CR250 but goes thump thump and has more power . And it is so cool to look at , tons of neet features , like the oils are seperrated. The Hardest thing for me was figuring out what gear its in , alot of times I thought I had it in 1 or 2 but it was in third , it pulls so hard and has so much torque ,you never need 1 , but un like a 250 first is usable , proably because it revs so high.
Rating
100
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