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1981 Honda CR450
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1981 Honda CR450

Date Added March 21, 2000

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1981 Honda CR450 Reviews

huskyking
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Reviews: 1

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Jun 16, 2002

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Posted: Jun 16, 2002 6:35 AM   Back to Top
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Power
Shitloads of it, more wheel spining than going forward!!! Hits real hard but fun when you get used to it.
Suspension
I havent seen the original front suspension as this CR 450 has 84 XR 500 front forks on it and they are quite decent for taril/play and possibly even some jumping. The back shock is heavily damped and I think the combination of it and the XR forks are a good ride.
Brakes
The XR forks have a disc brake which works good, I had no problems with the rear drum.
Comments
With the XR front can be fun however I don't recomend purchasing one as it will probrably end up costing you more than it is worth. In the 81 era I would be looking at something like a yamaha IT which is a very decent bike.
Rating
60
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Banshee3502
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Jun 25, 2001

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Posted: Jun 25, 2001 8:15 AM   Back to Top
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Power
Umm.. I think the saying "All or Nothing" comes into play here.
Suspension
What suspenstion? U can drop the bike from 40 feet in the air with an elephant on it and the shocks wont move an inch!
Brakes
The only half-decent part of the bikes.
Comments
Definatly the worst bike ive tested. The gaps between the gears is incredible.
Rating
60
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kade
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May 24, 2001

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Posted: May 31, 2001 5:17 AM   Back to Top
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Power
Honda set out to give Maico BIG competition with their new CR 450. They knew from the start they needed a powerful engine that would outdistance the omnipotent Maico Open Class machinery. So, they gave the CR 450 an engine that created a wild, and unpredictable, power hit that was nearly uncontrollable! Combine this power with the 4-speed gear box that was ridiculously spaced, and one ended up staring at the rear end of a Maico, as it lapped you.
Suspension
HA! The Showa forks and shock did everything except absorb bumps well and work in sync.
Brakes
Okay
Comments
Cat quick and Grizzly tough... That's what one magazine said about the '81 Honda CR 450. Even to this day, they magazine that printed this statement wishes they never made it! The number plate stuck out like a ripped and fungus infected toe nail. The bike constantly fouled plugs and many owners griped loud and hard that it was very hard starting. If someone offers to sell you this beast, run like hell.
Rating
50
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EVROS
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Dec 9, 2000

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Posted: Jan 6, 2001 5:02 AM   Back to Top
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Power
Either you go fast or you don't move. There is an increase of 37 Horsepower in just 2000 rpm! between 4500 and 6500. Not good.Exerts the G-forces of an F-16 fighter plane and can inflict "G-induced sleep" . Have good life insurance.
Suspension
Blows goats.
Brakes
what brakes?....downshift.
Comments
Worst bike Honda has ever produced I'm talking about EVER!, be it street, dual purpose, MX. The rating for this bike should be "Z" but the rating system only goes up to "F".
Rating
50
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Warhawk
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Reviews: 3

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Jan 2, 2001

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Posted: Jan 2, 2001 9:46 PM   Back to Top
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Power
Awe inspiring, a 450 with the hit of a 125
Suspension
This was my first long travel dirt bike and I thought it was great at the time.
Brakes
What brakes? This thing has so little brakes it's scary.
Comments
This beast got me back into dirt bikes in 1996 after a long abscnece. I paid $300 for mine in pretty decent shape, it was ready to ride but with faded plastic and a torn seat. I read all the negative reviews on ORC and other places, but I kinda liked my 450. I didn't like the super high left side kick starter, but other than that I as pretty happy with the "Roostmaster" as my boys dubbed it.
Rating
70
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jkopinga
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Aug 1, 2000

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Posted: Sep 3, 2000 12:55 PM   Back to Top
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Power
The engine creates wild and hard-hitting power, constantly foules plugs and is a hell to start. Gearbox is OK, but has only 4 gears.
Suspension
What suspension? Pogosticks in front and a kicker-shock in the rear. It's not balanced and doesn't work together.
Brakes
Drumbrakes front and rear. They work OK, but a front drumbrake is grabby compared to a disc and doesn't have a very good feeling.
Comments
The 4-speed gearbox is ridiculously spaced. You only use 1st and 2nd gear, 3rd and 4th are way too tall. The gaps between gears are also too tall, so when you shift the engine will fall off the pipe. This is NO good. It's best to leave this bike with its rightful owner!
Rating
60
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