2019 cr450 fairly reliable? Thinking of grabbing one..

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8/13/2019 10:41 AM

I've been looking for a new bike I was trying to get a 18rm450 but I can't find one for less than 8000 out the door...for 8700 I can pick up a 19cr450 so figured if I was going to spend that much the cr has a better resell value and has better suspension in stock trim. I'm just wondering if any one has had issues with them or if they are pretty solid ?

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8/13/2019 11:02 AM

I have 28 hours on mine - knock on wood no issues thus far. We just checked the valves and they were completely in spec. My only complaint is that I've had some issues with it overheating while racing (after the moto). There seems to be a problem with the air flow through the rads. A common problem I've been made aware recently. It was actually the main reason Jeff Walker picked up a Husky to race because his Honda kept overheating...he is back on Honda now however.

I have a lot of riding buddies that have 17 & 18's with no issues at all.

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8/13/2019 11:13 AM

You can't find an RM for less than 8 grand? I am sure I've seen guys on here saying they were getting them for 5 or 6 grand all day long.

Anyhow, all the machines are "fairly" reliable. The Honda no less so. If you can get a deal - get it!

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8/13/2019 11:16 AM

Ya I looked every where lol...people have them listed for 5600-5700 then when I get there they "sold it" or they tag on 2000$ in fees

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8/13/2019 11:19 AM

foreman52 wrote:

I have 28 hours on mine - knock on wood no issues thus far. We just checked the valves and they were completely in spec. My only complaint is that I've had some issues with it overheating while racing (after the moto). There seems to be a problem with the air flow through the rads. A common problem I've been made aware recently. It was actually the main reason Jeff Walker picked up a Husky to race because his Honda kept overheating...he is back on Honda now however.

I have a lot of riding buddies that have 17 & 18's with no issues at all.

That kinda scares me I dig riding slow tight tight trails to if it's over heating on the track going that slow through such tight stuff It would probably be hot..

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8/13/2019 11:24 AM

lordworm wrote:

That kinda scares me I dig riding slow tight tight trails to if it's over heating on the track going that slow through such tight stuff It would probably be hot..

No one else I ride with has had this problem just an FYI. Just my experience and know that it is a known issue for other riders as well.

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8/13/2019 12:01 PM

I had an 18 and kept it until the 32 hour mark. Never an issue with the bike, just wanted a 250sx. Unless you're saving a couple thousand by buying the suzuki I'd get the honda. I've ridden the 18 and 19 honda 450 and an 18 rmz 450. The honda is just a much more exciting bike to ride and doesn't NEED anything out of the box aside from proper spring rate for your weight. Suspension on the crf is really really good and with a revalve (Graeme Brough in Long Beach) it is outstanding.

Only issue that I have seen on a friend's 18 crf450 was with his kill/map switch acting up which seems to be the one common issue for some.

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8/13/2019 12:52 PM

Is there an active recall on 2019 CRF 450’s?

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8/13/2019 1:34 PM

I've had 2 2017 Honda 450s as well as 2 '18 Honda 450s in the last couple of years; each bike sold with 40-60 hrs for around $5,500. I had a kill switch fail and piston crack on the first '17. Other than that, zero issues and find that if i ensure the radiators are 100% clear of dirt/debris the bike doesn't overheat. I'm not a pro rider that pounds 35 min. motos, but I'm very competitive in the 25 plus class and have not had one issue with overheating at Loretta's the past three years which is the hardest my bikes get ridden. Without hesitation, I would recommend the current gen. Honda but also agree with previous posts that all current 450s are very good motorcycles.

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8/13/2019 1:34 PM

Huckster wrote:

Is there an active recall on 2019 CRF 450’s?

no

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8/13/2019 1:36 PM

Huckster wrote:

Is there an active recall on 2019 CRF 450’s?

Would certainly be helpful to know lol thanks..I'll try to find it.

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8/13/2019 2:03 PM

I had an 18 with 70hrs and zero issues, but the 17-19 clutches are complete garbage. The 17-19 are super fickle to suspension adjustments. One moto it maybe perfect and the next it would handle like shit. The only perk of buying the new generation of Honda is that it will make you a suspension expert after a year on it.

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8/13/2019 2:09 PM

foreman52 wrote:

I have 28 hours on mine - knock on wood no issues thus far. We just checked the valves and they were completely in spec. My only complaint is that I've had some issues with it overheating while racing (after the moto). There seems to be a problem with the air flow through the rads. A common problem I've been made aware recently. It was actually the main reason Jeff Walker picked up a Husky to race because his Honda kept overheating...he is back on Honda now however.

I have a lot of riding buddies that have 17 & 18's with no issues at all.

lordworm wrote:

That kinda scares me I dig riding slow tight tight trails to if it's over heating on the track going that slow through such tight stuff It would probably be hot..

just put a 1.6 radiator cap on it and ride, not a big deal. They can all overheat. Thats why most everyone I know puts an aftermarket cap on first thing. Pretty sure ktm/huskey come with good caps stock

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8/13/2019 2:34 PM

Huckster wrote:

Is there an active recall on 2019 CRF 450’s?

lordworm wrote:

Would certainly be helpful to know lol thanks..I'll try to find it.

Go to honda website ,type in your vin #. Or call a honda dealer.

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8/13/2019 3:55 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/13/2019 3:57 PM

I have 96 hours on my 2017, stock clutch and everything. Suspension is great, like everyone says the balance can be a bit tricky so play with sag and your fork height in the clamps until you find something you can ride on. I personally like the stock position the forks come in the clamps along with 107mm of sag. No overheating issues but I went to an OEM KTM 1.8 radiator cap just to be safe. I bet the 2019 is so good, and 8700 is a great deal. What bike are you coming off of?

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8/13/2019 4:02 PM

You want a 450 and dig tight trails? You must be an animal. Much respect.

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8/13/2019 8:50 PM

hubbardmx50 wrote:

I have 96 hours on my 2017, stock clutch and everything. Suspension is great, like everyone says the balance can be a bit tricky so play with sag and your fork height in the clamps until you find something you can ride on. I personally like the stock position the forks come in the clamps along with 107mm of sag. No overheating issues but I went to an OEM KTM 1.8 radiator cap just to be safe. I bet the 2019 is so good, and 8700 is a great deal. What bike are you coming off of?

I had a 07 ktm 450 I didn't care for a whole ton...was making some not good noises i tried to trouble shoot it for days then ended up just selling it, got a 06yz250 I loved that was sweet but had to sell it recently to come up with some money. Pretty much just using that as an excuse to finance a new bike :/. The 250 was awesome but all my friends are on 450s so jumping stuff seemed harder trying to gauge speed on something they have already hit and I haven't especially stuff just up in the hills. The idea of just chuggin around on a 450 in 3rd at the track sounds refreshing to lol.

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8/14/2019 1:17 AM

Find a lightly used 18 for 5500. Imo the 19 isn’t worth the extra two grand to the regular joe. Take the money and get the suspension setup for you.

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8/14/2019 2:51 AM

Where do you live? I know where you can get a 2019 Honda CRF450R brand new for 6999.00. They don’t do all the bullshit fees as well.

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8/14/2019 6:09 AM

Racer111 wrote:

Where do you live? I know where you can get a 2019 Honda CRF450R brand new for 6999.00. They don’t do all the bullshit fees as well.

I'm out in socal kind of close to temecula / Beaumont area.

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8/14/2019 6:10 AM

nascarnate326 wrote:

Find a lightly used 18 for 5500. Imo the 19 isn’t worth the extra two grand to the regular joe. Take the money and get the suspension setup for you.

I've got to finance and only have 2000 down or so...and buying a used 4 stroke isn't to high on my list of things to do.

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8/14/2019 6:23 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/14/2019 6:24 AM

Another happy 19CRF450 owner at just under 30 hrs. Launch control is pretty sweet if you race. The bike is pretty sensitive to setup changes but is very solid when you find the right setting. Local B level rider and no overheating issues though I immediately put on a high pressure radiator cap.

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8/14/2019 7:37 AM

Only issues I’ve had are a few sets of rear wheel bearings and a rear hub.

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