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Re: Well Honda has gotten serious about off-road once again.
« Reply #31 on: October 01, 2018, 10:49:35 am »
That review says what the others do:  It's good, really good, for Honda.  But it still doesn't really compete with KTM.
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Re: Well Honda has gotten serious about off-road once again.
« Reply #33 on: December 03, 2018, 10:15:36 am »
That seems about what you'd expect for Honda.

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The Honda is a much better bike in third gear than it is in second or firstĖthat is to say, it works best on terrain that would put you in their gear. Above 20 mph and the bike is awesome. Itís the king of fireroads, but itís not something you would want to ride in a GNCC.

This isn't a KTM or even a serious competitor to one. 

It's a great improvment over their prior dual sport jokes,b ut still way short.
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Re: Well Honda has gotten serious about off-road once again.
« Reply #34 on: December 03, 2018, 02:52:02 pm »
It's a great improvement over their prior dual sport jokes, but still way short.

When the 1993 XR650L came out, it was considered the most advanced and serious "dual sport" bike available to the masses.  Of course it has NOT changed in 25+ years.

But I get what you are saying.

This is a move in the right direction for Honda and it is now the most serious Japanese dual sport bike, dethroing the DRZ400S ... albeit at twice the price.

It may even be a better "dual sport" bike than the KTM and Husky offerings, but they are 30 lbs lighter and way better street-legal dirt bikes.

It'll be interesting to see what the after-market can do to uncork and remove some weight from the CRF450L.
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