2014 Honda CRF450X

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If you love to mix muddy tracks, with tons of adrenaline, grippy tires, loud engines and fast speeds, then you’ll certainly like the 2014 Honda CRF450X.

This popular dirt bike has all it needs to make your heart go like crazy from the second you jump on its narrow back. Start the liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke 449 cc engine and you’ll be assaulted by a huge amount of power which is directed straight to the 18 inch rear wheel through a wide-ratio five speed transmission.

The motorcycle rides on a front 47 mm inverted Showa cartridge fork with 16-position rebound and 16-position compression-damping adjustability and a rear Pro-Link Showa single shock with adjustable spring-preload, 17-position rebound-damping adjustability, and compression-damping adjustment.

As far as stopping power is concerned, the 2014 Honda CRF450X is equipped with front and rear single disc brakes.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Honda CRF450X.

Meet The Reigning Champion Of Baja.

But this bike is merely a sum of its parts – intelligently-engineered parts taken from its MX-winning cousin and specially tuned for the trail. Like the Honda Progressive Steering Damper that helps reduce rider fatigue and improve cornering. An electric starter for easy start-ups in even the worst conditions. A Pro-Link suspension, bulletproof Unicam® engine and the kind of durability Honda is known for.

Put it all together and you’ve got perhaps the best off-roader ever built.

2014 Honda CRF450X Key Features

Honda CRF450X

The Best In Baja.

Honda CRF450X

Baja has a reputation for being ruthless. Only the best bikes can conquer the elements, and one bike has conquered all the others every time: the CRF450X.

Compact and Powerful.

Honda CRF450X

Utilizing a Unicam® cylinder head, the 449cc liquid-cooled four stroke in the CRF450X puts out maximum power over a wide rpm band.

Precise, Controlled Steering.

Honda CRF450X

Perfected on the MX circuit, the Honda Progressive Steering Damper not only improves cornering, but also helps reduce arm fatigue.

2014 Honda CRF450X Features and Benefits

Honda CRF450X

Renthal Handlebar

Aluminum Renthal handlebar (971 bend) is rubber-mounted to help reduce rider fatigue and improve comfort.

Dual Radiators

Honda CRF450X

Dual radiators feature a refined core area for improved heat dissipation compared with conventional dual-radiator designs. Coolant recovery tank is located in front of the engine between the frame downtubes for improved center of gravity. Coolant tank is protected by a plastic skidplate.

Titanium Intake Valves

Honda CRF450X

Lightweight titanium intake valves permit use of smaller valve springs, reducing overall engine height.

449cc Unicam® Engine

Honda’s Unicam cylinder heads combine the best of single— and double-overhead-cam designs. The configuration contributes to a compact engine that saves weight over a comparable dual-overhead-camshaft motor and also permits a narrow valve angle. This flattens the combustion chamber to facilitate ignition flame propagation, allowing a high compression ratio. Since less space is taken up in the cylinder head, the camshaft sits lower in the head for a lower center of gravity.

Gear-Driven Counterbalancer

Honda CRF450X

Gear-Driven Counterbalancer reduces vibration and drives the water pump. Eight clutch plates provide the surface area necessary to handle the engine’s massive torque, while carefully matched clutch springs provide a light feel at the lever.

Twin-Sump Lubrication

Twin-sump lubrication system separates the oil supply for the crankshaft, piston and valve train from the clutch and transmission. This ensures a cool supply of oil to the clutch, eliminates clutch and transmission material contamination of the engine oil, reduces the amount of circulating oil and permits the use of a smaller oil pump.

Works-Style Front Brakes

Honda CRF450X

Compact twin-piston front brake caliper, anodized-aluminum brake pistons and lightweight 240mm front disc increases stopping power while minimizing unsprung weight for improved turning and handling. HRC works-type rear brake system adds a 240mm brake rotor to its integrated rear master-cylinder and fluid reservoir, a set-up that eliminates the separate reservoir and hose.

Superior Ergonomics

Honda CRF450X

Placing the rider’s legs at the narrowest part of the frame improves comfort and handling.

18-Inch Rear Wheel

Honda CRF450X

18-inch rear wheel features same lightweight rear hub and HRC works-type lightweight-aluminum spoke nipples as used on CRF450R.


Engine TypeLiquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore And Stroke96mm x 62mm
InductionKeihin® 40mm flat-slide carburetor with Throttle Position Sensor (TPS)
IgnitionCD with electronic advance and lighting coil
Compression Ratio12.0:1
Valve TrainUnicam®, four-valve, 35mm intake valve, 30mm exhaust valve
StartingElectric and Kick
TransmissionWide-ratio five-speed
Final Drive#520 T-ring-sealed chain; 13T/51T
Front Suspension47mm inverted Showa® cartridge fork with 16-position rebound and 16-position compression-damping adjustability; 12.4-inches travel
Rear SuspensionPro-Link® Showa® single shock with adjustable spring-preload, 17-position rebound-damping adjustability, and compression-damping adjustment separated into low-speed (13 positions) and high-speed (3.5 turns); 12.4 inches travel.
Front BrakeSingle 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear BrakeSingle 240mm disc
Front Tire80/100-21
Rear Tire110/100-18
Rake27.10° (Caster Angle)
Trail110mm (4.3 inches)
Wheelbase58.3 inches
Seat Height37.9 inches
Curb Weight269 pounds (includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel-ready to ride)
Fuel Capacity1.9 gallons, including 0.4-gallon reserve
Ground Clearance13.6 inches
Model IdCRF450X
EmissionsMeets current California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA off-road emissions standards.
Available ColorsRed


The Honda CRF450X is a great all-around off road bike. It is one of the toughest models from the dirty tracks and is perfectly suited for high speed off road enduro racing.

This baby’s engine is able to crank out an impressive amount of power and all this power is produced smoothly without making your ears explode.

You won’t have any complaints about the handling either, as it is not as unfriendly and harsh as you’ll find to other bikes in this class.

The riding experience is stiff, precise and calculated and luckily, is not influenced by every bump you meet on the track.
In the end, you’ll certainly be impressed by the perfect balance found by Honda’s technicians to make the bike perfectly suited for a wide variety of riders and conditions.

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