Honda quietly reveals CRF450L Rally concept

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Words: Nile Bijoux
22 Nov 2018

Honda looks to be on the cusp of following up the rather tame CRF250L Rally with a more potent sibling. Enter the CRF450L Rally Concept.

It’s not confirmed for production yet but with the more mainstream CRF450L now on the market, it shouldn’t be too much trouble for Big Red to create a Rally version using that as a base.

Details on the 450 Rally Concept include a clear windscreen, large navigation tower, low slung rally exhaust by Termignoni, full coverage carbon fibre skid plate, Noguchi seat, dual front fuel tanks, and a matching HRC colour scheme. There’s a toolkit at the back where another fuel tank is normally on the competition-spec CRF450. The standard CRF450L headlight is mounted behind a clear windscreen instead of the small bullet-shaped LED lights on the competition machine.

Other standard CRF450L stuff that has made it to the Rally Concept includes the stock mirrors, turn signals, and taillight with a truncated license plate holder. Crucially, it looks like Honda is reusing the same chassis and single-cylinder 450cc engine as well, meaning around 33kW of power.

The smaller CRF250L Rally took over a year to go from concept to the road so don’t expect to hit the market for a while yet. The biggest thorn in Honda’s side will most likely be the upcoming Euro5 emissions standards, pushing a prospective release date back to 2020 at the earliest.

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