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'02 Honda CRF 450

Anyone have any experience of these?

What are they like.. Reliability wise... ease of starting etc.

Heading tomorrow to look at one or Monday so would appreciate any info on what to look for with this specific bike.
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Re: '02 Honda CRF 450

Originally Posted by FazerKid
Anyone have any experience of these?

What are they like.. Reliability wise... ease of starting etc.

Heading tomorrow to look at one or Monday so would appreciate any info on what to look for with this specific bike.
Don't wanna bring home a Junker
know f all about them bud,its a honda though cant be bad yokes.maintainance is secret to off roaders me thinks,especially air filters,keeps dust and shit from engine.just make sure it looks well maintained,youll have fair idea if it was abused.
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Re: '02 Honda CRF 450

big four strokes are a bastard to kickstart but once you get the knack its (somewhat) easier. Check the ususal stuff you would in a dirtbike, fork seals. Lift the front wheel off the ground and chek the wheel and head bearings. also lift the back wheel up and check the swingarm bearings (look dor side to side and up and down play) also look at the lower linkage under the swingarm - some people completely neglect to grease these. these bikes can be hard on chain and sprockets too, its not a deal breaker but make sure that you check prices for replacements online for a bit of haggling room. also be sure and check all the frame mounting points for stressed or cracks. some of these bikes will have beenjumped high and hard. Also see if you can get him to throw in the stand shown in the picture. they're dead handy and if he's getting out of motocrossing he won't need it!
The valve clearances on 4 stoke motocross bikes are important to have spot on. if thy're out , it can make starting a lot harder. before you go to look at it. make sure that he hasn't started it before you arrive, then get him to start it for you. he should be well used to starting it and it should only take four or five kick attempts. I once went to look at a bike and the guy had to lean it against the wall and kick 25 to thirty times!
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Re: '02 Honda CRF 450

Originally Posted by Stone Deaf 4evr
big four strokes are a bastard to kickstart but once you get the knack its (somemake sure that he hasn't started it before you arrive, then get him to start it for you. he should be well used to starting it and it should only take four or five kick attempts. I once went to look at a bike and the guy had to lean it against the wall and kick 25 to thirty times!
How do i make sure he aint started it?

Like if he had it runnin that morning the engine casings would be cold within 20min...
So when i feel it its "cold" as if not runnin
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Hi mate looks lovely
You told me KTM!!!!
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Re: '02 Honda CRF 450

Originally Posted by Stone Deaf 4evr
big four strokes are a bastard to kickstart but once you get the knack its (somewhat) easier. Check the ususal stuff you would in a dirtbike, fork seals. Lift the front wheel off the ground and chek the wheel and head bearings. also lift the back wheel up and check the swingarm bearings (look dor side to side and up and down play) also look at the lower linkage under the swingarm - some people completely neglect to grease these. these bikes can be hard on chain and sprockets too, its not a deal breaker but make sure that you check prices for replacements online for a bit of haggling room. also be sure and check all the frame mounting points for stressed or cracks. some of these bikes will have beenjumped high and hard. Also see if you can get him to throw in the stand shown in the picture. they're dead handy and if he's getting out of motocrossing he won't need it!
The valve clearances on 4 stoke motocross bikes are important to have spot on. if thy're out , it can make starting a lot harder. before you go to look at it. make sure that he hasn't started it before you arrive, then get him to start it for you. he should be well used to starting it and it should only take four or five kick attempts. I once went to look at a bike and the guy had to lean it against the wall and kick 25 to thirty times!
ave one of thse meself and the advice ur getting here is pretty much spot on,they can be a right pig to start untill you get the hang of em,but once you get use to starting em their a mental yoke altogether.
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Re: '02 Honda CRF 450

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Hi mate looks lovely
You told me KTM!!!!
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ave one of thse meself and the advice ur getting here is pretty much spot on,they can be a right pig to start untill you get the hang of em,but once you get use to starting em their a mental yoke altogether.
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Re: '02 Honda CRF 450

Beware if it's hard started as it is probably the intake valves on the way out,the CRF's in particular are known for this,you will get away with shimming them a couple of times before you have to replace the valves and have the seats cut which will set you back a few hundred quid,it is worth whipping off the rocker cover and checking the valve clearances before you hand over any cash,there is some good info www.thumpertalk.com
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Re: '02 Honda CRF 450

Forgot to add.....they are a savage yoke!
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Any luck gettin a new bike yet? Had the rm out for a good blast up the mountains today, shes still running well.
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Re: '02 Honda CRF 450

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Any luck gettin a new bike yet? Had the rm out for a good blast up the mountains today, shes still running well.
Still???
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Just dont forget the pre-mix
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Still???
It will ALWAYS be

Just dont forget the pre-mix

BOUGHT!!!!!!!!!!!
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you can beat the gixxers now
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you can beat the gixxers now
Could do that on the 125
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