2021 Honda CRF450RL MC Commute Review

Big Red gets a piece of the 450 dual sport pie with its 2021 CRF450RL.

Honda returns its 450cc dual sport to its US model lineup for 2021. Equipped with a new model name, to better align it with its R-spec CRF motocross and off-road racing motorcycles, the 2021 CRF450RL is Big Red’s bike of choice for riders who want to see it all at the upright Renthal handlebar of a dirt bike. In this MC Commute video review we talk about what it’s like to ride on and off-road, as well as during night rides.

Honda’s 2021 450cc dual sport gets plastic hand guards and a $400 price decrease. An updated “RL” naming convention shows the family tree where the dual sport came from.
Honda’s 2021 450cc dual sport gets plastic hand guards and a $400 price decrease. An updated “RL” naming convention shows the family tree where the dual sport came from.Adam Waheed
Honda’s legendary 449cc Unicam single powers the 2021 CRF450RL. For street use, it benefits from a heavy-duty cooling system and a six-speed transmission.
Honda’s legendary 449cc Unicam single powers the CRF450RL. For street use, it benefits from a heavy-duty cooling system and a six-speed transmission.Adam Waheed
Honda’s 2021 CRF450RL offers room only for the rider. The seat height is tall compared to most streetbikes.
Because it’s a dirt bike, Honda’s CRF450RL offers room only for the rider. The seat height is tall compared to most streetbikes.Adam Waheed
Honda’s 2021 CRF450RL all LED lighting looks modern and helps the CRF450RL rider stand out on the street or dirt.
All LED lighting looks modern and helps the CRF450RL rider stand out on the street or dirt.Adam Waheed
Honda’s 2021 CRF450RL instrumentation is basic but functional. We appreciate the low-fuel light, which lets you know when it's time to top off the 2-gallon titanium fuel cell.
Instrumentation is basic but functional. We appreciate the low-fuel light, which lets you know when it's time to top off the 2-gallon titanium fuel cell.Adam Waheed
Honda’s 2021 CRF450RL swingarm
The CRF450RL shares the R’s swingarm with special noise damping material on the inside to help the RL ride more quietly on the street.Adam Waheed
Honda’s 2021 CRF450RL dual hydraulic disc brakes keep speed in check on the 2021 CRF450RL.
Dual hydraulic disc brakes keep speed in check on the 2021 CRF450RL.Adam Waheed
Honda’s 2021 CRF450RL offers an upright riding position. Plastic hand guards help protect the rider’s mitts when riding on trails.
The CRF450RL offers an upright riding position. Plastic hand guards help protect the rider’s mitts when riding on trails.Adam Waheed
The Honda 2021 CRF450RL drive sprocket has a special rubber material to reduce noise.
Honda carefully re-engineered certain components of the vehicle to reduce road noise. The drive sprocket has a special rubber material to reduce noise.Adam Waheed
The above-average size of the rider’s footpegs on the Honda 2021 CRF450RL
We appreciate the above-average size of the rider’s footpegs compared to other manufacturers’ dual sport offerings.Adam Waheed

Gear Box

  • Helmet: Shoei RF-SR
  • Jacket: Alpinestars Tailwind Air Waterproof
  • Gloves: Racer Mickey
  • Pant: Alpinestars Copper 2
  • Boots: Alpinestars Faster-3

2021 Honda CRF450RL Price and Specifications

PRICE $9,999
MOTOR 449cc, OHC, liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke; 4-valve
BORE x STROKE 96.0 x 62.1mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 12.0:1
FUEL DELIVERY Programmed fuel injection w/ 46mm downdraft throttle body
CLUTCH Wet, multiplate
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
FRAME Twin-spar aluminum
FRONT SUSPENSION 49mm inverted telescopic Showa fork, compression and rebound damping adjustable; 12.0 in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Fully adjustable Showa single shock; 11.8 in. travel
FRONT BRAKE 2-piston caliper, 260mm disc
REAR BRAKE 1-piston caliper, 240mm disc
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR D.I.D DirtStar; 21.0 in. / 18.0 in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR IRC GP; 80/100-21 / 120/80-18
RAKE/TRAIL 28.5°/4.8 in.
WHEELBASE 58.9 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 37.2 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 2.0 gal.
CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT 291 lb.
WARRANTY 1 year, transferable, unlimited mileage
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CONTACT powersports.honda.com
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