The bike is powered by a liquid-cooled SOHC four-valve

6 litres of capacity, and it’s made of titanium.The much-anticipated Honda CRF450L will carry an $11,899 price tag when it hits Canadian showrooms this year.We haven’t been given an official arrival date for the CRF450L, but we’d expect to see it in showrooms this fall sometime.


There’s also fully-adjustable Showa suspension and a 260 mm front brake disc (two-piston caliper) with 240 mm rear disc. It’s still a lightweight enduro-style motorcycle, with wet weight said to be 131 kg..


The fuel tank has 7.The price tag puts the CRF450L well above any of the existing 650-class machines on the market motorcycle shock absorber manufacturers (the Suzuki DR650 is $6,299 and the Kawasaki KLR650 is $7,199).


For comparison, the only other Japanese 400-class dual sport on the market now, the Suzuki DR-Z400S, has a 144-kg wet weight. In Canada, the bike will be available in red this year. It’s also more than $4,000 more expensive than the $7,299 Suzuki DR-Z400S. However, it’s right around where KTM’s street-legal EXC-F line is priced.


It’s based on the CRF450 off-road bikes, but retuned for longevity and use on the street.Officially revealed back in May, the CRF450L is Honda’s new attack on the single-cylinder dual sport market.We haven’t seen official horsepower numbers yet, but the bike is powered by a liquid-cooled SOHC four-valve single-cylinder 450 cc motor, with six-speed gearbox and EFI

It’s probably a good thing to have a Canadian pipeline

WP provides suspension for most KTM and Husqvarna motorcycles, but also offers aftermarket shocks and forks that fit other bikes, and builds stock components for other OEMs as well.Based in Austria, WP Suspension is closely tied to KTM, as it’s part of KTM’s tricky ownership structure..


This facility will work with existing WP Authorized Centers (Blackfoot Direct, Rider’s Edge, Mission Cycle) to sell WP Pro components and distribute WP spares in Canada.


WP already has a North American subsidiary, but now there is a Canada-specific branch headquartered in Chambly, Quebec (same base of operations as KTM Canada).WP Suspension has launched a Canadian headquarters for suspension supply and repairs.

KTM’s Canadian bigwigs say this enables them to sell WP Pro components easily in Canada, something they’ve wanted to do for years.


And, given the uncertainty that President Donald Trump has introduced into North American motorcycle markets, it’s probably a good thing to have a Canadian pipeline to parts, just in case it becomes more difficult to buy those pieces in the US