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gidget
23-07-2008, 10:43 AM
As the title suggests, what is the difference between a crf450x 2007 model & a 2008 model ??
I am in the market for a new 450x ..... Thing is .... I can get a 08 for around the $11300 on road..... I can get a 07 model with 300 kms on it (ex demo) for $8999 on road....
So what is the difference.... is the 300km old 07 model any different to the 08... if so what is it & is it $2000 worth :confused:

Brado80
23-07-2008, 10:50 AM
because its last years model.
You should be able to pick up an 07 for around that price new if you look around.

diZco
23-07-2008, 11:01 AM
I cant remember all the changes - check the honda media site.

Off the top of my head you get the slimline 7.3 litre tank and Honda progressive steering damper.

Sneddo
23-07-2008, 11:38 AM
I rode the 08 Honda and 08 Yamaha 450s back to back on Sunday just gone.

I really disliked the 07 crf. It felt very combersome and wasn't real pleasant at all. I had pretty low expectations of the new one but to tell you the truth I was blown away by the 08. The changes to the tank and seat junction have made a world of difference. Obviously fuel range has been compromised but I think totally worth it if you don't do massive miles. The ergos, handling and general feel of the 08 was so much better than the old model.

At the risk of this post sounding like a review, I thought the Yamaha and the Honda were equally as good as each other, but still very different. The Yamaha was very smooth in the engine, very stable at higher speeds and really is everymans trail bike. The honda however steered a lot quicker, the engine was more exciting due to a bigger bottom end and it seemed to feel more nimble overall - which is a huge change from the 07 model. I think without the steering damper it might be a bit wild in the front end given how quickly it steers, so that gets a big thumbs up. The honda gearbox felt a lot better too. On the yamaha the gap between 2nd and 3rd was too far imho.

The biggest difference in my opinion between the 07 and the 08 Honda was in the ergos. The 07 felt bulky and combersome. The new one is hugely improved. I wouldnt buy an 07 in a million years - the Yamaha was miles ahead. As far as the 08s, I don't think you could go wrong with either the Yamaha or the Honda.

gidget
23-07-2008, 01:28 PM
Thanks guys, so with 7.3l in the tank... how far am I expected to get in the bush :rr But I suppose that is only a replacement tank to fix :cool:

450MAN
23-07-2008, 02:18 PM
I dont thing there is much difference other than the tank size and steering damper. I have an 07450X and really enjoy riding it. the feel of a bike all comes down to personal preferances. are you willing to compromise a slightly slimmer bike for loss of fuel tank capacity. my bike gets around 80-100 km a tank - depending on where im riding. For the money you are saving you could afford to get a decent exhaust system and bars that you like. get them to throw on a new set of tyres if you get the 07model and a full service.

kordo
23-07-2008, 02:57 PM
go the 07, it isnt worth the extra 2g...

the 08 has different chassis dimentions, stearing damper, tank and bars changed.

use the money to derestrict, exhaust, re-jet. if you want new bars get them and a steering damper wouldnt hurt. I dont use one but i do notice some wobbling in sand and at high speed..

jubbly
23-07-2008, 05:34 PM
MATE you should learn to ride the big lemony coloured thing first!!

gidget
23-07-2008, 06:12 PM
MATE you should learn to ride the big lemony coloured thing first!!

Yer yer.... who has trouble getting off their ktm 300 :rr:love-smil

diZco
23-07-2008, 06:34 PM
nice review sneddo.

I'm not sure about the 7.3 litre tank. Purely because I never really got that far on them with the 450R, so I'd be keen to here what people are getting with them on hard trails. Anything more than 80 seemed to be pushing it on the 450R.

I thought the 450X tank wasn't too bad for a *bigger* tank. Sadly any tank larger than 7 litres is an afterthought in the crf's design.

The WR450 is my pick out of the two. But the CRF250 is my pick out of the 250's.

WR450 still doesn't seem to be able to rail a flat turn like a CRF though

BB70
24-07-2008, 12:44 PM
Haven't ridden an 08 myself but there dosen't seem to be much difference.
Mechanically bugger all, reviews suggest tthe 08 is closer to the wrf power. More predictable, not a bad thing. Fork angle slightly changed, the rest is cosmetic. The tank is a step backward, the ways things are we are heading out further for ride than we eve did (SA that is).
I like steering dampner but the CRF's a good anyway for the average Joe.
Hey some new barkbusters,grips etc nothing ground breaking.

Show me some fuel injection Honda then I'll upgrade. Yeh Baby!!!!

Sneddo
24-07-2008, 03:30 PM
Don't underestimate the changes to the ergos. On paper the bike doesnt look much different but under your bum it is another story.

luckyphil
24-07-2008, 04:23 PM
As the title suggests, what is the difference between a crf450x 2007 model & a 2008 model ??
I am in the market for a new 450x ..... Thing is .... I can get a 08 for around the $11300 on road..... I can get a 07 model with 300 kms on it (ex demo) for $8999 on road....
So what is the difference.... is the 300km old 07 model any different to the 08... if so what is it & is it $2000 worth :confused:

When i got mine the 08s were $1300 and i payed $10000 for a 07 at the time i couldn't justify the difference but now the 08s have come down i would probably go that way, as the others have said the 07s are OK but a bit numb, if the 08s are a improvement they would be a bloody good bike and a better resale proposition.

gidget
24-07-2008, 07:27 PM
Once again a big thanks to everyone who replied........
I have ordered & will take possession of a new 2008 model crf450X on Saturday morning ^ton^nana^nana^nana^nana^nana^nana

Edit is for an explanation..........
I went with the 08 as the 07 was not quite what it was said to be..... it had 350km on it... lacked to have any of the spares kit with it & there was no warranty ..........

I am a little worried about the fuel range, Our average ride length is 70-80km & if we have a good day we might cover up to 130km.... Which the drz only just made with the exhaust & carby mods .....
So I will be looking for a bigger tank soon I would suggest...

crae
24-07-2008, 07:39 PM
I have an 07 and I love it! The bottom end power is awesome..:) Handling great also!

I bought it new for $10K on the road. If the 08 models are coming down near that I would deff go the 08.

Teflon
24-07-2008, 09:14 PM
I'm with Jubbly, wouldn't matter what you ride you'll still be taking the walk of shame sonny!

mollystaff
24-07-2008, 10:31 PM
I priced one for future S.I.L. last week, $10,700 plus on roads was cheapest.

He went 2nd hand: 07, 1200km, vgcond $8kish.

1 litre less fuel would be an occasional disadvantage here.

Sneddo
25-07-2008, 10:15 AM
Congrats on the bike!

Go to a camping store and buy a 1 litre aluminium fuel cell/flask for longer rides.

gidget
25-07-2008, 11:00 AM
Congrats on the bike!

Go to a camping store and buy a 1 litre aluminium fuel cell/flask for longer rides.


MMMMMMMM food for thought there..... can drag the extra litre when I need it & keep the extra slim ergo's ^ton So I guess I will be making a mod for an extra litre jerry can :rr

kordo
25-07-2008, 11:46 AM
Congrats on the bike!

Go to a camping store and buy a 1 litre aluminium fuel cell/flask for longer rides.
Good idea. I have an 07 but at times it can be close for fuel... might be an option

silverfox
25-07-2008, 11:12 PM
Once again a big thanks to everyone who replied........
I have ordered & will take possession of a new 2008 model crf450X on Saturday morning ^ton^nana^nana^nana^nana^nana^nana

Edit is for an explanation..........
I went with the 08 as the 07 was not quite what it was said to be..... it had 350km on it... lacked to have any of the spares kit with it & there was no warranty ..........

I am a little worried about the fuel range, Our average ride length is 70-80km & if we have a good day we might cover up to 130km.... Which the drz only just made with the exhaust & carby mods .....
So I will be looking for a bigger tank soon I would suggest...


Get an IMS tank out of the states. I had a 12 lt job on my 06 and it was good. not to wide at all just a bit higher

diZco
25-07-2008, 11:24 PM
I had the clarke on my CRF450... I thought it was sexier than the IMS.

Judging by the south australian women i've seen, sexy isn't quite as important over there :)

silverfox
26-07-2008, 12:05 AM
I had the clarke on my CRF450... I thought it was sexier than the IMS.
Did you notice this as you were sitting forward going into corners??:love2

Judging by the south australian women i've seen, sexy isn't quite as important over there :)
You probably saw all the Victorian women that were out looking for the left over sexy South Ozzie blokes ^tng

BB70
26-07-2008, 01:18 AM
I've got the Safari 14L, just a bit taller but you get used to it. Peace of mind.

Sneddo
28-07-2008, 12:19 PM
I just bought an 08 model CRF450x on saturday!!! I have been in the market for a new bike for a couple of months but was leaning heavily toward a WR250f with a 300 kit. After riding the crf last weekend I was so impressed, I had to have one.
Got a great deal from Chris Watson in Cessnock. Pick it up later this week in case anyone cares!

Deegan
28-07-2008, 05:24 PM
i am actually looking at getting a 08 crf450x.my local dealer told me $12,500 + orc, what price is everyone else doing them for?

kordo
28-07-2008, 06:03 PM
i am actually looking at getting a 08 crf450x.my local dealer told me $12,500 + orc, what price is everyone else doing them for?


What state?

So you're going to have a CBR600 and a CRF450 in your stable.. RESPECT^rockon

I can only afford to have a dirty and miss the road riding...but dirt is better^tng

Deegan
28-07-2008, 06:31 PM
thanks but im actually selling the cbr as i have moved out west NSW on a 54,000 acre farm and its no use out there.
ill geta new roadie when i finish out west.

ktm400
28-07-2008, 06:41 PM
thanks but im actually selling the cbr as i have moved out west NSW on a 54,000 acre farm and its no use out there.
ill geta new roadie when i finish out west.

Should wait out until the big bore CRF (XR650 replacement) come out..
Soon they rekon..

Stacka
28-07-2008, 06:52 PM
I am a little worried about the fuel range, Our average ride length is 70-80km & if we have a good day we might cover up to 130km.... Which the drz only just made with the exhaust & carby mods .....
So I will be looking for a bigger tank soon I would suggest...

I did the boiling water trick on an xr I had that had the a-loop offroad kit and I got an extra .8L out of it. I don't know how well it would work on a bike where the tank is inside the frame though.

gidget
28-07-2008, 09:07 PM
i am actually looking at getting a 08 crf450x.my local dealer told me $12,500 + orc, what price is everyone else doing them for?

I got mine for $11,200 on road... push them hard, they are making enough with out handing it to them ^duh

Had to short 30km rides so far & I am very impressed, The thing halls arse & handles like a dream. I am looking forward to putting a pipe on it, opening up the air box & re-jeting it..... Anyone got any recommendations here ???
I don't want to go to a new pipe that is going to change the mid-top end, I would rather enhance the bottom to mid for the riding I do :rr
I think the small fuel tank is going to be an issue for the distance we do. So a new tank will not be far away, the guys in the states reckon the IMS 3.4 Gallon (12.3l) is the best choice for ergo's out of them all..... You also have to watch as they changed the 08 chassis & older tanks don't fit ^BGHD

diZco
28-07-2008, 09:10 PM
Put in a hotcam stage II and rip your arms out :)

Sneddo
29-07-2008, 05:02 PM
I paid $12500 on road with bash plate, DEP pipe, Force radiator guards, bar raisers, wider foot pegs, set of tyres, airbox mods, jetting, stat sag set up, hour meter and a couple of other things.

$12500 plus rego with no extras is a bad deal.

tbobba
07-08-2008, 01:41 PM
I don't really know between the 07 & 08 but I just picked one up for $10800 on the road ride away. So I guess the prices are coming down slowly!

Haydos
09-08-2008, 02:14 PM
What are the standard steering dampeners like? Should i be keeping my scotts off my old bike?

Also when are the '09 models expected? Really only for a bit of bargaining power on an '08.

gidget
14-08-2008, 09:10 AM
What are the standard steering dampeners like? Should i be keeping my scotts off my old bike?


I have my dampener backed right off, it handles great with out it ^nana I am interested to see what difference it makes on the next trip to fraser we make, the drz use to get a savage head shake in the loose sand at higher speeds ^duh

Powerage
22-08-2008, 11:44 AM
Anyone with an '08 know how far roughly they are getting on a tank or juice?

More than 100, or only 80 or so kms?

gidget
26-08-2008, 09:22 AM
I am getting 70kms before hitting reserve (5 litres) so to dead empty I am guessing around the 90-100. I wouldn't want to be to far from a fuel drop after 85km though... just in case ^duh