2022 Honda CRF450RL: The Street-Legal Gold Standard
After a large update that came to the CRF450L last year, the CRF450RL continues to steam on into 2022 as Honda Motorcycle’s flagship “on-road” street-legal dirtbike. This highly capable Japanese street machine has been derived from Honda’s most successful line of offroad models; the CRF450 to be exact.
By taking everything that is right about the CRF450, Honda has brought the recently updated CRF450RL up to speed for their 2022 lineup with the addition of some key changes that came in 2021. In order to fit the larger transmission (to allow for comfortable highway riding), the frame has been widened. This 6-speed transmission is also paired with Showa forks and Pro-Link suspension located in the rear to ensure that this motorcycle remains highly capable for trail riding.
A recently updated crankshaft brings the 2022 CRF450RL’s total horsepower to 41.7, produced through its 449cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine. This torque-heavy mill has been tuned with the perfect balance in mind; road riding, and trail shredding.
The 2022 Honda CRF450RL starts at $9,999 USD / $12,199 CAD.
On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2022 Honda CRF450RL in one place.
- Price: $9,999 USD / $12,199 CAD
- Key Features:
- Disc brakes front and rear
- Inverted Forks
- Engine: 449cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke
- Power: 41.7 horsepower
- Wet Weight: 289 lbs (131 kg)
- Seat Height: 940 mm (37 in.) at the lowest point
2022 Honda CRF450RL Specifications
|Engine||450cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder|
|Bore x Stroke||96.0mm x 62.1mm|
|Induction||Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), 46mm downdraft throttle body|
|Valve Train||Unicam® OHC; four valves per cylinder|
|Final Drive||#520 Chain; 13T/51T|
|Suspension Front||49mm leading-axle inverted telescopic Showa coil-spring fork with rebound- and compression-damping adjustability; 12.0-inch travel|
|Suspension Rear||Pro-Link Showa single shock with spring preload, rebound- and compression-damping adjustability; 11.8-inch travel|
|Brakes Front||Single 260mm disc with twin-piston caliper|
|Brakes Rear||Single 240mm disc|
|Tires Front||IRC GP21 80/100-21|
|Tires Rear||IRC GP22 120/80-18|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||2 gallons|
|Rake (Caster Angle)||28.5°|
|Seat Height||37.2 inches|
|Curb Weight||291 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel)|
|Warranty||Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty|
|Extension||Extended coverage available with a HondaCare Protection Plan®|
2022 Honda CRF450RL Features
The CRF450RL is equipped with a catalytic converter and is fully street legal in all 50 states—and off-road capable just about anywhere on the planet. That means you can ride it wherever it’s legal to operate a motor vehicle—in state and national parks, on the road, on public lands. Plus, you don’t need to haul your bike to the trailhead in a truck or on a trailer.
An electric start system ensures trouble-free starting in all conditions. The electric starter also drives the clutch side of the crankshaft to provide superior lubrication to starter gears while producing a narrow engine with a short, strong crank.
The CRF450RL’s Unicam® cylinder-head combines the best of single- and double-overhead-cam designs, and shares its DNA with our championship-winning CRF450R. The configuration saves weight compared to a dual-overhead-camshaft motor, and the camshaft sits lower in the head for a more compact engine and a lower center of gravity. You also get a narrow included valve angle that flattens the combustion chamber for better ignition flame propagation and a high compression ratio.
The CRF450RL features our proven fuel-injection system. It’s part of the reason the CRF450RL offers such excellent torque and spot-on metering and response, especially in the critical low-rpm range. It also automatically compensates for elevation and weather changes.
TITANIUM INTAKE AND EXHAUST VALVES
Lightweight titanium intake and exhaust valves permit use of smaller valve springs, reducing overall engine height.
Like our CRF450X, the CRF450RL rocks a wide-ratio six-speed gearbox. That gives you a low gear perfect for tight, slow situations, and a top gear that’s tall enough for highway riding to the next gas stop or trailhead.
The CRF450RL’s dual radiators feature a refined core area for superior heat dissipation compared with conventional dual-radiator designs. A coolant recovery tank is located in front of the engine between the frame downtubes for improved center of mass, and the tank is protected by a plastic skid plate.
The CRF450RL is a “ride anywhere” type of bike, and because conditions vary so widely, we’ve equipped it with a light electric fan for the radiator. Rock crawling or riding on a hot Arizona single-track, it helps keep your engine running cool.
FINAL-DRIVE SPROCKET DAMPER
Designed to keep your bike quieter while not adding any weight, these unique drive sprockets are just another example of the CRF450RL’s innovative engineering.
The CRF450RL’s crank has 13 percent more inertia than the CRF450R. Why? To smooth out power delivery and make the engine more user-friendly in tight, technical situations.
The CRF450RL features an all-LED lighting package, including the headlight. That’s a big deal, because it takes a lot of weight off the front end. And the lighting pattern is also specially designed for both on- and off-road situations.
The LED taillight is integrated into the rear fender. It’s light, compact and rigid.
Light, compact, and offering excellent performance—just like the CRF450RL itself! Conventional batteries are heavy, but not this premium piece. It’s all part of why your CRF450RL performs as well as it does.
The CRF450RL’s factory skid plate is light, yet also offers the engine and lower-frame protection serious riders demand on a machine like this.
TITANIUM FUEL TANK
Holding 2.0 gallons, the CRF450RL’s premium titanium tank is light and tough.
The CRF450RL’s 18-inch rear wheel gives you an excellent choice of on/off-road tires.
IRC GP TIRES
The CRF450RL’s tires give you good off-road traction and on-road life. Tires are always a critical part of any on/off-road bike, and we’ve hooked you up with some great ones here.
LOW CENTER OF GRAVITY
The compact Unicam® engine and Honda’s famous concentration on center-of-mass engineering help keep the CRF450RL’s center of gravity low. That means the bike feels lighter, and it helps handling too.
This is the same design as our latest CRF450X uses, and that’s a really big deal. It means the CRF450RL is a true off-road bike, and not some compromise. The twin-spar aluminum frame is both light and stiff, and provides the basis for the CRF450RL’s excellent handling. The chassis geometry is specially selected for responsiveness, and also is wider than the standard MX frame to accommodate the six-speed transmission.
WORKS-STYLE FRONT BRAKE
Compact twin-piston front brake caliper, anodized-aluminum brake pistons and lightweight 260mm front disc offer great stopping power while minimizing unsprung weight for improved turning and handling.
WORKS-STYLE REAR BRAKE
HRC works-type rear brake system uses a 240mm brake rotor combined with an integrated rear master-cylinder and fluid reservoir, a set-up that eliminates the separate reservoir and hose.
The 2023 CRF450RL comes with handguards installed right from the factory. They’re fully integrated, too, not like some aftermarket add-ons. They attach right to the control-lever pivots, are color-matched to your new bike, and are even vented.
BLACK DID RIMS
They may not help you go faster, but the sweet black DID DirtStar rims sure look good.
FUEL MILEAGE METER
An important feature for planning gas stops and calculating your bike’s range under varying conditions, the Fuel Mileage Meter shows current fuel mileage and average fuel mileage as well as fuel consumption. Displays in either miles or kilometers, and applies to both the A and B tripmeters. The Fuel Mileage Meter is in the same digital instrument display as the speedometer, odometer, tripmeters and digital clock.
The Gear-Driven Counterbalancer reduces vibration and drives the water pump.
Hey, a sidestand may seem like no big thing, but take a look at the one the CRF450RL uses. Tucked up high and out of the way, this forged alloy piece is just another example of how the CRF450RL gets it right.
Placing the rider’s legs at the narrowest part of the frame helps improve comfort and handling.
WORKS MX STYLING
Having a hard time spotting the differences between our factory MX bikes and the CRF450RL? You’re excused. The “RL” looks like our MX bikes because it’s derived from them—the smooth bodywork makes it easy to move around, and the in-mold graphics not only look cool but are durable, too.
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