41 Hours On The 2018 Honda CRF450R


Primary Use: Motocross
Main Mods: Works Connection Elite clutch perch, Yamaha OEM handlebar, ODI bar mounts, and soft-compound ODI Lock-On grips
Moment of Glory: Having a lot of fun on the bike every time I hit the track
Forgettable Experience: None
Hours: 41
Aftermath (since the Shootout): Three Twin Air air filters, two oil changes, one oil filter change, one set of rear brake pads, one Dunlop MX3S front and rear tire, one rear sprocket, one chain, and one set of clutch plates

I put an extra 10 hours on the 2018 Honda CRF450R since my last Long Haul update a month ago and the bike now has a total of 41 engine hours. I hit the usual SoCal riding spots and I feel more and more comfortable on the bike each time I ride it. I don’t really have anything to add on how I feel on the bike since my last update.

A part I’ve installed since my last update is a Works Connection Elite clutch perch. I used Works Connection products a lot throughout my career and have always loved the feel of the lever/perch combination. All I can say is that I am very pleased with the product. Not only is it easier to adjust the clutch while riding, but it also makes the pull easier and more consistent.

If you remember from my last report, I replaced the clutch plates after 29 hours of run time. Well, 10 hours later, the clutch has begun slipping again and I ordered a complete OEM clutch kit, which includes plates, discs, and springs. When I checked and measured the old parts, I saw that the springs were in bad shape. I will keep that in mind next time I need to replace the clutch as I might be able to replace the plates and springs only.

I will keep you posted of my progress next month!