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Posted: 9/7/2010 5:54:40 AM EDT
I am looking into buying a 2002 Honda CRF 450 R. This bike has a upgraded suspension that is a Pro circuit suspension and a White Brothers E series exhaust. He is asking $2400 for it. Is there anything that I really need to look at on this bike when I go to take a look at it?
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:56:46 AM EDT
Cylinder compression, steering head bearings, swingarm bearings, bent wheels, sprocket/chain condition.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:58:39 AM EDT
Originally Posted By guncrazy72:
I am looking into buying a 2002 Honda CRF 450 R. This bike has a upgraded suspension that is a Pro circuit suspension and a White Brothers E series exhaust. He is asking $2400 for it. Is there anything that I really need to look at on this bike when I go to take a look at it?


Will probably cost you that much to rebuild it within the 6 months to a year it takes for it to blow up.

An 02 (ridden hard, as I would expect one with pro circuit suspension) ––I would "maybe" buy it for $1500, and I can do a lot of the work on my own...if you can't, then don't.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:00:00 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Emoto:
Cylinder compression, steering head bearings, swingarm bearings, bent wheels, sprocket/chain condition.

Yep. Pretty much everything.

CRFs, when ridden on anything more than flat, level asphalt, tend to get beat to shit. It's the nature of the beast.

Wiggle the major components like the steering, swingarm, and wheels. Any play means they've been neglected and need attention.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:55:10 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 7:01:54 AM EDT by JackalAR]
Stick with the 05 or newer CRF. I scored a literally like new 05 for $2,750 this spring. If you don't have any experience with the CRF and plan on tight woods riding, hit me up for details or find yourself disappointed. thumpertalk.com is your friend.

http://ericgorr.com/Honda%20crf%20buyers%20guide.pdf
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 7:00:49 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 7:03:20 AM EDT by AKSU]
Originally Posted By JackalAR:
Stick with the 05 or newer CRF. I scored a literally like new 05 for $2,750 this spring. If you don't have any experience with the CRF and plan on tight woods riding, hit me up for details or find yourself disappointed. thumpertalk.com is your friend.

This.
If money is an issue, you'd be better off with a 2-stroke.

ETA-
Me on my 05 CRF450R' in 05'



Link Posted: 9/7/2010 8:54:11 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 8:57:09 AM EDT by JackalAR]
My 05 porn:


Link Posted: 9/7/2010 9:03:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 9:05:10 AM EDT by Dac1915]
I got a 2006 Suzuki RMZ450 for $2400, I put about 30 hours on it and then put the rod through the cases (running it WFO in 4th on a big uphill), that cost right around $1000 to fix (cases, crank, piston, cylinder) and I did my own work. Then I crashed it and it landed upside down and the throttle stuck wide open, the lack of oil galled the cam journals and the head repairs cost me about $800.

The motor will eventualy require service, if you can fix it yourself its expensive...if not its really expensive.

If you plan to play expect to pay.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:44:10 AM EDT
I'm not a big Suzuki / Kawasaki fan in general.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:57:22 AM EDT
that is a pretty hig price for an 02. I might be worth $1500 TOPS!!!!!

SAVE your money.

You can get into some MUCH newer - say on 06 or better for similar money. They suspension and the Bike in general have come a long way in the past 8 years.

Honda - valve issues prior to 07 are also a consideration (CRF models). Since you are in the SOUTH also - I know for a fact you can do better on price. North Floida and TN damn near give away new bike since the off season.

The heads on the modernd 4 strokes have really cleaned up sincel late 06. If you are worried about long long temr and you wnat a cheap older dirt bike - find a clean YZ250. Much better chances for along life on that than an old Honda CRF.

good luck

Link Posted: 9/7/2010 12:15:23 PM EDT
Thanks everyone for the advise! I was going to end up getting screwed on that deal!
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 12:20:51 PM EDT
For me I take the 4 strokes on the trails and 2 strokes on the track. That's just the way I like it.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 4:24:20 AM EDT
Oh yea, I don't have the exact amount handy at the moment, but the oil levels are off in the (05-07 at least) service manual...you add quite a bit more than specified. Crank and tranny are separate.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 4:36:47 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/8/2010 4:37:24 AM EDT by kris55]
I have an 07 CRF 450 with all sorts of goodies for $3,500/OBO. if your interested PM me??
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