I had been wanting a new dual sport moto for awhile and I eventually decided on the CRF450L. The CRF tilts more to the dirt side of things and is basically an amalgamation of the CRF450RX and the CRF450X. I waited until the 2020's came out and began sniffing around for a deal on a leftover 2019. I was fortunate enough to find one at Western Honda in Phoenix, AZ for the crazy ass price of $7871 + the bloat fees, taxes and registration. OTD was right around $9,000...which is a decent savings, considering these bikes list for $10,399 + the bloat fees, taxes, and registration. I drove to Phoenix, paid the man and threw it in the back of my Taco, drove it to mi casa and put it in the garage. I had already determined what my budget was going to be to get it exactly how I envisioned it. So here we go off on another mission. The plan was simple...throw a little money at some parts and see what happens. I had read a little bit about the moto, what people were bitching about, what they liked, and what folks were doing to theirs. I developed a half assed battle plan. First thing was to set the sag, which had to be done because I didn't even compress the suspension when I sat on it....hmmm, supposed to have 4" of sag...and I had about a 1/2". The stock spring settings were for a rider weighing 165-175 pounds. Doubted I was going to get it right, but tried anyway...nope, not even close. When I was finally able to get the 4" of race sag, the static sag was way off. Just as I suspected, gonna need lighter springs...bummer. I'm a fucking midget, so the 38" of seat height needed to be attacked and adjusted to something a bit more reasonable. First thing was to order up a Seat Concepts seat, which they gave the catchy name of Low, Comfort, Race Seat. This seat is an inch lower in height and not shaped and feeling like sitting on a friggin' 2x4. I decided on buying the complete seat and not dicking around with a kit. The seat took 3 weeks to arrive, but I have to say it's pretty decent. That should fix that problem. The next thing to do was to rip out the suspension and send it off to my good friends at Fast Bike Industries to get lowered 30mm and to get the right springs and valving in place. Dave Behrends and Burch are awesome cats and they did a pretty amazing job with the forks they built for my RVF400 and the Nitron race shock they set up for the ass end of that moto. Due to my schedule, I had exactly one day to rip the moto apart and extract the suspension and get it sent out. Took a bit of doing, the machine has a lot of stuff packed into a very tight package. With the guidance of Senor FSM, I got it extracted with minimal fuss. Got it all packaged up and sent it on it's way. Mission accomplished. Due to a little jinky action on the part of UPS, the shock tracking number popped up the next day...good, on it's way...punched in the tracking number for the forks...and WTF? tracking number doesn't exist. JFC, here we go, it was Memorial Day weekend, so I waited until Tuesday and called my UPS Store folks to find out the dealio...received a non answer as to their location and was told to check it again after 6 PM. Lo and behold, a label was printed at exactly 6pm...... three days after the shock label got printed. OK, at least they weren't lost already. The shock arrived at Fast Bike Industries today, but the forks have only made it to Jackson, MS and won't be delivered until next Tuesday. Shit happens. I had planned on stripping the bike down, greasing everything, and torquing everything to the factory specs. I always do this. After seeing the front wheel bearings and axle with exactly zero grease, I just had to laugh. In the meantime I have been ordering a whole laundry list of parts. First thing was to get a set of Pro Taper 1 1/8" bars, in my preferred Carmichael bend (fellow midget), magnesium color, and billet 1 1/8" bar mounts...the OEM Honda mounts are only 7/8". These arrived the same time as the seat. I have since ordered a whole stack of parts that have arrived at my PO Box, or will arrive next week. I plan on doing as much as I can next Saturday with what I have in hand. The FMF Megabomb header is backordered, but I should have the FMF Q4 muffler and Vortex ECU in hand. There are too many new bits going into this to list them here now. I will start by pulling the headstock, rear wheel, suspension linkage, and swingarm and greasing it all up good and getting that back together, while also installing the new bits I have in hand as I go. I doubt I will have the suspension back, but I should be able to make some decent progress. I have a lot of decent tricks planned for this thing and I will post vanity pics of the mods and document my trials and tribulations as I go. Need to have this thing done by the tail end of June, as my RVF engine should be done about that time and I don't need two motos in pieces at the same time.