The adventure bike crowd is foaming over the new 450 L and rightly so. My first thought was “oh shit, I bought the wrong bike“.
There are a lot of threads running on multiple sites over the bike and based on what we know I’m now bit on the fence regarding the 450. Based on what has been published by Honda there is only one problem and that’s the 25 hp number. Seems that nobody knows if the number is actually right or not, but if so, it’s an issue.
Everything else about the bike seems rather fine. Oil change intervals are rather frequent, but that’s not a problem and while the bike is a tiny bit heavy in comparison, it’s still much lighter than the Rally.
Sure, the missing power can be “uncorked”, but given that a certain three letter company is able to produce completely different stock HP numbers in comparable registrable bikes, makes the 25 hp number is borderline unacceptable. The problem is likely not so much with getting the bike to full power, but what it means regarding warranty, possible mandatory vehicle inspections, insurance coverage in case of an accident etc. In some countries these kind of things may be non issues, in Soviet Finland… maybe a big ones.
All that said, I’m very interested to see what the actual facts about the bike will turn out to be and my opinion… you should not give a crap about it anyway.