Urban Flat Track: Honda CRF450 Street Tracker

Honda CRF450 Street Tracker

Street-Legal CRF450 “Urban Flat Tracker” by Meccanica Serrao d’Aquino

The Honda CRF450 is the company’s four-stroke, 450-class dirt weapon. The bike is available in motocross (CRF450R) and trail/enduro versions (CRF450X). In enduro trim, the bike offers around 45 horsepower from its liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine, along with electric start and a wet weight of less than 270 pounds. Versions of the CRF450 have been successful in everything from motocross to desert racing to flat track. In 2018, Honda announced the CRF450L, a street-legal version of the 450-class hot rod.

Honda CRF450 Street Tracker

Enter Gianpaolo Serrao D’Aquino (GP) of Milan’s Meccanica Serrao d’Aquino, who was already one step ahead of the game. His client, as a boy, had always dreamed of owning a Honda XL600LM, the Paris Dakar version of the venerable Honda big single, which came outfitted with long-range fuel tank, gold wheels, and red-white-blue racing livery. So GP and his customer decided to transform a 2011 CRF450 into an XL tribute. The result is this street-legal Honda CRF450 “urban flat track” machine — a bike that’s both nostalgic and modern and simply begs to be flogged. Seriously, it’s hard to conceive of a machine that would be more fun to rip through the urban cityscape.

Below, we get the full story on the build from GP himself.

Street-Legal Honda CRF450X Tracker: Builder Interview

Honda CRF450 Street Tracker

• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.

I’m Gianpaolo Serrao D’Aquino. I’m a mechanic and I moved from the south of Italy to follow my passion for motorcycles.

Honda CRF450 Street Tracker

• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?

Honda CRF450, 2011.

• Why was this bike built?

It was a customer’s dream, because when he was young his father didn’t want him to buy a motorcycle, and he dreamed of owning a Honda XL600LM. Now we’ve this CRF with the colors from the XL.

Honda CRF450 Street Tracker

• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?

A tribute to the client’s adolescent dream, a Honda XL600 Paris Dakar.

Honda CRF450 Street Tracker

• What custom work was done to the bike?

Alloy tank, lowered suspension, flat track rims with tubeless tires.

Honda CRF450 Street Tracker

• Does the bike have a nickname?

Yes. XL Tribute.

Honda CRF450 Street Tracker

• How would you classify this bike?

Urban Flat Track.

Honda CRF450 Street Tracker

• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?

The colors and the fuel tank.

Honda CRF450 Street Tracker

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