Honda’s “in between” off-road bike, the CRF150F, is the riding proof that cylinder capacity isn’t everything in this business as it is big enough and fitted with a sufficient punchy engine in order to keep experienced adults entertained, but with the clear purpose of feeling light, being easy to start and ride as well as damn versatile.
Diversity is what Honda knows offering best and the CRF230F is an adequate example of that. Perfectly filling the gap between Honda’s race-bred CRF250X and the CRF150F, the bike is addressed at those who search for a great combination between performance, versatility, a low seat height and the convenience of electric start. Add a six-speed transmission to that list and you’re in for one hell of a ride.
Apart from the renewed motocross lineup, Honda also presents 2009’s trail motorcycles, the so called “X” models from which the CRF450X is the biggest and most notorious model. I don’t wonder why as it won every Baja 500 and Baja 1000 competition it entered and there are no indications of Honda wanting to stop here. No reason, also, so here you have it!
Honda’s smallest motocrossers are now 2009 model years and they features goodies taken straight off their bigger siblings, just like we got used to. Both the award-winning CRF150R and big-wheel Expert models rely on their Unicam engine’s performance and light, versatile chassis in order to beat the competition. So let’s see what they’re up to.
Honda presents their upgraded 2009 CRF250R motocrosser, a dual-muffler machine which in these past few years stood as a class leader and the choice of those who stay with the best. Fuel injection hasn’t yet come to quarter-liter engines so the bike doesn’t follow the trajectory of its bigger sibling, the CRF450R, but at least it is a sharper handler.
Honda is set to dominate the premier motocross class as they launch a radically improved 2009 CRF450R that is lighter, more powerful and better handling. As supposed, the totally new engine gets fuel injection in a quest for even more power and the new chassis makes it easier to be maneuvered to the top of the podium.
Honda’s sportbike lineup has a new member starting with 2009, the CRF230M. WHAT? Not only the name, but the motorcycle itself has troubles resonating with what customers expect from a product in this category. Last time I checked, CRF was for the Japanese manufacturer’s off-road bikes and quite frankly this looks like a Motard. Wait a second...that’s exactly what the 2009 Honda CRF230M stands for.