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.
The CRF80F is the first machine in Honda’s lineup which introduces young riders to a manual clutch, a five-speed gearbox and the big-bike feel. The reasons of its existence are very simple: first, there’s competition and Honda loves that and, secondly, it had to be an off-roader which would prepare kids for those mean trail machines that they dream on riding.
Honda makes sure to situate the 2009 CRF100F on that thin line between a competition bike and your normal farm motorcycle in order to stay strong on the market. It manages to do so by establishing a great balance between light handling, plush suspension, a low seat, and an incredible tractable engine.