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2008 Honda CRF50F

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There are first bikes, and then there’s the CRF50F. This super-popular machine has launched countless careers, proof positive there’s no better place for a young rider to start dirt riding than on a Honda CRF50F. Rugged, reliable and beginner-friendly, with smooth four-stroke power, an automatic clutch and low seat height, this entry-level wonder is indeed the ultimate off-road starter kit.

 

Introduction

The Honda CRF50F was introduced as the quintessential mini bike and it became the longest running model in Honda’s off-road line-up, and the choice of beginning riders the world over. An inverted fork, 49cc four-stroke engine, automatic clutch and three-speed gearbox make the CRF50F a blast to ride.

History

Honda CRF50F

Honda CRF series, the line of four-stroke motocross bikes manufactured and marketed by Honda, was introduced in 2002, both as a successor to the Honda XR series and a substitute for the two-stroke Honda CR series.

The entry-level CRF’s have simple air-cooled engines, and they start with the CRF50F.

First launched in 2004, Honda CRF50F was there to replace the XR50 model which entered production three years earlier. The small bike with racing-inspired CRF styling, Honda’s entry-level CRF50F featured an inverted fork, single-shock rear suspension, and a very low 21.6-inch seat height so it completed its purpose of offering more benefits than the XR model.

2005 brought the CRF-R-inspired bodywork as the now popular mini motocross machine didn’t needed technical improvements or any other upgrades.

The rest of the changes until this day are purely visual because the CRF50F, like its bigger brothers, changed graphics as the CRF-R model evolved and introduced new ones.

Honda CRF50F

Competition

Honda CRF50F

For 2008, Yamaha also presents the PW50, a cool looking motorcycle with fully automatic transmission meaning no shifting required. The bike is equipped with torque-tuned, spunky little 49cc two-stroke being built to thrill without intimidating beginners and the seat only 19.1 inches high makes this one the logical choice for the littlest rider in the group. Another interesting and important feature is the adjustable throttle stop screw which lets the adult in charge to gradually increase speed as skills improve.

Introducing thousands of young riders to dirt over the years, the Yamaha impresses with safety, confidence and convenience.

Exterior

Honda CRF50F

Honda built the CRF50F to be compact, resistible, but most of all, to look good. In order to obtain that, they inspired the bodywork design on the CRF-R’s resulting in durable plastics and best of all, almost indestructible plastic fenders.

To look even better, Honda Racing-inspired colors and graphics were added and the recipe for success was almost ready.

There was the need of 28-spoke, 10-inch-diameter wheels with die-cast-aluminum hubs significantly improve this bike’s apparel and they also make it maneuver as well as it looks.

Honda than mounted a low seat height (21.6 inches), motocross-style handlebar with padded protector, and a pair of folding, cleated footpegs to secure the rider’s foots even in muddy conditions. This allows for a good riding position and complete the bike’s visual and yet fully-functional design.


Test Drive

Honda CRF50F

Class-leading performance is what Honda targeted when creating its smallest machine and kids all over the world admit Honda’s supremacy gained by providing riding confidence, reliability, great handling and comfort.

The small 50cc engine is quite a torquer and provides more than the sufficient power needed for children to learn the trails. The smooth power delivery is great administrated by the three-speed automatic clutch which has the crucial role in the process of adapting and releasing the championship-winners inside them.

Suspensions make sure that the small enthusiasts won’t by needing a massage and the riding position is given by the seat-handlebar-footpegs arrangement. This also positions the rider in the ideal spot so he can manage the bike properly and initiate itself in the world of motocross.

Honda provides another think through which children will thank their parents and that is big smiles on their faces.

Price

Honda made sure that their most popular mini machine would be offered for a tempting price and it did. For the MSRP of $1,349, the CRF50F is any kid’s dream and more with Honda reliability and user-friendly power delivery.

Conclusion

The overall package that Honda generally offers is excellent but in this case it is absolutely fabulous. Kids all over the world are already riding it and if your’s doesn’t have it, he’ll better ask for one.

By featuring many safety features like the adjustable throttle limiter and securing footpegs, Junior will be safe and secure until he will be ready to release another throttle unit and obtain a bigger amount of controlled power and more skills.


SPECIFICATIONS

 

Engine and Transmission

Displacement: 49cc
Type: air cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore and Stroke: 39mm x 41.4mm
Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
Valve Train: SOHC; two-valve
Induction: 13mm piston-valve carburetor
Ignition: CD
Transmission: Three-speed with automatic clutch
Final Drive: #420 chain; 14T/37T

Chassis and Dimensions

Front Suspension: Inverted telescopic fork; 3.5 inches travel
Rear Suspension: Single shock; 2.8 inches travel
Front Brake: Drum
Rear Brake: Drum
Front Tire: 2.50-10
Rear Tire: 2.50-10
Wheelbase: 36.0 inches
Rake (Caster angle): 25.0 degrees
Trail: 32mm (1.3 inches)
Seat Height: 21.6 inches
Curb Weight: 110 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 0.7 gallons, including 0.2 reserve

Other

Color: Red

Features

 

Engine/Drivetratin

-Dependable 49cc SOHC four-stroke engine develops smooth, easy-to-use power.

- 10.0:1 compression ratio for good performance.

- Maintenance-free CD ignition and automatic cam-chain tensioner.

- 13mm piston-valve carburetor offers excellent fuel mileage and throttle response throughout the rpm range.

- Smooth-shifting three-speed transmission and automatic clutch offer simple operation and easy takeoffs.

- Durable #420 drive chain offers dependable operation and low maintenance.

- USDA-qualified muffler/spark arrester is efficient and quiet.

- Closed crankcase ventilation system safeguards against engine oil contamination.

Chassis/Dimensions

-High-tensile steel frame and swingarm offer excellent balance of strength and compliance.

- Inverted telescopic fork offer a plush 3.5 inches of suspension travel.

- Single-shock rear suspension provides 2.8 inches of wheel-damped travel and is mounted to a reinforced swingarm.

- 28-spoke, 10-inch-diameter wheels with die-cast-aluminum hubs look great, provide excellent maneuverability and offer smooth ride quality.

- Powerful, lightweight front and rear drum brakes.

- Wide, long-wearing off-road tires offer excellent traction.

- Front suspension spring and damping rates for optimum rider comfort and bump absorption.

Additional Features

-CRF-R-inspired bodywork.

- Engine design produces low emissions that meet both EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) off-road emissions standards.

- Narrow 4.3-inch-wide CR-type seat, slim fuel tank and extra-low 21.6-inch seat height provide excellent comfort and mobility for a broad range of young riders.

- Adjustable throttle limiter.

- Keyed ignition switch prevents unauthorized use.

- Motocross-style handlebar with padded protector.

- Small-size control lever enhance young rider comfort and confidence.

- High-quality, comfortable grips.

- Small overall size and light weight simplify transport.

- Easy-access washable foam air filter simplifies maintenance.

- Folding, cleated footpegs offer secure footing even in muddy conditions.

- Durable plastic fenders are nearly indestructible.

- Honda Racing-inspired colors and graphics.

- Transferable six-month limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.




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