There’s a reason why the Honda CRF250R is considered one of the best bikes on the market. It’s got a pedigree unlike any other, as evidenced by its long history of racing success. It made its debut in 2004 and
took its first-ever AMA Supercross win early in the season. Two years after that, Honda Red Bull Racing’s Davi Millsaps rode it to the 2006 Supercross Lites East Championship. In 2008, GEICO Powersports Honda rookie Trey Canard rode all the way to a Supercross Lites East Championship, and in 2009 Ashley Fiolek notched her second consecutive AMA/WMA Women’s Motocross Championship. The common denominator with all those wins is that all the riders rode a CRF250R.
The CRF250R offers superb handling and excellent power that has been a tradition for Honda’s 250 class. For the 2012 model, Honda upped the ante, offering plenty of new goodies, including a new cylinder head and a 46mm throttle body that produces a broadened powerband featuring more low-end and midrange torque. In addition, the bike now carries an entirely new chassis that centers on a twin-spar aluminum frame with Honda’s Progressive Steering Damper (HPSD), a forged aluminum steering head, stronger downtubes and a simplified removable rear subframe. The bike also has an updated front and rear suspension settings, offering improved tracking and more precise handling. New foot pegs are also part of the package, as are new front axle collars that add rigidity to the front end, increasing the bike’s steering precision. On top of everything else, the CRF250R also comes with Dunlop’s premium MX51 tires cap off championship-caliber credentials that make the CRF250R the bike to beat in 2012.
Find out more about the Honda CRF250R’s specs after the jump.
|Engine Type||249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke|
|Bore and Stroke||76.8mm x 53.8mm|
|Valve Train||Unicam, four-valve; 30.5mm intake, titanium; 25mm exhaust, steel|
|Induction||PGM-FI, 46mm throttle body|
|Ignition||Full transistor with electronic advance|
|Final Drive||#520 chain; 13T/49T|
|Suspension Front||48mm inverted Showa 16-position rebound and 16-position compression damping adjustability; 12.2 inches travel|
|Suspension Rear||Pro-Link Showa single shock with spring preload, 17-position rebound damping adjustability, and compression damping adjustment separated into low-speed (13 positions) and high-speed (3.5 turns); 12.5 inches travel|
|Brakes Front||Single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper|
|Brakes Rear||Single 240mm disc|
|Tires Front||Dunlop MX51 80/100-21|
|Tires Rear||Dunlop MX51 100/90-19|
|Rake (Caster Angle)||27° 12’|
|Trail||117mm (4.6 inches)|
|Seat Height||37.6 inches|
|Ground Clearance||12.8 inches|
|Fuel Capacity||1.5 gallons|
|Curb Weight||227 pounds|