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2018 Honda CRF450R

2018 Honda CRF450R

Honda Improved The Improvements For 2018

Back in ’17, Honda rebuilt the CRF450R pretty much from the ground up, so I wasn’t expecting much in the way of new stuff and expected to see a straight-up carryover. Boy, was I mistaken. A new, lightweight lithium-ion battery drops enough weight that the factory decided to keep the electric leg and rely on it alone, having offered push-button start as an option last year as a market test. May as well, most of the other big-name MX producers have already done so and it will be expected from now on. Besides, it only adds five pounds to the bike, and that’s only likely to get lighter on subsequent models. Updated suspension settings and a lower center-of-gravity deliver a superior ride as compared to the ’17 model. Plus, tweaks to the engine result in quicker holeshots to help you establish and maintain your lead right out of the gate. All-in-all, a more capable machine meant for competition on the MX course, at least according to the factory prose. Let’s take a look for ourselves, shall we?

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2015 - 2016 Honda CRF250L

2015 - 2016 Honda CRF250L

Released in 2012 as a 2013 model, the 2016 CRF250L is basically a carry-over from that first launch. Wearing its motocross heritage proudly, the CRF250L brings a street-legal choice to Honda’s CRF stable, joining the XR650L in the dual-sport category.

It’s spunky and fun to ride, but how does it stack up when put through its paces? Overall, fairy well and when you look at the price, it’s not a bad bike for what you get.

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2016 Honda CRF450R

2016 Honda CRF450R

Honda has been in the competitive motocross/supercross business for quite a while now, and its machines have carried plenty of riders to podium finishes. That said, one thing the folks who “Ride Red” can agree on is last year’s CRF 450R had some definite – how should I put this – personality quirks. In response to a few of the less-than-desirable qualities, Honda set about the business of tweaking the 450R to address these issues and fine tuning the bike for the 2016 model year. Now, I know it’s hard to argue with success, and obviously riders have made the bike work, evidenced by the race results, but I think we can all agree that there is always room for improvement no matter which machine or manufacturer we are talking about, yeah? Let’s take a look at said improvements, and see how they may change things for the 2016 race year.

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2015 Honda CRF250 Rally Concept

2015 Honda CRF250 Rally Concept

The Honda SFA Concept may be getting the lion’s share of the attention among Honda’s Osaka Motorcycle Show-bound concepts, but don’t sleep on one of the other prototypes that will be showcased at the annual event. This bike is called the CRF250 Rally Concept and from sheer looks alone, it’s already got a grip on my fluttering heart.

Granted, the bike may have a passing resemblance to the Honda CRF250L bike that’s used in the Dakar Rally, but there are also a lot of new components added into the mix to justify its concept designation. From a visual standpoint, the CRF250 Rally Concept exudes the spirit of a mini rally racer. That’s an attractive characteristic that can’t be swept under the rug. Give Honda credit for doing its part to make it look as such, including additions not he bike’s body and chassis. There’s a lot to like about the Honda CRF250 Rally Concept and I am excited to hear from Honda when the bike makes its debut in Osaka this weekend.

It’s still unclear whether the CRF250 Rally Concept will drop that “concept” designation in the future, but if I’m Honda, I’m going to have my ears on the ground in Osaka just so I can gauge the public’s interest on the model. If it proves to be a hit, then I’ll begin to seriously consider the possibility of bringing it to production. Maybe not in the near future, but sometime down the road.

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2015 Honda CRF450X

2015 Honda CRF450X

With its slim ergonomics, easy start and agile handling, the Honda CRF 450X is ready to conquer the world of trail bikes.

Based on the CRF 450R Motocross model, the CRF 450X is powered by a liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine with a displacement of 449 cc. The engine is mated on a wide-ratio five-speed transmission and is linked to a 1.9 gallons fuel tank(including 0.4-gallon reserve).

The stopping power is handled by a single 240 mm disc with twin-piston caliper up front and a rear single 240 mm disc.

To be able to conquer the toughest terrains with poise, the bike needed a pair of potent tires. Therefore it comes with a set of grippy tires that measure 80/100-21 up front and 110/100-18 at the rear.

The Honda CRF 450X is offered with a base price of $8,440

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2015 Honda CRF450R

2015 Honda CRF450R

Since its inception, the Honda CRF450R has been constantly upgraded and the MY2015 makes no exception. The new version gets a fresh Engine Mode Select button which will help you select from the three available riding modes (Standard, Smooth, and Aggressive) with a push of a button.

Power comes from a 449 cc, liquid - cooled, single - cylinder, four-stroke engine which is mated on a revised five speed transmission.

In its off road adventures the 2015 Honda CRF450R is helped by the innovative KYB Air Fork which features new high-speed/low-speed compression and rebound damping.

Other improvements include the new exhaust port header design and compact dual exhaust as well as the new head design o the engine. Not to mention about the revised piston, new rear shock and the fresh 260mm front brake.

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2015 Honda CRF150R

2015 Honda CRF150R

Despite its compact dimensions, the Honda CRF150R can deal effortless even with the most difficult terrains.

The motorcycle is built around a 149 cc, liquid-cooled single-cylinder, four stroke engine which is mated on a close ratio five speed transmission.

The CRF150R is available in two versions namely the base model and the CRF150R Expert, featuring bigger wheels, a higher seat and a longer swingarm.

The ride quality is kept under control by an adjustable 37mm leading-axle inverted Showa cartridge fork which features specially tuned valving for small bumps and a friction-reducing design to improve compression and rebound control.

The stopping power is handled by a front single 220mm disc and a rear single 190 mm disc brake. The motorcycle’s wheels are wrapped in 70/100-17 Dunlop MX51 front and 90/100-14 rear tires.

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2014 Honda CRF150R

2014 Honda CRF150R

Built with the less experienced riders in mind, the 2014 Honda CRF150R is a great platform for learning how to deal with the dirty tracks.

The Honda CRF150R is propelled by a liquid cooled single cylinder, four stroke engine with a displacement of 149 cc.

As far as suspensions are concerned, the 2014 Honda CRF150R is fitted with a front adjustable 37 mm leading-axle inverted Showa cartridge fork and a rear Pro-Link suspension system that features a fully adjustable Showa shock.

The bike rides on a pair of 17 inch front and 14 inch rear tires shod in 70/100-17 and 90/100-14 Dunlop tires.

The stopping power is assured by front 220 mm and a rear 190 mm single disc brakes.

As far as prices are concerned, the 2014 Honda CRF150R can be yours for no less than $ 4,990.

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2014 Honda CRF450R

2014 Honda CRF450R

With its unstoppable character and agile allure the Honda CRF450R is able to reward you with an unforgettable riding experience every time you jump on its back.

It is built on an advanced twin spar aluminum chassis which is combined with a set of modern air forks offering first class performances in terms of ride and handling.

The Honda CRF450R is propelled by a liquid cooled, single cylinder, four stroke engine with a displacement of 449 cc. The engine is kept under control by a close-ratio five speed transmission.

As far as ergonomics are concerned, the motorcycle comes with a minimal bodywork that helps you slide around on the seat effortless improving both the comfort and control.

As far as the breaks are concerned, the Honda CRF450R comes with a front single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper and a rear single 240mm disc.

The Honda CRF450R is offered with a base price of $8,699.

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2014 Honda XR650L

2014 Honda XR650L

Tough, agile and sleek the 2014 Honda XR650L is ready to tackle any terrain with poise.

This unstoppable off roader is powered by an air-cooled dry-sump, single-cylinder, four-stroke, 644cc, SOHC engine that deliver a fuel consumption of 52 mpg. The engine is brought to life by an electric starter and its power is kept under control by a five-speed transmission. The motorcycle is also fitted with a gear-driven counterbalancer for the engine which reduces tiring vibrations.

The bike is built on a stiff steel frame that was carefully forged to withstand the toughest punishments of dirt riding. Moreover, the frame’s backbone doubles as the engine’s oil tank, saving weight and space.

The motorcycle’s speed is kept in leash by a set of front and rear disc brakes.

The 2014 Honda XR650L is offered with a base price of $6,690.

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2014 Honda CRF125F Big Wheel

2014 Honda CRF125F Big Wheel

Honda revamped its entire range of playbikes for 2014 and the CRF125F makes no exception. The model is available in two versions namely the standard and big wheel. The first is fitted with 14” rear and 16” front rims while the latter comes with 19” front and 17” rear wheels.

The Big Wheel version also comes with a two-inch taller seat height which makes it perfectly suited for taller riders.

The new CRF125F replaces the old CRF100F and gets beefier forks (31mm compared to 27mm) which have a longer travel, a new frame and an all-new larger displacement engine.

Talking about the engine, the 2014 CRF125F is propelled by an air-cooled, single-cylinder, SOHC, four-stroke engine with a displacement of 124.9cc. The engine is brought to life by an electric starter and its speed is controlled by means of a four-speed transmission.

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2014 Honda CRF450X

2014 Honda CRF450X

If you love to mix muddy tracks, with tons of adrenaline, grippy tires, loud engines and fast speeds, then you’ll certainly like the 2014 Honda CRF450X.

This popular dirt bike has all it needs to make your heart go like crazy from the second you jump on its narrow back. Start the liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke 449 cc engine and you’ll be assaulted by a huge amount of power which is directed straight to the 18 inch rear wheel through a wide-ratio five speed transmission.

The motorcycle rides on a front 47 mm inverted Showa cartridge fork with 16-position rebound and 16-position compression-damping adjustability and a rear Pro-Link Showa single shock with adjustable spring-preload, 17-position rebound-damping adjustability, and compression-damping adjustment.

As far as stopping power is concerned, the 2014 Honda CRF450X is equipped with front and rear single disc brakes.

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2013 Honda CRF150R

2013 Honda CRF150R

The Honda CRF150R is the smallest MX model in the company’s lineup, but despite this fact it has the same unstable character as its bigger brothers.

The Motorcycle is powered by a strong Unicam 149cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine that is paired with a close-ratio five-speed transmission.

Thanks to its lively engine, the motorcycle is able to deal effortless with rugged terrains. Though, when it comes to off road, a strong engine is not enough. Thereby the CRF 150S has also received a set of flexible suspensions which are perfectly capable to keeps the wheels in check. Therefore the front wheel is mounted on a 37mm fully adjustable leading-axle inverted Showa cartridge fork while the rear one features a pro-Link fully adjustable Showa single shock.

You also get a pair of capable front and rear disc brakes which provide powerful and precise braking.

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