2015 - 2020 Honda XR650L
Honda carries its venerable XR650L line into 2020, but to be honest, it’s almost completely unchanged from the original version unleashed on the world back in 1993. Before you scoff, I would point out that sharks haven’t changed in millions of years, having evolved long ago into creatures perfectly suited to their environments, and apparently, so it is with the XR650L. The Red Riders got it right out of the gate with this one, and popular support keeps the bike on Honda’s showroom floors even after nearly a quarter-century.
Team Monster Energy Honda’s Dakar bike stolen
The 40th edition of the infamous Dakar Rally is just a month away and almost 150 rally motorcycles will land in Peru, South America, to have a go on some of the most gruesome terrains stretching 5,500 miles in a span of 14 days.
While all teams and bikes have already begun their journey from home, team Monster Energy Honda may have faced a setback as one of their Honda CRF 450 Rally was stolen from Le Havre docs ahead of its scheduled shipment.
2018 Honda CRF450R
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?
Continue reading for my review of the Honda CRF450R.
Honda’s CRF series has been around since MY13, and 2017 sees the first major update for the family. Among the changes, the factory added another 1.6 horsepower over the previous generation, and it added the “Rally” to the lineup for even more capacity for fun when the blacktop turns to brown. These rides are built for people who take their fun seriously, according to the factory, but just how serious you can get with one depends on your definition of the word. Is it a machine that will suit your purposes? Let’s take a look and find out.
Continue reading for my look at the Honda CRF250L and CRF250L Rally.
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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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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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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The Honda CRF250R is a reliable, light and easy to handle motorcycle that was carefully designed to be able to conquer the toughest terrains without breaking a sweat.
For 2015 the Honda CRF250R receives a new Showa Air Fork SFF suspension, an all-new Engine Mode Select button, a larger front brake disc, a lighter throttle return spring and larger muffler exit-pipe diameter.
Power comes from a liquid - cooled, single - cylinder four - stroke engine with a displacement of 249cc which is paired with a close ratio five speed transmission. For improved performances, the unit features revised PGM-FI settings.
The engine is combined with a twin-spar aluminum chassis which features lower frame spars to help lower the center of gravity and improve center of mass.
The Honda CRF250R is offered with a starting price of $7,599.
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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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The Honda CRF50F is without a doubt one of the best beginner bikes from the streets. It is light, easy to handle, reliable and safe, so what more could you ask of it?
Built around a lively 49 cc, air - cooled, single - cylinder, four - stroke, SOHC, two valve engine, the Honda CRF50F can deal great with the requirements of off-roading. The engine’s power is transferred to the ground by means of a three speed transmission with automatic clutch. The bike also gets a 0.7 Gallons fuel tank and a 13mm piston-valve carburetor. For enhanced versatility the CRF50F features an adjustable throttle limiter which lets you tailor the power to the appropriate skill level.
The Honda CRF50F is recommended for riders 13 years of age and older and is offered with a starting price of $1,399.
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The Honda CRF110F is a compact motorcycle that has all it needs to be the perfect learning platform for young riders.
The motorcycle weighs 163 Pounds (wet) and has a wheel base of 41.9 inches. It is powered by a 110 cc air-cooled, SOHC engine which is mated on a four speed transmission with automatic clutch. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the new CRF110F features both an electric starter and a kick starter.
The engine is housed by a sturdy steel frame that’s especially built to be able to withstand the bumps and dings of off-road riding.
You also get a 31.0mm telescopic fork (3.9 inches of travel) and a rear single-shock( 3.4 inches of travel).
The Honda CRF110F is offered with a base price of $2,099.
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Sized Right For Fun.
Kids aren’t all the same size at the same age, and that’s why Honda offers so many choices when it comes to dirtbikes. You need to carefully consider both your rider’s skill level and overall size when choosing a bike. But when it comes to the 2014 Honda CRF125F Big Wheel, you’re in luck. Basically, it’s the same great machine as our CRF125F, but with bigger wheels and a two-inch taller seat height. That combination means it will be perfect for thousands of teens (...)
When it comes to dirt bikes, Honda is certainly one of the top manufacturers. The company’s lineup consists of a wide range of motorcycles including the Honda CRF125 that was continually improved and refined since its inception.
Today, the bike continues to be one of the best models in its class and is fitted with state of the art technologies, it delivers superior performances and is also pretty easy to ride.
At its heart sits an air-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine with a displacement of 124.9cc. The unit sends its power to the ground by means of a four speed transmission. The motorcycle’s speed is kept under control by a 220 mm front hydraulic disc and a rear drum brake.
It is also worthy of being mentioned that the Honda CRF125F is also available in a big-wheel version for the taller riders.
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The Honda CRF230F is ready for adventure each time you fire up its engine. The bike comes with a sturdy yet light frame which sits on a 37mm leading-axle Showa fork (9.5 Inches of travel) and a rear pro-link Showa single shock with spring-preload adjustability (9.0 inches travel).
The motorcycle is propelled by an air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke SOHC engine with a displacement of 223cc which offers plenty of user-friendly power and torque spread over a wide-rpm range. The engine is combined with a six speed transmission and is fueled by a 1.9 Gallons (Including 0.4-gallon reserve) fuel tank.
You also get a pretty generous ground clearance rated at 11.7 inches and a pair of rugged 80/100-21 front and 100/100-18 rear tires.
The Honda CRF230F is offered with a base price of $4,199.
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Comfy and easy to handle, the Honda CRF150F is a fun off road bike that can deal great with anything you ask of it.
At its heart sits an air-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke SOHC engine with a displacement of 149cc. The engine is linked to a 1.9 gallons fuel tank and is mated on a five speed transmission.
The bike rides on lightweight rims which feature straight pull spokes and are wrapped in 70/100-19 front and 90/100-16 rear tyres.
You also get front discs brakes, an electric starter, new graphics and bodywork, keyed ignition and a high-impact plastic skid plate which protects lower engine cases. Not to mention about the heavy-duty clutch, motocross-style seat and maintenance-free sealed battery.
The ride is kept in check by a Pro-Link rear suspension which delivers an excellent combination of spring and damping rates on any type of terrain.
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