The all-new Honda CRF230M is a street-ready bike that can handle its business on just about every road it travels on. Hours of urban and backroad adventure are nothing to the CRF230M, because it’s something that the bike can do seamlessly.

It’s business as usual for Honda, who may be more popular for their cars, but have likewise crafted a reputation as one of the best motorcycle manufacturers in the world. Offering the kind of comprehensive details that make it such a unique bike, the CRF230M gives you a mixed bag of upstanding design, superior handling, and impressive performance numbers.

On top of that, it’s hard to second-guess something that has the unmistakable Honda seal of approval. The Japanese company has built a foundation crafted on excellence with their products, and the CRF230M is just the latest in a long line of bikes that have upheld this tradition time and time again.

Find out more about the Honda CRF230M after the jump.

  • 2011 Honda CRF230M
  • Year:
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    single-cylinder air-cooled four-stroke engine
  • Transmission:
    six-speed transmission
  • Displacement:
    223 L


The Honda CRF230M offers a nice design quality inspired from the CRF-R, including the bodywork and graphics with black frame rails and fork sliders. The seat is low and comfortable with a Motart-style design that allows maximum rider movement. There’s also a lightweight Renthal aluminum handlebar with comfortable grips, durable front and rear steel sprockets, and wide cleated, folding, self-cleaning footpegs that feature rubber-mount pads. These pads minimize the bike’s vibration and provide secure footing. Other design elements of the CRF230M include a cleated brake pedal that provides excellent grip, a quiet, USDA-qualified spark arrester, a maintenance-free sealed battery, and an ignition switch key for added security.

2009 Honda CRF230M
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2009 Yamaha WR250X


The Honda CRF230M is powered by a 223cc single-cylinder air-cooled four-stroke engine offers plenty of user-friendly power and lots of torque spread over a wide rpm-range. There’s also a 30mm constant-velocity (CV) carburetor for crisp throttle response, an electric start for easy starting, a lightweight aluminum crankcase, a maintenance-free CD ignition, a heavy-duty clutch that offers smooth, progressive engagement, a smoothing-shifting, versatile six-speed transmission, and an O-ring-sealed chain for durability and reduced maintenance.

Chassis and Suspension

A wide box-section aluminum swingarm provides excellent rigidity for the CRF230M, which manages the traction capabilities of the large rear tire efficiently. The CRF230M also features a lightweight semi-double-cradle high-tensile steel frame, and a rake steepened and trail shortened configuration for quicker handling in turns and left/right transitions. A 37mm leading-axle Showa front fork offers 9.0" of suspension travel while a heavy-duty Showa rear shock offers 6.6" of travel for optimum front/rear balance. The fork boot keeps dirt and moisture away from fork seals while a snail-type chain adjusters offers easy maintenance. As for the brakes, the CRF230M has a powerful 240mm front disc brake and a 220mm rear disc brake with road-ready lightweight 17" wheels wrapped in Grippy Dunlop GT401 Arrowmax tires.

2009 Honda CRF230M
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2009 Kawasaki KLX250SF


Model CRF230M
Engine Type 223cc air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore and Stroke 65.5mm x 66.2mm
Compression Ratio 9.0:1
Valve Train SOHC; two-valve
Induction 30mm CV carburetor
Ignition CD
Transmission Six-speed
Final Drive #520 O-ring - sealed chain; 13T/38T
Suspension Front 37mm leading-axle Showa fork; 9.0 inches of travel
Suspension Rear Pro-Link Showa single shock with spring preload adjustability; 6.6 inches of travel
Brakes Front Single 240mm disc
Brakes Rear 220mm disc
Tires Front 110/70-17 Dunlop GT401 Arrowmax
Tires Rear 130/70-17 Dunlop GT401 Arrowmax
Wheelbase 52.6 inches (1336mm)
Rake (Caster Angle) 23.9o
Trail 91mm (3.6 inches)
Seat Height 31.7 inches (805mm)
Ground Clearance 9.3 inches (235mm)
Fuel Capacity 2.3 gallons, including 0.7 gallon reserve
Colors Black
Curb Weight 276 pounds
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