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.

  • 2012 Honda CRF250R
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
  • Transmission:
    Close-ratio five-speed
  • Displacement:
    249 L


2012 Honda CRF250R High Resolution Exterior
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Model CRF250R
Engine Type 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore and Stroke 76.8mm x 53.8mm
Compression ratio 13.2:1
Valve Train Unicam, four-valve; 30.5mm intake, titanium; 25mm exhaust, steel
Induction PGM-FI, 46mm throttle body
Ignition Full transistor with electronic advance
Transmission Close-ratio five-speed
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
Wheelbase 58.6 inches
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
Color Red
Curb Weight 227 pounds
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  (429) posted on 10.21.2011

I found motorcycle like this as a strong one but really scary. It is so thin and big and too high. I am afraid that I might fall by riding on it specially on full blast. And the back wheel is not like supported by the body of the motorcycle not like other bikes.

  (374) posted on 10.17.2011

The liquid-cooled singel-cylinder four-stroke of this Honda CRF250F can surely give a better performance on it, but it seems that it’s too high but anyway, I ’m impressed with the appearance of it.

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