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2009 Honda CRF250R Shootout Photo Gallery

Honda has given us a new CRF250R to compare with its greatest rivals. See how it holds up in our 2009 250F Motocross Shootout.

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The dyno chart reveals a significant advantage over the other bikes from around 10,500 to redline. Our testers agreed that the 250R has a good mill.
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Smooth, consistent shifting, renowned powerful brakes and good looks helped it finish first in four categories, and add up to nearly everyone’s top choice.
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It's tough to find fault with the 2009 CRF250R. Fast riders notice a bog in the motor, but it wasn't a unanimous complaint.
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The fact that the little CRF didn’t get a neat fuel injection system means exactly squat in the 2009 crop of 250Fs. None of the other bikes got it either.
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The handling of the bike is one area where the CRF literally has something the others don’t.
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What will it be like once Honda puts the EFI on the 250R? Finding faults is already hard enough on our shootout winner.
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The Honda loves to turn and the HPSD makes tuning the bike to track conditions easy and effective.
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It makes the most power, turns quickly and confidently and has an ergonomic package that could be considered a standard.
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When the dust settled, there was no doubt that the Honda deserves to be at the top for another year.