2009 Honda CRF250R Project Motorcycle

January 27, 2009
Adam Waheed
By Adam Waheed
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In the tire department  Dunlop s versatile 742 medium-soft compound is shod up front while a 756 medium-hard terrain rear tire handles things out back.
The winner of our 2009 250F Motocross Shootout is about to undergo a transformation into full-on race bike courtesy of the folks at Rocket Exhaust in Lake Elsinore, California.

We’re not even a full month into 2009 and already it’s been good year for Honda’s new CRF250R. We knew it was an excellent moto machine when we first spun some laps on it during our Honda CRF250R First Ride last fall. And later, during our 2009 250F Motocross Shootout, it impressed our testers enough at the ultra-fast Racetown 395 MX track to take top honors in its class.

But even a great motocross bike can be made better and that’s exactly what we’re doing with our Honda 250F. To exploit its true potential, we’ve enlisted some help from the folks over at Rocket Exhaust. In a matter of just a few short weeks they’re going to transform it from a competent shootout winning stocker to a full-on factory-level racebike.

That’s right, the machine is going to be stripped down and fitted with the most cutting-edge performance parts in the off-road industry. Everything from the engine and chassis, to the controls and bodywork, are going to be tweaked in order for the rider to lap faster and with more confidence than before.

The first thing you notice on this year s quarter-liter CRF is its white and red plastics.
Our ’09 CRF250R is ready to go from mild to wild.

Best of all, the entire project including parts and work performed will be ready and available to you. That’s right, no ‘top-secret suspension shim stacks’ or ‘for our eye’s only, engine cylinder heads’. The complete low-down will be provided, which will allow you to pick and choose each particular modification and find out if it’ll work for you.

After the work is completed, we’re going to get a little dirty racing the bike all around Southern California. So stay tuned to find out if the boys over at Rocket Exhaust have what it takes to make this CRF250R a ripper.

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