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2011 Honda CRF250R Project Bike Photo Gallery

Check out photos of our 2011 Honda CRF250R Project Bike as we transform the motocross ace into a well-rounded dirt bike. Check out the full story in our 2011 Honda CRF250R Project Bike Wrap Up.

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Modern dirt bikes have such good suspension in stock form, often it doesn’t require big investments to make it work properly.
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Our Honda has seen significant race time on and off the motocross track.
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Instead of talking us into a high-dollar custom setup, Alan Stillwell recommended starting off by dialing in spring weight, oil height and sag settings.
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Overall our 2011 has been a solid workhorse in multiple riding disciplines. Keeping it in good working order only required minor and simple regular maintenance.
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At $350 the Flexx bars are way more expensive than traditional handlebar options, but they’re like having custom suspension work.
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All fork fluid was drained, including the cartridge fluid, and replaced with Maxima 85-150 fork fluid (5WT). Outer fork volume is 350cc.
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We ordered a full set of decals from Illusion Grafix which includes shrouds, front and rear fenders, fork guards, swingarm, airbox and three number plates.
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The Powerflow radiator shrouds use Bypass Airflow Technology which draws cool air around the radiator and channels it onto the engine for better cooling.
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The Cycralite front fender is claimed to allow 33% more airflow.
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Brake pads are a regular wear items and ours were toast after about 30-35 hours. We replaced the stockers with EBC X-Series Carbon Graphite pads.
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The Flexx bars immediately impressed us and we can’t imagine anyone not wanting a set of their own.
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Three of the threaded inserts stripped and started leaking fuel from the IMS tank.
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The half-waffle portion is medium density for longer durability while the palm section is soft density for less vibration.
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Stillwell Performance installed a heavier spring rate in the fork (0.46 kg/mm vs. 0.45 kg/mm) with 5mm of sag to help keep the fork up in its stroke.
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The suspension gave us the confidence to attack big step-up jumps like this.
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While we were waiting for the fork to come back, we installed a set of Flexx handlebars with 12-degree Moto bend - the comparable offering for the stock CRF250R Renthal bar.
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The IGFX material is thick and durable and held up to months of riding.
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The shock was left alone with suggested sag of 103mm, and Stillwell provided starting points for compression and rebound at both ends.
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The inserts are interchangeable and offer different levels of rigidity depending on terrain and rider preference.
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The fork oil settings also seem to help keep the front tire following the contour of the ground with improved rebound control.