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2011 Honda CRF250R Project Bike Photo Gallery
The 2011 Honda CRF250R was enveloped into the long-term testing fleet and subjected to further motocross, WORCS and cross-country abuse.
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
Modern dirt bikes have such good suspension in stock form, often it doesn’t require big investments to make it work properly.
Our Honda has seen significant race time on and off the motocross track.
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.
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.
At $350 the Flexx bars are way more expensive than traditional handlebar options, but they’re like having custom suspension work.
All fork fluid was drained, including the cartridge fluid, and replaced with Maxima 85-150 fork fluid (5WT). Outer fork volume is 350cc.
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.
The Powerflow radiator shrouds use Bypass Airflow Technology which draws cool air around the radiator and channels it onto the engine for better cooling.
The Cycralite front fender is claimed to allow 33% more airflow.
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.
The Flexx bars immediately impressed us and we can’t imagine anyone not wanting a set of their own.
Three of the threaded inserts stripped and started leaking fuel from the IMS tank.
The half-waffle portion is medium density for longer durability while the palm section is soft density for less vibration.
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.
The suspension gave us the confidence to attack big step-up jumps like this.
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.
The IGFX material is thick and durable and held up to months of riding.
The shock was left alone with suggested sag of 103mm, and Stillwell provided starting points for compression and rebound at both ends.
The inserts are interchangeable and offer different levels of rigidity depending on terrain and rider preference.
The fork oil settings also seem to help keep the front tire following the contour of the ground with improved rebound control.
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