2012 Honda CRF250X Comparison Photo Gallery
Honda's CRF250X makes its comeback for 2012 with an updated look, but it’s the same bike that’s been providing Red Riders with loyal performance for years.
Look at photos of the 2012 Honda CRF250X in action and see the up-close details. Read the full details in the
2012 Honda CRF250X Comparison
The ergonomic package and chassis are the first things our riders commented on.
The kickstand sticks out much wider than the Yamaha's. It makes for a more stable platform, but can also catch on trail debris.
The layout comes from a fourth-generation twin-spar aluminum chassis. The side spars have deep indents that help keep the bike thin between the rider’s knees.
Our testers loved the handlebar arrangement.
Every person complained about the ridiculous odometer. The mechanical system is blocky and offers only one function.
As with many carbureted four-strokes, the CRF suffers from a bog on the bottom end when the throttle is opened quickly, which isn’t helped any by the extra smog equipment.
The 250X uses a 47mm inverted twin-chamber Showa cartridge fork with 16 positions of adjustment on both rebound and compression.
Four out of six test riders preferred the Honda over the Yamaha.
Braking comes from a twin-piston Nissin caliper up front and single-piston out back with 240mm rotors on both ends.
Overall, our testers were more satisfied with the Honda’s sticks than they were with the Yamaha’s.
This bike needs a little more power and cleaner jetting, which can easily be found in the aftermarket.
Lighter weight and a feathery clutch make getting over obstacles extra easy, but where's the skidplate?
The CRF is comfortable straight away, which allows our testers to feel right at home behind the Renthal handlebars.
The CRF felt more roomy and comfortable for all-day rides that required a decent amount of time in the saddle.
Red engineers have kept the weight at 250 pounds with a full 1.9 gallons of fuel, nine pounds less than the Yamaha.
The CRF was praised by all for its comfortable and precise handling.
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