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2014 Honda CRF250R Comparison Photo Gallery
For 2014 Honda’s engineers gave the CRF a new frame to further enhance its easy-to-ride character with a lower center of gravity. A revised swingarm and linkage is also meant to make the Honda a ripper.
How does the 2014 Honda CRF250R stack up against the competition? See photos in the 2014 Honda CRF250R Comparison photo gallery. Read the full report in the
2014 250 Motocross Shootout
Last year the Honda CRF250R tied for the win in our 250 Motocross Shootout thanks to an easy to ride character and excellent handling.
The CRF250R has never been known as a ripper when it comes to sheer engine output, but Honda beefed things up for 2014 with a dual stage injector.
Other hard numbers in our test show the 2014 CRF250R grabbing top honors in the sound test with a much quieter result from its dual mufflers at 97 decibels at idle and 108db at half throttle.
For the first time in a decade the Honda CRF250R finishes off the podium. If not for a lackluster power feel the plucky and always-agreeable Honda would have surely finished on the box yet again.
Honda widened the physical size of the transmission gears for better durability, and our riders all think highly of the CRF’s drivetrain ranking it as the runner-up in the category.
2014 Honda CRF250R.
2014 Honda CRF250R Dyno Chart
2014 MotoUSA 250 MX Shootout Torgue
2014 MotoUSA 250 MX Shootout Horsepower.
The mellow output does make for a more settled chassis and excellent manners when the track is slippery, but when traction is tacky or the loam is deep the CRF gets left behind on the bottom end.
“The chassis on the new Honda works well,” adds our resident pro tester Chris See. “I always had lots of confidence on this bike.”
“Testing the Honda in stock form - it was soft for me and that kept it out of the top spot for sure,” explained See. “But I am also really happy they stuck with the traditional fork on this machine, giving you a nice consistent feel lap after lap.”
Pro ripper Nick Thiel is kinder to the CRF saying, “The Honda doesn't do anything bad it just lacks the ripping power that those in front of it provide.”
“I’m not a huge fan of how when you go to transfer to the rear of the bike you go from skinny and narrow in the middle to wide and chunky at the front and back,” complains See. “I preferred last year’s ergos to this year.”
For those looking for to ride all day rather than win the 250 Pro Class, the 2014 Honda CRF250R is still a excellent choice, but in our highly competitive 250 Motocross Shootout it finishes in fourth place.
2014 Honda CRF250R.
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