Racing the 2010 Honda CRF250R
Sunday, August 22, 2010
MotorcycleUSA put in some motos at Glen Helen aboard the 2010 Honda CRF250R and remembers why we love it.
After a few month hiatus team MotoUSA visited Southern California’s Glen Helen Raceway to compete in the REM Motocross races. This time of year, most normal folks do everything they can to avoid the scorching 100-plus degree heat of the Inland Empire, not us though. Having not experienced the thrill of dirt bike racing in what seems like forever, we hauled our long-term 2010 Honda CRF250R
for a hellish morning of banging bars.
Having not ridden a 250cc motocross bike since I smashed my shoulder to bits a few months ago I was anxious to swing a leg over the fuel-injected CRF. And as soon as I headed on to track I instantly remember why I love riding this bike.
Without a doubt the best attribute of the Honda is how easy it is to ride. Sure the stock suspension doesn’t have enough damping capabilities for my 175 lbs. size, yet when you’re pushing it to the limit the chassis maintains a reasonable degree of balance. And since the CRF is so light it’s simple to physically pick it up when the front end inevitable loses traction in a corner. Even our 160 lbs. pro level test rider, Chris See, was surprised by just how good the suspension performed for being bone stock.
Equally as notable is the smooth, steady powerband of its quarter-liter engine. Sure it doesn’t feel quite as snappy as the previous carburetor-equipped version but what it lacks in snap it makes up in usability. Pin the throttle and the engine responds instantly with zero hesitation. And if you don’t feel like revving it to the moon then short shift the engine and work through its fat mid-range.
In our respective races, I finished 5th with the limiting factor in a better result being my lack of physical conditioning. I guess it’s time to hibernate inside the gym for the next few weeks! Meanwhile Chris See won Moto 1 then finished second in his second race after having a small get-off.
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