Honda has given us a new CRF250R to compare with its greatest rivals. See how it holds up in our 2009 250F Motocross Shootout.
- The dyno chart reveals a significant advantage over the other bikes from around 10,500 to redline. Our testers agreed that the 250R has a good mill.
- When the dust settled, there was no doubt that the Honda deserves to be at the top for another year.
- Smooth, consistent shifting, renowned powerful brakes and good looks helped it finish first in four categories, and add up to nearly everyone’s top choice.
- It makes the most power, turns quickly and confidently and has an ergonomic package that could be considered a standard.
- What will it be like once Honda puts the EFI on the 250R? Finding faults is already hard enough on our shootout winner.
- 2009 Honda CRF250R
- The Honda loves to turn and the HPSD makes tuning the bike to track conditions easy and effective.
- It's tough to find fault with the 2009 CRF250R. Fast riders notice a bog in the motor, but it wasn't a unanimous complaint.
- The fact that the little CRF didn’t get a neat fuel injection system means exactly squat in the 2009 crop of 250Fs. None of the other bikes got it either.
- The handling of the bike is one area where the CRF literally has something the others don’t.
- The Yamaha edged it out in the handling department thanks to its never -awkward approach, but where the Yamaha is unshakable, the Honda finds strengths in agility.