We put in motos aboard Honda’s updated 250 class motocross racer in the 2014 Honda CRF250R First Ride.
- Honda revamps its CRF250R based on chassis technology used on its big brother, the CRF450R.
- The CRF250R continues to have a broad powerband however we wish it had a little more pull at high rpm.
- The CRF250R has never been lacking in terms of cornering ability. But the new chassis adds an element of refinement and chassis stability making it easier to ride than ever before.
- The CRF’s ergonomics are balanced and will work well for tall and average sized riders alike.
- The CRF250R’s engine features a new cylinder head design with more compression and an unique dual-stage fuel injection programming for improved engine response.
- The Honda’s MRSP bumps up for 2014 with it new costing $7599 plus $310 destination charge.
- The shock is positioned lower in the chassis for added stability and works through a new linkage with a flatter link for better response in motion.
- After a three four year hiatus, the Honda CRF250R returns to a twin muffler design for added superior weight balance.
- The Honda CRF250R retains its 240mm cross-drilled disc brake and 49 tooth rear sprocket.
- The body panels, 1.66-gallon fuel tank and Renthal 971 bend handlebar are identical to the CRF450R.
- Despite gaining four pounds for 2014, in motion you’ll be hard pressed to feel the difference.
- The most noticeable difference to the Honda CRF250R’s engine is the dual-stage fuel injection mapping which pre-charges the combustion chamber with fuel which equates to added snappiness and engine response at all rpms.