Honda CRF250M

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by cabanza, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. cabanza

    cabanza Smooth Operator

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  2. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    Kawasaki's older design, carbureted, less powerful version of the 250 is ever less attractive by comparison.
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  3. strongbad

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    I never wanted the CBR250R, but I loved the engine. I liked the CRF250L, but not as a dual-sport. I've been pondering whether or not to get the CRF and 'tard it, but the high local prices and unavailability made up my mind for me. Now this...:D. I'm hoping Honda won't find some way to fuck it up--like not bringing it to the States...
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  4. Mk5mike

    Mk5mike Been here awhile

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    No has attractive but I like where this going
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  5. Navin

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    I could live with this far easier than the enduro, just because the suspension off road on that one would drive me nuts.

    Thing is, they miss the point, again.

    Sell this style bike as a 350/450/500 and they would be on a few minutes of many enduros and fill the needs of far more riders.
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  6. JerryH

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    I prefer the Kawasaki model BECAUSE of it's carb. I can actually work on it. But if you want FI and a larger engine, Suzuki brought back their DRZ400SM for 2013, if you don't mind paying $7000. I wouldn't buy one, because it is a niche bike. Not good for long distance riding. Very uncomfortable seat and no place to carry anything. I might be interested at half that price. There are quite a few CRF230Ms and Kawasaki KLX250SMs for sale at pretty reasonable prices, but it seems they have all been ridden off road. I would not buy a SM for off road use. I have a 250 dual sport, and I can ride it off road any way I want and not have to worry about the cops. Riding like that on the street would cost me my drivers license.
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  7. Stebbo

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    Nice looking bike. Can't see anything on the interwebs to say if anything else is different apart from colours and wheels? Anybody with good eyes notice anything? Like the all black one.
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  8. mtntrails

    mtntrails Life is Short...

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    Very cool.

    These small bore SMs are so capable and an absolute blast to ride.

    Bring it on, Honda!
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  9. strongbad

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    Obviously, the front brake disk is much bigger in diameter being a floating disc on an aluminum carrier. Also, the sprockets will be different for the smaller wheels.
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  10. NONo443

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    Plus, it doesn't have the centerstand that you want.






















    :D Just giving you crap.
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  11. Navin

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    DRZ isn't F.I. last I checked? Not that I prefer that either, my Husaberg has been a nightmare.
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  12. Gryphon12

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    No, the DR-Z400's are all carb's and 5-speeds.

    Try chatting with Cyborg regarding your 'Berg. My buddy has an FE-390 and Cyborg has been a great resource.
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  13. Navin

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    Thanks!
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  14. mtntrails

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    Any more news on this bike?

    I'd like to see this one make it to the US.
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  15. PyroMedic

    PyroMedic Fire+Needles=Happy

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    chances of us seeing it are about the same as every other awesome motard that doesnt come to the us sadly.
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  16. p0diabl0

    p0diabl0 Been here awhile

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    Today, of all days, is not the one to ask about any news on anything :lol3


    It's confirmed to be coming to the U.S. with an exclusive bored out engine. We'll be getting a 350cc 40 hp beast. They managed to also drop 40 lbs by swapping parts. It's going to come in at $3,699 on sale by August as a 2014 model.
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  17. JerryH

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    "Plus, it doesn't have the centerstand that you want"

    I was able to make a small home made jack made of iron pipe, a pipe floor flange, and threaded rod work on my former 250 Rebel. But it was a lot lower. This thing is so high that probably wouldn't be stable. Another way to do it is to put a rack on the bike, attach a milk crate to the rack, and if you need it, remove the milk crate and lift the bike up on it. Works on an XT225. Milk crate is 12" high, so it would depend on the ground clearance.
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  18. Dave.0

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    I've been waiting for the ktm duke 390 (or 690r) but if what you say is true, a 350cc 40 hp mortard at that price seems like a steal :huh

    I guess I'll wait for tomorrow to check this thread again :wink:
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  19. mtntrails

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    I called Honda Powersports Customer Service on Thursday to express my interest. The rep I spoke with was surprisingly interested and engaging.

    Let 'em know you are interested in the CRF250M

    Honda Powersports Customer Service
    866-784-1870
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  20. Bama67

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    I like it!

    But really, why would they bring it to the US?

    Don't the supertards generally sell like shit here?

    It's why I bought the KLX250sf, I really wanted the dirt model, but they were nearly giving this thing away. Same deal with the 230 Honda when they made it.

    We don't like nice bike here in the USA, haven't you guys noticed this yet? We only like big, heavy, slow cruisers, repli-racers, and 20k BMW GS touring bikes.
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