New, FI, Air Cooled Honda CRF250F

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  1. FoggRider

    FoggRider Been here awhile

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    FoggRider Been here awhile

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    Nice FI 250 trail bike.
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    lamotovita DAMN SNOWBIRD!

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    It's a frickin 5 speed! What a waste.
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  7. FoggRider

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    Bah. I don’t get hung up on the number of gears. It’s all about the spacing between them. I still look for another gear on my 6 speed orange 350.
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    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    Cute little trail bike. I loved my own 230f for its simplicity and reasonable weight. People always indicated that for what I wanted it for, the XR200 was really the better bike since it was lighter. The new Honda, with what I am sure will be a bulletproof, push-button experience is still going to be heavy, under suspended and non street legal bike. I wonder where it is made? Is the 265 lbs accurate?

    I’d have one. It would be good for new riders and just for play.
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    250cc, 250 lbs for $4600 bucks, they should sell well, it looks like a good entry level bike.
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    It's a trail bike designed for exploring around in the forest and mountains, not a blasting along at full speed in 6th gear.
    Most probably will not get out of 3rd.

    Not every rider nor machine automatically needs 6spds!
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    I would think so since now it's FI and thus any jetting issues are eliminated.
    Add to that a seat height of less than 35".
    Not everyone want massive seat heights, massive suspension travel, high output motors...some just want to cruise along and see the woods in a cheap to own machine.

    I say Honda nailed it here.
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    Will have to wait and see but I agree the 5 speed and 1.6 gal tank are unfortunate.

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  13. eakins

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    So with some suspension work, this bike looks like the evolution of the XR250.

    Like this bike the 250 did not have cartridge forks, like the XR400 did, but worked well in the woods. Race Tech will have Emulators and shocks can be upgraded too.

    It will be interesting to see if this motor has that same low end grunt the XRs have.
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    The 230f is still a popular bike for those just looking to explore around and this bike builds on that. FI and still air cooling with another 20cc is going to be a plus for many looking for the category of bike. Being 1/2 the price of top level dirt bikes seals the deal.

    Of course there will always be haters, but this is not built for them...
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    dogsslober No neck tie, Ti neck

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    I would guess even with just 1.6 it will go at least 100 miles on a tank
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    I have no doubt some will graft USD forks to this bike.
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    lamotovita DAMN SNOWBIRD!

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    Yeah, except that it devolved from a six speed to a five speed. You don't need to use sixth if you don't want to.
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    Probably because the whole motor/trans package came from existing stock Honda used elsewhere. Gear spread is the key not # of gears.
    https://advrider.com/f/threads/five-speed-vs-six-speed-some-surprises.281742/

    The XT225 went to a 5spd with the 250 (FI too) and the reports are it's easier to ride, less shifting all the time.
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    Nice job honda! I think this is a great bike. Too bad I purchased a KLX140G!
    I love riding around on these trail bikes when we are camping. They make you feel like a hero.
    Got a 150f also. Great family fun bikes.
    Honda did well for there 2019 line up.
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    Just saw this. Great little play bike. As usual, people already missing the point and complaining it can't cruise down the freeway at 2500 rpm for 300 miles on a tank.

    It's a play bike, for scratching around in the local gravel pit or plonking down the trail in 2nd. Good job Honda.

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