New, FI, Air Cooled Honda CRF250F

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by FoggRider, Nov 3, 2018.

  1. FoggRider

    FoggRider Been here awhile

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    I rode a 230F for the first time the other day and while it was quite a drastic step from my orange 350, it was still fun and I can appreciate it for what it is. As I’m looking to get my wife into the sport as well, I’m going to be taking a pretty hard look at these things in the near future.
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  2. danptobin

    danptobin Been here awhile Supporter

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    I want one. Its lighter then my 250l and has bigger wheels then my 150f had. Couldn't find a 230f near me I guess this is why. There is no need for a six speed on a trail bike. An enduro or daulsport may be. In actual trails not fire/logging roads I rarely get past 3rd gear. I had enough shoulder tackling trees in the woods.
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  3. Fishfund

    Fishfund Been here awhile

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    I have been waiting for the updated version of the 230F. I am very excited. I currently ride a 2007 CRF230F with a big old Fisher seat, a license plate and wolfman enduro bags. It's a fantastic exploring bike, and that's what I do with it. I take it down in the deep valleys and gorges in Eastern Tennessee and can always manage to bring it back home at the end of the ride. Very low maintenance. When I ride with the orange guys they are very skeptical at first, but at the end of the day complimenting me and sometimes not able to retrace my tracks. A little bump in displacement and F.I. and a disk brake are very exciting for me. A little bummer they added some 16 pounds, but whatever. I'm going to buy one.
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  4. lamotovita

    lamotovita DAMN SNOWBIRD!

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    And of course the whole world rides the same way you do, and in the same conditions.
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  5. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    265 pounds wet, that is a step in the right direction!
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  6. danptobin

    danptobin Been here awhile Supporter

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    There are trail bikes for trails for people like me there are enduros (a lot more of them) for faster riders. Daul sports are available both ways now.
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  7. Bitingdog

    Bitingdog That's not my dog

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    My wife has a CRF230L, factory street legal, front and rear discs, steel gas tank, with a wet weight of 267 pounds. That's only two pounds more than this CRF250F without so much as a headlight. Are the wheels steel rather than aluminum? Does it carry ballast for more stabiliteez??
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  8. ex250mike

    ex250mike Long timer

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    On paper it is a bit heavier than the CRF230F. It is really more XR250 size/weight.

    Really seems like a cheapified XR rather than a proper replacement for the old 230.
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  9. MartiniUp

    MartiniUp Long timer

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    Rotella?
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  10. EastBoundAndDown

    EastBoundAndDown Ron - 300XC-W DR650 T1050SE

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    Its an XR250 replacement, which was a way better bike than the 230. The 230 was killed off and that is most proper.
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  11. ex250mike

    ex250mike Long timer

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    the 230 was based off the 200. Different bike for different rider/terrain. The CRF250 was the XR "replacement"

    Nobody has made a true successor to the XR250. This bike falls short. (on paper.)
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  12. bmw318tech

    bmw318tech Long timer Supporter

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    You would be surprised how fast that bike could go with suspension work and a heavy right hand. Call me back when you can hold your YZ/KX/SX/XC 250 on the stop all day.
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  13. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    I like this bike. Air cooled, 4-valve, single cam---and it looks to be without the unnecessarily complicated RFVC rocker arm arrangement. Sweet.
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  14. memopad

    memopad Been here awhile

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    I'd get one if it was full size. All the fun lower power trail bikes are built on miniature frames and it pisses me off.
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  15. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Jockey

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    I've ridden behind 25YO xr250s in the woods that flat hauled ass with the right rider, the motor is capable. It just doesn't have the HP for big climbs or deep sand. Gear it for the terrain, throw in a lithium battery and a lighter silencer and it'd be a great starting point for someone wanted to develop single track skills.
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  16. Dewtwo

    Dewtwo old trail rider!

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    Long story short, I was doing a hare scrambles in central Illinois in the mid 90's. About 150 riders.
    Raining, tight course, lots of roots, slime and standing water.
    Two of my buddies smart enough to be riding a KDX200 and RMX250.
    I brought my Husaberg 501, another friend, KX500, another, YZ490!!!!...
    Us guys on the big bores didn't even finish the race, got tired of the wrestling match, and the KX rider was a Missouri series champ! ... (less than half of the entries finished)
    Anyway, the over all winner was an older well worn XR 250.
    We laughed all the way home ....
    I was kinda sick about having recently spent about 6 times more $ on that Berg than that winning XR250 was worth!...lol
    I'm eyeballing this thing as a beautiful trail bike....
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  17. djroszina

    djroszina Long timer Supporter

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    I have twin 8 year old granddaughters that are just shy of 5 feet tall with long legs. I bought them CRF110s just this year and they are quickly outgrowing them...what should I buy them next, a KTM 350??? Ah, maybe this bike might be a suitable transition. Thank you Honda. 2181788E-F443-4AC5-9A15-D4E1BBCF39A1.jpeg
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  18. Aircooled6racer

    Aircooled6racer Been here awhile

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    Seems like a great option for some that like less is more. A lighting kit or street legal version would be nice.
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  19. Onederer

    Onederer Crunch Nugget

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    It's electric start. Meaning there won't be a problem putting a low power LED on it. Not something to turn night into day, just something to get out of the woods if caught out past dark. Most people could fab that up themselves for <$50 with a handle bar light mount and an inexpensive LED aux light.

    Street legal version? Meh. Good knobbies are too expensive to just burn up on pavement when I can haul it with the truck I already have. I'm not enchanted by a dirt bike with a tag anymore, it's just more money going out that could be spent on something else when I have the capability to haul it. Besides, people with a family that rides aren't necessarily going to tag and insure a whole fleet of bikes they'll all ride together on, the more reasonable thing is to haul them.

    Riding used to be a family thing, not just the husband going out on his own bike to ride with his friends. Remember the XR line? There used to be a whole group of good trail bikes to suit the entire family, not some kids bikes straight to full blown MX bikes, leaving a huge gap between. I mean, how cool is it when the whole family is out riding. This new bike seems like a step in the right direction.

    Anyway, it's cool to see so much positive interest in it. I think Honda made a huge step in the right direction for the US market.
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  20. EastBoundAndDown

    EastBoundAndDown Ron - 300XC-W DR650 T1050SE

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    I have a similar story about a ride in hatfield mccoy. 8 of us on 200-250-300 ktms and a coulple of 4strk mx bikes and one lowly XR250R. It started pouring out and we couldnt hang with the bastard on that honda. Prior to that we were roosting his ass off.
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