While the gaze of the motorcycling world is on Milan, Italy and the massive EICMA show, Honda slipped out a news briefing from its Torrance, CA HQ that will please a great many off-road riders.
The entire CRF Trail family is getting an upgrade. Two models are getting big updates, one model is is completely new.
All three lines — the CRF250F, CRF125F (including CRF125F Big Wheel) and CRF110F — will be getting Keihin electronic fuel injection systems and will be off-road legal in all 50 states. No more fussing with carbs and cold starts.
The other big changes are new frames and new suspension travel numbers. Honda says their goal was to give the bikes more linear acceleration and better handling, while keeping the friendly nature and comfort that has made them so popular.
The CRF250F gets 22 CC more displacement in a single overhead cam, long stroke, air-cooled single matched with a five-gear box. The 1.6 gallon (6 liter) steel tank has a reserve level low-fuel sensor and a low fuel light on the bars, with an internal pump.
The rear suspension has 12mm more travel and the seat foam is 5mm thicker. Despite that, the 34.8 inch seat height is only .2 inches higher.
The CRF250F will cost USD 4,599 and be in dealerships in February.
Moving down, the mid-size CRF125F/CRF125 Big Wheel models get a new twin-spar frame. There’s more suspension travel, 10mm front and 12mm rear. Again, seat height is almost unchanged, just 0.2mm higher at 29.1 inches.
The engine and four-speed transmission stay the same. There’s the steel gas tank with the fuel sensor and warning light, same as on the 250F. The Big Wheel gets optional 19″ and 16″ wheels, which bump the seat height up by 1.8″ and also boost suspension travel, although Honda haven’t said by how much.
CRF125F/CRF125 Big Wheel release date and pricing are TBA.
And finally, there’s the kid-friendly CRF110F. It gets fuel injection, same as the other Trail models, pushing a four-speed automatic transmission. It, too, gets the new twin-spar frame. The seat is actually 0.4″ lower, despite the rear suspension getting 12mm more travel and the seat adding 5mm more foam. A warning light goes on when the 1-gallon tank is down to its last 0.2 gallons. The bars get waffle grips and the the tank a ratchet closure to prevent accidental opening.
Price and availability of the new CRF110F? Yet to be announced.