Yeah, the motors on the pre-2002 CRs are bad-ss. Honda made changes in 02 and lost some of the bottom end. They tried to fix it in 05 but messed up the shape of the head, causing the 05-07 CRs to ping and detonate on pump gas. I have considered trying to wedge a 99-01 motor in my 07.
ive got the 1999 cr250 bought it recently! plenty of power, them power bands feel great! :-)! iam polishing the aluminum frame and swing arm, i think it will look excellent. it is already in mint condition as its been dry stored for years.
I just rode one and I thought it was sweet. It pulled hard early and didn't sign out. The motor felt strong, even compared to a mod RM125 that was my regular ride. It is tall and I wasn't terribly fond of the suspension but it wasn't bad. It just felt a little harsh to me, but I didn't have time to set sag or play with the clickers.
Rode my friends, these bikes can cary big people pretty fast. pipey little bike at the right rpm's but extremely unstable off jumps. when you ride the bikes engine makes this wierd whiriling sound like a turbine between your legs!?!