Walk-Around: Tech Brief on the 2018 Honda CRF250R 10

We're finally riding the 2018 Honda CRF250R out at Zaca Station tomorrow, but in the meantime we've dug up our Tech Brief we shot at Geico's race shop when they unveiled the bike to us a few months ago. Dig into to learn what's new on the CRF250R while we put some laps on the bike and develop our opinion.

Credit: Michael Lindsay
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  • Markus123

    10/26/2017 2:10 PM

    I'm looking out for a new 250 machine for next season. I like my CRF250R in most cases. Power is obviously not were it should be, without mods.

    What I like about the new Honda is electric start and spring forks. The YZ250F has good power and KYB spring forks, but no electric start. The KTM has some serious power, good parts, electric start - but AER 48 air forks. Ok they are maybe really good, but I would prefer spring forks. The electric start on a 250 bike is not a must have, but it's seems to be the future.

    About the weight:

    KTM's website says for the 2018 SXF250 = 98,2 kg / 216,49 lbs but without fuel. With a full gas tank (7 liters / 1 liter = ca. 750 g) we are around 103,45 kg / 228,07 lbs - with electric start and WP air forks
    Yamaha's website says for the 2018 YZ250F = 105 kg / 231,49 lbs (ready to ride with fuel) - no electric start, but heavier KYB spring forks
    In the video above the Honda has a wet weight of 108 kg / 238 lbs (ready to ride with fuel) - it has the electric start and good SHOWA spring forks

    Can't wait for the 250 shoot out.

  • tobi

    10/26/2017 3:44 PM

    Yamaha will probably put an electric start on their 2019 model.

  • luckynino

    10/26/2017 4:58 AM

    There's just a lot of blabla here. I'm a diehard Honda rider since almost 30 years but seeing they simply ADDED 7 lbs over a already 6 lbs heavier precedessor....means we are now looking at a 13 lbs heavier bike than the leaders of the class. This alone is making it a big NONO for me. Then regarding power: a 10% increase won't still be enought to get even close to the Austrian powerplants. Handling alone won't help it much. We are still looking at a overweight and underpowered bike.

  • Harbo776

    10/25/2017 11:17 PM

    There is two thing during this interview that i find odd.
    The first one is all the talk about "we try to maximize weight reduction anywere we can". That sound great. but where is that exactly?
    I know that building a bike is about compromise, but the only weight reduction i could find here is the removal of a kickstart (because of adding electric) and a shorter swingarm (which i dont think is because of weight).
    I do see a lot of weight gain. Dual exhaust, dual cam, electric-start and a spring fork. This gives more "features" to the bike, but also more weight.
    2018 model = 238lbs 2013 model = 227 lbs
    That dosn't sound like "we try to maximize weight reduction anywere we can" weight reduction?

    Second is the cost of complete dual exhaust system. A complete dual system is the same price as dual pipes single header. That might be right.
    I suppose dual pipe and dual header is still double price of a single pipe and header system? That just sound logic to me at least.

  • JB 19

    10/25/2017 8:27 PM

    ML512 with the nuclear tech blast. Great video. I love all of the tech info.

  • dcg141

    10/26/2017 11:19 AM

    Soooo Honda developed the DOHC and finger follower valve train.

  • tobz

    10/27/2017 5:01 AM

    Just can't take it seriously in flip flops and a backwards cap...

  • ML512

    10/27/2017 7:22 AM

    Maybe I don't want to be taken too seriously. Flip flops for life!

  • tobz

    10/27/2017 2:54 PM

    That's the go. Professionalism is overrated anyway...

  • ML512

    10/28/2017 7:30 PM

    I let my work speak for itself, not my appearance.

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