Classic Steel on the 1988 Honda CR250R is up for your reading pleasure

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11/21/2018 6:48 AM

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11/21/2018 6:54 AM

I would buy a new 88 should Honda decide to go all monkey style and release another classic.... Juussst sayn....

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11/21/2018 7:06 AM

what a great looking bike. maybe not as good as 87, but.... nice

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11/21/2018 4:28 PM

That was a great looking bike.. I had the street legal version in Japan.. Looked exactly the same but it had oil injection and was slightly detuned... but still plenty of power for 4th gear wheelies between the rice fields. I think Honda called it the CRM250. I sold it to a jet engine mechanic from the US who was working on a 2 year contract installing engines in jets at Narita airport.

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11/21/2018 10:27 PM

user760a wrote:

what a great looking bike. maybe not as good as 87, but.... nice

You think the 87 was a BETTER looking bike?
I think the 88 was a waaaaay better looking bike for sure

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11/22/2018 12:51 AM

That's all the motorcycle you'll ever need. Nothing radder than RJ on the 88 bike. What an era.

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11/22/2018 4:04 AM

user760a wrote:

what a great looking bike. maybe not as good as 87, but.... nice

Lightning78 wrote:

You think the 87 was a BETTER looking bike?
I think the 88 was a waaaaay better looking bike for sure

The 87 had some blue...88 was the start of the largely monochromatic theme that Honda continues even now...

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11/22/2018 5:56 AM

Thanks Tony!

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11/22/2018 5:59 AM

Honda could do no wrong back then. The all red was just sooo cool. I was a Kawi Ward fan, but dang those Hondas were cool.

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11/22/2018 6:19 AM

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500 version looked SO Burly
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11/22/2018 11:05 AM

Thanks tblaze! Great article. Man I wanted one of those, especially the 89 CR125 with the new body work. Johnson was pretty big and dwarfed that bike. He probably should’ve retired after the ‘88 season.

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11/22/2018 11:29 AM

Always enjoying to read your articles. Thank you for all the effort!

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11/22/2018 2:53 PM

Worst bike i ever owned , compared to expectation, for all the reasons stated .

A guy who did a load of testing on it in the US rode mine here in the UK, and couldnt believe how bad it was. He thought they had Euro settings in the forks and SX settings in the shock. First time out i felt like i was riding downhill all the time, most folk went with fork spacers and springs, but we got the shock done , and it was loads better, but the motor was just rubbish after the 87 (which i loved).. at one point i was going to swap back with the friend i sold it to.

Great article.

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11/22/2018 3:29 PM

That bike was a cool looking bike,I had one for 3 years, The first year of the lowboy pipe on the CR 250 I believe ,I was a diehard Husky and KTM guy before and after I owned that bike but I loved it.

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11/23/2018 1:16 PM

acerbis wrote:

Thanks Tony!

You are very welcome. Thanks for reading!

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11/24/2018 8:50 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/24/2018 9:00 AM

kage173 wrote:

Honda could do no wrong back then. The all red was just sooo cool. I was a Kawi Ward fan, but dang those Hondas were cool.

Yep Honda could do no wrong. I use to bleed red up until 2002. The 88-89 red Hondas are still the best looking bikes to this day.... in my opinion. I even had 250R Three and Four wheelers. What happened Honda?????

Wish the manufactures would do kinda what Nike does. They have been re-releasing shoes from the late 80's and 90's and making a killing. It would be very cool to have a limited run on bikes from the late 80's throughout the 90's.
Think of how many people would line up to purchase a new one........ this really has my wheels turning.

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11/24/2018 8:55 AM

My 1st big bike was an 87 CR250r & remember when the 88 models came out. No doubt Honda was ahead of the game & it's competition in that era. Even though the 88 was considered a step backwards in the engine & suspension dept. it was still a good bike once the suspension was sorted out.

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11/24/2018 10:26 AM

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I've always loved the '88 cr 250 so needless to say I was ecstatic to find this '89 literally just laying around. Maybe I'll try to find an '88 front end for it, I was thinking about going newer on the forks but the 88' with the red boots just looks killer!
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