Seat Of My Panties 2014 CRF 250 Review

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9/15/2013 6:03 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/15/2013 10:13 PM

It's very white and red. Out the door it was about $8 grand.I hadn't ridden in a few months and I still suck on a dirt byke.

My son LOVES the foot pegs. " Just right" he chirped. Cold starting involves pulling out that yellow fast-idle button, then 2-3 kicks. 2-3 when warm too. Fit and finish is Honda excellent. And, you know what people ACTUALLY mean by " fit and finish" ? How well the seat bolts line up to the rear fender subframe and - how easily that whole dealio goes together. Air filter has a big - ass screen and is usual pain-in-the-ass. Cannot someone come up with a better system? Rode it at two tracks over the past two-days to offer a comprehensive evaluation (ahem)....

Drained both (2) oil chambers today and refreshed tranny and engine. Ho-hum, messy. Yuck. Oil looked pretty clean after yesterday's approximate 1.5 hours of gentle thrashing. Renthal bars, pleasant black grips, fancy kill-button that has some flickering lights that mean something. My son moved the bars, the forks and put the steering dampener in its stiffest position. Chain slacked up a bit. Cheap stocker. No loose bolts, a few loose rear spokes. I &**(&*%% LOVE this bike.

Suspension incredible ( son thought forks too stiff, he 30 pounds lighter) - brakes slow ya down, seat stiff but long (sorry, that sounded dirty) - fenders all very angular and space-rockety. Engine almost has a turbo mode where when you get on it hard, she has an extra upper mid-range rush. Adjusted throttle cable-slack. Tires had 5 lbs in 'em stock! Bumped it up to 12. Gas tank hard to read, stupid that they cannot have a translucent strip to read tank fullage... Bike is very quiet, very cozy and it's a Honda. Me likey. What's it need? Black rims.

9/15/2013 6:06 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/15/2013 10:14 PM

With the new, improved ergonomics, complicated tricks like " LOOK OVERS" from 28 feet in the air, are EASY!

9/15/2013 6:10 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/15/2013 10:14 PM

Tires are Dunlop Geomax 51FA which provide superior cornering and roosted a kid on a 65 behind me pretty damn good.

Sorry kid.

9/15/2013 6:13 PM

Well done Rup!

Call Keith at (Black Rimmage)

United States of America

9/15/2013 6:13 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/15/2013 10:14 PM

Junior tester, son Joey goes all Barcia thru the rollers on my brand new bike yesterday.

9/15/2013 6:17 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/15/2013 10:15 PM

With the new 2014 CRF 250's hard-hitting upper midrange, even VERY advanced maneuvers, like this high-speed look-over wheelie thru rollers, can be attempted. (experts only).

9/15/2013 6:21 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/15/2013 10:15 PM

Thru corners with a water-tank in the background, the steering was ultra neutral, smelled great and allowed me to roll on the power with a TOMAC - like intensity.

9/15/2013 6:29 PM

Probably should put on a orange helmet and go up one tooth on the rear sprocket!

Looks like fun

9/15/2013 6:32 PM

yak651 wrote:

Probably should put on a orange helmet and go up one tooth on the rear sprocket!

Looks like fun

You know, speaking of that, I was going along a long straightaway at Briarcliff (OHIO) - on the C track

and I could've used another gear, so yeah. Me thinks she is geared low (short).

9/15/2013 6:49 PM

Looks like fun man!

There is nothing, and I mean NO-THING, like a new Honda dirt bike!

9/15/2013 6:51 PM

This ride report is truly inspiring!!

Nice, Rup!

9/15/2013 7:06 PM

Nice review that's real as it gets. That bike, she's dead sexy.

9/15/2013 7:12 PM

Rupert X wrote:

With the new, improved ergonomics, complicated tricks like " LOOK OVERS" from 28 feet in the air, are EASY!

Love it.

9/15/2013 8:16 PM

I owned an '07...I am over the dual pipes. VERY over them.

beautiful bikes.

2012 CRF250R #946

"Stop being a dipshit, and we'll both be less aggravated" - GuyB

9/15/2013 8:34 PM

how was the mass centralized twice muffle pipes.... do you think they allowed you to do those sick look overs easier than before?

Never try to argue with idiots; they will only bring you down to their level.....and being more experienced, they will beat you at their own game!

2016 KX450f
2006 KX250

9/16/2013 4:16 AM

Put a pipe on her!


9/16/2013 4:38 AM

Does the new bike make the after ride beer taste that much better and colder?

I bet you just took your 99 problems down to 98 problems. And a B still aint one.

Sick look-over tricks bro.

9/16/2013 4:55 AM

More reviews like this please! haha and I bet the beer does taste even better

9/16/2013 6:24 AM

How was the mass centralisation???????????? Could you sleep at night afterwards?
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9/16/2013 8:05 AM

Ha, Sweeet test. I like those advanced manuevers. So advanced that I haven't even soon the Pro riders attempting that stuff!