2019 Honda CRF Off-Road, Motocross And Dual-Sport Model Line First Look Review

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Honda breaks out the big guns and finally gives the people what we want!

Honda just stepped its game up big time for 2019, with the release of the ‘CRF Collective.’ There are three all-new models to look forward to including a CRF250RX, a CRF450RWE (Works Edition), and get this, a long-awaited and only dreamed of before, CRF450L dual-sport. (!!!) If that wasn’t exciting enough on its own, Honda just about completely redesigned its ‘King of the Trail’, top dog, Baja-dominating CRF450X. The rest of the CRF lineup got the full treatment as well, with significant upgrades and improvements to the CRF450R, CRF450RX, CRF250R and CRF150R models.

For years now, KTM and Husqvarna have been trying to corner the off-road and dual-sport market with a model for just about any rider in every discipline, while Japan took a backseat and watched its market share fall. Well, Honda just brought out its big guns and fired back in a big way. Of these seven new and/or improved models, The 450L is perhaps the most exciting, to us at MO anyhow, given that it’s now street-legal.

2019 Honda CRF Lineup

This is the first time ever that a Japanese manufacturer has built a dual-sport that’s a direct descendant of its premier 450-class motocrosser. The CRF450L isn’t like the CRF250L (which shares its motor with the CBR250); meaning it’s not a soft, heavy, corked-up and underpowered cousin of its racer kin. Sure, Honda had to tweak it to make it street-legal, but the 450L looks to be the real deal, and a major threat to its plated KTM and Husky 450 rivals. The CRF450L will be a bike capable of tackling real trails; essentially a dirtbike with turn signals, and with its six-speed transmission, a runner on the road as well.

Scroll down for a full breakdown with all the specs, comparisons and detailed info on all the new improvements and upgrades the Honda CRF line received for the upcoming 2019 model year. We’re super excited about this announcement, and you should be too.

Honda Broadens CRF Lineup with Expansive New-Model Launch

Largest performance off-road release yet includes new models for diverse applications

During a recent “CRF Collective” unveiling ceremony at Fox Racing headquarters, Honda announced its most far-reaching range of performance off-road models ever, expanding the group by three and significantly improving the four returning models. Leveraging the brand’s unparalleled experience in the manufacture of dirt bikes, Honda’s performance off-road lineup now includes CRF machines for riding applications including motocross, closed-course off-road, pure off-road, and even dual sport.

All seven models are based on the platforms of Honda’s revolutionary motocrossers, the CRF450R and CRF250R. Those two machines return for 2019 but with important updates, as does the closed-course off-road CRF450RX. In addition, Honda is offering a factory-replica version of its full-size motocrosser called the CRF450RWE (“Works Edition”). The trail-ready CRF450X is entirely new for 2019, and it’s joined by a road-legal CRF450L that enables customers to connect trails via asphalt. Finally, Honda is also introducing an all-new CRF250RX closed-course off-road machine.

“Honda’s history in off-road is something we’re very proud of, from the ’70s-era Elsinores, through the XRs of the ’80s and ’90s, to the post-millennial CRF models,” said Lee Edmunds, American Honda’s Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications. “For 2019, it’s exciting to build on that reputation with the most expansive lineup of CRF performance off-road models ever offered, and to reach a wide range of enthusiasts through motorcycles that are tailored to an equally diverse spectrum of riding environments. With this new lineup, there really is a CRF off-road performance machine for everyone.”

CRF450L

 2019 Honda CRF Lineup

The trails are calling, and the all-new road-legal CRF450L answers, expanding customers’ off-road possibilities by enabling access to the best riding trails, even when that means connecting them via asphalt roads. Street legality is achieved via features like LED lighting, mirrors, and a dedicated exhaust system. Equally at home in the woods or desert, the CRF450L has a wide-ratio six-speed transmission for maximum adaptability, while a lightweight, 2.0-gallon tank offers great range. Compared to the CRF450R motocrosser, crank mass is up for tractability in technical conditions, where a large-capacity radiator keeps things cool.

CRF450L Key Features
  • Lightweight, 2.0-gallon titanium fuel tank for long range
  • Riding time maximized by lightweight, compact LED lighting system, featuring headlight with high-intensity projection for illuminating broad area
  • Rear-view mirrors
  • Lightweight lithium-ion battery with increased capacity compared to CRF450R, to power electrical components
  • Lightweight, compact digital meter with black characters on a white liquid-crystal background is easily legible while riding
Engine/Drivetrain
  • 449.7cc Unicam® engine specially tailored for trail-to-trail riding
  • Finger rocker arm contributes to compact layout while using dedicated design to attain off-road-specific power characteristics. DLC surface treatment reduces friction
  • Dedicated valve timing for smooth power delivery in technical riding
  • High crank inertia (up 12% over CRF450R) for tractable power delivery in technical terrain
  • 12.0:1 compression ratio
  • New piston with three-ring design
  • Wide-ratio six-speed transmission is ready for a wide variety of off-road terrain or road going
  • Special clutch design enables light lever pull. Primary damper mechanism with friction springs suppresses engine torque fluctuations, ensuring smooth running
  • Large-capacity radiators with high heat-exchange efficiency for strong performance in demanding off-road conditions
  • Electric fan and thermostat control engine temperature in brutal conditions
  • ECU with dedicated settings
  • Noise emissions minimized via covers on the left and right crank cases
  • Powerful AC generator for street-legal lighting
  • Air cleaner box
  • Dedicated single-muffler exhaust system provides great sound while meeting emissions requirements
Chassis/Suspension
  • Aluminum twin-spar frame designed for nimble-yet-stable handling on trails
  • Subframe designed to ensure optimum rigidity balance appropriate for carrying tools
  • 49mm Showa fork with dedicated settings for trail-to-trail riding
  • Shock based on that of the CRF450R but with dedicated settings and link ratio for off-road riding
  • Front brake uses design from CRF450R, but with better fade resistance thanks to thicker discs and large-capacity reservoir
  • Endless sealed chain withstands the elements
  • Front and rear sprockets, produced in durable steel material, feature damper system for smooth, quiet running
  • Urethane injection in swingarm to reduce road noise
  • Fuel tank cap with a cut-off valve prevents fuel from flowing out of tank if the bike is on its side
  • LED turn signals with flexible mounts for durability
  • Easily accessible electronic component box on left side of the frame
  • Black 7/8” Renthal handlebar with red pad
  • Compact, lightweight handlebar switches
  • In-mold graphics are resistant to peeling caused by washing or abrasion
  • IRC GP-21F/GP-22R tires provide great balance of on- and off-road performance
  • Black rims for strong presence
Specifications
  • Target Price: $10,399
  • Availability: September
  • Info: https://powersports.honda.com/2019/crf450L.aspx

CRF450RWE (Works Edition)

2019 Honda CRF Lineup

For the 2019 model year, you don’t have to be Ken Roczen to enjoy a CRF450R with factory enhancements, as the new CRF450RWE features a number of upgrades based on the bikes in the Team Honda HRC race shop. Rocketing to the top step of the podium through the use of a specially designed cylinder head with hand-polished ports, Yoshimura titanium slip-on muffler, and special ECU settings, this new model offers increased low- and mid-range torque. It also features the same graphics as Roczen’s No. 94 race bike, including a Throttle Jockey factory seat cover. Upgraded black D.I.D LT-X rims are included, along with black triple clamps and a gold RK chain. Titanium nitride-coated fork legs and an updated, titanium nitride-coated shock shaft increase traction and bump absorption.

CRF450RWE Key Features
  • Unique cylinder head with factory hand-polished ports improves torque feeling from low- to midrange, especially between 5,000 and 6,000 rpm, for even quicker lap times
  • Yoshimura slip-on muffler with titanium body and pipes, plus carbon fiber tail caps, exclusively designed for the CRF450RWE
  • ECU settings optimize performance advantages of the Yoshimura exhaust and cylinder-head updates
  • HRC launch control with special settings influenced by Ken Roczen
  • Kashima fork-tube coating reduces friction and improves handling performance. Developed by Miyaki Company of Japan, Kashima coating is a special treatment for hard-anodized finishes that fills the micro-pores on the surface of hard-anodized aluminum for better lubrication and reduced stiction
  • Titanium nitride coating on fork legs enhances suspension feel
  • Shock shaft processed with Super Finisher and coated with titanium nitride for superior performance
  • Stronger D.I.D LT-X black rims with special laser-engraved logo
  • High-performance gold RK chain
  • Throttle Jockey factory Team Honda HRC graphics and seat cover for premium look and enhanced grip during acceleration
  • Top and bottom triple clamps in black complement high-end look
Engine/Drivetrain
  • 449cc single-cylinder engine with Unicam® cylinder head, downdraft intake tract, and electric start offer unparalleled “Absolute Holeshot” performance
  • Updated cylinder-head design, with changes near the exhaust ports, achieves improved exhaust efficiency and contributes to increased power across the rev range
  • Revised clutch lifter and pressure plate allow optimum oil supply to clutch plates and friction discs, resulting in enhanced durability
  • New scavenge-pump design features two 12mm pumps, up from a single 16mm pump, for increased lubrication and reduced friction in the engine, improving peak performance and enhancing over-rev characteristics
  • All-new piston oil jet uses five nozzle holes and a refined pattern to improve cooling efficiency and reduce knocking, enabling a precise ignition-timing setting for optimum power delivery
  • Shift sensor adopted to establish an ignition map for each gear, enabling optimum running
  • Utilizing the space gained by eliminating the kick starter, a new exhaust features a larger pipe diameter and optimized design at the branching location for increased power. Previously 31.8mm, the right and left pipes are now 35mm and 43mm, respectively. In addition, total tube length (from exhaust port to muffler end) is up 98mm on the right and 187mm on the left.
  • Selectable HRC launch control provides a steady stream of torque for excellent performance on race starts
  • Updated Standard, Smooth, and Aggressive riding modes enable easy tuning depending on rider skill or conditions
Chassis/Suspension
  • Optimized frame for improved traction and cornering feel, as well as reduced weight
  • Swingarm is redesigned to be lighter and have appropriate rigidity, endowing the 2019 CRF450R with great handling and traction
  • Fork uses revised settings and low-friction oil for improved performance and handling
  • Revised shock linkage works with all-new swingarm to provide optimum performance over bumps
  • Mimicking the race team’s setup, a new, lighter front brake caliper uses a pair of 30mm and 27mm pistons, versus identical 27mm pistons, for added braking performance
  • Updated front brake hose has reduced expansion for more precise braking
  • Top triple clamp has two handlebar-clamp locations for moving the handlebar back and forth by 26mm. With reversible handlebar clamp enabling an additional 10mm of adjustment from the base position, there are a total of four different handlebar positions
  • New black Renthal Fatbar handlebar is positioned 15mm lower than in 2018 for a more active riding position, while also contributing to light steering feel
  • Newly shaped footpegs are 20% lighter and shed mud more easily, giving the rider great feel and confidence in all riding conditions
  • Lightweight, compact 1.66 gallon titanium tank keeps weight to a minimum
  • Redesigned fork protectors have improved coverage
  • Black rims deliver a strong presence on and off the track
  • Minimal lines and gaps in the plastic panels result in a smooth surface, facilitating riding-position changes
  • New front number plate design accommodates handlebar in any of the four available positions
  • In-mold graphics are durable and resistant to peeling caused by washing or abrasion
  • Dunlop Geomax MX3S tires offer excellent grip
CRF450R vs CRF450RWE Specifications
  • Price: $11,499
  • Availability: August
  • Info: https://powersports.honda.com/2019/crf450r.aspx

CRF450R

2019 Honda CRF Model Lineup 

Already the industry’s top-selling motocrosser and the winner of the 2018 Daytona Supercross at the hands of MotoConcept’s Justin Brayton, the CRF450R receives a number of important updates for 2019. Better engine performance is achieved through a new combustion-chamber shape, as well as improved over-rev characteristics through a refined oil-management system. The frame and swingarm have been revised for optimized rigidity and weight reduction, while the braking system has been updated with a lightweight front brake caliper featuring a large-piston design. As a result of the weight-saving measures, the CRF450R is 1.76 lbs. lighter than its predecessor. For added performance and increased comfort, the 2019 model features new ECU settings, HRC launch control, a Renthal Fatbar® handlebar and adjustable handlebar position. Black rims and redesigned fork protectors are also new. This is how you convert the “Absolute Holeshot” into moto wins.

Engine/Drivetrain
  • 449cc single-cylinder engine with Unicam® cylinder head, downdraft intake tract, and electric start offer unparalleled “Absolute Holeshot” performance
  • Updated cylinder-head design, with changes near the exhaust ports, achieves improved exhaust efficiency and contributes to increased power across the rev range
  • Revised clutch lifter and pressure plate allow optimum oil supply to clutch plates and friction discs, resulting in enhanced durability
  • New scavenge-pump design features two 12mm pumps, up from a single 16mm pump, for increased lubrication and reduced friction in the engine, improving peak performance and enhancing over-rev characteristics
  • All-new piston oil jet uses five nozzle holes and a refined pattern to improve cooling efficiency and reduce knocking, enabling a precise ignition-timing setting for optimum power delivery
  • Shift sensor adopted to establish an ignition map for each gear, enabling optimum running
  • Utilizing the space gained by eliminating the kick starter, a new exhaust features a larger pipe diameter and optimized design at the branching location for increased power. Previously 31.8mm, the right and left pipes are now 35mm and 43mm, respectively. In addition, total tube length (from exhaust port to muffler end) is up 98mm on the right and 187mm on the left.
  • Selectable HRC launch control provides a steady stream of torque for excellent performance on race starts
  • Updated Standard, Smooth, and Aggressive riding modes enable easy tuning depending on rider skill or conditions
Chassis/Suspension
  • Optimized frame for improved traction and cornering feel, as well as reduced weight
  • Swingarm is redesigned to be lighter and have appropriate rigidity, endowing the 2019 CRF450R with great handling and traction
  • Fork uses revised settings and low-friction oil for improved performance and handling
  • Revised shock linkage works with all-new swingarm to provide optimum performance over bumps
  • Mimicking the race team’s setup, a new, lighter front brake caliper uses a pair of 30mm and 27mm pistons, versus identical 27mm pistons, for added braking performance
  • Updated front brake hose has reduced expansion for more precise braking
  • Top triple clamp has two handlebar-clamp locations for moving the handlebar back and forth by 26mm. With reversible handlebar clamp enabling an additional 10mm of adjustment from the base position, there are a total of four different handlebar positions
  • New black Renthal Fatbar handlebar is positioned 15mm lower than in 2018 for a more active riding position, while also contributing to light steering feel
  • Newly shaped footpegs are 20% lighter and shed mud more easily, giving the rider great feel and confidence in all riding conditions
  • Lightweight, compact 1.66 gallon titanium tank keeps weight to a minimum
  • Redesigned fork protectors have improved coverage
  • Black rims deliver a strong presence on and off the track
  • Minimal lines and gaps in the plastic panels result in a smooth surface, facilitating riding-position changes
  • New front number plate design accommodates handlebar in any of the four available positions
  • In-mold graphics are durable and resistant to peeling caused by washing or abrasion
  • Dunlop Geomax MX3S tires offer excellent grip
Specifications
  • Price: $9,299
  • Availability: August
  • Info: https://powersports.honda.com/2019/crf450r.aspx

CRF450X

 2019 Honda CRF Model Lineup

Having featured heavily in Honda-mounted teams winning 20 of the last 21 Baja 1000s, the CRF450X gets a complete overhaul for 2019, based on the modern CRF platform but with off-road-appropriate features. A true off-road machine that’s ready for racing or trail riding, this model features a headlight, taillight, and side stand, as well as an 18” rear wheel and lightweight 2.0-gallon fuel tank. For maximum versatility in challenging terrain, the CRF450X also features a 49mm Showa fork with dedicated settings, wide-ratio six-speed transmission, and higher crank mass than the CRF450R.

CRF450X Key Features
  • Lightweight, 2.0 gallon titanium fuel tank offers good range
  • Aluminum sidestand facilitates trailside stops
  • 18-inch rear wheel enables tall tire sidewall for optimum traction in technical conditions
  • Lightweight, compact digital meter with black characters on a white liquid-crystal background is easily legible while riding
  • Off-road-ready, emissions-compliant muffler with spark arrestor
  • Endless sealed chain withstands the elements
  • Lightweight, compact halogen headlight and LED taillight extend riding time
Engine/Drivetrain
  • 449.7cc Unicam® engine specially tailored for off-road riding
  • Finger rocker arm contributes to compact layout, while its dedicated design attains off-road-appropriate power characteristics. DLC surface treatment reduces friction
  • Dedicated valve timing for smooth power delivery in technical riding
  • High crank inertia (up 12% over CRF450R) for tractable power delivery in technical terrain
  • 12.0:1 compression ratio
  • New piston with three-ring design
  • Wide-ratio six-speed transmission is ready for a wide variety of off-road terrain. Construction from high-strength material ensures durability in demanding conditions
  • Special clutch design enables light lever pull. Primary damper mechanism with friction springs suppresses engine torque fluctuations for smooth running
  • Large-capacity radiators with high heat-exchange efficiency for strong performance in demanding off-road conditions
  • ECU with dedicated settings
  • Specially developed exhaust system with optimized pipe length and diameter for excellent responsiveness at low rpm
Chassis/Suspension
  • Aluminum twin-spar frame designed for nimble yet stable handling on trails
  • Subframe designed for optimum rigidity during off-road riding
  • 49mm Showa fork with dedicated settings for challenging terrain
  • CRF450R-inspired front brake but with dedicated master cylinder and hose for off-road-appropriate braking performance
  • Lightweight lithium-ion battery with increased capacity compared to CRF450R, to power lighting
  • Front and rear sprockets feature damper system for smooth, quiet running
  • Fuel-tank cap with cut-off valve prevents fuel from flowing out of tank if the bike is on its side
  • Easily accessible electronic component box on left side of frame
  • Gray metallic Renthal handlebar with red pad
  • Compact, lightweight handlebar switches
  • In-mold graphics last long and are resistant to peeling caused by washing or abrasion
  • Fork protectors are shaped to prevent damage in off-road riding
  • Dunlop MX52 tires provide excellent traction and feel in wide range of conditions
Specifications
  • Target Price: $9,799
  • Availability: October
  • Info: https://powersports.honda.com/2019/crf450X.aspx

CRF450RX

 2019 Honda CRF Model Lineup

Currently campaigned by JCR Honda’s Trevor Bollinger and Trevor Stewart in GNCC and WORCS competition, respectively, the CRF450RX inherits the same performance-enhancing features of the 2019 CRF450R, including an updated cylinder head and refined oil-management system, while still featuring off-road-specific features like a 2.2-gallon resin fuel tank, 18-inch rear wheel, and aluminum side stand. Suspension is specially tailored to the CRF450RX and uses low-friction fork oil. For added performance and increased comfort, the 2019 model features new ECU settings, HRC launch control, a Renthal Fatbar handlebar, and adjustable handlebar position. Black rims and redesigned fork protectors are also new.

CRF450RX Key Points
  • Large-capacity, 2.25 gallon resin fuel tank for completing long closed-course off-road loops
  • 18-inch rear wheel to enable taller tire sidewalls for improved traction in technical conditions
  • Side stand
  • Sealed drive chain to withstand the elements
  • Suspension with settings dedicated to closed-course off-road use
Engine/Drivetrain
  • 449cc single-cylinder engine with Unicam® cylinder head, downdraft intake tract, and electric start
  • Updated cylinder head design, with specific changes near the exhaust ports, achieves improved exhaust efficiency and contributes to increased power across the rev range
  • Revised clutch lifter and pressure plate allows optimum oil supply to clutch plates and friction discs, resulting in enhanced durability
  • New scavenge pump design features two 12mm pumps, up from a single 16mm pump, for increased lubrication and reduced friction inside the engine, improving peak performance and enhancing over-rev characteristics
  • All-new piston oil jet uses five nozzle holes and a refined pattern to improve cooling efficiency and reduce knocking
  • Shift sensor adopted to establish an ignition map for each gear, enabling optimum running
  • Exclusive ignition timing settings for ideal engine performance and rideability in off-road situations
  • Utilizing the space gained by eliminating the kick starter and using a compact electric starter, a new exhaust features a larger pipe diameter and optimized design at the branching location for increased power. Previously 31.8mm, the right and left pipes are now 35mm and 43mm, respectively. In addition, the total tube length (from exhaust port to muffler end) is up 98mm on the right and 187mm on the left.
  • Selectable HRC launch control offers riders great start performance in closed-course off-road race situations
  • Updated Standard, Smooth and Aggressive riding modes enable easy tuning depending on rider preference or conditions
Chassis/Suspension
  • Optimized frame for improved traction and cornering feel, as well as reduced weight
  • Swingarm is redesigned to be lighter and have appropriate rigidity, endowing the 2019 CRF450RX with great handling and traction
  • Specially tuned Showa 49mm fork uses low-friction oil for optimum feel
  • Rear suspension uses dedicated-rate, 52 N/mm spring for enhanced comfort and performance in closed-course off-road races
  • Revised shock linkage works with all-new swingarm to provide optimum performance over bumps
  • Forged aluminum side stand is designed to be lightweight yet strong, with a new design to accommodate changes to the 2019 model-year swingarm
  • New, lighter front brake caliper uses a pair of 30mm and 27mm pistons, versus identical 27mm pistons, for added braking performance
  • Updated front brake hose has reduced expansion for more precise braking
  • Top triple clamp features two handlebar-holder locations for moving the handlebar back and forth by 26mm, ensuring rider comfort. When handlebar holder is turned 180 degrees, the handlebar can be moved an additional 10mm from the base position, resulting in four total unique riding positions.
  • New Renthal Fatbar® handlebar is positioned 15mm lower than in 2018 for a more active riding position, while also contributing to lightweight steering system
  • Newly shaped footpegs are 20% lighter and shed mud more easily, giving the rider great feel and confidence in challenging riding conditions
  • 2.2 gallon resin fuel tank is durable and offers optimum range for long closed-course off-road races
  • Redesigned fork protectors offer improved coverage
  • Black rims offer strong presence, parked in the pits or out on the trail
  • In-mold graphics last long and are resistant to peeling caused by washing or abrasion
  • Dunlop Geomax AT81 tires provide optimum feel and traction in challenging riding conditions
Specifications
  • Price: $9,599
  • Availability: September
  • Info: https://powersports.honda.com/2019/crf450rx.aspx

CRF250RX

 2019 Honda CRF Model Lineup

Based on Honda’s successful 250cc motocrosser, the all-new CRF250RX joins the CRF450RX as a weapon for closed-course off-road competitions throughout America. Equipped with a larger-capacity, 2.2-gallon resin fuel tank, 18-inch rear wheel, and aluminum side stand, the RX makes quick work of challenging situations, its dedicated suspension and ECU settings helping the rider work through even the toughest trail sections. As with the CRF250R, HRC launch control, a Renthal Fatbar handlebar, and black rims are standard.

CRF250RX Key Features
  • Large-capacity, 2.2 gallon resin fuel tank for completing long closed-course off-road loops
  • 18-inch rear wheel to enable taller tire sidewalls for improved traction in technical conditions
  • Forged aluminum sidestand is designed to be lightweight yet strong
  • Sealed drive chain to withstand the elements
  • Suspension with settings dedicated to closed-course off-road use
Engine/Drivetrain
  • High-performance, 249cc single-cylinder engine with dual-overhead-cam design and high rev limit, offering great performance
  • Finger rocker arm with Diamond Like Coating (DLC) maximizes valve lift while retaining a low engine height
  • Downdraft intake layout produces strong power and enables great throttle response by reducing resistance, thereby improving air-charging efficiency
  • Dual exhaust ports enable ideal air-charging efficiency
  • Cam profile, which is based on feedback on the CRF250R used by the Team HRC factory MX2 race team, provides strong off-corner acceleration
  • Intake- and exhaust-port geometry provides strong low-rpm engine power while also maintaining stellar top-end performance
  • 44mm throttle body offers ideal low-rpm intake airflow for strong corner-exit performance
  • Honda’s piston oil jet with five nozzle holes provides superior piston-cooling efficiency and reduced knocking, enabling a precise ignition-timing setting for optimum power delivery
  • Lightweight AC generator keeps weight to a minimum and minimizes friction losses
  • Electric-start standard for easy, fast engine startup
  • Easily selectable Standard, Smooth, and Aggressive riding modes enable easy tuning depending on rider preference or course conditions
  • Selectable HRC launch control provides a steady stream of torque for excellent performance on race starts
  • Exclusive ECU settings for ideal engine performance and rideability in off-road situations
Chassis/Suspension
  • Lightweight aluminum frame with tapered main spars provides great rider feedback
  • Low center of gravity reduces front-end lift for strong acceleration
  • Renthal Fatbar® handlebar reduces steering-system weight, and flexes for comfort
  • Top triple clamp features two handlebar-holder locations for moving the handlebar rearward and forward by 26mm, ensuring rider comfort. When holder is turned 180 degrees, the handlebar can be moved an additional 10mm from the base position, resulting in four total unique handlebar positions
  • Newly shaped footpegs are 20% lighter and shed mud more easily, giving the rider great feel and confidence in all riding conditions
  • Engine guard allows excellent airflow, boosting engine-cooling performance
  • 49mm Showa SPG coil-spring fork with dedicated settings for ideal handling and comfort in technical conditions experienced in off-road racing
  • Fork protectors have outstanding coverage for protection in off-road conditions
  • Black rims offer strong presence parked in the pits or out on the trail
  • Lightweight front-brake caliper uses pistons of different diameters (30mm and 27mm) for strong braking performance
  • Front-brake hose resists expansion for precise braking
  • Smooth bodywork layout eases rider movement
  • In-mold graphics are durable and resistant to peeling caused by washing or abrasion
  • Dunlop Geomax AT81 tires provide optimum feel and traction in challenging riding conditions
Specifications
  • Target Price: $8,299
  • Availability: September
  • Info: https://powersports.honda.com/2019/crf250rx.aspx

CRF250R 2019 Honda CRF Model Lineup

Newly introduced in 2018, the CRF250R has seen the GEICO Honda and TiLube Honda teams earn multiple wins in AMA Supercross and Arenacross competition, respectively, while also achieving success in amateur national races. For 2019, the model is revised with increased low-to-midrange engine performance for improved corner exiting. Inspired by the factory version, the Double Overhead Cam engine features updated cam profiles and intake- and exhaust-port profiles, a 50mm shorter right exhaust pipe, and a 2mm smaller throttle body. Riders can select from three engine modes for ideal performance depending on conditions, while HRC launch control has been adopted for improved race-start performance. A Renthal Fatbar handlebar sits in a four-position-adjustable top clamp, while the braking system has been updated with a lighter, CRF450R-inspired caliper with larger piston for optimum braking performance. Black rims are standard.

2019 CRF250R Updates
  • New cam profile based on feedback from the Team HRC factory MX2 race team provides strong off-corner acceleration
  • New intake- and exhaust-port geometry improves low rpm engine power while also maintaining the CRF250R’s top-end performance
  • New 44mm throttle body improves low-rpm intake airflow compared to previous 46mm version, for improved corner-exit performance
  • All-new piston oil jet uses five nozzle holes instead of four, for improved piston-cooling efficiency and reduced knocking, enabling a precise ignition-timing setting for optimum power delivery
  • Right-side exhaust pipe shortened 50mm for excellent high-rpm power
  • All-new AC generator reduces weight and friction losses
  • Renthal Fatbar® reduces weight of the steering system, and flexes for optimal comfort
  • Top triple clamp features two handlebar-holder locations for moving the handlebar rearward and forward by 26mm, ensuring rider comfort. When holder is turned 180 degrees, the handlebar can be moved an additional 10mm from the base position, resulting in four total unique riding positions
  • New engine guard allows increased airflow, improving engine-cooling performance
  • Redesigned fork protectors offer improved coverage
  • Black rims deliver a strong presence on and off the track
  • New, lighter front-brake caliper now uses pistons of different diameters (30mm and 27mm) for strong braking performance
  • Updated front brake hose has reduced expansion for more precise braking
  • Newly shaped footpegs are 20% lighter and shed mud more easily, giving the rider great feel and confidence in all riding conditions
Engine/Drivetrain
  • High-performance, 249cc single-cylinder engine with dual-overhead-cam design and high rev limit, offering great performance
  • Finger rocker arm with Diamond Like Coating (DLC) maximizes valve lift while retaining a low engine height
  • Downdraft intake layout produces strong power and enables great throttle response by reducing resistance, thereby improving air-charging efficiency
  • Dual exhaust ports enable ideal air-charging efficiency
  • Electric-start standard for easy, fast engine startup
  • Easily selectable Standard, Smooth, and Aggressive riding modes enable easy tuning depending on rider preference or course conditions
  • Selectable HRC launch control provides a steady stream of torque for excellent performance on race starts
Chassis/Suspension
  • Lightweight aluminum frame with tapered main spars provides great rider feedback
  • Low center of gravity reduces front-end lift for strong acceleration performance
  • Lightweight and compact 1.66 gallon titanium tank keeps weight to a minimum
  • Smooth bodywork layout eases rider movement
  • In-mold graphics are durable and resistant to peeling caused by washing or abrasion
  • Geomax MX3S tires for superior bump absorption and grip in wide variety of conditions

Specifications

  • Target Price: $7,999
  • Availability: September
  • Info: https://powersports.honda.com/2019/crf250r.aspx

CRF150R / CRF150RB

 2019 Honda CRF Model Lineup

Raced by Amsoil Honda hotshot Hunter Yoder on the amateur national circuit, Honda’s smallest motocross machine returns for 2019, featuring a Unicam four-stroke engine that offers a spread of ample, useable power and torque across the rev range. Suspension duties are handled by Showa, with a 37mm inverted fork and Pro-Link rear link system. In addition to the standard version, Honda offers the CRF150RB, which features larger wheels, a taller seat, a longer swingarm, and more rear-suspension travel.

Engine/Drivetrain
  • High-performance Unicam cylinder-head design
  • Compact, lightweight engine assembly weighs only 43.6 pounds
  • Twin-sump lubrication system separates the oil supply for the crankshaft, piston and valve train from the clutch and transmission. This ensures a supply of cool oil to the clutch, eliminates potential clutch and transmission material contamination of the engine oil, reduces the amount of circulating oil, and permits the use of a smaller oil pump
  • Cylinder head, piston, camshaft, and carburetor provide power, torque, and rideability throughout the powerband
  • Lightweight, compact, internal auto decompression and handlebar-mounted hot-start system provide easy starting, hot or cold
  • 32mm Keihin FCR carburetor with an accelerator-pump circuit provides accurate fuel metering, resulting in crisp throttle response and good rideability throughout the powerband
  • Suspension settings provide good action through even the toughest of track conditions
  • Exhaust system uses a lightweight stainless-steel header and re-packable aluminum muffler
  • Durable close-ratio five-speed transmission
Chassis/Suspension
  • Front and rear suspension settings unique to the CRF150R deliver ideal bump-absorption characteristics
  • Lightweight, high-tensile steel frame with large-diameter frame tubing and cross-member provides excellent turning performance and straight-line tracking
  • 37mm leading-axle inverted Showa cartridge fork features friction-reducing design to improve compression and rebound control
  • Pro-Link rear suspension
  • Strong, lightweight wheels are durable and minimize unsprung weight
  • Lightweight front and rear disc brakes with high-performance pads offer powerful, precise braking
  • Stout 15mm front and 17mm rear axles incorporate a surface-treatment for added strength and durability
  • Large-capacity airbox and reusable two-stage foam air filter
  • Lightweight plastic body components (radiator shroud, side covers, rear fender, seat base, fuel tank, front fender, and front number plate) offer a slim, aggressive style
  • High-quality Dunlop tires
  • HRC works-type rear-brake system integrates the rear master cylinder and fluid reservoir, eliminating the separate rear master-cylinder reservoir and hose
Specifications
  • Target Price
    • CRF150R: $5,099
    • CRF150RB: $5,399
  • Availability: August
  • Info: http://powersports.honda.com/2019/crf150r.aspx

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