New Honda Bikes : 2018 CRF250R

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When it comes to competition it doesn’t get much tighter, or more committed than the MX2 class. And Honda’s CRF250R has consistently proved a worthy weapon for battle. It is a machine that has evolved over time, through increments and steps, into a base platform that the amateur MX enthusiast – as well as pro-racer – can get the most out of.

But the game moves fast and the 18YM CRF250R is making a giant leap, inheriting the Absolute Holeshot philosophy of the 2017 CRF450R. With its seventh generation frame, revised geometry and Showa suspension, evolution has been firmly replaced by revolution and it’s now armed with the exact same chassis as its CRF450R sibling plus a brand new DOHC engine.

Why? Top racers always want – and crucially can use – more power and the new CRF250R is designed purely around what Honda’s moto-cross racers require to do their job.

Of course with its switchable engine mapping and rider-focused ergonomics it’s still a moto-crosser that the hobby rider can exploit to their individual level of ability. But the 18YM CRF250R’s performance parameters, in terms of output and handling ability, have been elevated with only one aim in mind. To put a winning machine into the hands of those that can win.