2016 Honda CRF250R Review of Specs / Changes & Upgrades – MX / SX Dirt Bike

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2016 Honda CRF250R Review - Race / Dirt Bike - 250 cc Motocross / Supercross Motorcycle

It’s that time of the year again in the dirt bike world… Honda just made their official 2016 CRF250R model announcement with all of the changes and upgrades present this year when comparing the 2016 CRF250R vs 2015 CRF250R.

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This is the one market segment that Honda still does quite a few changes year after year when normally they’ll do a re-design and let it run for many years. That is so they can recoup the R&D costs by spreading out the chunk of change spent into 3-4 or sometimes 5-6+ year spans.

A lot of times people wonder why the CRF-R models are so pricey… When Honda is dumping millions and millions year after year in making them lighter, faster, more technology etc they have to pass that cost on to us since they are in this business to make money.

2016 Honda CRF250R Review - Race / Dirt Bike - 250 cc Motocross / Supercross Motorcycle

The same used to be said about the sport bike market in their hay-day as they were revamped every couple of years in the same manner. When the economy tanked and sport bike sales went with it, the days of getting better models every couple of years went out the window. Long story short, as long as people keep buying dirt bikes like they do we will continue to see these incredible changes and upgrades year after year.

The CRF250R in 2015 was always a fighter and finished on the podium more times than not and thanks to even more changes to bump the horsepower and improve handling we are going to see even more CRF250R bikes on the podium for 2016!  What kind of changes / upgrades are we talking about for 2016 on the CRF250R? Honda sent their engine wizards into the engine and bumped up the compression, new valve springs, titanium exhaust valves, cams receiving even more lift. What’s amazing is that we aren’t even done with the changes. Honda also made changes to the porting on the cylinder head and the connecting rod and piston shape were also tweaked. The air intake has also been changed with the exhaust getting larger outlet diameters for increased breathing capabilities as well as a new header pipe resonator to help increase the horsepower rating even more on the 2016 CRF250R.

2016 Honda CRF250R Review - Race / Dirt Bike - 250 cc Motocross / Supercross Motorcycle

Did Honda stop there with upgrades and changes on the CRF250R for 2016? Nope! Honda also made some changes to the fuel mapping and the radiators were also bumped up in size for better cooling while you’re out at the motocross / supercross track. On top of all these other changes Honda also extended the fork length by 5 mm to improve handling and stability too. It’s amazing how something as small as a 5 mm bump can make on improving the way a bike feels. But like I mentioned above, that’s why these bikes pull the big bucks price-wise. Honda’s R&D team and race teams do anything and everything they can to squeeze any and every last ounce out of these bikes.

2016 Honda CRF250R Review - Race / Dirt Bike - 250 cc Motocross / Supercross Motorcycle

It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional or amateur racer. If you want to be on the podium this year, you’ll want to be on a Honda!

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249cc Unicam Engine / CRF250R
With its high-compression head, increased cam lift for 2016, new piston, new con rod, new valve springs and
titanium exhaust valves, the CRF250R’s engine produces more power this year. It’s easily the most rideable engine in the class.

Dunlop MX52FA Tires / CRF250R
Developed using Dunlop’s “block-on-block” technology, the unidirectional MX52FA front tire and MX52 rear tire
give excellent feedback and traction, and are a perfect complement for the CRF250R’s new suspension.

Short Twin-Muffler Exhaust System / CRF250R
Like our CRF450R, the CRF250R uses an exclusive twin-muffler setup. The mufflers are way shorter and lower, tucking in much closer to the bike’s
center of mass. That helps make the CRF250R a better handling machine, and also contributes to the bike’s improved power. For 2016, the mufflers’ outlet pipes are bigger, too.

2016 Honda CRF250R Review - Race / Dirt Bike - 250 cc Motocross / Supercross Motorcycle

Lightweight Rear Subframe / CRF250R
The CRF250R’s twin-muffler setup lets our engineers move the mufflers towards the bike’s center of mass. That
also lets us move their mounting points so the subframe can be lighter—and that means improved handling characteristics.

Rear Wave Disc / CRF250R
The wave-rotor shape of the CRF250R’s rear disc looks sharp, shaves weight and
collects less debris.

Large Front Brake Rotor / CRF250R
A full 260mm in diameter offers excellent stopping power and also superior lever feel.

Next-Generation Aluminum Frame / CRF250R
The CRF250R’s twin-spar aluminum chassis features lower frame spars to help lower the center of gravity and improve center of mass. The result? A
machine that’s both responsive and stable, and that’s easier than ever to rail around the next berm.

Engine Mode Select Button / CRF250R
A simple handlebar-mounted mode-select button lets you dial in engine power delivery character with a push of your thumb. Choose between Standard, Smooth and Aggressive, depending on track conditions. If you want to change up the settings, you can reprogram the Smooth and Aggressive modes with our optional HRC Tuning Tool for a custom-tailored power delivery.

2016 Honda CRF250R Review - Race / Dirt Bike - 250 cc Motocross / Supercross Motorcycle

Showa SFF-Air TAC Fork / CRF250R
The CRF250R’s 49mm inverted Showa SFF-Air TAC fork weighs less than a conventional-spring design, it’s easier to adjust, and it helps keep the front end planted. This year it’s also five millimeters longer to enhance the bike’s stability.

Honda Progressive Steering Damper (HPSD) / CRF250R
The HPSD is designed to work in conjunction with the front and rear suspension to give you unmatched
steering precision under braking, acceleration, and in the whoops, ruts, and hardpack. There’s nothing like it!

Blacked-Out Accents / CRF250R
Blackened radiator fin guards, rear disk guard and brake line guides look sharp and help the CRF250R stand out from the competition.

2016 Honda CRF250R Review - Race / Dirt Bike - 250 cc Motocross / Supercross Motorcycle .

PGM-FI Settings / CRF250R
The settings on the CRF250R’s Programmed Fuel Injection are dialed in to help deliver smooth, predictable engine performance. But you can try
your hand at tuning, too, with our available HRC Fuel Injection Setting Tool. It’s easily adjustable to specific track conditions, and you can refine your own settings in place of the smooth and aggressive settings on the engine mode selector. Information available from Powersports.Honda.com

Important Updates / Breakdown via Chart Below:

  • Engine

To increase power for 2016, Honda made a number of changes to the CRF250R engine, including lightening the piston and connecting rod, boosting compression, switching to titanium exhaust valves, revising the intake and exhaust ports, adding an exhaust resonator to the header pipe and increasing the diameter of the inner muffler pipe. Corresponding with the increased power, capacity of the left radiator was enlarged to aid cooling.

  • Fork 

For 2016, the CRF250R retains Showa’s Separate Function Fork Triple Air Chamber (SFF TAC), but with a number of updates. As before, the air chambers are incorporated in the left leg, while the right leg is devoted to damping. (This comes from feedback through the racing program with the works Showa SFF TAC.) Also, Honda houses all three air chambers (Inner Chamber, Outer Chamber, Balance Chamber) inside the fork, which is consistent with the factory Showa fork and helps reduce the chance of impact damage to the Balance Chamber.

Compared to the 2015 CRF250R, pressure in the Inner Chamber (i.e. primary spring) has been reduced to provide more suppleness in initial travel. Correspondingly, a redesigned seal decreases friction, and a third adjustment valve has been added so that Outer Chamber pressure can be increased to resist bottoming. (Previously, only the Inner Chamber and Balance Chamber could be adjusted.)

As with coil-spring forks, Honda recommends that most tuning be done through valving; air-chamber pressure should be adjusted only to alter spring rate. The Showa SFF-Air Support smart-phone app can be helpful for determining proper air-pressure settings.

Change Detail Benefit
New piston & connecting rod Lighter Enables higher revs
Revised compression ratio 13.8 (was 13.5) Increased power
New titanium exhaust valve Lighter Enables higher revs
Improved intake/exhaust ports Different shape Increased flow
Modified camshaft, valve lifter Increased valve lift Increased engine power
Modified intake valve buckets Added Diamond Like Coating (DLC) Decreased friction
Different shift-drum stopper Bearing added to roller Improved shifting feel under high load
Added exhaust resonator Situated inboard exhaust header Increased bottom-end power
Revised muffler end & inner pipe Larger diameter Increased performance
Revised airbox boot Different inner duct length Improved flow
Larger left radiator Corresponds with increased power Increased cooling capacity
New footpeg bracket design Fewer protrusions to retain mud Less likely for peg to become stuck in folded position
Longer fork Outer tube 5mm longer above top triple clamp (no change to travel) Increased adjustment range
Improved inner fork seal Revised construction, shape; 3 seals instead of 2 ~25% less friction to correspond with decreased pressure in inner chamber
Added 3rd air-pressure adjustment valve in fork Adjusts air pressure in Outer Chamber Enables increasing pressure to resist bottoming
Revised fork damping adjusters 8 clicks per rotation (was 4) Increased tuning adjustment
Revised fork/shock damping settings More progressive Corresponds with internal fork updates
Reduced chain-roller diameter 38mm -> 34mm Swingarm travels further before chain/roller interface restricts movement; improves traction

2016 Honda CRF250R Price / MSRP

The 2016 CRF250R comes in with an MSRP of $7,599

2016 Honda CRF250R Release Date

The 2016 CRF250R is scheduled to release and be on dealerships showroom floors in September of 2015.

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2015 Honda CRF250R Specifications

Engine Type 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore And Stroke 76.8mm x 53.8mm
Induction Dual-Timing Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), 46mm throttle body
Ignition Full transistor with electronic advance
Compression Ratio 13.5:1
Valve Train Unicam®, four-valve; 30.5mm intake, titanium; 25mm exhaust, steel
Transmission Close-ratio five-speed
Final Drive #520 Chain; 13T/49T
Front Suspension 49mm inverted Showa® SFF-Air TAC fork with 16-position rebound and 16-position compression damping adjustability; 12.2 inches travel
Rear Suspension Pro-Link® Showa single shock with adjustable spring preload, 17-position rebound damping adjustability, and compression damping adjustment separated into low-speed (13 positions) and high-speed (3.5 turns); 12.3 inches travel
Front Brake Single 260mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear Brake Single 240mm disc
Front Tire Dunlop MX52F 80/100-21
Rear Tire Dunlop MX52 100/90-19
Rake 27° 23′ (Caster Angle)
Trail 118mm (4.6 inches)
Wheelbase 58.6 inches
Seat Height 37.4 inches
Curb Weight 231 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel–ready to ride)
Fuel Capacity 1.7 gallons
Ground Clearance 12.7 inches
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