Q: FIRST AND FOREMOST, IS THE 2015
HONDA CRF250 BETTER THAN THE 2014 CRF250?
A: Yes, which is good news for the bike that had the
distinction of finishing last in the “2014 MXA 250
Q: HOW MANY CHANGES DID HONDA MAKE
TO THE 2015 CRF250?
A: A total of eight general updates were made to the
(1) Engine Mode Select. Unique to Honda is the
Engine Mode Select button, which allows the rider to
easily choose between three different ignition maps via a
handlebar-mounted button. Total remapping is still
possible with Honda’s accessory tuning tool
(PGM-FI setting tool, $620.00). The new
maps can then be programmed into the
Engine Mode Select button.
( 2) Forks. The 2015 CRF250 receives
Showa’s new 49mm Triple Air
Chamber (TAC) Separate Function
Forks (SFF). The forks are anywhere from 2 to 2-1/2 pounds
lighter than conventional dual-spring forks. The left fork leg
houses the TAC (inner, outer and
balance chambers), while the right leg
contains the rebound and compression damping.
The CRF250 fork is a slightly different design from what’s
found on the Kawasaki KX450F and Suzuki RM-Z450.
( 3) Exhaust. A larger-diameter exhaust system and new
fuel-mapping settings for the Dual-Timing PGM-FI fuel-injection system increase engine performance for smoother
acceleration, improved throttle response, quicker rev and
more peak power.
( 4) Shock. Honda’s Pro-Link rear shock is equipped
with the same 5. 3 kg/mm spring as last year, but the
valving is firmer.
( 5) Front brake. The CRF250 retains the same master
cylinder and piston size, but the front brake rotor has been
upsized to 260mm.
( 6) Tires. Dunlop’s new Geomax MX52 tires were
chosen because they work across a wide range of terrain.
( 7) Throttle. Honda installed a softer throttle return
spring to make the throttle easier to turn.
( 8) Styling. There are bold new graphics and restyled
fork guards. Additionally, the front brake guard and
radiator louvers are black.
Q: WHAT IS THE MOST NOTICEABLE
CHANGE TO THE 2015 HONDA CRF250?
A: Showa’s 49mm air fork is the key revision on the
2015 Honda CRF250. Let us explain why.
(1) Uniqueness. Although the Showa SFF TAC comes
standard on the 2015 Suzuki RM-Z450 and Kawasaki
KX450F, the CRF250 version is different. The CRF250
balance chamber is inside the fork leg rather than in a
piggyback chamber on the lower fork lug. Honda wanted
the balance chamber inside the fork so that it would be
kept out of harm’s way in case of an impact.
( 2) Left vs. right. The left fork leg on the CRF250
contains the air system rather than the right leg (as on
the Suzuki and Kawasaki). Why? Honda believes that the