Slot car: When set up properly, the 2015 CRF250 corners like
aftermarket single. We’ve had very good results with the
FMF, Pro Circuit and DR.D single-sided pipes.
( 4) Clutch. The CRF250 clutch is soft and spongy,
especially in the hands of a clutch abuser. We recommend installing stiffer aftermarket clutch springs on day
one. The best all-around fix is a complete Hinson clutch.
Q: WHAT DID WE HATE?
A: The hate list:
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Mud in your face, is no disgrace!
Get your engine set up with Forward Motion
and let the dirt fly!
(1) Engine. The meek shall inherit the earth, but they
won’t have any trophies to show for it.
( 2) Dual mufflers. At least they look cool.
( 3) Headshake. On fast tracks we recommend
wearing a St. Christopher medal.
( 4) Frame cradle. Imagine a motorcycle that doesn’t
sit flat on a stand. The frame cradle is to blame.
( 5) Side panels. It’s tough enough to install preprinted
numbers on a single number plate panel, but two? Good
Q: WHAT DID WE LIKE?
A: The like list:
(1) Ergonomics. The CRF250 feels comfortable,
regardless of your stature.
( 2) Front brake. It’s still not up to the KTM/
Husqvarna pedigree, but the 260mm oversize front rotor
has better bite than the old brake.
( 3) Forks. The Showa SFF TAC forks aren’t for
everyone, but those who dial them in will be rewarded.
( 4) Engine Mode Select. Options are always nice.
( 5) Durability. The CRF250 takes a licking and keeps
Q: WHAT DO WE REALLY THINK?
A: Honda’s stated goal with the CRF250 was to
make a motorcycle that wasn’t too fast for the common
man. Mission accomplished. ❑