Terry recently decided to return to
his roots and opened a new shop in
Hesperia, California. We were willing
to trust our 2006 Honda CR250 to
Varner because he built two-strokes
for AMA National riders Heath Voss,
Brian Deegan and Mike Alessi. Terry
isn’t a Johnny-Come-Lately to two-strokes—he cut his teeth on them.
While the engine was in Terry’s
hands, we focused on the rest of the
bike—or rather, we selected people
and companies to focus on the rest
of our trusty, but rusty, 2006 CR250
two-stroke. The bike was equipped
with all-new Tusk wheels and oversized brake rotors. The suspension
was dialed in by Race Tech. A
majority of the old bearings were
replaced by Pivot Works products.
The sprockets and handlebars were
upgraded to Renthal products, and
Works Connection took care of all the
the MXA gang
engine and gave
it the respect
Once the engine and the chassis
were done, we handed the bike over
to the MXA test riders to evaluate
the results of our handiwork.
The MXA test riders instantly felt
the explosiveness of the engine. They
could roll on the throttle through
corners with ease without the power
feeling like a light switch. The power
had depth to it. When it was time
to punch it, all they had to do was
crack open the throttle a tiny bit
more to find a hard hit in power
through the midrange. We liked this,
as it kept the testers off the clutch.
Bottom line? Our 2006 CR250 was
fast—really fast. At this point, Terry
Varner revealed the dyno numbers.
His laundry list of mods had added
7 horsepower to our eight-year-old
smoker. Seven horsepower? Could it
be true? It didn’t take long to confirm
the dyno results on the track, as overzealous test riders grabbed too much
throttle at the wrong time and found
out how quickly the rear end could
step out. After a few horsepower-
Tusk brake rotor: The more power you gain, the more increased braking power you
need. With Varner turning the CR250 into a fire-breathing dragon, we needed help
coming to a halt with the two-smoker. We invested in Tusk’s 270mm oversize rotor
for improved braking power. The Tusk oversize rotor and bracket is $119.99.
Applied clamps: The 2006 CR250 comes stock with a 24mm offset, but our
testers had trouble turning the old smoker. We opted for an Applied 22mm clamp
for increased turning ability.