philosophy. It should be noted that “slow and steady” also
loses shootouts and sales.
Short of designing a new engine, which is hopefully on
the Honda engineers’ wish list, Honda pulled out all the
stops with mods to the 2016 mill (piston, valves, rod,
buckets, compression and valve lift). And while you can’t
always turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse, you can gussy
it up a fair bit. And that is what Honda achieved with the
2016 CRF250. Honda managed to add top-end power and
over-rev without giving all of the low and mid back. This
is commendable, mostly because it is almost impossible
to do successfully.
Q: HOW DOES THE 2016 HONDA CRF250 RUN
ON THE DYNO?
A: Which do you want first? The good news or the
bad news? Excellent choice.
The good news. Compared to the 2015 Honda CRF250,
the 2016 CRF250 makes 1.6 horsepower more at peak.
Better yet, from 10,000 rpm on it gaps the 2015 model by
leaps and bounds. At 10,000 rpm the 2016 CRF250 is 0.28
horsepower better than its 2015 counterpart. At 11,000 rpm
it is 0.64 horses ahead. At 12,000 rpm it is 2. 70 horsepower
better, and at peak ( 11,700 rpm compared to 11,000 rpm)
the 2016 CRF250 is making 38. 89 horsepower to the 2015
CRF250’s 37. 30 horsepower. Good stuff, especially because
it is good where last year’s CRF250 was bad—on top.
more for the 2016 CRF450 than for the CRF250. (g) The
clicker adjustments have been made more incremental (it
now takes eight clicks to do what four did last year).
( 3) Chassis. The frame and its accoutrements remain
unchanged except for the longer fork legs, new anti-mud
footpeg scrapers and a 4mm-smaller-diameter chain roller
(34mm instead of 38mm).
Q: WHAT IS THE MOST NOTICEABLE
CHANGE TO THE 2016 HONDA CRF250?
A: The major difference between the 2016 Honda
CRF250 and the 2015 CRF250 is in the top-end power.
Last year the CRF250 engine was a mixed bag. The
power was manageable but not abundant. The power
delivery was nice from low to mid but flat on top. The
2015 CRF250 engine was the perfect 250 Novice
powerband. In plain language, it was slow, didn’t rev and
lacked serious horsepower. It fit perfectly into Honda’s
very strange “slow and steady wins the race” corporate
2016 Honda CRF250: The
massaged 2016 CRF250
engine produces more power
on top and a modest increase
in peak horsepower.