Honda introduces the revised 2018 CRF250R

An aluminium frame taken from the CRF450R and an engine swap head the extensive list of modifications applied to Honda's CRF250R MX2-class motocross bike for 2018.

The new fuel-injected, four-stroke, single-cylinder motor still has a 249 cc displacement and output remains at 39.4 bhp (29.4 kW / 40.0 PS). However, thanks primarily to the adoption of double overhead camshafts and larger valves, the way in which that power is delivered has changed.

Honda CRF250R (2018) Front Side

Honda says that more grunt is now available higher up the rev range, plus the redline limit has been raised by 900 rpm. Consequently, acceleration is much stronger.

As before, there's a choice of Standard, Smooth and Aggressive engine maps that can be selected via a handlebar-mounted button. An electric starter becomes a standard feature for 2018.

Honda CRF250R (2018) Rear Side

Wet weight with fuel is up from 105.6 kg (232.8 lbs) to 108.1 kg (238.3 lbs), but a slightly lower centre of gravity should benefit traction. Furthermore, a lighter extruded aluminium rear subframe helps to achieve better mass centralisation.

The front suspension is different, too. While the previous model had a Showa SFF-TAC-Air set-up, the updated version is equipped with the same Showa 49 mm, steel-sprung, fully-adjustable, upside-down fork already used on the CRF450R. It's complemented by a Showa monoshock and Honda's Pro-Link system at the rear.

A UK price for the 2018 CRF250R has yet to be disclosed.

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