2012 NEW MOTOCROSS BIKE BUYERS GUIDE: THE 2012 HONDA CRF50, CRF70, CRF80, CRF100, CRF150, CRF250 & CRF450

July 2, 2011
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2012 HONDA CRF450

Press release: Since its introduction, the CRF450R has served as the standard by which all other bikes are judged in the big-bore class of motocross machines. In 2012, Honda raises the bar once again with a host of improvements that will help the CRF450R stay at the head of the pack. A new, stiffer fork outer among other refinements bring a more solid feel to the front end, and stiffer fork springs, revised suspension settings front and rear plus a new shock linkage yield improved tracking, more precise handling and added rider confidence over rough terrain. New, longer and wider footpegs offer more support with a larger platform and Dunlop”s premium MX51 tires add to an overall package that makes the CRF450R the bike of choice in the open-class for 2012.

 
2012 footpegs and linkage.                                       2011 footpegs and linkage

WHAT’S NEW FOR THE 2012 HONDA CRF450

(1) New, stiffer fork outer tubes and front axle collars bring a more solid feel to the front end.

(2) Stiffer fork springs, revised suspension settings front and rear plus a new shock linkage yield improved tracking, more precise handling and added rider confidence over rough terrain.

(3) New foot pegs are wider and longer for more support, and are now silver color.

(4) Premium Dunlop MX51 tires front and rear.

(5) New chain roller for added durability.

2012 CRF450 SPECIFICATIONS
Engine Type…449cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore and Stroke…96mm x 62.1mm
Compression ratio…12.0:1
Valve Train…Unicam, four-valve; 36mm intake,titanium; 30mm exhaust, steel
Induction…PGM-FI, 46mm throttle body
Ignition…Full transistor with electronic advance
Transmission…Close-ratio five-speed
Final Drive…#520 chain; 13T/48T
Suspension Front…48mm inverted KYB Air-Oil-Separate (AOS) with rebound and compression damping adjustability; 12.2 inches travel
Suspension Rear…Pro-Link KYB single shock with spring preload, rebound damping adjustability, and compression damping adjustment separated into low-speed and high-speed; 12.5 inches travel
Front brake…Single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear brake…Single 240mm disc
Front tire…Dunlop MX51 80/100-21
Rear tire…Dunlop MX51 120/80-19
Wheelbase…58.7 inches
Rake (Caster Angle)…26ø52′
Trail…114.2mm (4.5 inches)
Seat Height…37.6 inches
Ground Clearance…13.1 inches
Fuel Capacity…1.5 gallons
Color…Red
Curb Weigh…238

2012 HONDA CRF250

Press release: Superb handling and excellent power stand as the hallmarks of the CRF250R, and the revised 2012 model ups the ante in the 250 class. A new cylinder head, camshaft and 46mm throttle body produce a broadened powerband featuring more low-end and midrange torque for an amazing, right-now hit of power. In addition, a new suspension linkage along with updated suspension settings front and rear bestow improved tracking and more precise handling upon the CRF250R, enhancements that make a great-handling bike even better than before. In addition to those changes, longer and wider footpegs deliver more support and Dunlop’s premium MX51 tires cap off championship-caliber credentials that make the CRF250R the bike to beat in 2012.

WHAT’S NEW FOR THE 2012 HONDA CRF250

(1) New cylinder head, camshaft and 46mm throttle body produce a broadened powerband featuring more low-end and midrange torque.

(2) Updated suspension settings front and rear for improved tracking and more precise handling.

(3) New foot pegs are wider and longer for more support, and are now silver color.

(4) New front axle collars add rigidity to the front end, increasing steering precision.

2012 CRF250 SPECIFICATIONS
Bore and Stroke…76.8mm x 53.8mm
Compression ratio…13.2:1
Valve Train…Unicam, four-valve; 30.5mm intake, titanium; 25mm exhaust, steel
Induction…PGM-FI, 46mm throttle body
Ignition…Full transistor with electronic advance
Transmission…Close-ratio five-speed
Final Drive…#520 chain; 13T/49T
Suspension Front…48mm inverted Showa 16-position rebound and 16-position compression damping adjustability; 12.2 inches travel
Suspension Rear…Pro-Link Showa single shock with spring preload, 17-position rebound damping adjustability, and compression damping adjustment separated into low-speed (13 positions) and high-speed (3.5 turns); 12.5 inches travel
Front brake…Single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear brake…Single 240mm disc
Front tire…Dunlop MX51 80/100-21
Rear Tire…Dunlop MX51 100/90-19
Wheelbase…58.6 inches
Rake (Caster Angle)…27ø12′
Trail…117mm (4.6 inches)
Seat Height…37.6 inches
Ground Clearance…12.8 inches
Fuel Capacity…1.5 gallons
Color…Red
Curb Weight…227 pounds

2012 HONDA CRF150


Press release: Back in the lineup as a 2012 model, the revolutionary CRF150RB-Expert/CRF150R steps up to an even higher level of performance. Thanks to several key engine updates, this 2012 model boasts improved power, torque and driveability throughout the powerband. Updated suspension settings front and rear produce improved action through even the toughest of track conditions. All of which reinforce the CRF150R’s premier position in racing circles.

WHAT’S NEW FOR THE 2012 HONDA CRF150

(1) New cylinder head, piston, camshaft and carburetor improve power, torque and driveability throughout the powerband.

(2) Revised suspension settings front and rear produce improved action through even the toughest of track conditions.

2012 CRF150 SPECIFICATIONS
Engine Type…149cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore and Stroke…66mm x 43.7mm
Compression ratio…11.7:1
Valve Train…Unicam, four-valve; 26mm intake, steel; 22.5mm exhaust, steel
Induction…Keihin 32mm flat slide with throttle position sensor (TPS)
Ignition…Solid-state CD with electronic advance
Transmission:…Close-ratio five-speed
Final Drive…#420 chain; 15T/56T (CRF150RB-Expert) / #420 chain; 15T/50T (CRF150R)
Suspension Front…37mm fully adjustable leading-axle inverted Showa cartridge fork; 10.8 inches travel
Suspension Rear… Pro-Link fully adjustable Showa single shock; 11.5 inches travel / 10.8 inches travel
Front Brake…Single 220mm disc
Rear Brake…Single 190mm disc
Front Tires…70/100-19 (CRF150RB-Expert) / 70/100-17 (CRF150R)
Rear Tires…90/100-16 (CRF150RB-Expert) / 90/100-14 (CRF150R)
Wheelbase…50.6 inches (CRF150RB-Expert) / 49.6 inches (CRF150R)
Rake (Caster angle)…27ø48′ (CRF150RB-Expert) / 27ø02′ (CRF150R)
Trail…96mm (3.85 inches) (CRF150RB-Expert) / 78mm (3.07 inches) (CRF150R)
Seat Height…34.1 inches (CRF150RB-Expert) / 32.8 inches (CRF150R)
Ground Clearance…13.2 inches (CRF150RB-Expert) / 11.9 inches (CRF150R)
Fuel Capacity…1.14 gallons
Color…Red
Curb Weight…187 pounds (CRF150RB-Expert) / 183 pounds (CRF150R)

2012 CRF50 FEATURES

For decades, Honda has offered a full line of off-road bikes stair-cased in size and displacement to meet the specific needs of riders just entering the sport. The renowned CRF50 has long served as an incredibly suitable and efficient first step for beginning riders thanks to a strong and tough 49cc four-stroke engine, automatic clutch and three-speed gearbox, plus an inverted fork. With credentials like these, it’s no wonder the dependable CRF50 has been the bike of choice for beginners for more than 40 years

2012 CRF70 FEATURES

Because it’s equipped with a rugged 72cc SOHC four-stroke engine and automatic clutch, the CRF70 pumps out easy-to-use power that makes it an enduring and popular choice for beginning riders. Add to that a host of low-maintenance features, a low seat height and a three-speed transmission, and you have a dependable little riding partner that’s ready for years of faithful service.

2012 CRF80 FEATURES

When it’s time for beginning riders to step up to a manual-clutch machine, the CRF80 serves as the perfect choice. The 80cc air-cooled four-stroke engine has earned near-legendary status for its toughness and durability, yet it delivers a smooth and tractable powerband uniquely suited to riders learning the ins and outs of manual transmissions. Big-bike styling, nimble handling and amazingly well balanced performance plus Honda’s famous reliability make this versatile little bike a real family favorite.

2012 CRF100 FEATURES

Thanks to its renown 99cc four-stroke engine and a manual clutch with smooth, progressive action-just right for mastering the knack of clutch starts and manual shifting-the CRF100F has long stood as the iconic machine for introducing beginners to the joy of riding. Yet this incredibly versatile little machine has also been put to effective use for helping world-class racers to hone their riding skills. With such wide-ranging credentials, the little CRF100F stands tall as one of the most popular off-road bikes in the history of the sport. No matter which of these four you may select for the job at hand (CRF50, CRF70, CRF80 or CRF100), each and every one offers the famous quality and reliability that keeps Honda at the top of the list for families that ride. Availability: August 2011.

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