FIRST LOOK! 2013 HONDA CRF250; PLUS THE STREET-LEGAL CRF250L & THE MID-SIZED MINI-110
The 2013 model-year season is in full bloom. Everyone has been talking about the 2013 Honda CRF450, but the 2013 CRF250 has been low-key (even though it is joined by the street-legal CRF250L and the electric-start, automatic-clutch CRF110F (that replaces the CRF70F). In addition, Honda offers a wide ranging line of offroad bikes that includes the CRF230F, CRF150F, CRF100F, CRF80F and CRF50F.
Here is Honda press info on the new bikes.
2013 HONDA CRF250: NEW MAPPING & SUSPENSION
Even with winning both Supercross 250 East/West Championships in 2012, Honda understands the never-ending need to push designs forward to stay competitive. To that end, the new CRF250R incorporates changes to its powerplant and suspension that help kick it up to the next level for 2013. Recalibrated fuel injection settings have given the CRF250R a bigger hit and more response in the low-end and midrange?this in an engine already noted for its broad powerband and an amazing, right-now power response. Superb handling has long been the calling card of the CRF250R, and now new damping circuitry front and rear plus new fork springs with a stiffer rate deliver better bump absorption, improved tracking and more precise handling through those extra-rough sections of track.
In addition, new-generation Dunlop Geomax MX51 tires improve traction and feel, while the rear tire also shaves 0.9 pound of unsprung weight off the rear wheel assembly for more responsive action. Such improvements only serve to highlight the CRF250R’s well-documented championship-caliber credentials, and all this and more will help the CRF250R retain its standing as the bike to beat on tracks all around the country in 2013.
2013 HONDA CRF250 SPECIFICATION
Type: 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
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
(Front): 48mm inverted Showa cartridge fork with 16-position rebound and 16-position compression damping adjustability; 12.2 inches travel
(Rear): Pro-Link Showa single shock with adjustable spring preload, 17-position rebound damping adjustability, and compression damping adjustment separated into low-speed (13 positions) and high-speed (3.5 turns); 12.3 inches travel
Brakes Front: Single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Brakes Rear: Single 240mm disc
Front tire: Dunlop MX51FA 80/100-21
Rear tire: Dunlop MX51 100/90-19
Wheelbase: 58.6 inches
Rake (Caster Angle): 27ø23′
Trail: 118mm (4.6 inches)
Seat Height: 37.4 inches
Ground Clearance: 12.7 inches
2013 CRF250L: NEW DUAL-SPORT RIDE
With the CRF250L, Honda reintroduces the concept of a 250-class dual-sport motorcycle. This is a machine that’s more than ready to take on some serious off-road challenges without giving up street-riding accommodations.
The compact, sophisticated, liquid-cooled, finger follower, DOHC, 249cc, single-cylinder powerplant produces smooth and consistent torque at low rpm to aid off-road work, yet the short-stroke engine also spins up excellent high-rpm performance for the street. All through the rev range, the CRF250L pumps out a well-balanced and very capable level of power, along with excellent fuel economy. Its off-road-oriented chassis, which includes a long-travel 43mm inverted fork and single-shock Pro-Link rear suspension, make it equally at home on city streets or country trails.
And with styling cues carried over from Honda’s legendary CRF motocross bikes, the CRF250L offers the full package, whether the day calls for low-cost transportation, a weekday commute or genuine dual-sport adventure.
2013 HONDA CRF110F: A NEW APPROACH FOR FUN
Leave it to Honda to expand the notion of what a beginner bike should be. The popular CRF70F has long held a place of honor among Honda’s family of fun, entry-level off-road bikes, but now the CRF110F takes over that slot in the lineup. The CRF110F features a low seat height, modest size, and a four-speed transmission with an automatic clutch on par with the CRF70F that it replaces.
The new 110cc powerplant is tuned to meet the needs of those new to riding, and with a new throttle-limiter feature it offers additional tuning options to suit a variety of riders. Also, the CRF110F gets a new, convenient electric starter. Toss in race-inspired styling evocative of the hot new CRF450R, and you have a great new option that expands the family of entry-level dirt bikes from Honda.