FIRST LOOK AT HONDA’S 2016 OFFROAD BIKES
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2016 HONDA CRF450X
With an impressive desert-racing win record, including victory at the recent inaugural SCORE Baja Sur 500, the CRF450X is a hit with trail riders and off-road racers, who love its proven strength and durability. Inspired by the CRF450R, the X-model is user-friendly and well suited for a wide variety of off-road terrain, from open desert to woods. It has a smooth power delivery with plenty of low-end torque and excellent throttle response, and the superior ergonomics maximize comfort for long days in the saddle. The bike delivers exceptional handling, thanks in part to works-style front and rear suspension, as well as Honda’s Progressive Steering Damper, which improves cornering and increases stability at high speed. Also standard are a gear-driven counterbalance and electric start.
• Price: $8440 • Availability: October 20152016 HONDA CRF250X
A hit with the enduro/trail crowd, the CRF250X is based on Honda’s successful quarter-liter motocross machine, but with off-road-ready features like a headlight, push-button electric start, wide-ratio five-speed transmission and T-ring-sealed chain. The bike is powered by a lightweight, liquid-cooled four-stroke Unicam engine, while suspension duties are handled by a 47mm inverted Showa cartridge fork and Pro-Link single shock. Also standard are works-type front and rear hydraulic disc brakes.
• Price: $7410 • Availability: October 2015
2016 HONDA CRF230F
Ideal for riders who want to focus on fun and improving their abilities rather than frequently performing maintenance chores, the CRF230F offers value and performance in a great-looking package. It has a proven 223cc air-cooled engine, durable six-speed transmission, plush suspension and electric start, and its lightweight components, reliable platform and full-size ergonomics make it great for adults and larger teens who put a premium on their riding experience.
• Price: $3699 • Availability: August 2015
2016 HONDA CRF150F
Offering fun, maintenance-free riding, the midsized CRF150F is the logical choice for riders moving up from its smaller siblings. Electric start simplifies the learning process, while a smooth-shifting, five-speed transmission makes for easy gear changes. The motorcycle’s compact 149cc four-stroke engine is small enough for beginners but packs enough power to entertain experienced riders. Above all, the CRF150F offers fun in an in-between size that is hard to beat.
• Price: $3699 • Availability: August 2015
2016 HONDA CRF125F/CRF125F BIG WHEEL
Honda’s commitment to riders of all ages is perhaps most apparent in the CRF125F. The easy-to-ride package is offered in both a standard size and a Big Wheel version that has larger-diameter rims and a two-inch taller seat height, ensuring that riders of varying sizes can find a motorcycle with just the right feel. Both versions come equipped with electric start, a smooth four-speed transmission and a 125cc, air-cooled four-stroke engine. While they’re small in size, both versions combine reliability and fun in a big way.
• Price: CRF125F: $2799/CRF125F Big Wheel: $3199 • Availability: July 2015
2016 HONDA CRF110F
Built with beginners in mind, the CRF110F offers a great first-ride experience in a reliable package, with a proven, automatic four-speed transmission and the option to use either an electric-start button or a manual kickstarter. Youngsters can focus on the fundamentals of riding, while a built-in throttle limiter enables parents to customize the amount of available power depending on their little rider’s ability. Sized similarly to the CRF70F but with a 110cc four-stroke engine, the CRF110F delivers appropriate power for new riders even as they improve. It’s a great choice for first-time riders, starting them on a lifelong path of fun off-road riding.
• Price: $2099 • Availability: June 20152016 HONDA CRF50F
When it comes to a young rider’s first motorcycle, few would dispute that the CRF50F is the best choice around, and for 2016 the littlest Honda has the same durable, low-maintenance, controllable engine that helped build its reputation. With an automatic clutch and an adjustable throttle limiter, the CRF50F represents an unintimidating gateway to the world of motorcycling.
• Price: $1399 • Availability: June 2015