Honda CRF250R (2005) review

A magical balance of power delivery, chassis balance and suspension has been achieved
The smooth throttle response and connection to the rear wheel
Ignore oil changes and the service manual at your peril

After riding the ’04 CRF250R, I was convinced it was the best four-stroke off-roader ever built. A year on and having ridden all the competition I’d still pick the Honda.

Like its 450 sibling, lots of similar improvements are listed for 2005 but with the exception of slightly stronger bottom-end power, thankfully this little gem hasn’t changed. The smooth throttle response and connection to the rear wheel allows you to relax more so you use less energy and last a bit longer.

I guarantee you will jump higher and longer than ever before on the CRF. A magical balance of power delivery, chassis balance and suspension has been achieved. Make sure you service it regularly: this depends on how hard you ride, but ignore oil changes and the service manual at your peril.After riding the ’04 CRF250R, I was convinced it was the best four-stroke off-roader ever built. A year on and having ridden all the competition I’d still pick the Honda.

Like its 450 sibling, lots of similar improvements are listed for 2005 but with the exception of slightly stronger bottom-end power, thankfully this little gem hasn’t changed. The smooth throttle response and connection to the rear wheel allows you to relax more so you use less energy and last a bit longer.

I guarantee you will jump higher and longer than ever before on the CRF. A magical balance of power delivery, chassis balance and suspension has been achieved. Make sure you service it regularly: this depends on how hard you ride, but ignore oil changes and the service manual at your peril.

After riding the ’04 CRF250R, I was convinced it was the best four-stroke off-roader ever built. A year on and having ridden all the competition I’d still pick the Honda.

Like its 450 sibling, lots of similar improvements are listed for 2005 but with the exception of slightly stronger bottom-end power, thankfully this little gem hasn’t changed. The smooth throttle response and connection to the rear wheel allows you to relax more so you use less energy and last a bit longer.

I guarantee you will jump higher and longer than ever before on the CRF. A magical balance of power delivery, chassis balance and suspension has been achieved. Make sure you service it regularly: this depends on how hard you ride, but ignore oil changes and the service manual at your peril.

Dryweight (kg)93
Seats0
Suspension FrontShowa usd, 47mm dia.
Suspension RearShowa monoshock
Brakes FrontTwin-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Brakes RearTwin-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Tank Capacity (litres)7.3
Wheelbase (mm)1479
ChassisAluminium twin spar
Dryweight (kg)93
Seats0
Suspension FrontShowa usd, 47mm dia.
Suspension RearShowa monoshock
Brakes FrontTwin-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Brakes RearTwin-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Tank Capacity (litres)7.3
Wheelbase (mm)1479
ChassisAluminium twin spar
Cubic Capacity (cc)249
Bore (mm)78
Stroke (mm)52.2
Valve GearDOHC
Compression Ratio12.9
CoolingLiquid-cooled
Fuel DeliveryKeihin 37mm carbs
Stroke TypeFour Stroke
Cubic Capacity (cc)249
Bore (mm)78
Stroke (mm)52.2
Valve GearDOHC
Compression Ratio12.9
CoolingLiquid-cooled
Fuel DeliveryKeihin 37mm carbs
Stroke TypeFour Stroke

The smooth throttle response and connection to the rear wheel
Ignore oil changes and the service manual at your peril