2018 Honda CRF250R First Look

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By Scott Rousseau ‘s 2017 CRF250R has been a perennial contender that has come up just shy of its peers when in the engine performance and suspension departments. With an all-new, electric-start, DOHC engine and a chassis layout that mimics the 2018 CRF450R, the 2018 CRF250R is poised to make a serious run at 250cc motocross class honors.

Honda’s all-new 2018 CRF250R mates the proven chassis and suspension of the 2017-2018 CRF450R with a DOHC, dual exhaust port engine designed for high-rpm power delivery.

Although Honda showed the American moto press the CRF250R while we visited the GEICO Honda motocross shop in Corona, California, two weeks ago, Honda swore us to secrecy until it could officially unveil the 2018 CRF250R to the world today at the 36th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by Lucas Oil.

Here’s an excerpt from the company press release:


“HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. (July 30, 2017)– In a special unveiling event with top Honda amateur motocrossers during the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, American Honda unveiled the all-new 2018 CRF250R. Designed and developed following the same “Absolute Holeshot” philosophy as the CRF450R, the highly anticipated motocross model features a host of updates aimed at achieving maximum power and optimum handling.

“We’re excited to show this all-new, no-compromise model to our customers, and it’s appropriate that we do so with our family of Red Rider amateur motocrossers here at Loretta Lynn’s,” said Lee Edmunds, American Honda’s Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications. “The CRF450R has become the top-selling 450cc motocross model, and now that the CRF250R shares many of the same performance-focused updates, we’re confident it will enjoy similar success in the market and on racetracks everywhere.”


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