2016 Honda CRF250R Gets Big Power Boost

We’ve previously reported on the updated 2016 Honda CRF250R – the mainstay of Honda’s MX fleet – just a week ago, but little information was available at the time. Now Honda has released full details of the upgrades to the CRF250R, save for actually how much more horsepower the bike makes.

The main focus of the 2016 enhancement revolves around a completely revised cylinder head, piston and con-rod. The new engine is more powerful in the high rev range and stronger off the bottom, while still maintaining its smooth feel and delivery. An extensive redesign of the power plant has resulted in a win-win situation; less weight and more power

The CRF250R’s renowned 49mm Showa SFF-TAC-Air forks also received a host of internal changes, as well as an extra 5mm length in the top tubes to enhance traction, suspension reaction, rider feel and adjustability. While both fork legs employ the same stroke and internal dimensions as employed previously, they have undergone extensive development to reduce friction through a shorter stroke, improving suspension reaction speed and also increasing reaction force at midstroke, boosting control during prejumping and landing.

The lightweight suspension – specially developed by Showa for the CRF250R – is designed to fully unlock the chassis’ performance potential for the ultimate riding experience. Other changes like the resonator chamber in the exhaust and a redesign of the footpegs make the CRF more practical than ever before, while cutting edge technology like the Engine Mode Select Button (EMSB) is an exciting reminder that the new model means serious business.

Release date will be within the next few months, depending on your location.

2016 Honda CRF250R Gets Big Power Boost

Honda Off-Road Updates for 2016

Honda quietly announced late last week some of their updated off-road range for 2016. The updates are quite minor, especially in comparison to Yamaha and Kawasaki’s range refresh but given the release of the all new Africa Twin later this year, that’s probably understandable

Updates to the Honda CRF450R are focused on handling and traction. The rear suspension gets a new link and spring while up front the front fork has been extended by 5mm. The only other update is that the chain roller’s diameter has increased from 30mm to 34mm.

Honda Off-Road Updates for 2016

The CRF250R gets a few more tweaks which help boost horsepower by way of higher compression, titanium exhaust valves, new valve springs, changes to both the cylinder head porting and piston shapes among other things. The exhaust diameter has been increased in size and the resonator has been redesigned for better flow. Like the CRF450R, fork length is increased by 5mm and the chain-roller diameter is also 34mm.

 

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Both updated models will be available in the next few months.