MOST SIGNIFICANT DIRT BIKES
important than model year. You can find gems for under
As far as vintage and evolution racing is concerned, in
each era, the Honda is near the top of the wanted list. But
if those bikes have survived all these years in good shape,
they will probably command a higher price than new bikes.
Well-restored ’ 83 models bring about $5000, because they
are pre disc brakes. Same goes for the 1978 to 1980 models because of their air-cooled engines. The grand prize, of
course, is a CR250M. True 1973 models are exceedingly
rare, but the kicker is that no one can tell the difference
between a ’ 73 and a ’ 74; the frame numbers are continuous. It’s not unusual to see them bring $10,000.
Will the CR250 ever return? There are whispers of a new
two-stroke in the works at Honda. We’re not surprised—
almost everything is in the works somewhere at Honda.
But if it comes, it won’t be a CR250. It will be something
else. Membership in the dirt bike icon club is very exclusive. ;
A new case-reed, electric power valve motor was unveiled in
2002. It was so advanced that Honda engineers figured they
could turn to the CRF450R development and not worry with
two-strokes for a long, long time. They were right, but not in
the way they expected.
The end came in 2007. The last CR250R was good, but it didn’t go out on top. The bike can be competitive in the right
hands and with the right mods.
Bob Hannah claims his fastest years were on the works
Hondas of the early and mid-’80s. In those years, the Honda
race team was devastating under the leadership of Dave
Arnold and Roger DeCoster.
The new electronic power valve that was introduced in 2002
was never truly developed to reach its potential. By that time,
Honda already considered the two-stroke to have run its