2013 HONDA CRF250R
Kristofer Palm manhandled the
2013 CRF250R around the Lake
Elsinore MX facilities.
Honda chose to make only minor changes to the CRF250R for 2013.
But there’s nothing wrong with that. On the pro level, it captured both
East and West Supercross Lites championships, and in the real world, it
remains popular and effective.
The new-generation Dunlop Geomax MX51FA front tire is claimed to
improve traction and feel, while the new MX51 rear tire shaves off 0.9-
pound from the rear-wheel assembly. Both tires can only be purchased
through authorized Honda retailers. Also on the list of changes for the
2013 model are new damping specs for the front and rear suspension,
plus new stiffer front fork springs, a larger-diameter 37mm fork sub-piston, and the high-speed adjuster-bolt seat diameter on the rear shock
was increased to 11.5mm. There were mapping changes for the EFI system, as well. The new price will be $7420.
We’ve already logged plenty of laps on the new Honda, and it’s still a
great bike. It has two main strongpoints: good peak power and a light feel.
Last year it was nearly as fast as the class-leading KX250, and the 2013 version didn’t lose anything. The CRF is still the lightest of the fuel-injected
250Fs, and beyond that, the bike handles like it weighs even less. Look for a
full shootout of all the 250Fs in the December issue of DB.