Electric start is a huge benefit, allowing young riders to
concentrate on more important issues.
LITTLE BIG BIKE
The one feature that endears the 110 to everyone, however, from beginners on up is the electric starter. The
Honda always starts quickly and easily. Like all small
motors, it takes some warm-up, but it has an effective
choke. It also has a keyed ignition, so it can be taken
away when poor homework habits make such disciplinary
A few notes for parents who are considering the 110 for
a rank beginner: It’s not exactly meant for that market.
Kids under 10 years old almost universally prefer the 50,
providing there’s a dad on hand to start it. The weight and
the snappy throttle response of the 110 make it a little
intimidating the first time out, and even though Honda
says it has an adjustable throttle stop, it isn’t included.
You have to find your own screw—and even when you do,
it isn’t especially effective at smoothing out the power
THE RIGHT KID
The CRF110F is the perfect bike for a preteen beginner
or an adult who just wants to kick around and have fun.
Ten years ago, the adult mini market was booming. That’s
what led to the Kawasaki 110’s instant success. That ship
has sailed now, and Honda, like Yamaha, missed out on
the subterranean 110 cult and its huge aftermarket boom
in performance parts. The CRF is a true entry-level bike for
the right entry-level rider, and the best news of all is the
price. The MSRP is $1999. That’s about $240 less than the
Yamaha and $250 less than the kickstart-only Kawasaki.
The Honda CRF110F might not have the history of the 70 it
replaces, but it has all the ingredients to become an icon in
its own right. ;