FIRST RIDE: 2014 HONDA CRF250R/450R
Big changes for the 250,
subtle mods for the 450
As this very issue was at the printer, belching out reams of paper inscribed with our words and pics, we pulled the full ditch and
made the trek to Chaney Ranch for the Honda introduction ride of the
new 2014 CRF250R and CRF450R. The quick and dirty is that the
250R is pretty much brand new from the knobs up and now shares a
common skeleton with the 450. A lower CG (center of gravity), via a
new frame, dual muffler and a revised powerplant that targets a much-needed bottom-to-mid hit, mates to handling traits infused with balance and a light, flickable, trackside demeanor.
The 450, on the receiving end of similar changes last year, got injected with very minor updates. The fuel injection received a new dual-squirt system that is designed to boost response and clean up low-end performance. The intake and exhaust ports have been revamped,
and they’ve modified the internals of the KYB PSF (Pneumatic Spring
Fork) via a larger cartridge that enhances the tuning capabilities of the
Our track test of the machines is a brief synopsis following a two-
day ride at the ranch. Broc Shoemaker got the chance to wring out the
250, and our own Mark Tilley chewed on the 450. Their comments are
in the captions, and you’ll see more details in next month’s Dirt Bike.
The new 250R shares nearly all of its extremities with the 450.
Centralized mass is the theme, and the frame, dual exhaust,
and lower and shorter shock all target handling performance.
Already on the receiving end of big changes last year, the ’ 14
CRF450R has new fork internals, revised head porting, and the
double-charge injection system that improves power and response.