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Aug 5, 2009

The Honda 2009 CR250 2-Stroke?

2009 CR250?Has Honda gone mad and all of the sudden decided to start producing 250cc 2-stroke dirt bikes again? No, unfortunately that hasn't happened, but that's where Service Honda comes in! THIS is the 2-stroke 250cc dirt bike that Honda should be producing! Service Honda takes a modern Honda frame, suspension etc. found on Honda's 250 4-stroke machines and fits it with a 2001 CR250 2-stroke engine. Those who know me know that I am a little biased to the 2001 CR250, so when I saw this I definitely had to check it out! This Service Honda "250AF" 2-stroke machine is lighter, more nimble and more powerful than the competition. 250afx250afNot only does the 250AF perform better than the 4 stroke competition it is vastly cheaper to maintain, cutting the TOTAL operating budget for a national outdoor motocross team by nearly one third! The 250AF is legal for AMA amateur racing and most other organizations in the 250cc class. The initial price tag is not cheap however because it requires customization, starting at $10,599. There is also a "250AFX" available that is the off-road version of this bike. It maintains the X's battery and headlight and comes equipped with a kickstand again using the 2001 CR250 2-stroke engine as the powerplant. Reviews on the bikes have been good, but there is room for improvement with the lack of R&D that the 2-strokes have been receiving lately at Honda. If only Honda could see the error of it's ways and go back to producing the CR!, without the electronic powervalve of course. At least there are some out there that realize there is still a need for a basic, simple, effective off road/race bike! Some of us don't race, we don't need electric start or even a headlight and a battery. Don't let the simple 2-stroke do it all bike die! Yes, there are benefits to fuel injection, electric start, the added tractability of a heavier 4-stroke etc., but all of it comes at a cost. My old 2001 CR can be easily rebuilt in my garage, fires up with a single kick..abuse it, tip it over, beat it up and it still fires right up like and old friend should. It's nice to see Service Honda sticking to the principle of raw simple power in a lightweight easy to use and maintain package. Hopefully companies that still have 2-strokes in their line-up will continue to "keep it simple stupid", but also continue research and development with the idea to improve within the realm of that simplicity. What has happened to R&D that moves towards simplicity instead of away from it? Hopefully the consumer will continue to reward these companies with their wallets based on these benefits. Come on, I can't be the only one out there that still yearns for these basic, simple 2-stroke machines! Can I?

9 comments:

  1. I'm with ya. I'm digging the afx, I ride at night sometimes so the headlight would be a must.

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  2. great bike have 96 cr250 motor in a 2003 cr250 frame easy conversion. have 2 2002 and a 2003 cr250 tuned right jetting and cables ajusted right they have great power woods or track in the woods i use a mod i do on the electronic power valve works great they both get the job done.

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  3. I'm with you to !I also have a 2001 cr and I wouldn't trade it in for anything!everytime 4 strokes dude try my 2 strokes they can't believe the power that baby has

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  4. Yeah man! Bought a '02 cr250 stock. Keeps up with anything in the tights. With a fraction of a price of new ktm. Money well spend! O and did i mention awesome bike!

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  5. That's okay, been racing 2 strokes since the 70's and I'll stick to my 4 stroke thank you very much. I don't care what you do with the chassis, the 2 stroke will never deliver the smooth power of a 4 stroke and the 2 stroke will always produce more rear wheel spin exiting corners.

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  6. AnonymousJune 24, 2010

    True, but a lot of us don't race. The 4-stroke is here to stay, but it's still not the best option for everyone in every situation...still wish Honda kept the CR in the lineup.

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  7. why do you think ktm's are very prevalent at desert races and probably sales? they are continuing to develop and sell 2 strokes!

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  8. I put a 2001 engine in a 2003 Cr250r frame and on the front an bottom engine mounts didn't align by a few millimeters. The 2003 handled better but the 2001 motor was awesome. So it would not have been hard to do. But my 2003 was 8 months old getting is second cyledar and I didn't have the heart to give up on it yet. I wish I made the mods because that motor was awful no matter what I did to it. Now I have a CRF250r in the garage that only runs for a few weeks before needing a top end valve adjustment. The 2 stroke is way tougher then the 4 stroke. Trail riders need something that can be abused. I could drownd it in a pond, pull it out, turn it upside down, pull the plug to drain the water and it would start. That's tough. I got a KTM now I'm thinking of taking the TIG to the CRF and putting in this 2001 motor.

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