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Dec 11, 2009

Dirt Bike Graphics Options, 2001 CR250

I've been wanting to either get a new bike lately or at least get a new look and a fresh rebuild for my old bike. Since a new bike isn't in the cards, the latter will have to suffice. Finding a graphics kit for older bikes can be tough, but there are a few companies out there that offer aftermarket options for a ton of applications. When I bought my bike, it had just had all of the plastics replaced from the stock red to a white. Since the owner was doing this just to sell the bike, he left it up to me to dress it up. I went the route of making it more custom rather than trying to stay with the Honda look. Recently though, I've been looking into options to try to maintain some of that stockish Honda CR look, but still have some originality to it. Factory Effex does a great job at offering this kind of thing as can be seen by these various shroud graphics for the Honda to the right. They mimic the original look, but most often are not an exact replica. This 2001 CR250 to the left uses the stock shroud graphic but custom swingarm and rear fender graphics by factory effex. While I like the look of this bike, for some reason I just don't like the yellow letters on red (think Ronald McDonald), and I am going to stick with my white plastics for the most part to save money. This shroud graphic is for a 2002 CR250 by Factory Effex. I like the colors much better and it should fit on my 2001 with a little modification. The options with plastic color for the Honda CR's are pretty much red, black, and/or white. You can get kits with these colors or mix and match with any of them. I've always had issues with my white fender turning black from the 2-stroke exhaust smoke, so the black seems like a good idea, but an all black bike just doesn't do it for me, and like I said, it's more expense than what I want right now. Here are a few other bikes that readers of bike pics.com posted up that I kind of liked the look of in certain areas.


2001 CR250
2001 CR250
2001 CR250

The other option would be to go totally away from stock like this flame kit on this CRF450. I like the way this looks, but the cost for just the graphics is steep at $120, then if you need plastics it adds another $120 for a full plastic kit. I think this is a good look, but maybe a bit impractical and/or a little overkill for the average rider that might scratch and/or break pieces and then end up not being able to fix just one part of the bike. With the amount that I tend to lay the bike down, I decided against it. It looks good in the pictures, but it's more of a poser bike in my opinion.

Below is a current picture of my bike. I have modified the number plate slightly to make it smaller, and it has an aftermarket high capacity fuel tank. You can see the black coloring on the fender from the exhaust.

Here's the same pic "photochopped"(not very well, I might add) with how it might look with some of the options I've considered. The black fender would be a better color to hide the exhaust spooge, and it still looks good with the rest of the bike. On the swingarm is a factory effex Honda swingarm graphic, and the shroud is the 2002 Factory Effex shroud graphic.


These are "trim kit" options from Factory Effex for the Honda. These include front and rear fender graphics, swingarm, and fork gaurd graphics. By combining plastic options with graphics you can tune the look of your bike in a lot of different ways to suit your individual tastes. I'll be posting up pictures of my bike within the next month of the progress I'm making.

UPDATE!!- Click HERE to see the finished product!

10 comments:

  1. Love the flame kit. Where can I find this style of kit for sale? Thanks

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  2. http://www.enjoymfg.com/products/graphic-kits/limited-edition/flame/flame-honda.html?options=cart

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  3. I like the Honda in red and white. Those bikes are real good. How I wish I also have one like that.

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  4. Amazing bike ! i like it very much ! actually i also have yamha bike ! these are crazy...

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  5. I was in the exact same situation. I bought a 2003 Cr125 with brand new white plastics. I couldn't find a graphics kit I liked anywhere, that was a reasonable price. I ended up buying them from ebay and building my own custom graphics kit. Took a bit of time to find all the ones I wanted, but it ended up being much cheaper and looks exactly how I want.

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  6. I met with an accident with my mud bike but was successful to restore it by using some fantastic stickers. Well you can simply change the look of the bike by applying the stickers.

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  7. where is the silver and black graphic from?

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    1. I'm not sure where those came from, sorry.

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  8. how big should your number be on your side plate? even if its only one number

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