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2015 Honda CRF250X Review
2015 Honda CRF250X on www.Totalmotorcycle.com
Your Perfect Trail Bike Has Arrived…
Skilled off-roaders seek a bike that offers an ideal balance of power and size, performance and handling. That’s why we built the CRF250X.
Based on our popular and podium-friendly MX racer, the CRF250X is powered by a four-stroke Unicam® engine modified for optimum off-road riding. We’ve also specially-tuned the suspension for the trails, and given the rugged transmission wide-ratio gearing to handle whatever conditions you come across.
Then there’s the electric starter that puts you on the fast track with the push of a button. So take a look at the CRF250X. We think you’ll like what you see.
CRF250X – trail ready
When off-road competition shifts away from the motocross track to enduro, hare scrambles and cross country courses, motorcycle priorities also shift. Canadian forests are characterized by tight single-track trails with more than their fair share of roots and rocks which means out there, agility and compliant suspension become essential attributes. The CRF250X is well suited to the Canadian wilderness with its unique Unicam engine and its trail-tuned suspension. The Unicam engine’s single overhead-camshaft offers lower reciprocating mass and a lower centre of gravity than traditional double overhead-cam designs, resulting in superior manoeuvrability and agility. To make sure riders can take full advantage of this competitive advantage, the CRF250X is fitted with sophisticated suspension front and rear that is tuned with just the right amount of flex to allow the wheels to track true over the almost continuous small obstacles encountered on the trail. The suspension is equally adept at handling the bigger obstacles too; with generous suspension travel to soak up logs and rocks while the rubber-mounted aluminum handlebar reduces shock to the rider. The quiet exhaust system with spark arrestor should breeze through pre-race tech and the lightweight electric start provides a better chance at the holeshot in those “dead engine” starts. Light, agile, compliant and backed by Honda durability and reliability, the CRF250X is ready to race.
Dominate in the Dirt.
Along with its powerful and lightweight engine, the CRF250X has dozens of smart features like works-type front and rear brake discs, a narrow fuel tank that’s easy to move around, and an 18-inch rear wheel for superior tire selection and traction. In short, all the attention to detail you’d expect in a Honda.
2015 Honda CRF250X www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
•Lightweight, compact, internal auto decompressor system provides superb cold-starting and hot-starting operation.
•Forged 12.9:1-compression slipper piston is lighter than a conventional design, revving quickly while maintaining excellent cylinder sealing and high-rpm power.
•Swingarm features a dual-axis, double-taper design with a large cast-aluminum cross-member.
•240 mm wave-style front and rear brake discs reduce unsprung weight.
With its Unicam® cylinder head, this liquid-cooled four-stroke puts out loads of power over a wide rpm band for maximum trail performance.
Our push-button electric starter offers all-around convenience, whether you’re starting out on your ride or quickly restarting in tough conditions.
2015 Honda CRF250X www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Powerful four-stroke 249 cc liquid-cooled four-valve Unicam engine is designed to produce power across a wide rpm band for easy-to-control operation..
Electric starter drives the clutch side of the crankshaft to provide superior lubrication to starter gears, and produce a narrow engine with a short, strong crankshaft..
Lightweight, compact, internal auto decompressor system provides superb cold-starting and hot-starting operation..
Unicam valve train provides the light weight of a compact single-cam design and the optimum combustion chamber shape for maximum power at all engine rpm..
Unicam valve train features a carburized single camshaft that directly actuates two 31 mm titanium intake valves. The camshaft exhaust lobe actuates two 26 mm steel exhaust valves via a forked, low-friction, roller rocker-arm..
Lightweight titanium intake valves permit use of smaller valve springs, reducing overall engine height..
Crankshaft is made of high-strength, low-carbon steel with carburized main journals for maximum durability at sustained high-rpm operation..
Alternator cover, clutch cover and cylinder-head cover are made of magnesium to reduce engine weight..
Forged 12.9:1-compression slipper piston is lighter than a conventional design, revving quickly while maintaining excellent cylinder sealing and high-rpm power..
Double-carburized connecting rod utilizes a big-end needle bearing for maximum high-rpm performance and durability..
Nikasil cylinder lining is lightweight and provides cooler and quieter operation for extended engine life..
37 mm Keihin FCR-type carburetor features four rollers on the flat slide, resulting in very light throttle effort, smooth operation, crisp throttle response and excellent rideability..
Carburetor features a throttle position sensor (TPS) and an accelerator pump that help maintain linear throttle response throughout the rpm range..
Twin-sump lubrication system separates the oil supply for the crankshaft, piston and valve train from the clutch and transmission. This ensures a cool supply of oil to the clutch, eliminates clutch and transmission material contamination of the engine oil, reduces the amount of circulating oil, and permits the use of a smaller oil pump..
Vertically split crankcases feature a built-in oil pump, reducing weight compared to a conventional design..
Exhaust system uses a lightweight stainless steel exhaust header and a lighter muffler equipped with a spark arrester..
Dual radiators feature a refined core area for improved heat dissipation compared to conventional dual-radiator design, and a coolant recovery tank..
Gear-driven balancer reduces vibration and drives the water pump..
Eight clutch plates provide the surface area necessary to handle the engine’s torque, while carefully matched clutch springs provide a light feel at the lever..
T-ring-sealed chain is approximately 1.6 mm narrower and stronger compared to conventional chains..
Durable five-speed wide-ratio transmission..
Semi-double-cradle twin-spar aluminum frame features a single large-diameter tapered downtube. Two rugged box-section rails attach to the base of the downtube and support the engine. A forged aluminum steering head provides a compact and extremely durable mount for the frame spars and engine downtube. In addition, tall swingarm pivot plates and narrow frame spars create a narrow overall frame cross-section for superb rider comfort and manoeuvrability..
Swingarm features a dual-axis, double-taper design with a large cast-aluminum cross-member..
18-inch rear wheel features the same lightweight rear hub and HRC works-type lightweight aluminum spoke nipples as used on the CRF250R..
Front wheel features large-diameter front axle and wide wheel-bearing span for excellent rigidity..
Rear-axle diameter of 25 mm and large-diameter bearings provide optimum rigidity to withstand torturous off-road conditions..
Lightweight 47 mm inverted Showa twin-chamber cartridge fork with aluminum dampers is derived from the CRF250R and features settings unique to the CRF250X. The fork offers 315 mm (12.4 inches) of travel, and 16-position rebound and 16-position compression damping adjustability. The inner surface of the front fork outer-tubes receives the same honing treatment as works bikes for low-friction operation..
Pro-Link single-shock rear suspension system features a fully adjustable Showa rear damper and 313 mm (12.3 inches) of wheel travel, separate low-speed (13 positions) and high-speed (3.5 turns) compression damping adjusters, and 17-position rebound damping adjustment..
Rear shock damper piston diameter is 50 mm for consistent performance under demanding riding conditions..
Compact dual-piston front brake caliper, anodized aluminum brake pistons and lightweight front brake disc minimize unsprung weight for improved turning and handling..
HRC works-type rear brake system integrates the rear master cylinder and fluid reservoir, eliminating the need for a remote master cylinder reservoir and hose assembly..
240 mm wave-style front and rear brake discs reduce unsprung weight..
Rider ergonomics are optimized by adapting the handlebar, seat and footpeg height to place the rider’s legs at the narrowest cross-section of the frame for improved comfort and handling feel..
Resettable, easy-to-read, three-digit odometer..
Powerful 35W halogen headlight features an innovative lens for a wide range of illumination..
Integrated LED taillight in rear fender..
Seat cushion uses foam construction that follows the shape of the fuel tank, providing a smooth transition to increase rider mobility and comfort..
Non-slip seat cover for increased rider control..
Rear brake pedal and shift lever are made of lightweight aluminum and are designed to complement the riding position..
Wide, cleated, stainless steel footpegs are self-cleaning, resist corrosion, provide excellent grip, and fold for extra ground clearance..
Aluminum Renthal handlebar (971 bend) is rubber-mounted to reduce rider fatigue and improve comfort..
Works-type handlebar grips add to rider comfort..
Adjustable front brake lever..
One-piece cover protects throttle cable by keeping out dirt and water..
Chain guide material offers improved wear resistance, and service life is five times greater than conventional materials..
Removable rear subframe allows easy maintenance..
Easy-access air filter..
Comfortable, durable controls and high-quality fasteners..
Stainless steel clutch cable for long life..
Works-Style Front Brakes
Compact twin-piston front brake caliper, anodized-aluminum brake pistons and lightweight 240mm front disc offers great stopping power while minimizing unsprung weight for improved turning and handling.
Aluminum Renthal handlebar (971 bend) is rubber-mounted to help reduce rider fatigue and improve comfort.
Electric start system ensures trouble-free starting in all conditions. Electric starter also drives the clutch side of the crankshaft to provide superior lubrication to starter gears while producing a narrow engine with a short, strong crank.
Dual radiators feature a refined core area for improved heat dissipation compared with conventional dual-radiator designs. Coolant recovery tank is located in front of the engine between the frame downtubes for improved center of gravity. Coolant tank is protected by a plastic skidplate.
Gear-Driven Counterbalancer reduces vibration and drives the water pump. Eight clutch plates provide the surface area necessary to handle the engine’s massive torque, while carefully matched clutch springs provide a light feel at the lever.
Twin-sump lubrication system separates the oil supply for the crankshaft, piston and valve train from the clutch and transmission. This ensures a cool supply of oil to the clutch, eliminates clutch and transmission material contamination of the engine oil, reduces the amount of circulating oil and permits the use of a smaller oil pump.
Works-Style Rear Brakes
HRC works-type rear brake system adds a new 240mm brake rotor to its integrated rear master-cylinder and fluid reservoir, a set-up that eliminates the separate reservoir and hose.
Removable rear subframe allows easier access to the engine and shock and simplifies maintenance.
Placing the rider’s legs at the narrowest part of the frame improves comfort and handling.
18-Inch Rear Wheel
18-inch rear wheel features same lightweight rear hub and HRC works-type lightweight-aluminum spoke nipples as used on CRF250R.
LED taillight integrated into rear fender. It’s light, compact, and bulletproof.
Compact, Lightweight 249cc Unicam® Engine
2015 Honda CRF250X – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $7410 USD
249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore And Stroke
78mm x 52.2mm
Keihin® 37mm flat-slide carburetor with Throttle Position Sensor (TPS)
CD with electronic advance and lighting coil
Unicam®, four-valve; 31mm intake valve, 26mm exhaust valve
Electric and Kick
#520 T-ring-sealed chain; 14T/53T
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
47mm inverted Showa® cartridge fork with 16-position rebound- and 16-position compression-damping adjustability; 12.4-inches travel
Pro-Link® Showa® single shock with spring-preload, 17-position rebound-damping adjustability, and compression damping adjustment separated into low-speed (13 positions) and high-speed (3.5 turns); 12.4 inches travel
Single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Single 240mm disc
27.54° (Caster Angle)
118mm (4.7 inches)
254 pounds (includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel-ready to ride)
Meets current California Air Resource Board (CARB) and EPA off-road emissions standards.
2015 Honda CRF250X – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN
Liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore & Stroke
78 mm x 52.2 mm
Keihin 37 mm flat-slide carb with throttle position sensor
#520 T-ring-sealed chain; 14T/53T
47 mm inverted Showa cartridge fork with 16-position rebound and 16-position compression damping adjustment; 315 mm (12.4 in.) travel
Pro-Link Showa single shock with spring preload, 17-position rebound damping adjustment, and compression damping adjustment separated into low-speed (13 positions) and high-speed (3.5 turns); 313 mm (12.3 in.) travel
80/100 – 21 front; 100/100 – 18 rear
Front 240 mm disc with dual-piston caliper; rear 240 mm disc
346 mm (13.6 in.)
958 mm (37.7 in.)
1,480 mm (58.3 in.)
115 kg (253 lb) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
7.3 litres, including 1.6-litre reserve
2015 Honda CRF250X – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European/UK Specifications/Technical Details
UK/European MSRP Price: £ (On The Road).
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.
# Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.