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2017 Honda CRF250R
2017 Honda CRF250R

2017 Honda CRF250R
2017 Honda CRF250R

2017 Honda CRF250R
2017 Honda CRF250R

2017 Honda CRF250R
2017 Honda CRF250R

2017 Honda CRF250R Review

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It’s Winning Time…

In 2016, the Honda CRF250R earned another AMA 250 Supercross championship, and was a popular choice for supercross riders. For 2017, the CRF250R is back with features like new-generation 49mm Showa Triple Air Chamber (SFF-Air) air fork and engine-mode selector.

The bike that Malcolm Stewart took to the 2016 AMA Supercross 250SX East Region title returns for 2017 with a 49mm track-tuned Showa SFF-Air TAC fork and Showa shock, both of which offer a wide spectrum of adjustment and are designed to work at the highest level. With a race-proven chassis and Honda’s exclusive twin-muffler design, which efficiently centers the mass, the CRF250R is renowned for its deft handling. The high-compression 249cc Unicam engine provides an impressive spread of horsepower throughout the entire rpm range, and the bike comes with an engine-mode-select button that allows for three different power maps: Standard, Smooth and Aggressive. Custom maps can also be created with the available HRC tuning tool.

Racing can be challenging, rewarding, heartbreaking, and intensely satisfying—all in the same weekend! It has a way of separating the best from the rest in a way everyone can see. It’ll make you dig deep and bring your best game to the gate—because you can be sure the other guy is doing just that. And racing is no different for a company, either. Our engineers have to work hard to bring you the best bikes in the class, and it’s all on the line when that start gate drops. And that’s exactly why you should be on a Honda CRF250R.

The CRF250R is a finely-honed racing machine, but since it’s a Honda it’s also one of the most rider-friendly bikes you can find. Just look at how many privateers roll up to the track with a Honda in the back of their truck. Our 2017 model features a powerful, compact Unicam® engine with a high-lift cam and titanium intake and exhaust valves. The unique twin-muffler exhaust keeps the bike’s weight and center of mass symmetrical, so the handling is unmatched. A Showa® air fork makes the CRF250R easy to fine-tune at the track, and the fully adjustable Showa rear suspension likewise lets you dial the bike in fast.

Wanna win? This is the bike you want to ride. The 2017 Honda CRF250R—the machine that can make it happen for you.

Powerful Unicam® Engine

The CRF250R’s unique Unicam engine is both compact and powerful. Two-fifties tread a fine line between power and peakiness—the CRF250R gets it perfect.

Next Generation Showa® SFF Fork

Lighter and easier to tune than a conventional-spring fork, the CRF250R’s Showa® SFF-TAC air fork improves suspension reaction and simplifies adjustments for track conditions. A Schrader valve for the balance chamber makes it easy to tune.

Choose Your Power

This handlebar-mounted mode-select button lets you dial in engine power delivery character with a push of your thumb. Choose between Standard, Smooth and Aggressive, depending on track conditions.

Twice As Good

The CRF250R pioneered our twin-muffler exhaust system. The two-pipe design means that each muffler is shorter, mounts lower and is tucked in much closer to the bike’s center of mass.

Racing Improves the Breed

Enhancing the CRF250R wasn’t easy. But that’s why we race – to improve the breed. For 2016, the CRF250R’s potent engine and pinpoint chassis are armed with track-bred updates straight from the HRC racing team.


Feel the difference.

Improved power and torque for the CRF250R 2016 provides even more performance. At Honda, we’ve honed the CRF250R’s throttle response to a fine point, thanks to revised PGM-FI Dual Fuel settings and a lightweight return spring. The 249cc 4-valve Unicam engine breathes through big-bone twin exhausts, offering added snap out of turns.

Power at Your Fingertips

Tweak the CRF250R’s engine performance to adapt to the track.

The Honda 3-way Engine Mode Select Button (EMSB) changes engine character to suit your riding conditions – all controlled via a button on the handlebar. Three engine maps, Standard, Smooth and Aggressive provide differentiating fuel injection quantity and ignition timing. So now you choose how power is delivered.



2017 Honda CRF250R Key Features

Effortless directional changes on the fly

Effortless directional changes on the fly Unique 4-valve Unicam cylinder head has very compact dimensions, allowing it to be ideally placed for excellent mass centralization. This helps make it even easier for a rider to change direction, on the ground or in the air.

Even more power

Increased cam lift, new titanium exhaust valves, new valve springs, and updates to cylinder-head porting, piston shape and connecting-rod shape, add up to an engine that’s more powerful than ever.

Programmed for power

The Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system has new mapping to take full advantage of the upgraded engine components.

Engine Mode Select button

The CRF250R’s Engine Mode Select (EMS) system lets you modify fuel-injection and ignition mapping with the simple push of a handlebar-mounted button – perfect for dialing in the best power curve for better starts, better drive out of corners, better traction, or simply to better suit your riding style. Modes two and three can even be fine-tuned using the optional HRC setting tool. Mode selection is easily accomplished without changing the rider’s hand position or shutting down the engine (as long as the engine is idling).

Improved air and exhaust flow

The air-intake tube has been revised and the mufflers feature larger outlet diameters for improved breathing and flow, which has increased top-end power.

Keeping cool

Larger radiators handle the output from the more powerful engine, and further enhance the CRF250R’s renowned reliability.

Excellent feel & feedback

Twin-spar aluminum chassis offers the benefit of a low centre of gravity with excellent feel and feedback. Designed to work in concert with the Showa air fork and the Honda Progressive Steering Damper, the chassis combines excellent stability with right-now turning precision.

Precise handling

The Honda Progressive Steering Damper allows more-aggressive chassis geometry for quicker steering, while also assisting straight-line handling. Damping action smoothly progresses as handlebar deflection increases, which produces very natural steering characteristics and feel.

Improved air fork

The inverted Showa air fork designed specifically for the CRF250R includes a number of clever innovations. By separating air-spring and damping functions between left and right fork legs respectively, overall weight balance from left to right is improved when the weight of the brake is included. The left fork with its air spring not only offers reduced weight, but its three-chambered design allows separate adjustment of ride height and “spring” rate. Together these innovations result in reduced weight, improved balance, superior suspension action and simplified adjustability.

Full adjustment

Pro-link rear Showa suspension offers full damping adjustability and over 12 inches of smooth, well-controlled travel.

Stop hard

A full 260 mm in diameter, the wave-style front brake rotor offers excellent stopping power plus superior lever feel.

Better grip

Dunlop MX52 tires offer excellent traction in a wide variety of conditions.

Move freely

Optimized rider ergonomics with a very narrow midsection allow you to move freely on the bike and fully utilize the CRF’s incredible agility.

Easy to adjust

Quick-adjust clutch perch simplifies cable adjustment.

Reduced rider fatigue

Aluminum handlebar is rubber-mounted to reduce rider fatigue and improve comfort.

Comfort paired with control

Wide, long footpegs offer greater support for more comfort and control.

Preventative indicator

The engine stop switch with integrated LED indicator lets you know if the PGM-FI system is working properly.

Simplified maintenance

The design of the fuel hose connector simplifies maintenance.

Connectivity simplifies setup

Optional HRC setting kit includes an easy-to-use programming system with precise data for setting up the machine to meet all race situations. Ignition timing and fuel mapping settings can be uploaded by connecting the motorcycle to a computer and following simple step-by-step instructions. The system radically simplifies the setup process and makes tuning accessible to a wide spectrum of riders. Connection is simple with only one connector and no need to remove the fuel tank.



2017 Honda CRF250R Features and Benefits

•Engine Mode Select button—an industry first among motocross machines—allows the rider to easily select one of three different EFI/ignition maps to match each track/riding conditions.
•HRC® accessory tuning tool can be used to program custom maps actuated by the Engine Mode Select button.
•Titanium exhaust valves.

•Showa 49mm Triple Air Chamber (SFF-Air) fork eliminates steel springs for minimum weight while offering a wide range of adjustments.
•Left fork leg contains the triple air chamber, while the right fork leg contains the rebound and compression damping mechanism.
•Pro-Link® single-shock rear suspension.
•Front/rear wave-style rotors with a 260mm front brake disc.
•New-generation Dunlop Geomax MX52 motocross tires front and rear offer great traction in a wide variety of terrain.
•Footpeg bracket designed with minimum intrusions to reduce likelihood of retaining mud and sticking in the folded position.

Honda Genuine Accessories
PGM-FI Tuning Kit, Work Stand, Air Pump, Skid Plate, Radiator Braces, Sprocket Cover
•Consult owner’s manual for optional racing parts


2017 Honda CRF250R – USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $7599 USD

Engine Type 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore And Stroke 76.8mm x 53.8mm
Induction Dual-Timing Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), 46mm throttle body
Ignition Full transistor with electronic advance
Compression Ratio 13.5:1
Valve Train Unicam®, four-valve; 30.5mm intake, titanium; 25mm exhaust, titanium
Transmission Close-ratio five-speed
Final Drive #520 Chain; 13T/49T
Front Suspension 49mm inverted Showa® SFF-Air TAC fork with 16-position rebound and 16-position
compression damping adjustability; 12.2 inches travel
Rear Suspension
Pro-Link® Showa single shock with adjustable
spring preload, 17-position rebound damping adjustability, and compression
damping adjustment separated into low-speed (13 positions) and high-speed (3.5
turns); 12.3 inches travel
Front Brake Single 260mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear Brake Single 240mm disc
Front Tire Dunlop MX52F 80/100-21
Rear Tire Dunlop MX52 100/90-19
Rake 27° 23′ (Caster Angle)
Trail 118mm (4.6 inches)
Wheelbase 58.6 inches
Seat Height 37.4 inches
Curb Weight 231 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of
fuel-ready to ride)
Fuel Capacity 1.7 gallons
Ground Clearance 12.7 inches
Available Colors Red
Model ID CRF250R



2017 Honda CRF250R – Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $8999 CDN

Engine & Drivetrain
Engine type
Liquid-cooled single-cylinder 4-stroke
249 cc
Bore & stroke
76.8 mm x 53.8 mm
Compression ratio
Valve train
Unicam, 4-valve
Fuel delivery
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection with 46 mm throttle body
Close-ratio five-speed
Final drive
#520 O-ring-sealed chain; 13T/49T
Chassis & Suspension
Front suspension
49 mm inverted Showa SFF-Air fork with 16-position rebound and 16-position compression damping adjustability 310 mm (12.2 in.) travel
Rear suspension
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
Dimensions & Additional Information
Front: 80/100 – 21 Rear: 100/90 – 19
Front: 260 mm disc with dual-piston caliper Rear: 240 mm disc
Ground clearance
322 mm (12.7 in.)
Seat height
951 mm (37.4 in.)
1,489 mm (58.6 in.)
Curb weight
104.9 kg (231 lb) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
Fuel capacity
6.3 litres
Extreme Red


2017 Honda CRF250R – European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See dealer GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)


Bore × Stroke (mm) 76.8 x 53.8
Carburation Fuel Injection
Compression Ratio 13.8:1
Engine Displacement (cc) 249
Engine Type (cm³) Liquid-Cooled 4-Stroke Single Cylinder Unicam
Max. Power Output 29.4 kW / 11,500rpm
Max. Torque 27.1 Nm / 9,00rpm
Starter Kick


Brakes Front 260mm hydraulic wave disc
Brakes Rear 240mm hydraulic mave disc
Suspension Front Showa 49mm inverted SFF-TAC air fork (310mm stroke)
Suspension Rear Showa monoshock using Honda Pro-Link system (317.6mm stroke, 133mm axle travel)
Tyre Size Front 80/100-21 Dunlop MX52F
Tyre Size Rear 100/90-19 Dunlop MX52
Wheels Front Aluminium spoke
Wheels Rear Aluminium spoke

Dimensions and Weights

Caster Angle 27°
Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm) 2,181 x 827 x 1,271
Frame type Aluminium twin tube
Ground Clearance (mm) 322
Kerb Weight (kg) 105.6
Seat Height (mm) 951
Trail (mm) 117
Wheelbase (mm) 1489


Clutch Wet, multiplate
Final Drive Chain
Gearbox Constant mesh

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