First of Honda’s 2010 Motorcycle Model Range Announced
All-new CRF250R and updated CRF450R off-road machines coming
Honda (UK) Motorcycles can announce the first of its exciting 2010 line-up, with the debut of the all-new CRF250R and updated CRF450R off-road machines.
Honda’s punchy CRF250R has received a full revision for 2010, equipping the machine with the capabilities for continued dominance on Supercross and Motocross tracks around the world with now even more power, coupled with a lighter weight chassis and enhanced handling.
The new CRF250R will be equipped with the advanced fuel-injection system from the 2009 CRF450R, which delivers a wider spread of power with improved delivery, mated to a lighter single-muffler exhaust system. The injection system has been adapted to suit the smaller capacity machine and it automatically adjusts fuel flow and ignition timing to the varying environments the CRF250R may find itself in. Pistons are made from a new, more durable material, while valve springs are made from the same material used in Honda’s RC211V MotoGP machine. A new radiator keeps the 249.4cc liquid-cooled four-stroke cool whilst new gear ratios also ensure optimum drive.
Power is nothing without control, and the new frame and suspension provide the perfect balance over any surface. The chassis incorporates a lower engine mount position for a lower centre of gravity, while a longer swingarm provides stability during hard acceleration. The overall dimensions give the new CRF250R a slightly longer overall wheelbase for increased traction, offset by sharper steering geometry for improved cornering. Front forks are revised to feature a larger-diameter slider that provides a more compliant ride, whatever the conditions. The rear suspension unit is also now lighter, with a new layout for improved mass centralisation. Setting off the radical styling is the Extreme Red colour scheme with white number plate and side covers.
The 250’s bigger brother, the CRF450R, has also received some updates to keep it ahead of the chasing pack. At the heart of the CRF450R, new ECU programming and fuel-injection settings improve throttle response even further, while the 449.7cc liquid-cooled motor also benefits from a new engine auto-decompressor system for easier kick-starting. Further revisions include the HRC fuel-injection tool now able to be attached without removing the tank and new seals on the front forks with improved valving and oil quantity to give a more planted feel and provide a smoother ride across rough terrains. Meanwhile, the rear shock now features an updated piston and a re-designed compression adjuster for improved damping.
The CRF450R will be available from Honda (UK) Motorcycle Dealers from September, with the all-new CRF250R available just a month later from October. Prices will be announced closer to this time.
For further information about any of Honda’s great range of scooters, off-road machines or road bikes, genuine parts, accessories, latest offers and forthcoming events, visit your local dealer who can be found using the ‘Dealer Search’ facility within the motorcycles section of www.honda.co.uk or by calling 0845 200 8000.