2012 Honda CRF250R Dirt Bike Motorcycle

Of all the classes in motocross, the 250s are one of the toughest. And Honda’s CRF250R is the best—better than ever, in fact, with some great new updates for 2012.

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Taking a cue from our revised CRF450R, we’ve changed the rear shock linkage so you get a softer start and a stiffer finish.

It responds to small bumps better, but still resists bottoming over really big hits.

Fine-tuning the rear travel helps with steering during hard braking and on long, fast downhill sections.

New suspension settings front and rear keep the balance right and increase steering precision. In addition, the CRF250R gets a new cyclinder head and new camshaft, and new throttle body, airbox and intake boot, all designed to give you more user-friendly power.

And finally we’ve even given the 2012 CRF250R wider, longer footpegs for better grip and comfort and fitted it with premium Dunlop MX51 tires for superior traction in corners and under acceleration.

Fine-tuning your way to the podium.

The CRF250R sets the standards in the Lites class. A perfect balance between performance, responsiveness and rider-friendly ergonomics, we’ve made it even better this year. The new rear shock linkage, new suspension settings, adjusted rear suspension travel and more all help sharpen the CRF250R’s steering precision and increase traction on downhills and under hard braking.

The engine upgrades (cylinder head, camshaft, throttle body) give you more power—and, more important, power you can really use. Throw in wider footpegs and new premium Dunlop MX51 tires, and from the time the first start gate drops you’ll know you’re on the best Lites-class MX bike you’ve ever ridden.

Light Makes Might.

Compact and batteryless, the CRF250R’s Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system optimizes performance, and improves fuel efficiency.

Dialed-in Performance.

New front and rear suspension settings and rear shock linkage assembly keep the CRF250R hooked up and out in front. You’ll notice how well it steers the first time out.

Honda Power.

New cylinder head, new cam, and new throttle body, airbox, and intake boot all contribute to the CRF250R’s power for 2012. Two-fifties need to make plenty of power, but it has to be usable power. And the CRF250R delivers the way only a Honda can.

Straighten Up and Fly Right.

Developed by our factory racing team, the Honda Progressive Steering Damper is lightweight, compact and enhances cornering ability while reducing rider fatigue.

Honda Progressive Steering Damper (HPSD)

Riding a bike without Honda’s exclusive HPSD is like riding a machine with out a shock absorber. The HPSD is designed to work in conjunction with the front and rear suspension to give you unmatched steering precision under braking, acceleration, and in the whoops, ruts, and hardpack. There’s nothing like it!

Front Suspension

A Showa 48mm inverted front suspension features adjustability for rebound and compression damping and has new settings for a plusher, better balanced ride.

Works-Style Brakes

Honda’s MX bikes have always had great brakes on the track, and the 2012 CRF250R continues that tradition. Front and rear discs with factory-spec master cylinders help haul you down fast, so you can outbrake the other guy into the turns.

New Front-Axle Collars

These spacers use a larger diameter to help make the front fork and wheel assembly more rigid.  You get a more direct, more precise steering feel.

New Dunlop MX51 Tires

We designed the 2012 CRF250R’s suspension to perfectly coordinate with these premium tires. You’ll experience improved traction front and rear, especially in corners and under acceleration.

Lightweight Aluminum Frame

The CRF250R’s race-inspired twin-spar aluminum frame revolutionized MX chassis tech when it first appeared in 1997 on the radical CR250R and has continued to do so every year since.

Our latest frame boasts optimized torsional and lateral rigidity with minimized weight and maximum durability, ensuring razor-sharp handling performance.

Batteryless Fuel Injection

The CRF250R’s Honda fuel injection makes a HUGE difference with a bike in this class. And fine-tuning it to specific track conditions is easier than ever with our HRC Fuel-Injection Setting Tool.

Wider, Longer Footpegs

The wider, longer pegs are more comfortable and offer better traction. The pegs are one of the three places you make contact with your bike, and at the end of a long race one of the most important.

Rear Suspension

The rear suspension gets a new linkage, new valving, and chain rollers for more steering precision and better traction, especially under hard braking on downhill sections.

94db Exhaust System

The CRF250R’s silencer teams with the bike’s fuel-injection throttle body and injector to give you superior low- and midrange power. Legal for AMA competition, it’s fully integrated into the engine’s tuning concept.

Revised Chain Roller

It may seem like a small detail, but the new chain roller helps keep the rear suspension more active during braking and the bike more calm and composed.

Engine Type 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore And Stroke 76.8mm x 53.8mm
Induction Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), 50mm throttle body
Ignition Full transistor with electronic advance
Compression Ratio 13.2:1
Valve Train Unicam®, four-valve; 30.5mm intake, titanium; 25mm exhaust, steel
Transmission Close-ratio five-speed
Final Drive #520 Chain; 13T/49T
Front Suspension 48mm inverted Showa cartridge fork with 16-position rebound and 16-position compression damping adjustability; 12.2 inches travel
Rear Suspension 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); 12.5 inches travel
Front Brake Single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear Brake Single 240mm disc
Front Tire Dunlop MX51 80/100-21
Rear Tire Dunlop MX51 100/90-19
Rake 27° 12′ (Caster Angle)
Trail 117mm (4.6 inches)
Wheelbase 58.6 inches
Seat Height 37.6 inches
Curb Weight 227 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel?ready to ride)
Fuel Capacity 1.5 gallons
Ground Clearance 12.8 inches
Available Colors Red
Model Id CRF250R
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