Model updates: The CRF250R's bottom-end torque output gets a major boost; the engine also receives 3-level HRC Launch Control plus durability upgrades. A new front brake caliper, Renthal Fatbars - adjustable 4 ways - and black DID rims round out the updates.
1. Model Overview
Focus at this stage of development for the CRF250R revolved around boosting the engine's low-rpm torque to gain time out of slower corners; it's been achieved with revisions from the throttle body all the way to the exhaust. Durability has also been improved and 3-mode HRC Launch Control is an addition, that helps any rider - from beginner to expert - hit the mark straight out of the gate every time. The frame and Showa suspension are unchanged, but a new front brake caliper improves performance, while Renthal Fatbars are now fitted at standard equipment. The DID rims also wear a new black finish.
2. Key Features
- Stronger bottom-end torque with no loss of top-end power
- Revised throttle body, cylinder head, intake and exhaust
- 3 level HRC Launch Control optimises start performance
- Durability improved with 5-hole piston oil jet
New for YM19 HRC's Launch Control system gives any rider the best option for a strong start and has 3 modes to choose from:
Level 3 - 8,250rpm, muddy conditions/beginner
Level 2 - 8,500rpm, dry conditions/basic
Level 1 - 9,500rpm, dry conditions/expert
Activating HRC Launch Control is easy - to turn on, pull in the clutch and push the Start button (on the right). The LED will blink once for Level 1 selection. Push the Start button again, for .5s or longer, and the LED will blink twice for Level 2. Repeat the process and the LED will blink 3 times, indication Level 3 has been chosen.
The Engine Mode Select Button (EMSB) alters the engine's characteristics and three maps are available to suit riding conditions or rider preference: Mode 1 (Standard), Mode 2 (Smooth) and Mode 3 (Aggressive). The LED also displays Mode selected.
- New front brake caliper and hose improves stopping performance
- Renthal Fatbar now OE fitment, 4-way adjustable position
- DID wheel rims finished in black
- Sump guard and fork protectors redesigned
If the main focus of YM19 revolves around more bottom-end power from the engine, the CRF250R's chassis has been updated to improve braking performance.
A new twin-piston front brake caliper - also common with the YM19 CRF450R - uses 30 and 27mm diameter pistons (the previous design used 2 x 27mm pistons). This allows for a lighter body and, along with low expansion rate brake hose, improves brake feel and staying power. It works on a 260mm wave-pattern disc, matched by a rear 240mm wave-pattern disc and single-piston caliper.
The Renthal Fatbar reduces the weight of the steering system and flexes for optimal comfort; the top yoke features two handlebar-holder locations for moving the handlebar rearward and forward by 26mm. When the holder is turned 180 degrees, the handlebar can be moved an additional 10mm from the base position, resulting in four total unique riding positions.
Rake and trail are set at 27.5°/116mm, with wheelbase of 1486mm. Wet weight is 108kg. The fully adjustable 49mm Showa USD coil spring fork is a version of the Showa 'factory' fork supplied to MX race teams in the Japanese championship; the cylinder has a 25mm diameter, the rod 14mm and the compression piston 39mm. The Showa rear shock is also fully adjustable.
Lightweight DID aluminum rims, with directly attached spoke pattern layout are now finished in black; the front is a 21 x 1.6in, the rear a 19 x 1.85in. Fitted as standard equipment are Dunlop's GEOMAX MX3S tyres, 80/100-21 front and 100/90-19 rear.
The CRF250R uses a lightweight 6.3L titanium fuel tank. Its smooth external lines of the plastics help the rider move easily, and the narrow frontal area and front mudguard directs an efficient funnel of air to the radiator.
4. Technical Specifications
|Type||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke single DOHC|
|Bore ´ Stroke||79mm x 50.9mm|
|Compression Ratio||13.9 : 1|
|Oil Capacity||1.3 litres|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||6.3 litres|
|Clutch Type||Wet multiplate|
|Transmission Type||Constant mesh|
|Type||Aluminium twin tube|
|Dimensions (L´W´H)||2,181mm x 827mm x 1,260mm|
|Caster Angle||27.5 degrees|
|Type Front||49mm Showa coil-sprung fork|
|Type Rear||Showa monoshock using Honda Pro-Link system|
|Type Front||Aluminium spoke|
|Type Rear||Aluminium spoke|
|Tyres Front||80/100-21 Dunlop MX3S|
|Tyres Rear||100/90-19 Dunlop MX3S|
|Front||260mm hydraulic wave disc|
|Rear||240mm hydraulic wave disc|
Recommended Retail price: R98 999 Including VAT