Honda’s three flagship off-road vehicles for 2012 will receive some pretty amazing updates. The CRF405R and CRF250R (which lead their class) will get engine updates, improved suspension and wider footpegs. Meanwhile, the CRF150RB will get engine updates for improved power, torque and drivability as well as revised suspension to enhance action.
These models will receive new Honda Racing-inspired graphics. The CRF450R’s suspension on the front and rear has been optimized and it boasts of having stiffer fork outer tubes. It also gets a tough and lightweight Honda Progressive Steering Damper.
These updates plus the new wider and lighter footpegs offer more stability on rough terrain as well as improved steering. The CRF250R’s power-plant has been modified to also have an all-new cylinder head and new camshaft for improved drivability at low and medium rpm.
It also gets boosted mid range power and torque feel. This lightweight off-roader will also get further revisions such as a new Pro-Link rear suspension linkage for enhanced traction and improved chassis control. For stable running on rough terrain, it will get new suspension settings and longer and wider footpegs.
The CRF150RB will be made more reliable and durable and it will receive a revamped liquid-cooled 149cm³ 4-stroke engine that results to stronger power, torque and drivability across a wider rev range. The changes in the suspension settings (the use of a 37mm inverted Showa front fork and Pro-Link rear suspension system) mean that the vehicle will be able to handle bumpy off-road terrain in a more efficient manner.
The CRF50F mini-bike is priced from £1,300 while the fun off-roaders are priced at £1,400 for the CRF70F and a £1,900 price tag is attached to the CRF100F. When it comes to the larger off-road machine range, the very popular CRF150RB is priced at £4,000, while the competitive CRF250R and CRF450R moto-crossers are offered at £6,500 and £6,600 respectively. The enduro-inspired ‘X’ 250 and 450 models are also priced at £5.875 and £6,275, respectively.