Honda updates its motocross range for 2012 model year

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 4, 2011

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.

Press Release

UPDATES FOR HONDA’S MOTOCROSS RANGE DUE FOR 2012

Exciting updates have been announced for three of Honda’s flagship off-road machines for 2012, which sees improved suspension and power to enhance rider confidence and sharpen further the winning edge of these already hugely popular machines.

The class-leading CRF405R and CRF250R machines will be receiving engine updates, improved suspension and wider footpegs, while the CRF150RB will see engine updates for improved power, torque and driveability plus revised suspension to improve action. All three models will sport new Honda Racing-inspired graphics.

The CRF450R has optimised suspension on the front and rear with more rigid fork outer tubes, plus a tough and lightweight Honda Progressive Steering Damper. Combined with the new wider and lighter footpegs, these updates are designed to give riders greater stability on rough terrain and improve steering.

There are several changes on the CRF250R’s power-plant to include an all-new cylinder head and new camshaft for enhanced drivability at low and medium rpm, plus enhanced mid range power and torque feel. Other changes to this lightweight off-roader include new Pro-Link rear suspension linkage for enhanced traction and improved chassis control, new suspension settings and longer and wider footpegs for stable running on rough terrain which together, will further boost rider confidence.

The updates for the CRF150RB will focus on enhanced reliability and durability with a revamped liquid-cooled 149cm³ 4-stroke engine at the forefront of these changes, with stronger power, torque and drivability across a wider rev range the most significant part. Revised suspension settings mean a 37mm inverted Showa front fork and Pro-Link rear suspension system is now in place to deal with bumpy off-road terrain more efficiently.

Honda’s current range of off-road machines start from just £1,300 for the youngster friendly CRF50F mini-bike, with the CRF70F and CRF100F fun off-roaders priced at £1,400 and £1,900 respectively. In the larger off-road machine range, the current and ever popular CRF150RB is available at £4,000, with the competitive CRF250R and CRF450R moto-crossers available at £6,500 and £6,600 respectively. The enduro-inspired ‘X’ 250 and 450 models are also available at £5.875 and £6,275.

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