Honda CR250

Specifications

Model: 1999 CR250R
Engine Type: 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder two-stroke with electronically controlled RC valve
Bore and Stroke: 66.4mm x 72.0mm
Compression Ratio: 8.5:1
Induction: Four-petal crankcase reed valve
Carburetion: 38mm Mikuni TMX flat slide
Ignition: Solid-state three-dimensional map-type DC-CDI with electronic advance
Transmission: Close-ratio five-speed
Final Drive: #520 chain; 13T/49T
Front Suspension: 47mm inverted Showa cartridge fork with 16-position rebound and 16-position compression damping adjustability; 12.4-inch 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); 12.6-inch travel
Front Brake: Single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear Brake: Single 240mm disc
Front Tire: 80/100-21
Rear Tire: 110/90-19
Wheelbase: 58.4 inches
Rake (Caster Angle): 26.73 degrees
Trail: 106.7mm (4.2 inches)
Seat Height: 37.08 inches
Ground Clearance: 13.6 inches
Dry Weight: 213.0 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 2.0 gallons
Color: Red

This bike has 45.5 horsepower output, needless to say, it literally FLIES!

Here are some pictures of it, the same day when I got it. I think the neighbors must hate me now after making so much noise on our driveway. Use of a helmet is not mandatory, however it is stronly urged, as wel as the use of protective eyewear, motocross boots, kneepads, and a harnas for upper body protection.

A quote from the review of this bike in Motocross magazine USA:

"It is hard to keep the front wheel down, while in 1st gear, 2nd, 3rd, ... and even 4th gear!"

Notice the "Tractor Grip" tires which are designed exclusively for motocross use. This bike is not legally allowed to ride on public roads, as it is not equipped with headlights, turn signals, or even a horn.

Although this bike causes an incredible amount of extreme fun and addiction, it needs also a very considerable amount of maintenance. After every single ride, the chain needs to be lubricated (when finished cleaning the whole bike with a high pressure water hose). After 3 hours of serious use, numerous other things need to be checked and/or lubricated. 9 hours of riding requires the air filter to be cleaned or replaced. 20 hours of driving requires the piston and piston ring to be replaced amongst many other time-consuming miscelanneous tasks. The Honda CR250 can also be extremely dangerous for the unexperienced driver. Opening half throttle is plenty of power to send the bike flying in front, and above yourself...