2020 Honda CRF250R

The sharpest-turning 2020 250cc four-stroke motocrosser.

Honda CRF250R right side
2020 Honda CRF250RHonda

Looking back, 2018 was a monumental year for the Honda CRF250R. The 249cc motocrosser received a completely new engine and chassis, including a Showa 49mm coil-spring fork, Honda having abandoned the previous SFF Triple Air Chamber (TAC) fork. The 2018 model handled better than ever, benefiting from more suspension comfort and improved high-rpm power. Unfortunately, the DOHC engine lacked the low-end-to-midrange punch that the prior model’s SOHC package produced. Honda addressed this issue with revisions to the 2019 and ’20 models, both of which, in fact, have improved low-rpm grunt.

In spite of Honda’s efforts, however, the CRF250R still has the least bottom-end power in the class. As long as the rider fans the clutch and keeps revs up, the engine works just fine as it makes competitive peak power. The suspension strikes a good balance between performance and plushness, leaning slightly toward the former in overall feel. The CRF250R is also the sharpest-turning bike in the class, yet still has very good straight-line stability. Tester Allan Brown described the CRF250R as having, “a light-feeling chassis, excellent cornering ability, and smooth power. This adds up to very easy, low-energy-consumption riding.”

Honda CRF250R left side
2020 Honda CRF250RHonda

2020 Honda CRF250R Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $7,999
Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, single-cylinder
Displacement 249cc
Bore x Stroke 79.0mm x 50.9mm
Horsepower N/A
Torque N/A
Transmission 5-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 37.8 in.
Rake 27.4°
Trail 4.6 in.
Front Suspension 49mm fully adjustable; 12.0-in. travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 12.4-in. travel
Front Tire 80/100-21
Rear Tire 100/90-19
Wheelbase 58.3 in.
Fuel Capacity 1.6 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight 237 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height 37.2 in.
Dry Weight 236 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower 39.4 hp @ 12,300 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque 18.8 lb.-ft. @ 9,700 rpm
0–60 mph N/A
1/4-mile N/A
Braking 30–0 mph N/A
Braking 60–0 mph N/A