Motorcycle Types Motocross / Off-Road 2012 Honda CRF250R First Look: Motocross Racer

2012 Honda CRF250R First Look: Motocross Racer

For 2012, Honda has revamped the motor of its popular CRF250R, giving the motocross machine a wider powerband and additional low-end and mid-range torque.

To achieve these gains, the 2012 Honda CRF250R features a new cylinder head, camshaft and 46mm throttle body for “a right-now hit of power.”

Honda says the 2012 CRF250R also features some updated suspension, longer and wider footpegs and arrives stock with Dunlop’s premium MX51 tires.

Honda CRF250R: New for 2012

  • New cylinder head, camshaft and 46mm throttle body produce a broadened powerband featuring more low-end and midrange torque.
  • Updated suspension settings front and rear for improved tracking and more precise handling.
  • New footpegs are wider and longer for more support, and are now silver color.
  • New front axle collars add rigidity to the front end, increasing steering precision.

2012 Honda CRF250R Specs:

  • Engine Type:
  • Bore and Stroke: 76.8mm x 53.8mm
  • Compression ratio: 13.2:1
  • Valve Train: Unicam, four-valve; 30.5mm intake, titanium; 25mm exhaust, steel
  • Induction: PGM-FI, 50mm throttle body
  • Ignition: Full transistor with electronic advance
  • Transmission: Close-ratio five-speed
  • Final Drive: #520 chain; 13T/49T
  • Suspension Front: 48mm inverted Showa 16-position rebound and 16-position compression damping adjustability; 12.2 inches travel
  • Rear: 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); 12.5 inches travel
  • Tires: Dunlop MX51
  • Front tire: 80/100 x 21
  • Rear tire: 100/90 x 19
  • Front brake: Single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper
  • Rear brake: Single 240mm disc
  • Wheelbase: 58.6 inches
  • Rake: 27.1 degrees
  • Trail: 117mm 4.6 inches
  • Seat height: 37.6 inches
  • Ground clearance: 12.8 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 1.5 gallons
  • Color: Red
  • Curb weight: 227 pounds
  • Pricing: TBD

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

2021 Aprilia RSV4 and RSV4 Factory First Look (11 Fast Facts)

There are quite a few updates to the 2021 Aprilia RSV4 and RSV4 Factory. None of them are revolutionary. However, taken together, they add...

Honda CRF110F EFI Long-Term Test: 11-Year-Old Tested

When we got a hold of the 2019 Honda CRF110F, we were reluctant to give it back. Test rider Ben Karsian was cutting his...

2021 Moto Guzzi V9 Lineup First Look: Bobber and Roamer Updated

The  Moto Guzzi V9 lineup of the Bobber and Roamer gets a significant update for 2021. There’s a new motor powering the two V9s,...

Tirox SnapJack SS First Look: Motorcycle Chain Maintenance Aid

Although single-sided swingarms are designed to simplify maintenance, if the motorcycle doesn’t have a centerstand, it doesn’t make working on your drive chain any...

Titan One: A Custom Honda CB360 Like No Other (Exclusive Interview)

Some custom motorcycles suck you in with beauty and artistry. Others are an unapologetic kick to the groin. With a wood seat, short unmuffled...

2021 MotoAmerica King of the Baggers Rules (Provisional Regulations)

The inaugural MotoAmerica King of the Baggers race last October at WeatherTech Laguna Seca was a great success. The fans and riders loved it—big-inch...