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2012 Honda CRF230F/CRF150F Preview

2012 Honda Motorcycles

Honda may place much emphasis on all-out performance dirt bikes such as the CRF 450 R, but the Japanese marquee continues to cater to the play-bike scene.

For 2012, Honda returns with the CRF230 F and the CRF150 F, both motorcycles featuring electric start. The CRF230F is designed for maintenance-free, all-day fun and off-road adventure.

The CRF150F has "moderate chassis dimension, easy-to-use four-stroke power, electric starter and more rider-friendly features," making the bike very enjoyable for the beginning motorcyclists.

Both the Honda CRF 230 F and the CRF 150 F will be available this November.

2012 Honda CRF230F Specs:

Model: CRF230F
Engine Type: 223cc air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore and Stroke: 65.5mm x 66.2mm
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Valve Train: SOHC; two-valve
Induction: 26mm piston-valve carburetor
Ignition: CD
Transmission: Six-speed
Final Drive: #520 O-ring-sealed chain; 13T/50T
Suspension Front: 37mm leading-axle Showa fork; 9.5 inches travel

Rear: Pro-Link Showa single shock with spring preload adjustability; 9.0 inches travel

Brakes Front: Single 240mm disc

Rear: Drum

Tires Front: 80/100-21

Rear: 100/100-18

Wheelbase: 54.1 inches
Rake (Caster Angle): 27.3°
Trail: 112mm (4.4 inches)
Seat Height: 34.1 inches
Ground Clearance: 11.7 inches
Fuel Capacity: 1.9 gallons, including 0.4-gallon reserve
Color: Red
Curb Weight: 249 poun

 

2012 Honda CRF150F Specs:

Model: CRF150F
Engine Type: 149cc air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore and Stroke: 57.3mm x 57.8mm
Compression ratio: 9.5:1
Valve Train: SOHC; two-valve
Induction: 24mm piston-valve carburetor
Ignition: CDI
Transmission: Five-speed
Final Drive: #520 O-ring-sealed chain; 13T/48T
Suspension Front: 35mm leading-axle Showa fork; 9.1 inches travel

Rear: Pro-Link Showa single shock; 8.9 inches travel

Brakes Front: Single 240mm disc

Rear: Drum

Tires Front: 70/100-19

Rear: 90/100-16

Wheelbase: 52.2 inches
Rake (Caster Angle): 26.7°
Trail: 87mm (3.4 inches)
Seat Height: 32.5 inches
Ground Clearance: 10.0 inches
Fuel Capacity: 1.9 gallons, including 0.4-gallon reserve
Color: Red
Curb Weight: 236 pounds

 

 

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).

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