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Old 01-26-2011, 09:28 PM
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I just had race tech redo my forks and shocks on my old 87 cr250. I took it out today and have never rode a bike with such outstanding all round suspension. Now I have to do something with the power to keep up with those pesky 450's
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Old 01-29-2011, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Hal_396 View Post
I just had race tech redo my forks and shocks on my old 87 cr250. I took it out today and have never rode a bike with such outstanding all round suspension. Now I have to do something with the power to keep up with those pesky 450's
hi mate i got a 86 cr250 how much did it cost for your shocks to get done

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best YEAR im quite enjoying this one at the mo

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Old 02-07-2011, 02:47 PM
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Wow great looking CR. that picture takes me back a long time. I remember wanting one of those so bad...
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Old 02-07-2011, 02:58 PM
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That is a great looking 86! I loved the cartridge forks on the 86's they were awesome, the rear shock needed work to make it good but once that was done great bike with a very healthy motor.

Remember the first time I lined up on the 86 I was all of 16 and 145lbs soaking wet, I SMOKED everyone to the first corner where I promptly stalled it
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:56 PM
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Man that IS a pretty '86! You know what kills me.. if you put a current 250C class out there on identical '86 CR 250s, the results would probably look about the same, most jumps would be doable, but the '86 cost what, $2,500 new!?
I hate to rant but the more I get into my 96 CR 250 rebuild the more I see how LITTLE the bikes really changed from year to year. And in some cases it appears they even went backwards. I remember every year as a kid thinking 'oh wow, big changes, I'm going to get SMOKED when those new ones come out...'
Sure, there were some big leaps in the 80s (water cooling, USD cartridge forks, low-boy ergonomics/pipes, disc brakes, power valves, etc) but other than the four stroke evolution, changes in the past 20 years haven't been that amazing.
Look how many people on this thread have said that the 01 was the best CR250 ever, and I don't think we're talking about just 'in its day', it sounds like we are talking about if we had to line one up tomorrow what would we pick? My old steel framed 96 CR weighs 25 pounds less than my last CRF 450. 25 pounds! That's like carrying a baby around the track with you!
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:14 PM
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I came across this thread while browsing for pictures of works honda cr250s lol.

im in college now and havent ridden in about 5 years (damn i miss it)

im 22 and have ridden alot of bikes in my day, but here is what i have to offer about the CR's

I had a 2001 CR250, had it valved for my weight, put the kehin carb from the 00 CR on it and boy did she rip! the mikuni was finicky and a ***** to jet but the kehin offered more consistency

ive ridden a 93, 00, 01, 02 and 04 cr250

the 93 i rode was setup for harescrambles and had weird gearing IIRC but the motor was good, nonetheless.

the 00 i rode was bone stock and i noticed its powerband was more broad compared to my 01 which had a nice mid range hit and revved out. I liked the 00 as it seemed alittle bit more easy to control

my 01 was straight nasty, i had a pc works pipe on it and a pc304 (i think) silencer, i liked this combo but switched to an FMF fatty and Powercore II silencer because i liked the waythe FMF silencer sounded and the fatty gave it a nasty midrange hit. the pc pipe was def more broad.

i honestly used to jet the bike rich to slow it down because it was way to fast. when i was riding it i was 5'5 120 lbs (maybe 150 in gear soaking wet). i remember i was jetting it one day and doing plug chops..i had the bike dialed just right and man did that thing RIP. i used to ride alot of MX and the bike would tire me out and i learned that if i jetted the bike rich it would soften 'the hit'. it still had enough power to get me over any jump

the 02's that ive ridden were ratted out freestyle bikes that weren't jetted right, felt weird b/c of the low cut seat and ape hanger handle bars

i rode an 04 cr250 and the bike felt SUPER light and i actually liked the powerband because it was alittle bit enemic and easy to hang on too. think LINEAR...compared to the 05 YZ250 I rode and the 04 RM250 I had, the case reed CR motor felt like a 125 in all honesty.

my 01 cr250 handled alright, but honestly in a perfect world i'd stick an 00-01 motor in an 04+ cr250 frame.

that being said, id still buy an 04+ cr250 over an 01, but id pick the 01 cr250 over any other 250 model of that year, hands down.

the newer motors are really mid-ranged based from what i can remember, they are like 125s on steroids..but honestly i think its stupid how people say the motors suck.

as good as the 01 motor was, it still was weak compared to any 03+ yz250 or 04+ rm250 (the rm motor is a clone of the yz) it revs quicker, broad power, and just more brutish. the yz is more "tractor" like while the RM has a nasty punch in the midrange like the 01cr motor did but it would eat up any cr motor stock for stock

it takes a REAL man to ride a 250 2-stroke to its full potential and i thought the newer cr250 had an easy to ride motor compared to a fire breather like the YZ based motors that were found on the newer KX's and RM's ..and of course the YZ's. my friends 03 yz250 felt like a damn thumper..ive moto'd an 05 and the bike was like a tractor!! it just kept pulling

hell, most people couldnt even ride a 125 to its max...

heres me on my 01 back in the day, damn i miss riding!!!

heres a sneak @ a project i was working on before i sold off all my bike stuff and got into cars (big mistake!!!!)

02 frame w/ an 01 motor

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Old 12-28-2011, 02:36 PM
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I have two 2001's and love them! One is completely stock except a pro circuit expansion chamber, and the other has the suspension re-valved, emig racing triple clamps (not sure what the offset is), boyesen rad valves, fmf fatty w/power core 2 silencer, and now bold new plastics

I pretty much stole these two, only paying $2,000 for both bikes. Only thing I've invested is new grips, a set of levers, and new plastics for one bike.

I switched to these from a 2007 crf250, and honestly think everything about the bike is better. Maybe its just my riding style, and the fact that i weigh 180lbs, but i hated the '07 because it was just a huge turd!

I've ridden an '05 & '08 YZ250, and their power is definitely more linear than the '01 Honda. I've found the more aggressive you ride the Honda the better it performs. I personally like the hard hit they have now that I am used to it. I was terrified of the bike at first! I've noticed the non stock bike is 100 times better than the stock, but the stock is still a really good bike.

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Old 12-28-2011, 04:36 PM
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What about my 98? Doesn't it also have a mechanical power valve?
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Old 12-29-2011, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by BlackCR25098 View Post
What about my 98? Doesn't it also have a mechanical power valve?
Yes, but why do you ask?
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:23 PM
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So far i really think my 01 Cr250 is my favorite of all bikes,the motor really is amazing.This is comparing it to my last two YZ250 03/05 .
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:29 PM
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honestly i think all the cr's are just as good as the last one

if i had to choose one tho id choose either mid 80's or 2001 for power.
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