2016 Honda CRF250R

Podium Ready.

It’s the little things that make the difference between that sweet taste of champagne and finishing somewhere in the back of the pack. Because, face it, every racer wants to win, and most motocross bikes these days are pretty darn good. That’s why you have to bring your best to every moto. And that’s why Honda is bringing some updates to what was already the best bike in the class, our CRF250R.

This year's fine-tuning gives the CRF250R what it needs to keep you in front. New, larger radiators handle the output from a more powerful engine, which includes more cam lift and new titanium exhaust valves. Larger-diameter muffler pipes and a new resonator also help increase power. In terms of suspension, the Showa® Air Fork is five millimeters longer, and now features a Schrader valve to make adjusting the balance chamber easier. There’s even a new chain-roller diameter—our engineers haven’t missed a thing. And it’s all with one goal in mind: Giving you the best 250 MX bike there’s ever been. Mission accomplished!

Standard Features

  • LARGE FRONT BRAKE ROTORr: A full 260mm in diameter offers excellent stopping power and also superior lever feel.
  • REAR WAVE DISC: The wave-rotor shape of the CRF250R’s rear disc looks sharp, shaves weight and collects less debris.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT REAR SUBFRAME: The CRF250R’s twin-muffler setup lets our engineers move the mufflers towards the bike’s center of mass. That also lets us move their mounting points so the subframe can be lighter—and that means improved handling characteristics.
  • NEXT-GENERATION ALUMINUM FRAME: The CRF250R’s twin-spar aluminum chassis features lower frame spars to help lower the center of gravity and improve center of mass. The result? A machine that’s both responsive and stable, and that’s easier than ever to rail around the next berm.
  • PGM-FI SETTINGS: The settings on the CRF250R’s Programmed Fuel Injection are dialed in to help deliver smooth, predictable engine performance. But you can try your hand at tuning, too, with our available HRC Fuel Injection Setting Tool. It’s easily adjustable to specific track conditions, and you can refine your own settings in place of the smooth and aggressive settings on the engine mode selector.
  • BLACKED-OUT ACCENTS: Blackened radiator fin guards, rear disk guard and brake line guides look sharp and help the CRF250R stand out from the competition.
  • HONDA PROGRESSIVE STEERING DAMPER (HPSD): The HPSD is designed to work in conjunction with the front and rear suspension to give you unmatched steering precision under braking, acceleration, and in the whoops, ruts, and hardpack. There's nothing like it!
  • ENGINE MODE SELECT BUTTON: A simple handlebar-mounted mode-select button lets you dial in engine power delivery character with a push of your thumb. Choose between Standard, Smooth and Aggressive, depending on track conditions. If you want to change up the settings, you can reprogram the Smooth and Aggressive modes with our optional HRC Tuning Tool for a custom-tailored power delivery.
  • SHOWA® SFF-AIR TAC FORK: The CRF250R’s 49mm inverted Showa® SFF-Air TAC fork weighs less than a conventional-spring design, it’s easier to adjust, and it helps keep the front end planted. This year it’s also five millimeters longer to enhance the bike’s stability.
  • 249CC UNICAM ENGINE: With its high-compression head, increased cam lift for 2016, new piston, new con rod, new valve springs and titanium exhaust valves, the CRF250R’s engine produces more power this year. It’s easily the most rideable engine in the class.
  • SHORT TWIN-MUFFLER EXHAUST SYSTEM: Like our CRF450R, the CRF250R uses an exclusive twin-muffler setup. The mufflers are way shorter and lower, tucking in much closer to the bike’s center of mass. That helps make the CRF250R a better handling machine, and also contributes to the bike’s improved power. For 2016, the mufflers’ outlet pipes are bigger, too.
  • DUNLOP MX52FA TIRES: Developed using Dunlop’s “block-on-block” technology, the unidirectional MX52FA front tire and MX52 rear tire give excellent feedback and traction, and are a perfect complement for the CRF250R’s new suspension.

General Information

Manufacturer Honda
Model Year 2016
Model CRF250R
Model Code CRF250RG
Stock Number N/A
Color Red



Front - Single 260mm disc with twin-piston caliper

Rear - Single 240mm disc


Front - Dunlop MX52F 80/100-21

Rear - Dunlop MX52 100/90-19


Weight 231 lbs.
Ground Clearance 12.7 in.
Wheelbase 58.6 in.
Seat Height 37.4 in.


Transmission Close-ratio five-speed
Final Drive #520 chain; 13T/49T


Engine 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Displacement 249 cc
Bore x Stroke 76.8 x 53.8 mm
Compression Ratio 13.5:1
Fuel System Dual-Timing Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), 46mm throttle body
Fuel Capacity 1.7 gal.
Ignition Full transistor with electronic advance
Cooling Liquid



Front - 49mm inverted Showa SFF-TAC Air fork with 16-position rebound and 16-position compression damping adjustability; 12.2 inches travel

Rear - Pro-Link Showa single shockwith adjustable spring preload, 17-position rebound damping adjustability, and compression damping adjustment separated into low-speed (13 positions) and high-speed (3.5 turns); 12.3 inches travel

Rake 27°
Trail 4.6 in. (118 mm)