Honda trail lineup goes fuel injected | News
Following on the acclaimed expansion and elevation of the 2019 CRF Performance line, Honda today revealed the 2019 edition of its popular CRF Trail family.
The range boasts two dramatically updated models and one completely new machine.
All three new CRF Trail models—the CRF250F, CRF125F (including CRF125F Big Wheel) and CRF110F—benefit from the adoption of Keihin electronic fuel injection systems. The updates improve on the line’s friendly nature by providing more linear power and improved handling precision without sacrificing the comfort for which Honda’s recreational off-road models have been renowned since the first XR75 was unveiled in 1973.
“While Honda made waves this year with its CRF Performance models, we didn’t forget about recreational riders,” said Lee Edmunds, American Honda’s Senior Manager of Powersports Marketing. “Technological advances give the 2019 CRF250F, CRF125F and CRF110F improved trail performance for new and experienced riders alike, while also making them easier to own.”
The flagship of the CRF Trail line, the new CRF250F has Keihin electronically controlled fuel injection and a SOHC long-stroke, air-cooled engine for a linear power delivery. Meanwhile, the secure chassis is a great platform for learning while also providing capability that many riders will never outgrow. The engine boasts 22cc more displacement than the outgoing CRF230F, while the new chassis has 12mm more rear-wheel travel and 5mm taller seat foam; however, the 883mm seat height is only 5mm higher. The 6L steel fuel tank contains an internal fuel pump with a reserve level sensor; a bar-mounted “low fuel” indicator light means no more reaching down to switch the tank’s petcock to reserve. More power, intuitive handling, race-bike technology and styling, and Honda’s legendary reliability ensure that this starter bike will also be a keeper bike.
CRF125F / CRF125 Big Wheel
Already an ideal midsize trail bike for the mid-height recreational rider, the CRF125F now has a new twin-spar steel frame and a Keihin electronic fuel injection system, making it smoother, stronger and more stable, instilling even more confidence in its rider. Returning is the proven SOHC 124cc engine and four-speed transmission. Thanks to the design of the new frame, the seat height is only .2mm higher at a low 739mm, despite thicker seat foam and 10mm and 12mm more front and rear suspension travel, respectively. Customers have the choice of a Big Wheel version that swaps the 17- and 14-inch rims for 19- and 16-inches, raising seat height by 45mm and increasing front and rear suspension travel. The new steel fuel tank houses a fuel pump and a sensor that indicates low fuel via a handlebar-mounted light. There’s no mistaking the CRF Performance line-inspired bodywork, which improves looks and allows easier rider manoeuvrability.
Fuel injection reaches the kid-friendly CRF110F, making the 109cc engine even smoother than before. A four-speed semi-automatic transmission is ideal for new riders, and a more supple ride comes courtesy of a twin-spar steel frame that takes the harshness out of big impacts. Although there’s 12mm more rear-suspension travel and a 5mm thicker seat, the seat height is actually 10mm lower! An indicator light on the handlebar illuminates when only 0.75L of fuel remain in the tank, grips are now a half-waffle pattern for better feel with smaller hands, and a ratchet-style fuel cap minimizes the chance of loosening during a ride. Parents and riding instructors get the peace of mind of knowing their rider is on a smooth and secure machine that will last through the years, and the CRF110F’s new features instill even more confidence and independence in its young rider.