2008 Honda CRF Review


Honda motorcycles have dominated motocross for quite some time now and the Honda CRF is just another example of why. The 2008 Honda CRF is an excellent option for new, young bikers. The CRF combines easy to use power with a firm suspension for a fun ride. Its strong and robust engine delivers smooth power that is controlled by the three-speed manual transmission with automatic clutch. The bike is a decent enough choice for adults too, since its adjustable throttle limiter allows the rider to tailor the necessary power according to skill level. Reliability is not an issue either because of the build quality and well-designed engine and bodywork. For young riders, the 2008 Honda CRF comes with a parent-friendly adjustable throttle limiter that lets the parent decide how much power the engine delivers and how fast the bike can go. The system is simple to adjust, and it keeps children safe. The automatic clutch system is also child-friendly because it is easier for first-time rider to learn. There is no need to worry about stalling the engine or pressing or releasing the clutch lever on the handlebar. All they need to do is shift gears with their toes.

The 2008 Honda CRF comes in many different models to satisfy riders of all ages. Each model corresponds with the engine size: CRF 50F, CRF 70F, CRF 80F, CRF 100F, CRF 150R, CRF 150F, CRF 230F, CRF 230L, CRF 250R, CRF 250X, and the much more powerful CRF 450R and CRF 450X.

The 2008 Honda CRF is one of the more popular and successful dirt bikes used in track racing, especially at the lower engine ranges. The split engine design allows engine and transmission oil to be separated. This, along with the high build quality typical of Honda helps keep the company’s reputation for durability and value.

New For 2008

  • The cylinder head porting and camshaft timing were modified over the 2007 spec and lighter valve train components were implemented.
  • The engine's counterbalance shaft and gears are lighter to improve throttle response.
  • A new black box and exhaust design bumped the rev limiter up 130 rpm (from 13,370 rpm to 13,500 rpm.
  • The clutch is equipped with stiffer clutch springs and a special judder spring to improve feel

2008 Honda CRF Specs

  • Model: CRF 50F, CRF 70F, CRF 80F, CRF 100F, CRF 150F, CRF 230F, CRF 150R, CRF 150R, CRF 230L, CRF 250R, CRF 250X, CRF 450R, CRF 450X
  • Engine Type: 49cc single-cylinder four-stroke, 70cc single-cylinder four-stroke, 79cc single-cylinder four-stroke, 100cc single-cylinder four-stroke, 150cc single-cylinder four-stroke, 249cc single-cylinder four-stroke, 449cc single-cylinder four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.9 inches and 1.63 inches, 3.78 inches and 2.44 inches
  • Compression ratio: 101:1, 121:1
  • Valve Train: Single overhead cam
  • Induction: Air
  • Ignition: Kick
  • Transmission: Manual/ Automatic Clutch
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 0.7 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Drum
  • Brakes (Rear): Drum
  • Suspension (Front): Non-adjustable inverted fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Non-adjustable steel twin-sided arm
  • Wheelbase: 36 inches
  • Rake: 25 degrees
  • Trail: 1.3 inches
  • Seat Height: 21.6 inches
  • Curb Weight: 49.9 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 2.5 X 10
  • Tires (Rear): 2.5 X 10


  • Red paint color
  • Expedition rear rack or luggage rack mounting system
  • Indestructible rear disc guard
  • Ergonomics throttle cam system
  • F3, F5, or F6 footpeg
  • Honda Performance MX Grip

Key Competitors For The 2008 Honda CRF

  • Kawasaki KLR650
  • Suzuki DR-Z400S
  • Suzuki V-Strom 650
  • Kawasaki Super Sherpa