Trailbikes might not get the glory that race replicas do, but they fill an important niche. After all, not everyone who rides in the dirt aims to be the next motocross superstar like Ken Roczen, though the 2020 Honda CRF250F (new last year) can certainly be the perfect platform on which to begin that journey.
Its fuel-injected, air-cooled four-stroke engine provides reliable, easy-to-use power after pressing the electric-start button, while the full-size (18-inch rear, 21-inch front) wheels with disc brakes and quality Showa suspension ensure it’s ready to face most trails. In addition, its friendly 34.8-inch seat height makes it a great fit for a wide variety of riders no matter their experience.
A new model last year and an improvement on the CRF230F it replaced in Honda’s lineup, the CRF250F’s competition would be the new Kawasaki KLX230R and the venerable Yamaha TT-R230. Naturally, it meets CARB and EPA standards for year-round enjoyment and comes with a six-month, transferable, limited warranty that can be extended.
What else is attractive about the CRF250F? At just $4,599, it’s far more affordable than racer replicas that are twice the price, while not skimping on the aforementioned features.
Other than graphics, the 2020 Honda CRF250F is identical to the 2019 model down to the $4,599 price.