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2022 Honda CRF250R Project Build



The 2022 Honda CRF250R is all-new and while it is better and more powerful than the bike it replaces, it isn’t without shortcomings. While the engine is indeed peppier than the older powerplant, our test riders longed for more power throughout the rpm range. We slapped on an FMF Racing Powercore 4.1 Stainless Steel/Aluminum unit ($949.99) and enjoyed the added mid-range and top-end power that it added.
Suspension-wise, the CRF has an unbalanced feel with a lot of front-to-rear pitch when the throttle or brakes are applied. Race Tech tore into our components, added its proprietary Gold Valves, and customized our valving and spring settings to match the weight and speed of our test rider Austin Schott. All told, the $1250 upgrades gave the bike a more predictable ride, better balance, and great holdup. We finished the bike off with Pro Taper Fuzion Handlebars ($136.49), Piston Bones Graphics ($225), and an SDG USA Gripper Seat Cover ($69.99), and a set of Dunlop MX33 tires.

Donn Maeda

Donn Maeda is a 30-year veteran in moto-journalism, having worked at Cycle News and Dirt Rider before launching MXracer Magazine and TransWorld Motocross Magazine. Maeda is the Editor-In-Chief at Swapmoto Live and you can catch him on a dirt bike or in the saddle of a mountain bike on most days.

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