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Honda 2011 off-roaders – try before you buy

7th September 2010 Print

Honda Motorcycles has unveiled its exciting 2011 line-up of off-road machines and is encouraging customers to test and enjoy the range at the Mick Extance Off-Road Experience in the coming months.

For 2011, both the updated CRF450R and CRF250R class-leading machines will receive new ‘Honda red’ graphics, as well as comply with the latest FIM noise regulations in Europe, thanks to new ECU mapping and a narrower throttle body. In time for this season, the CRF450R received a number of updates including improved throttle response, quicker hook-up to the HRC fuel-injection tool and an auto-decompressor system for the liquid-cooled motor to aid kick-starting. The chassis also benefitted from updated forks and rear shock. For 2010 the CRF250R received a full model revision with an advanced fuel-injection system derived from the 450R, new engine parts, valve springs, higher compression and a larger radiator. The updated motor was mated to a new frame and longer swingarm for increased traction. For 2011 the 149cc four-stroke CRF150R will also comply with the new FIM noise regulation. The CRF150R further comes in a ‘big-wheel’ version, the CRF150RB, for more experienced riders and off-road competition.

The CRF450R will be available in October, with the CRF250R a month later in November. Their enduro-inspired relatives, the CRF250X and CRF450X receive new graphics for 2011, although no technical updates. Both the 250 and 450X CRF current models are available now, with the updated graphics 2011 model available in December. Prices are yet to be announced, but will be in line with the existing models.

For younger riders the CRF50F, 70F and 100F offer the best start in the world of off-road. Both the 50cc and 70cc CRFs offer light weight with distinctive red and white graphics, as well as a punchy single-cylinder motor with a three-speed automatic gearbox. Meanwhile, the CRF100F has a quiet, 100cc four-stroke motor with a five-speed manual gearbox, mated to a light and easy to use clutch – perfect for beginners or those more used to road machines.

There’s also no better place to try Honda’s range of off-roaders than the Mick Extance Off-road Experience. Mick is the most successful British Dakar rider of recent years and has a long history of excellence in all forms of off-road competition. The former British Enduro Class Champ has now retired from international events and is dedicated to providing people of all ages and abilities with the chance to experience Honda’s great and latest off-road machines, which he considers to be the best on the market. The Mick Extance Off-Road Experience currently runs CRF100F and CRF150Rs, as well as both 250 and 450 R and X model Hondas. For more information go to

To find out more about Honda’s great range of off-road bikes, visit your local Honda Motorcycle dealer, click on the ‘off-road’ area on