Suspension and handling has been honed too: a fully adjustable Showa rear shock is mounted low and on the centre-line of the machine for optimal mass centralisation. Up front the new steel-coil-sprung 49mm Showa USD fork has a smooth progressive action and is fully adjustable; it’s a combination that provides ‘factory like’ race-spec suspension.
The CRF250R uses the seventh generation CRF aluminium beam frame – the same as the CRF450R – to improve turning performance, front-end stability and traction. The main spars are tapered to achieve that fine balance between rigidity and flexibility. Combined with a longer swingarm, it also aids ‘hook-up’ for greater rear wheel drive and high levels of rider feedback.