Team SLR Honda restored and prepped a perfect 2006 Honda CR250R for Baja and desert off-road racing – it’s bikes like these that makes us wonder why some Japanese brands ditch two-strokes…

It’s 15 years more or less since Honda stopped making two-strokes and our longing for them hasn’t wavered. Which is why when we saw Team SLR owner Mark Samuels had built a 2006 Honda CR250R, and made an awesome video ripping it through the desert, we wanted to know more.

It’s a CR wearing all the knowledge collected during the many years racing the SCORE World Desert Championship and other American off-road races. Skills and knowledge into adapting the MX model for Baja style races that multi-time winner Samuels knows all about.

A bike “based on the standard model” with a rebuilt the engine and parts including a Garage Buddy kit from Wiseco, a full Pro Circuit exhaust system and an anti-friction treatment for the Showa forks which carry their old Baja settings.

Team SLR 2006 Honda CR250R parts list:

  • Base model 2006 Honda CR250R
  • PC Pipe and Silencer 
  • Hinson clutch 
  • BRP Top triple clamp with Scotts stabilizer mount
  • ODI Champ Bars 
  • ODI Full Waffle soft grips 
  • IMS tank
  • IMS footpegs
  • BRP chain slider 
  • D.I.D 520 Chain 
  • D.I.D Dirt star wheels 
  • ProX brake disks 
  • Acerbis X-factory handguards
  • Dunlop 739 rear tyre, and MX53 front with Nitro Mousses fitted
  • Baja Designs Squadron headlight, 
  • Ricky Stator stator
  • Split Designs Graphics 
  • Moto Seats seat cover 
  • Stock 47mm Showa forks anti-friction coated and set to original setting for Samuels


Check this “last Samurai” in action:



Photo Credit: Team SLR