Honda has announced its full 2020 off-road and dual-purpose line-up, with the upgraded CRF250RX/R models taking centre stage.
A total of 12 models sit in the Honda off road range for 2020, with eight performance CRFs and four in the trail segment. Among the highlights for 2020 are the updated CXRF250R and RX models, the re-introduction of the CRF150R and for the moto-heads a CRF450RWE (Works Edition) Ken Roczen replica.
CRF250R and CRF250RX
Bringing it in-line with the flagship CRF450R, the 20YM CRF250RX and R receive the most attention and upgrades to chassis and engine, boosting both performance and handling.
Engine changes bring increases of 4% and 8% respectively to peak power and torque, at the same time as improving the all-important low to mid-range torque, with an upgraded cylinder head and piston design plus optimised inlet and exhaust ports to make full use of new cam profiles.
A revised 2nd gear ratio has been introduced to fully exploit the increase in power, with third and fourth gears now featuring a low friction coating for smoother changes. Completing the engine upgrades, the CRF250R receives new FI maps based on learnings from the 450R, for tuned power delivery depending on gear selection.
Weight is also reduced within the frame and swingarm improve the flex of the chassis. Combined with increased rigidity in the swingarm, Honda claims the result is improved stability and tracking accuracy. Changes to the suspension have been made to increase low speed damping.
The CRF250R and RX also get new rear brake pads specially developed to improve longevity and performance, removing the need for a rear disc cover, and the bike is available with new graphics for 2020.
CRF450R and CRF450RX
After receiving substantial performance upgrades in 2019, the biggest upgrade for the 2020 CRF450R and CRF450RX is the addition of Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), which works alongside revised HRC Launch Control and ECU FI map settings.
The three mode, HSTC works to minimise rear wheel spin and maximise traction. It doesn’t use a wheel speed sensor but instead works to maintains feel at the throttle while managing power by retarding ignition timing and controlling the PGM-FI (fuel injection) when the rpm change is detected. One bonus is the HSTC retains the last-selected setting for the next ride when the engine is switched off and the system can also be switched off.
For 2020 the 450 RX and R models get slight changes to the suspension settings and the battery box has been tweaked, positioning the battery slightly lower for improved C of G.
Like its 250cc siblings, the CRF450R and CRF450RX benefit from new rear brake pads, developed to improve longevity and performance, and revised front and rear suspension to increase low-speed compression damping under hard braking and acceleration. Refreshed graphics keep it in-line with the revised CRF250R.
The exclusive motocross model receives updates for 2020 to keep it in line with changes made to the HRC race bikes of Ken Roczen and Cole Seeley.
A full Yoshimura titanium exhaust system arrives for the first time on a Honda model (rather than just the muffler).
Like all the 450R models it has Honda’s Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) as standard, developed through HRC’s worldwide racing effort, which brings three levels power options via a handlebar-mounted switch.
A new battery position lowers the centre of gravity plus internal tweaks to suspension, improved rear brake-pad performance, new dual-compound Renthal grips and graphic updates.
At just under $12,000 it is a big hole from the bank account but this is one special bike. Available from August in the US.
CRF450L, CRF250L and CRF250 Rally
Honda’s road-legal, dual purpose models are creating a healthy following around the world for trail, adventure and rally riders. The CRF450L, released in 2018 and surprisingly useful off-roader, uses the same frame and engine as the CRF450R and will see graphics upgrades the same as the CRF250R and CRF450R. Read our test of the CRF450L here.
The CFR250L and CRF250 RALLY are now available in a new ‘stealth’ black colour scheme.
Available in both small and big wheel models, the Honda CRF150R uses the versatile unicam four-stroke engine, Showa suspension through the Pro-Link rear linkage, and 37mm USD forks.
The CRF150R is offered in both standard and Big Wheel versions, the latter featuring larger wheels, a taller seat height, and more rear suspension travel to better suit larger riders.
Also available from August in the US.
More information USA: powersports.honda.com
More information Europe: hondanews.eu
Jon PearsonEnduro21 Editor and Bike Testerjon.firstname.lastname@example.org