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2012 Honda CRF150R Expert Review

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2012 Honda CRF150R Expert Review

In 2007 Honda revolutionized the stagnant mini class by introducing the first four-stroke competition mini into the small bore ranks. Borrowing technology from its proven 250 and 450 models, Honda released the CRF150R. Just like the larger four-strokes, the 150 delivers a torquey, user-friendly motor that puts the power to the ground in a way unlike any of the current 85cc two-strokes.

The CRF150R has a serious advantage at the motocross track. The high revving four-stroke delivers strong, smooth and usable power all the way through its power curve. The motor is so strong that the AMA determined the bike would not be legal to compete in the 85cc class in AMA-sanctioned events. The CRF is however eligible in the supermini class, as well as in the 85cc class at other, non AMA-sanctioned events. The benefits of the CRF150R motor stretch far beyond the MX track, though. Trail riders and weekend warriors will find the user-friendly motor much to their liking.

Honda left the CRF150R unchanged for 2008 and 2009. In 2010 and 2011 they didnít release new models, but instead continued selling the 2009 model. Finally, five years after its original release, Honda has decided to update the little thumper for 2012 and address any flaws that the previous model may have had. We got a first ride on the new CRF during the press intro back in September, and came away very impressed with the new 150 and its changes. Our mini test rider was so impressed with the new CRF that we begged Honda to hold onto the new bike and further test the machine at a variety of tracks and trails to see if itís really as good as he first thought.

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