2018 Honda CRF450R & RX, Where is the CRF250RX?
So what is missing from Honda’s latest press release? YES, 2018 250cc machines. We were already pretty certain the CRF250R motocross bike for 2018 will receive the changes that the 450 received in 2017 but what about an RX off-road? If Honda falls in suit with KTM and Yamaha, for example, and creates off-road models based off moto bikes, there should be a 2018 CRF250RX in the lineup. We believe the answer is yes, so our artists came up with a rendition of what a 2018 CRF250RX might look like – ENJOY!
There were no real surprises when Honda sent out the press release showcasing the 2018 CRF450R and CRF450RX. We expected a dedicated electric start and speculated it might come with a hydraulic clutch, new suspension settings, and maybe different engine mounts. We were kind of right, the electric start that was an accessory for 2017 is now standard. The 2018’s also come with lighter weight lithium-ion battery compared to what came standard on the RX in 2017. There has also been some suspension updates, probably valving and maybe springs, Honda was not specific. The standard ECU settings have been altered to improve performance “more useable than ever,” in Honda’s words. Other than that the bike remains the same as 2017. What has also changed is the price, $9149 for the R (2017 was $8449 but no electric start) and $9249 for the RX. The R will be available in July of this year and the RX in August. With the addition of a dedicated electric start the 2018 CRF450R might gain a few pounds, five according to Honda. Honda’s claim is 248lbs full of fuel and fluids for the 2018 R model. Remember fuel is about 6 pounds per gallon so without fuel subtract at least 10 pounds, but who rides a bike with no fuel?
But there could still be more, maybe 2018 or maybe not until 2019? If you read our story on the CRF250L Rally, we said that someone from Honda’s planning department made a vague reference and mentioned there might be more bikes to come. This reference may have been referring to a possible 2018 CRF250RX or maybe a more off-road oriented dual sport bike. Officially we will have to wait for Honda or put our ear to the ground.
For now we can speculate but stay tuned for more 2018 models to hit DBT in the weeks and months to come. For more information on Honda’s 2018 line, Click The Link Here.
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