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EICMA 2018: Honda Trail Bikes Get Fuel Injection

EICMA 2018:  Honda Trail Bikes Get Fuel Injection

EICMA is known for its concept bike reveals and new product launches, and Honda didn’t disappoint, revealing a raft of new or updated products for 2019. We already covered the sporty new 2019 Honda CB650R, but now we’re shifting gears and playing a round of, “Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need- roads” with Honda’s CRF line of trail bikes. All of which are getting electronic fuel injection for 2019!

They’re two of the basic tenets of Gas 2. “The best way to appreciate nature is to get out in it,” and, “Two wheels are better than four.” Honda’s small-displacement trail bikes deliver nearly triple-digit fuel economy and, thanks to that fancy new fuel injection, they’ll do so with lower emissions than ever before– and with a broader power band, as well.

You can read more about the new 2019 CRF250F, CRF125F, and CRF110F below. I’ve also included some pictures of the bikes’ new bodywork and graphics, so take a look and let us know what you think of the new bikes at the bottom of the page. And– before you say it– here’s an electric bike for you. Enjoy!


Honda Brings CRF Performance Technology, Fuel Injection to CRF Trail Line

TORRANCE, Calif. — Following on the acclaimed expansion and elevation of the 2019 CRF Performance line, Honda today revealed the 2019 edition of its popular CRF Trail family, which boasts two dramatically updated models and one completely new machine. All three new CRF Trail models—the CRF250F, CRF125F (including CRF125F Big Wheel) and CRF110F—benefit from the adoption of Keihin electronic fuel injection systems, and all are 50-state off-road legal. The updates improve on the line’s friendly nature by providing more linear power and improved handling precision without sacrificing the comfort for which Honda’s recreational off-road models have been renowned since the first XR75 was unveiled in 1973.

“While Honda made waves this year with its CRF Performance models, we didn’t forget about recreational riders,” said Lee Edmunds, American Honda’s Senior Manager of Powersports Marketing. “Technological advances give the 2019 CRF250F, CRF125F and CRF110F improved trail performance for new and experienced riders alike, while also making them easier to own.”


2019 Honda CRF250F

The flagship of the CRF Trail line, the new CRF250F has Keihin electronically controlled fuel injection and a SOHC long-stroke, air-cooled engine for a linear power delivery. Meanwhile, the secure chassis is a great platform for learning while also providing capability that many riders will never outgrow. The engine boasts 22cc more displacement than the outgoing CRF230F, while the new chassis has 12mm more rear-wheel travel and 5mm taller seat foam; however, the 34.8 inch seat height is only .2 inches higher. The 1.6 gallon steel fuel tank contains an internal fuel pump with a reserve level sensor; a bar-mounted “low fuel” indicator light means no more reaching down to switch the tank’s petcock to reserve. More power, intuitive handling, race-bike technology and styling, and Honda’s legendary reliability ensure that this starter bike will also be a keeper bike.

Color: Red
Price: $4,599
Availability: February 2019


2019 Honda CRF125F / CRF125 Big Wheel

Already an ideal midsize trail bike for the mid-height recreational rider, the CRF125F now has a new twin-spar steel frame and a Keihin electronic fuel injection system, making it smoother, stronger and more stable, instilling even more confidence in its rider. Returning is the proven SOHC 124cc engine and four-speed transmission. Thanks to the design of the new frame, the seat height is only .2mm higher at a low 29.1 inches, despite thicker seat foam and 10mm and 12mm more front and rear suspension travel, respectively. Customers have the choice of a Big Wheel version that swaps the 17- and 14-inch rims for 19- and 16-inches, raising seat height by 1.8 inches and increasing front and rear suspension travel. The new steel fuel tank houses a fuel pump and a sensor that indicates low fuel via a handlebar-mounted light. There’s no mistaking the CRF Performance line-inspired bodywork, which improves looks and allows easier rider maneuverability.

Color: Red
Price: TBA
Availability: TBA


2019 Honda CRF110F

Fuel injection reaches the kid-friendly CRF110F, making the 109cc engine even smoother than before. A four-speed semi-automatic transmission is ideal for new riders, and a more supple ride comes courtesy of a twin-spar steel frame that takes the harshness out of big impacts. Although there’s 12mm more rear-suspension travel and a 5mm thicker seat, the seat height is actually .4 inches lower! An indicator light on the handlebar illuminates when only .2 gallons of fuel remain in the tank, grips are now a half-waffle pattern for better feel with smaller hands, and a ratchet-style fuel cap minimizes the chance of loosening during a ride. Parents and riding instructors get the peace of mind of knowing their rider is on a smooth and secure machine that will last through the years, and the CRF110F’s new features instill even more confidence and independence in its young rider.

Color: Red
Price: TBA
Availability: TBA


Source | Images: Hondanews.

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Jo Borrás
Jo Borras has been in the auto industry since 1997, and has been a contributor to various automotive and technology blogs for more than a decade. You can find him #resisting on Twitter, talking Swedish metal at his Volvo fansite, out cruising on two wheels, or chasing his kids around Oak Park, IL.