Discussion in 'Honda' started by Moto7man, Sep 14, 2017.
I bought this bike about two years ago. I just finished it last Saturday. SHE RIPS LIKE A BEAST!
Wide ratio trans? like the CRE's had? Sweet!!
Thanks for the compliment! Yes, just like the CREs.
I took the CR out for the first time this Friday for basic setup and 30 mile loop.
First, she is very smooth and very fast, great bottom end with a solid rush through the midrange and a huge over rev. Power everywhere without any drop offs. The power is linear, that you don't feel you are going fast, but you are ripping it. Probably the fastest 250 that I have ever ridden and with less torque and more peak power than my GasGas 300.
Second, the IMS Wide Ratio transmission is awesome, it transforms the CR from an MX bike to a woods weapon. Third gear becomes a really do it all gear on the bike.The wide ratio trains just smooths out the delivery and drastically reduces the need to shift. It really puts the power to the ground with the auto clutch.
Third, the Honda steel frame,IMHO, is awesome, its compliant but corners awesome. I never thought I would ever say this but it will turn inside my GasGas. At race speed the CR tracks well, you can get on it and go fast with minimal setup. Even with a bash plate, it feels light with a low center of gravity.
Fourth, WER did a complete setup (reanodized,rebuild,revalve)on the stock Showa suspension. Some people complain about the stock suspension and the open cartridge forks. WER did a great job, the suspension rides high in the stoke and is very progressive, it is perfect for woods work.
Overall, I rode with several people, some on new KTMs, the Honda could turn inside all of them and it was very smooth to roll into a fast pace and maintain it. I felt like the Honda, in a like new condition now, was a big advantage. I think Honda should have pursued their steel frame technology because this CR has clear advantages over many modern machines. Just my 2 cents, but riding is believing.
I got to ride a CRE250 once. I really liked it, It was a lot like my 97 GG 250ec. Geometery was close and the old GG engine is a cr250 mill with the wr trans, in fact several parts are interchangeable.
That is cool, I knew they had some similarities but I didn't know that they were that close. thanks for sharing!
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