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Kyle Wyman wins 78th running of the Daytona 200

MotoAmerica AMA Superbike rider scores first career Daytona 200 victory in dramatic fashion

The American Motorcyclist Association congratulates rider Kyle Wyman on winning the 78th edition of the Daytona 200.

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Bubba Shobert to be Grand Marshal of 2019 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Honda

Event returns to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, July 5-7

The American Motorcyclist Association welcomes three-time AMA Grand National Champion and AMA Superbike champion Bubba Shobert as Grand Marshal of...

Pfanders, Smith win multiple titles as 2019 AMA Daytona Bike Week Flat Track Championship Series comes to a close

18 riders win AMA No. 1 plates at conclusion of AMA Major Event

Bradon Pfanders and Colton Smith won multiple championships as the three-round 2019 AMA Bike Week Flat Track Series, an AMA Major Event, concluded...

Motorcyclists bring energy, excitement to Daytona Beach Main Street

Thousands of Daytona Bike Week attendees enjoy festivities

Main Street was the place to be Monday night as throngs of 2019 Daytona Bike Week attendees crowded the beachside strip.

Frye, DiFranceso, Thrasher among class champions at 2019 Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross event

23 amateur riders win AMA No. 1 plates on modified AMA Supercross track

Jarret Frye, Nate Thrasher and Ryder DiFrancesco were among the big winners at the 2019 Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, an AMA Major Event.

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AMA Press Releases

American Motorcyclist Association unveils new format for AMA Congress

Topics include competition electric motorcycles, safety requirements, government relations, recreational riding

The annual American Motorcyclist Association Congress considered a wide range of topics during its 51st meeting at the AMA Legends & Champions...

American Motorcyclist Association honors 2018 champions and award winners

Athletes of the Year, Nicky Hayden AMA Horizon Award winners among those recognized

The American Motorcyclist Association honored the 2018 season’s fastest amateur motorcycle racers and top event organizers at the American...

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame selects winning ticket for 2017 Ural Gear Up 'Adventure Together' raffle bike

Lisa J. Malachowsky's entry chosen by Nicky Hayden family

Lisa J. Malachowsky of Apex, N.C., was selected as the winner of the 2017 Ural Gear Up "Adventure Together" raffle bike in a drawing Friday at the...

2018 American Honda AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony honors six inductees

Gala draws motorcycling legends, industry leaders, enthusiasts from across the country

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inducted six new members Friday evening at the 2018 American Honda AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony...

American Motorcyclist Association announces 2019 International Six Days Enduro Qualifier Series schedule

East and West regional series to decide 2019 U.S. ISDE Club Team members

The American Motorcyclist Association has announced the dates for the 2019 International Six Days Enduro Qualifier Series events, which will be...

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Industry Press Releases

Honda announces 2018 CRF250R

All-new motocross model revealed at Loretta Lynn’s MX

The following is an industry press release....

HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. -- In a special unveiling event with top Honda amateur motocrossers during the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn's Ranch, American Honda unveiled the all-new 2018 CRF250R. Designed and developed following the same "Absolute Holeshot" philosophy as the CRF450R, the highly anticipated motocross model features a host of updates aimed at achieving maximum power and optimum handling.

"We're excited to show this all-new, no-compromise model to our customers, and it's appropriate that we do so with our family of Red Rider amateur motocrossers here at Loretta Lynn's," said Lee Edmunds, American Honda's Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications. "The CRF450R has become the top-selling 450cc motocross model, and now that the CRF250R shares many of the same performance- focused updates, we're confident it will enjoy similar success in the market and on racetracks everywhere."

ENGINE
In order to achieve their powerplant development goal of increased power (particularly at higher revs), engineers gave the 249cc engine an all-new dual-overhead-cam design, using a finger rocker arm with Diamond Like Coating (DLC). The titanium intake and exhaust valves are larger and have a higher lift and narrower angle, while the valve springs' coils now have an oval cross-section to keep engine height as low as possible. The engine has more over-square dimensions, the cylinder offset has been increased, and the piston now features a bridge-box design–a first for a production Honda motocrosser. The intake system is now of a downdraft design for maximum efficiency, there are twin exhaust ports, and the dual exhaust features smoother routing and optimized pipe length. An electric starter is standard, powered by a small, lightweight lithium-iron phosphate battery. The end result of the copious changes is an engine with more power across the rev range, especially impressive at peak rpm.

CHASSIS
The 2017 CRF450R set new standards for vehicle packaging in a motocross machine, with highly concentrated mass and a very low center of gravity; the 2018 CRF250R follows suit, with weight reduced overall but particularly up high and at the ends of the vehicle. Layout is slim and low, and the machine has superb rear-wheel traction but minimal front-end lift–ideal for strong starting and acceleration. The main spars of the new-generation, lighter aluminum frame are now tapered to optimize flex characteristics and provide good stability and reliable rider feedback, while a shorter wheelbase improves overall agility. An all-new titanium fuel tank and extruded subframe end save precious weight up high, a new Showa coil-spring fork contributes a plush suspension feel, and a lower, more centralized shock location improves stability. Bodywork mirrors the design of the CRF250R's bigger brother in form and function, with a minimalist appearance and in-mold film graphics. Dunlop's superb Geomax® MX3S tires are standard.

As a result of the engine and chassis updates, the 2018 CRF250R enjoys a three- percent improvement in start performance compared to its predecessor, along with improved acceleration and handling.

KEY UPDATES

  • More over-square bore/stroke dimensions
  • Increased valve size/lift, narrower valve angle, oval cross-section valve springs
  • Higher compression ratio
  • Downdraft air intake
  • Dual exhaust ports/headers/exhausts
  • Electric start
  • Lighter frame/subframe with optimized flexibility characteristics
  • Revised chassis geometry for lighter handling, improved rear traction, reduced front-end lift
  • Coil-spring fork
  • Titanium fuel tank