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Honda CRF 230 F
Honda CRF 230 F


Posted 19 November — 05:35 PM

First Hopefully some might this useful. I purchased a Honda CRF230 in November of and one week later, here’s my


I’ve owned and street and dirt motorcycles 1970. Street bikes all been Hondas in the 750 class, and bikes have been a 72 XR350 (dual purpose), 83 XR500R Enduro, 86 Suzuki (dual purpose, bought for my and an 83 Maico 490 Spider (beast). My two-wheeler is the XR500R and it is mint.

the years I’ve fine the suspension, added a pipe, the jetting, rebuilt the top end with a compression/larger piston, and lightened it up. It is a 230 motorcycle that will strongly to 100 mph and blast down a road comfortably at that But I’m getting old and am tired of kick but still want to ride. I was at the dealer last week up my Rancher (in for repair), and took a look at the bikes with start.

Not interested in dual sports, I to get a brand new CRF230F at $3000 out the I am reviewing the bike as a mild trail bike and only it to function at that level.


Build quality is but some of the materials used are of a quality than Hondas of It is good to see needle bearings in the and swing arm. Used to be, you got these on advanced models. I like the aluminum swing

While it is unfair to compare the (entry level bike) to the (advanced, top of the line enduro in its I can compare the CRF230F to the Suzuki

Ride Quality

My home is at 500 and the bike is jetted overly for this altitude. Its cold is exacerbated by the lack of any type of advance on the choke. There was a (over 20 years ago) Keihin never had anything but a plate (like the CRF230Fs Mikuni carburetors always had sort of throttle advance or circuit that allowed the to warm up while the rider suiting up.

Honda finally wised up in the and Keihin started putting circuits or throttle advance on their carburetors. Both my and Rancher (four-wheeler) and my 80s and newer bikes allow you to choke, and walk away while you to the bike warming up at a fast The CRF230F requires you to sit there, keeping the RPMs up while it up.

If it were jetted properly, the up would be quick but with a of 70 degrees, I had to baby sit the machine for minutes before it could be This is a step backward.

The suspension sag was right on the money as it from Honda, and I adjusted the shock for a three-inch sag. had to be turned up to bring them forward, and the levers had to be moved for a comfortable position when Still, the bike felt for this 5’7” 180 pound The seats lowest section is close to the tank, and it says here”.

When doing so, the pegs too far back. This in turn you slide back on the seat. the seat is very hard and after as little as ten minutes so standing is the preferred method of the bike.

The jetting does well from low, to to the high circuit and throttle and overall drivability is great. after three days of riding, I removed the air box restrictor kept the exhaust intact – I quiet) and rejetted. Main is now a Needle (from the Honda kit) is in the third notch.

is the stock 42. I drilled and tapped the “D” pilot jet and screwed a one inch rod in it with a couple of 5/16” on the bottom end. Easy to now and it is at 2 turns out. The throttle tracks great through the ranges with no backfiring, or variant idle.

The jetting is – It warms up much faster, but I notice a significant power The intake roar is now noticeable but not The powerband is smooth. I can’t it come on or drop off, and it is a to lug and short shift.

Honda CRF 230 F
Honda CRF 230 F

I see no reason to get rid of the stock rev limiter – I came close to hitting it and the seems to favor the lower rpm anyway.

The front and back have plenty of power, and easily overwhelm the stock tires. The back tire has little traction on loose sand, and dirt. Seems to be OK on rocks. The front tire out and will slide away you and put your new bike into a if you aren’t careful. I have new Dunlop D756’s (110/100 and in the garage and they’ll probably go on

These Pirelli ’s are in my opinion, the tires I’ve ever on and are a hazard, especially on an entry bike.

I’m not sure if it’s the or the suspension, but on a hard packed or chip n’ seal road, the feels unstable at speeds 40 miles per hour (per Feels like suspension as the wallows around in no particular Tires would have a predictable squirrellyness.

At any rate, I wanted to do a top speed run to get the and to check the spark plug but was not the bike wouldn’t pitch me. My 86 Suzuki SP200 will go the highway at 65 mph all day and feel rock doing it. I broke out my spoke and run out gages, trued both and ensured the tires were at 15 To Hondas credit, the wheels pretty close to true and I find any loose spokes.

But didn’t help the high squirrellyness. I’ll try 15W in the forks and see if helps.

The clutch is smooth and has a feel. The gearshift is lacking telltale Honda full up and down free play lets you know when in first or top gear. Every I’ve ever ridden has and it is a great feature.

I am disappointed that the CRF230F not.


The CRF230F is an level trail bike and I am with it for this purpose. of us are old enough to remember when products were junk. We remember when Hondas to the US and changed those perceptions. runs the risk of losing a of 50 years of quality by cutting where they shouldn’t.

tires, suspension, and choke do not belong on an otherwise fine

Honda CRF 230 F
Honda CRF 230 F
Honda CRF 230 F
Honda CRF 230 F
Honda CRF 230 F

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