2012 Honda CRF150R Expert First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Honda CRF 150 R Expert
Honda CRF 150 R Expert

2012 Honda CRF150R First Ride

Watch us in Big Red’s smallest track while turning laps at Motocross Park in the 2012 CRF150R First Ride .

Honda introduced its smallest thumper back in 2007. The completed Honda’s switch to an all line up and laid to rest last remaining two-…, the The 150 follows directly in the footsteps of its brothers and provides mini with not only a powerful but an engine that makes manageable power all the way through its rev

When we received word Honda was finally updating the red rocket and holding a press we jumped at the chance to round up a schooler and put the new CRF150R/RB to the test.

the high-strung 85 required a skilled to carefully manage the clutch and the rpm’s high, the CRF produces a ton of at all rpm’s and enables its rider to put the power to the ground just by the throttle. As with any four-…, riders are concerned about the weight and were skeptical of how the four-… would perform in the ranks.

The skeptics were silenced as the little CRF proved any weight disadvantage was easily by its smooth, torquey power. The thumper works so well, in that the AMA banned it from in the popular 85cc class. It was eligible in super-mini.

The 2012 CRF150R focuses its to the engine as a redesigned cylinder piston and camshaft complement the new Keihin FCR flat-slide carburetor.

the 150 seems to have a distinct over the competing two-strokes, the model was not without its faults. The was finicky and often resulted a small bog in the otherwise smooth Honda left the 150R for ’08 and ’09, and actually produce the bike for ’10 and although the 2009 model was available in dealers.

For 2012 has decided to bring the 150 back production and address the issues hindered the original release.

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like its predecessor, the 2012 is available in two sizes. The CRF150R is the sized mini with a rear wheel and 17-inch The CRF150RB, or “Expert,” is designed for the riders and features a 16/19 combination.

The larger wheels on the version give it a slightly seat height of 34.1 over the standard version Other dimensional differences the wheelbase and ground clearance. The model ends up with a wheelbase and a ground clearance of inches.

The Expert version increases dimensions to 50.6 inches for the and 13.2 inches of ground

Both models utilize the Showa cartridge fork the 150RB dropping the tubes in the clamp to accommodate the larger wheel. The result is 10.8 of front travel on both The big-wheel sees a slight of travel in the rear with inches, up from the standard The Expert also weighs in higher with a claimed fueled weight of 187 lbs. the standard version comes in pounds lighter.

Our 12-year-old rider measured in at 5’3” so we to test the Expert model. He the ergo’s perfect for his stature both feet able to the ground, although not flat-footed. The big version is a great choice for riders who are getting a little big for a mini, yet too small to make the big up to a 250F.

What’s New

The design features new valving on the front and suspension for better performance small bumps.

Most of the for 2012 come from the Honda says a redesigned head, piston and camshaft the little CRF improved power, and drivability throughout the powerband. The received major changes as Honda gave the 150 a new 32mm FCR style flat-slide carburetor and an “direct push” accelerator

Honda says the carburetor result in a more immediate response and also clean up any issues or flat spots were evident in the previous

While most of the major to the new CRF150 came to the engine, the received some tweaks as The Showa suspension gets new front and rear for improved on small bumps while its large bump performance.

the only changes you will are the updated graphics, which now those of the CRF250R and CRF450R The 150 did not get the new white rear fender to its larger siblings, but instead the red version of the previous model.


For testing duties we it in the family by bringing in Luke son of MotoUSA V.P. Brian Luke has been riding for years and currently races an two-… in the 12-13-year-old class.

Our test rider stands at and weighs in at a slim 95 lbs.

has not ridden the previous generation or any four-… for that matter, and it a few laps to get acquainted with the and power delivery of the CRF. He quickly, though, and within an had fallen in love with the new big CRF. The changes to the motor and

Our youth tester was pleased the bike’s overall power and action.

seem to have the job. Throttle response was and power delivery was smooth the rev range. The jetting appeared to be on with no hick-ups or misses

Honda CRF 150 R Expert
Honda CRF 150 R Expert

Following the initial ride at Motocross Park with its layout and slick, hardpack we headed to Racetown 395 for more speeds and bigger jumps.

engine on the new 150 is really strong,” Luke. “Honda made adjustments to it so it runs really The power is phenomenal. It’s out of the turns and has the power to clear of the biggest jumps on the track.”

The CRF starts very easily, is always a concern with especially one being ridden by riders. Even when or after a tip over, it usually on the first or second kick as as it was in neutral and the hot start lever Our seventh-grader had no problems getting it up, but did note that it can be difficult to neutral.

Despite being than its two-… rivals, the CRF150 proved easy to at speed and tracked well ruts.

The close-ratio five-speed was smooth and precise and Chamberlain missed a shift. Gearing was for the Piru test track, it might be a little short for wide-open, national-style tracks. with the smooth transmission, our found the clutch much to his

“It is really easy to in and releases right in the middle,” he “It’s perfect for when I to shift real fast or I have to clutch it out of the turns.”

The suspension works well out of the box. We set the sag at 105mm, but did not feel the to make any further adjustments for our day of testing.

“It felt great when I landed off of a he says about the Showas. if I over-jumped or under-jumped, it soaked it up well. When I went some whoops or braking it was not stiff, it was just right.”

the CRF150R/RB weighs in a bit heavier its two-… competitors, our test didn’t notice the weight once the bike was in motion. He the bike was still very and had no problems throwing it into a The CRF tracks well through the and also feels very at high speeds.

The Bottom

Our testing showed Honda eliminated its carburation gremlins and had our not wanting to go back to his 85.

Overall we came away impressed with the new CRF150R/RB. fixed the carburetion issues of the version appear to be well The motor makes strong throughout the rev range and throttle is immediate. The bike steers and handles well.

The increased of the four-… didn’t bother our in the slightest. By the end of the day Luke had fallen in with the new CRF150 Expert and asked if he ever wanted to his 85 again, his answer was a simple

The 2012 CRF150R retails for while the CRF150 Expert in at a hefty $5090. To see if the high tag is justified, MotoUSA is already a full evaluation of the CRF150 as well as long-term race in the months to come.

Honda CRF 150 R Expert
Honda CRF 150 R Expert
Honda CRF 150 R Expert
Honda CRF 150 R Expert


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