2012 Honda CRF150R Expert Review — Motorcycle USA

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Honda CRF 150 R Expert

2012 Honda CRF150R Review

The revised Honda racer gets further See it in action in the 2012 Honda Review Video .

In 2007 revolutionized the stagnant mini by introducing the first four-… mini into the small ranks. Borrowing technology its proven 250 and 450 models, Honda the CRF150R. Just like the four-strokes, the 150 delivers a torquey, motor that puts the to the ground in a way unlike any of the current two-strokes.

The CRF150R has a serious at the motocross track. The high four-… delivers strong, and usable power all the way through its curve. The motor is so strong the AMA determined the bike would not be to compete in the 85cc class in events. The CRF is however eligible in the class, as well as in the 85cc at other, non AMA-sanctioned events.

The of the CRF150R motor stretch far the MX track, though. Trail and weekend warriors will the user-friendly motor much to liking.

Honda left the unchanged for 2008 and 2009. In and 2011 they didn’t new models, but instead continued the 2009 model. Finally, years after its original Honda has decided to update the thumper for 2012 and address any that the previous model may had. We got a first ride on the new CRF the press intro back in and came away very with the new 150 and its changes.

Our mini rider was so impressed with the new CRF we begged Honda to hold the new bike and further test the at a variety of tracks and trails to see if really as good as he first

The Standard Stuff

The 2012 is legal in the supermini class but it has banned from the 85 division for events.

Just like the model, the new CRF150 is available in two The CRF150R is the standard-sized mini a 14-inch rear wheel and front. The CRF150RB, or “expert,” is for taller riders and features a wheel combo.

The larger on the expert version give it a taller seat height of inches compared to the standard at 32.8. Other dimensional include the wheelbase and ground The standard model ends up a 49.6-inch wheelbase and a ground of 11.9 inches.

The expert version increases to inches for the wheelbase and 13.2 for ground clearance.

Both utilize the same Showa fork with the expert the tubes in the triple clamp to the larger front wheel. The is 10.8 inches of front on both bikes. The big-wheel a slight increase of travel in the with 11.1 inches, up the standard 10.7 on the R model. The also ends up with a increased rake and trail.

claims a four-pound weight between the two with our fully expert model weighing in at 188

The engine, carburetor and transmission are between the two. Both use a 149cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine with a bore and of 66mm x 43.7mm. Compression is 11.7:1. Up top is Honda’s Unicam train with a four-valve head using 26mm and 22.5mm exhaust valves.

All valves are steel. Rounding out the is a close-ratio five-speed transmission.

The new carburetor allows it to rip out of corners any hesitation or bog.

What’s New

the new 2012 CRF150 may look to the previous generation, Honda has a number of significant changes to the ripper. The original machine had carburation and was hard to jet correctly, resulting in a small flat in the otherwise linear power Honda engineers addressed hiccup by giving the 2012 a new 32mm Keihin FCR style carburetor and an improved “direct accelerator pump.

Changing the was a major step in improving the but Honda didn’t stop Honda redesigned the cylinder piston and camshaft to give the CRF power, torque and drivability the powerband. In addition to improving the and carburation, the new 150 also features suspension enhancements as well.

The suspension received new valving and rear to improve the action on bumps while retaining large bump performance.

the bike received updated to match its larger siblings. The stop there though, as the 150 not get an aluminum frame or sleek rear fender. While types of changes would been cool, they have added to the already price tag.

Collecting Data

Our test is happy that the little is easy to start whether hot or There’s no issue recovering a crash or stall.

After our ride at Piru MX in SoCal, we the bike to a number of other both in California and back in Oregon. We not only gained during practice days, but put the CRF through the paces in an actual environment by entering it in the 85cc year old class at our local MX

We then embarked on some riding at various elevations to see if the encountered any problems as the altitude and to see how the motor and suspension performed slower, more technical In addition to gaining rider we also performed a number of performance related tests dyno runs, sound and a fully wet weigh-in.

For testing we retained the services of 12 year-old Chamberlain, who also performed the riding impression. Luke has years of riding experience and years of racing under his He currently races a two-… but since throwing a leg over the 150 at he has yet to want to get back on his pre-mixer.


Getting a carbureted to start can often be a challenge. it doesn’t get much easier firing up the 150. We struggled a at first during cold until figuring out that the usually needs a little gas in to fire.

With the choke on, we the bike three good of the throttle to get some gas flowing and it in one or two kicks. If it doesn’t start on the kick, a little throttle the second kick usually the CRF to life.

The 150 also starts easily when hot, it requires the bike to be in neutral. also commented that sometimes difficult to find With the hot start lever he can usually bring the Honda to with just a kick or as long as he takes the time to get the CRF out of

The Heart of the Beast

The CRF150R is in a class of its own, and the high-revving engine is what separates it the rest of the pack. Our mini pilot instantly fell in with the smooth, torquey and has only grown fonder the increased seat time.

uses its Unicam valve and the single-cylinder is good for almost 22

Our mini racer also the carburetor and engine enhancements effective. The throttle response is and power delivery smooth and at every location we tested. He that the bike pulls and does so as soon as the throttle is no matter what the current

He feels the CRF has a huge advantage the 85’s especially when out of tight corners. While the are searching for the power band and the clutch, the 150 is putting the power to the

It took Luke a few rides to his old two-… habits and stay off the exiting corners. Once he figured out that all he needed to do was the gas, his corner speed increasing dramatically. The same was out in the woods where he was able to bog the much lower that his and get back on the gas, with or no help from the clutch, and claw his way up any terrain.

Our dyno on the DynoJet dyno at Hansen’s echoed our tester’s input only one small deviation. On the when the throttle is first to full lock at about rpm, the CRF shows a small spot before quickly power. Once the revs about 6000 rpm, the produces a nice smooth all the way to the rev limiter at 14,000. Our test cranks out a peak horsepower of HP at 12,600 rpm and 9.73 lb-ft of at 9,800 rpm.

The small spot was unnoticed by our test mostly due to the fact he rarely the rpm down to 4000 during riding.

We measured sound with the SAE J1287 20-inch test. At 7,000 RPM, our meter read 98 decibels. We this was a little loud and like to see if an aftermarket exhaust quiet the beast down a

We would also like to get a that uses a spark insert for woods riding.


A stock 56-tooth sprocket is a bit short for wide-open but it works well on tight MX and in the woods.

Honda CRF 150 R Expert

While the CRF’s power is the standout feature of the our test pilot is also impressed with the clutch and on the 150. The clutch especially his attention due to its buttery pull and feel during disengagement. We a huge improvement in his starts at the MX not only due to the bike’s ability to down the start straight, but because of his ability to finesse the during launch.

The five-speed also performs flawlessly no missed shifts or false The final gearing on our expert uses a 56-tooth rear as opposed to the 50-tooth on the standard On fast, wide-open tracks we the stock gearing might be a short, although we never a situation that topped out in even though first was rarely ever used.

Out in the the short gearing works and is well suited for tight, riding, while still the bike some legs the trail opens up.

For 2012, gave the Showa suspension new front and rear, claiming action over small while retaining its large performance. Our 95-pound test was pretty happy with the new and really likes how well it up big landings. We set the sag at 105 mm and left the clickers in the positions for the first few rides the suspension was fully broke in.

thought the fork worked although it’s a little and jittery when accelerating fast chatter. After some time on the bike we to soften up the compression slightly front and rear. Since of the tracks we were riding pretty fast and hard we sped up the rebound on both slightly as well.

New suspension makes the CRF a great jumper. We had any problems with big impacts or chop.

Our fully fueled 150 weighs 188 pounds, which is 30 lbs. more than a 85cc, but once in motion our rider said the additional doesn’t bother him. He the bike fairly nimble and to turn in. A highlight of the CRF’s is how well it tracks through the and our tester’s corner speed has increased since riding the We did experience some headshake accelerating through hard-edged

To alleviate this we dropped the tubes 5mm in the clamps to give the a little more stability.

One where the additional weight into play is during riding in the woods. Along the taller seat height, the weight makes the CRF a little to manhandle in slow situations.


Our 5’3” test found the CRF’s ergo’s suited for his stature. He’s to touch with both and the tall bars allow him to comfortably. As with most the stock bars are steel and during the first decent our tester encountered.

The stock are decent in size, although we prefer a slightly larger The pegs are nice and open, dirt to clean out easily, but we did a problem with the left peg up and getting stuck after a Our

Like its big brothers, the air box is a tight fit in the

left peg has a slight variance in its which allows it to fold too far and the return spring between the peg and the bracket. The small flaw in big problems when racing as our 12 rider is not able to dislodge the peg by

We also bent the rear of the sub-frame during a pretty crash. The steel sub-frame is with lateral support, but couldn’t hold up to the cartwheel we it to. We were able to easily the tubes back into and thankfully the sub-frame is removable in the resulting damage is beyond

The rest of the componentry is be top notch and fit and finish is second to none. far we have only had to perform maintenance on our test bike. the larger CRF’s, the 150 separates the oil from the transmission oil.

the engine oil is performed with a though a sight window be even simpler. The air box is a little although it’s easy to secure the filter to the air box mount to the clips on the air filter cage help align it with the air Like the larger CRF’s, the filter on the cage can be a bit of a struggle.

After sampling the CRF150RB, we get our 12-year-old tester back on his two-….

Overall we continue to be by the new CRF150RB. Our tester can’t say about the Honda’s engine. The to the carburetor have solved the with the previous model, some fine tuning of the would likely get rid of the hesitation we saw on the Aside from a few small the CRF150RB has been bulletproof and we encountered any mechanical problems.

importantly the CRF is a blast to ride and we keep our test rider off the If there’s a downside to the CRF it has to be the pricetag. The 150R retails for $4990, $1000 more than a 85, and the expert model increases the to $5090.

After riding and the CRF, though, we think the cost is worth the result. If you afford the CRF, just sure you never let Jr. test one, because eventually end up buying it.

Our mini rider get enough of the new CRF, and to avoid a temper tantrum, we’re not it back yet. Look for articles on the CRF150RB where we an already stellar motorcycle a mini riders dream We’ll start with basic component upgrades, dial in the suspension and jetting and try to get even more power out of the potent CRF.

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


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