24-Hours On A Stock 250X! — Race Test: 2012 Honda CRF250X — Dirt Rider Magazine

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24-Hours On A Stock 250X!

November 12, 2012

Story by Allen And Photos By Adam and Chris Denison

Honda’s line-up hasn’t changed in several years, with the of new graphics and a white rear The 450X and 250X are the same and proven machines they’ve for years, which isn’t a bad thing. It can be hard to improve on a off-road platform without it a closed-course machine. I got a chance to the 250X for an extended test, a test, to be exact.

I decided to the 24 Hours of Glen Helen and I well acquainted with the X, all the strong and weak points of the bone-stock ride. I came with a new respect for the small off-road bike that seems to write off as a wife’s bike.

I received the X in completely form and that’s the way I raced it. I ran stock jetting, though it had a slight hesitation when the was snapped open quickly idle, yet it didn’t hesitate the rpms were higher idle. This can be worked out jetting and the fuel screw and if we had put on an exhaust the stock jetting have been way too lean.

In terms of power, it is no rocket but makes enough power to get anywhere I needed to go. The only this bike struggled was on power-robbing sandy hills, me to get a long run and let the bike rev. The makes great power the RPM range, but tapers off a bit on top.

I was with the bottom-to-mid power the X especially for a 250 four ….

In the department the X is a tad on the soft side for my tall, 170-pound frame. For trail chatter and light bumps the stock suspension a great job, but once you deep whoops, fast or sharp-edged braking bumps, it to show its softer side. some pre race testing I a set of Pro Circuit 250X suspension DR Senior Editor Adam

It was sweet stuff that had plushness but resisted bottoming than the stock set up. The X is definitely a bike and has great straight-line at any speed. It turns very in flat corners, but doesn’t to like rutted corners as much.

Having an 18’’ wheel is a definite plus it comes to trail/off road because it takes hard like rocks and logs less chance of a pinch

The resettable analog odometer is outdated, considering I have the one on my 1988 XR 600, but it is functional The headlight is terribly dim and the brightness quite a bit with engine For the night session we had installed a stator and rectifier by Baja to power the older style Designs double stack HID

It was a struggle for the little rewound on the X to keep up with powering lights and I switched between one and two depending on my speed. I also the Baja Designs Strykr LED light. Having a tool-less access air filter is a plus, but it is a fit to get it seated correctly.


At the end of my 24-hour test, I came to the that the 2013 CRF 250X a great job doing what it was to do: be a rider-friendly, reliable, fun trail that with some could be a viable race

24-Hours Behind Bars

For the six hours of the race I felt good, both mentally and Around hour seven I the pits leading my class and two miles into the course I the back of the bike swapping a whoop section, then it came out from under me in the corner. I took a brief to check out the rear tire and enough, it was flat. This was the mental challenge of the race for me.

I straight back to the pits. My dad and changed it out as fast as possible and had me in action quickly. The reason played mental games me is because I lost my lead by one lap and for the next 10 hours to make up for my time.

At about ten o’clock at night, trying to make up for lost I looked behind me and noticed a light closing in on me. I knew was a technical downhill a half ahead and I didn’t want to it in a fellow racers dust so I my wrist just a little Next thing I knew I was myself up off the cold, hard trying to find my bike. I had my get-off I decided to take it and just race my race and go for a finish.

I had hurt my wrist and want to push my luck or my because I knew I had a big race the weekend.

Throughout my 24 hours on the I only took one break at I stopped for an hour when I was that the leader of my class was pacing me so I could never up my down time from the tire. I was also informed third place was about 15 down from me. What me energized for 24 hours was a lot of pasta I ate at least 10 bites every I stopped for fuel.

I also ate a few sandwiches, some gel and probably a gallon of Gatorade. In the of the night Boothy started my water system with and water 50/50. At the 22 hour is when I really started to get I found myself stopping in the of the course for no reason, and was just in general. The only thing kept me going was when members of the Dirt Rider would lap me and cheer me on.

That me mentally focused and determined to

The recovery from a 24 hour man race is rough, the worst being that I had to go to work on and race round nine of the Hare and Hound series the weekend. Every day after the week following I did a lot of sleeping and to try and get my body back to at least It took about two weeks for all the and aches to go away, and my wrist hurts from my late-night get but I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat for a chance to win the Ironman class at the Helen 24 hour!

Think you have what it to take on the Ironman class at the Visit www.glenhelen.com for more To check out the lineup of Honda machines, visit www.powersports.honda.com .

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