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Honda CRF 230F - Off-Road Alternatives

Posted in Vehicle Reviews on February 5, 2014
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Honda is renowned for high-performance, championship-winning motocross bikes, but if your idea of fun is exploring and recreational riding at a mellower pace, there’s a Honda for that, too. The Honda CRF 230F takes inspiration from Honda’s competition-focused CRF 450X and CRF 250X, but melds a healthy dose of user-friendliness into the mix.

The CRF 230F is easier to handle for smaller adults and teens. The seat height, at 34.1 inches, is 3 inches shorter than most competition-style bikes, making the fit ideal for beginners and those who are “inseam challenged.” A 54.1-inch wheelbase is about 4 inches shorter than a competition machine. The CRF 230F’s more compact dimensions add up to a bike that’s easier to handle. What does this mean on the trail? Confidence.

Teens and smaller adults will feel right at home with the CRF 230F’s more compact dimensions. Wheel travel measures 9.5 inches up front and 9.0 inches out back: Enough to soak up the bumps, but not so much that it produces a tall seat height.

Reliability brings confidence, too. The CRF 230F is powered by an air-cooled 223cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine. The compression ratio, at 9.0:1 is high enough to help produce horsepower and torque, yet low enough that the engine will run fine on pump gas, and will be long-lived. The six-speed transmission means there’s a gear for every occasion, and the final drive is delivered via a full-sized 520 O-ring-sealed chain. Honda’s high build quality is long-standing and well-documented.

Now, when we say “light on maintenance” we don’t mean “no maintenance.” Servicing the air filter, changing the transmission oil, checking the nuts and bolts, and keeping the tires properly inflated are still required to keep this Honda running like a Honda. Take care of your machine and it will take care of you.

If you’re looking for a trail bike that’s easy to care for and easy to handle in the dirt, the Honda CRF 230F is ready to deliver.

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