2012-09-25 13:59:52+0000
  • Make:
  • Honda
  • Model:
  • CR 250
  • Year:
  • 1991

The Honda CR 250 is a Japanese competition motorcycle built in 1991. It has a water cooled, single cylinder, two stroke 250 cc engine; with a top speed of 75 mph (120.7 kph).

‟The 500cc class, for so long dominant in motocross, is nowadays overshadowed by the 250cc machines, where the riders are predominantly American with a handful of French riders making up the international scene.

A Champion at 12

Known to his fans as "Mister Motocross," the Frenchman Jean-Michel Bayle was already a champion at the age of 12, when he took the French national 80cc title. He repeated the achievement the following year. In 1988, he became world 125cc champion. He took the 250cc title in 1989, crowning his record of success by winning the world's most prestigious title, the U.S. Super Cross championship in 1991. Bayle is also the king of the spectacular new sport of indoor motocross, dramatically proving his supremacy by defeating the cream of the American riders at the indoor motocross meeting in Bercy, Paris.

Tall, Thin, and Strong

The 250cc motocross bikes, with suspensions that have a stupefying movement of 12 in,, are tall and thin, despite the reinforcement necessary to withstand the brutal shock treatment suffered by their component parts. They weigh no more than 220 lbs. in 250cc form, while 500cc machines tip the scales at 265 lbs. Their two-stroke single-cylinder engines use the last word in technology - automatic intake valves and mechanical exhaust valves, for example -yet remain exceptionally flexible while developing over 160 hp per litre.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Engine: 250cc (66.4mm) single-cylinder water cooled two-stroke
  • Power output: 52.3 hp @ 8000 rpm
  • Fuel system: carburetor
  • Transmission: 5-speed gearbox; chain final drive
  • Suspension: (front) inverted fork, 12 in movement; (rear) swinging fork, single shock absorber, 12.5 in movement
  • Brakes: (front) disc; (rear) disc
  • Wheels: (front) 21 in; (rear) 18 in
  • Weight: 214 lb
  • Maximum speed: 75 mph

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The Frenchman Jean-Michel Bayle, who became the American champion in 1991, knows how to get down in the dirt.”

*This Atlas extra-large trading card is part of the EatSleepRIDE motorcycle stuff collection.

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