Honda CR250R Off-Road Bike Build

Honda CR250R Off-Road Bike Build

An iconic two stroke, the CR250R is well known and well loved. Though production ended in 2007, riders and enthusiasts like us are still picking up used models and fixing them to suit our varying needs. That was the story for our used 2004 CR250R. The full-fledged MX bike was on sale for a screaming deal, so we pounced on it and got straight to work. Wanting to do something a little different, though, we got to work on turning the already set up MX bike into an aggressive, off-road riding, trail-railing beast. It was a tough build to tackle, but, in the end, we’re impressed with how well this bike went from track to trail.

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2004 CR250R Build: From Track to Trail

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  1. Randall Sharpe on July 17, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Bad to the bone, for sure

  2. Drew Bunt on July 17, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Can you guys turn a kx85 into a enduro bike please

  3. YOUNGBLOOD 204 on July 17, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    What was the total bill on the build? Doing the same thing to my 99 250r

  4. Pipo Sulps on July 17, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Bill would probably mount up to a bnew 2t Husqy

  5. Sam Bolt on July 17, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    I want it, my first mx bike was an 03 Cr250r 🙂

  6. Jordan Berube on July 17, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Damn I could really use a lectron for my 1986 Honda cr500 restoration. The oem carbs were never great but definetly out of the budget unfortunatly. A new set of gold excels and stainless spokes would really round out the bike as well, it’s basically finished otherwise. Long live 2 strokes!

  7. Ross Lenoir on July 17, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    damn . now im building a cr250. im afraid to drink the orange koolaid. ive only tried the red

  8. Owen Axt-Simms on July 17, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Its a brand new bike 😆

  9. Paul Morris on July 17, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Great build. Been wanting to do a similar build. Love those old CR’s

  10. BackWoods Riding on July 17, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    I would’ve been fine with the bike from the beginning

  11. Bryan Fricot on July 17, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    WHAT A GORGEOUS BIKE!!! I don’t think there is anything I would have done differently or added, just executed to my liking lol

  12. Masterakos991 on July 17, 2019 at 10:10 pm


  13. Auzzy Khan on July 17, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    A great build ! Don’t forget to protect the front brake rotors for this amazing trail bike 🙌🏾🛡

  14. Davidkxf on July 17, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    I had and loved my 2004

  15. Vox Populi on July 17, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    I kinda like the restyle kit too. I’d take it either way. I just really really liked the looks of Ricky Carmichael’s factory cr250 with that 2004 styling, the number plate and front fender were slightly diff than the 03. In 2004 the showroom bike had the same lines as Ricky’s factory bike, and I think the forks were valved a little better. And that’s how I kept my bike for the longest time, very minimal stickers, only from products I actually applied to and he bike. No crazy graphics kit, I never cared for that. However I did black it all out except the fender n number plate, so the whole back end was black in the same way pro circuit did their bikes no matter what brand. And I kept minimal decals then too and it still looked sick. Later on I acquired my buddies 2003 yz250 and went though that tip to tip and it was awesome a/f but it never ever felt as good as the Honda no matter what I did. Great motor if I cd only stuff it into the Honda frame it wd beat ktm no prob

  16. Brody Glasgow on July 17, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Pro circuit sounds better I think

  17. Kieren Pitkin on July 17, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    I’ve got a 2001 cr80r freshly rebuilt has a good spark plug and air filter and curby and will start cold and will only just start hot after at least 20 kicks and dont know why and want to find out why because I ride enduro and deep skechie Bush

  18. Quiz Up on July 17, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Love those tusk impact wheels. It’d be really awesome if your damn company would quit pushing the date back on them. 4 times it has been pushed back. Cmon now

  19. Jon Elleman on July 17, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    That bike turned out perfect that is everything you would want in a single track bike. Awesome job guys looks beautiful

  20. Greg Lewis on July 17, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    I have an 04 with an eerily similar setup….Tusk wheels, VF3, Gnarly, IMS, etc. I have Flexx bars on mine and would highly recommend them for a woods setup.

  21. mike powell on July 17, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    I had an ’03 set up just about like this one, except for a 38mm Keihin AS (off a 2000 CR250), ’07 CRF250 swingarm, linkage and shock, shortened TC silencer (almost as quiet), and re-done suspension. Really loved that bike and rode the crap out of it for several years. But, after doing more technical, side-hill boonie-bashing stuff, I finally gave in to a new, modern bike. Electric start, 50 more cc and six speed make a HUGE difference. Can’t add that to the Honda or I’d still have mine.

  22. Far Mac on July 17, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Why r u bogging a 2 stroke

  23. Fabian Carvajal on July 17, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Do a kx please

  24. Vox Populi on July 17, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Oh I also would have skipped that reworks fender kit. The original stylings of that bike were fine just the way they were, like the black tho

  25. Dee on July 17, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    _Thanks for brining it back to Life_

  26. Brad Cameron on July 17, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    I just built an 03 only thing I did differently is 39 mm pwk, pro circuit SS exhaust flange ,boyesen Rad valve, ride engineering 20mm offset triple clamps. I would love to try a Lectron and compare
    You built a very capable trail / hare scramble weapon. 👍👍

  27. brandon noel on July 17, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    I would have made it white because black scratches show but really looks good👍👌

  28. Trevor McKay on July 17, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Would’ve been a great bike, but you added a rekluse

  29. George Loch on July 17, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Nice build

  30. Joseph Pittala on July 17, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    I like the builds, but how about pricing your parts? Give a total cost.

  31. Teran Hughes on July 17, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    What size Lectron carb?

  32. David Bramhall on July 17, 2019 at 10:39 pm


  33. atc250r18 on July 17, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    You guys forgot the washer on the rear axle.

  34. Dadul Ludad on July 17, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    >enduro/trail build
    >aluminium sprocket

  35. alicae on July 17, 2019 at 10:43 pm


  36. Rocky Mountain ATV MC on July 17, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    What do you guys think? Is there anything you think we should’ve added to this bike?

  37. Jody Valentine on July 17, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Love it!!

  38. Todd Gardner on July 17, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    I added an RG3 upper and lower triple clamp, and a new rubber chain / swingarm protector… as well as new shock linkage.

  39. bob Gray on July 17, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    You may as well pay 8 times as much for a recluse…………nope

  40. APUZER715 on July 17, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    I love my cr250 it is my pride and joy

  41. Marc Hanselman on July 17, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Thank you! It’s great to see some of these older Japanese 2 strokes getting some trail time. I have an ’06 RM250 (which I highly recommend) that I did a very similar build with. It’s nice to know you don’t have to spend 9K+ on an orange bike!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. SHANE DICOCHEA on July 17, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    the v force reeds are not the best after a few rides with v force reeds they stay open and never close completely and it over fuels the motor and does not have tat crisp thottle ,i know i use to own the v force ,i got tired of that issue so i changed it to the boyseen reeds with a torque plate and man what a difference thottle is crisp and runs better than ever

  43. Vox Populi on July 17, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    I guess I like that. I had one. But I would have gone with a full Varner top end job with a Vertext piston and a PWK 38, not a lectron. And I def would have gotten the SST PIPE. The SST does everything the gnarly pipe does and also revs up top, where I spent most of my time anyways on that bike. But yes that showa suspension was really good back then.

  44. caseysniper308 on July 17, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Nice bike, Honda is missing out on a huge market for 2 strokes, I ride an 05 I built.

  45. LR T on July 17, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    I would have like to see more details into making the suspension work better for trail riding instead of all the bling. But, I do understand this video’s purpose was to sell product.

  46. Steve kokkinidis on July 17, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    How much did this build cost?

  47. Joe Anthony on July 17, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    nice bike.

  48. eamh2002 on July 17, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Needs a custom 6 speed gearbox with shorter 1st gear and tall 6th 🙂

    The gearboxes are so useless on MX bikes for offroad or enduro. You need to have speed to ride or slip the clutch into oblivion. Sure you can learn to ride fast but its not that fun to go race mode all the time, safer to slow down 😀

  49. Володимир Михайлюк on July 17, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    i want this bike man ))

  50. Jared & Amber Zielinski on July 17, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    How was this bike compared to the 04 yz250 you rebuilt as far as performance?