To those who are very enthusiastic in dirt bike may have had a thought about getting a new bike. CRF250X and CRF250R are two main examples of bikes which is very popular nowadays. But in deciding which of these two the one you opt to buy is, you must consider first all the factors to avoid misspending your hard earned money. Though the two of them started off on similar platforms, there are certain differences between the two designs that make each one of them better in their own aspects. The very first factor you should ask yourself is, “What kind of riding are you looking to do with”.

Suspension – Racing or Trails

Suspension is one of the parts of the bike that is responsible for a smooth and efficient racing. Sometimes, it is considered a vital part of the bike. If you are into racing, then you should pick CRF250R as its suspension is stiffer compare to the other model. It also has a valving set up for racing on tracks which has big jumps and little humps. It may take some time for you to master the CRF250R but it certainly is a huge stepping stone rather than starting with the 250X.

For something more than the usual, lackluster, air-cooled four-stroke trail machine; there is the CRF250X. It has the same style and design as the 250R but with higher performance inverted fork and shock set up.  It has a better and an easy adjustable suspension made for trail bikes. These specs are greater compared to the usual trail bikes around. With the 250X, you can enjoy a long trail rides without getting worn out from the results of stiff suspension.


There is also a quite difference when it comes to the engine of the 250R and the 250X. Although they have almost the same engine design, the internal aspects are what make it diverse. The 250R has a larger stroke, a little higher compression, hotter camshaft, a close ratio transmission and an EFI starting in 2010. In comparison to Honda’s 250F, the specs of the 250R are remarkable.

The CRF250X on the other hand has a less radical cam which makes it more suitable for trails. It also has a smoother power and together with lower compression. In addition, it also has a wider transmission ratio with both tight and high speed which makes it suitable at trails. The exhaust is relatively quieter and has a spark arrestor for state trail riding. A combination of a lower flowing intake and exhaust set up makes the bike less aggressive for beginners.

Light Weight vs. Trail Amenities

It is said that the 250X may add up to more weights for its accessories. An example of which are kick stand, head light / tail light, electric start/ battery, larger capacity gas tank, airbox, and exhaust system. Compared to the 250R, it can handle this much load so well. Those mentioned above are ideal for trail riding but a slight change will be felt in the weight difference f you decided to ride both bikes back to back.

At the end of the day, you should always weigh your options, whether you are into the fast paced motocross; or in the thrill of the trails type.  Consider all the factors mentioned above and ask yourself what type of bike suits you the best. With careful and right decisions, you can maximize the efficiency of your chosen bike.

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3 thoughts on “CRF250X vs. CRF250R – WHICH DIRT BIKE SHOULD I BUY?

  • September 9, 2018 at 5:16 am

    I now have a Honda 250x I’m doing more racing on MX tracks then trail riding .Would it be worth looking at a 250 r for the riding I do?

    • February 12, 2019 at 5:13 pm

      Ill trade you a 250r haha!

    • December 12, 2019 at 2:22 am

      Yes you should have a 250r..


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