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2008 Honda CRF150F Preview



The new Honda CRF150F is first and foremost a learning tool. That said, it pumps out ample power to remain fun after several years. Slightly smaller 16-inch rear and 19-inch front wheels and a low seat height (compared to the majority of racing off-road bikes) instill confidence in smaller riders or those just getting up to speed.

The simple but dynamic 4-stroke engine delivers most of its power at low and medium revs -- again in order to make the learning process easier. This air-cooled, 149cc SOHC mill uses a dual-valve cylinder head. True, we're talking about a basic and inexpensive construction, but one that is nonetheless very efficient and reliable, two must-have qualities for this type of bike.

Other engine features include a traditional piston-valve 24-mm carburetor tuned to increase power at high revs. It's also worth noting that the CRF150F meets California Air Resources Board (CARB) off-road standards and those of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Power is sent to the rear wheel through a chain-driven, close-ratio 5-speed transmission.

The semi-double-cradle, high-tensile steel frame incorporates a 35-mm Showa front fork and the famous Pro-Link rear suspension with box-section aluminum swingarm and single shock absorber. The ride of the CRF150F has been calibrated to allow aggressive trail riding while offering all the comfort and stability you need for safe off-road adventures. In addition, extra suspension travel compared to its smaller cousins allows the CRF150F to go almost anywhere the big boys can.

In terms of comfort, the CRF150F will be more ergonomic than ever thanks to new, narrower seat and fuel tank as well as redesigned handlebars. Braking power is provided by a 240-mm front disc and an ultra-lightweight rear drum brake.

Almost full size, completely fully featured, the Honda CRF150F was designed from the onset to offer tons of fun at a cheap price. What's more, it's one of the most reliable off-road bikes in the industry.

Photo Credit : Honda