HONDA’S NEW CRF250F & MILAN SHOW: THE WRAP

HONDA’S NEW CRF250F

2019 CRF250F

One of the small surprises from the EICMA show in Milan, Italy this week was the launch of an all-new Honda off-road bike.The CRF250F is built around a single-overhead cam, four-valve, fuel-Injected motor with electric start. It isn’t a competition model at all. This is a family-oriented bike to replace the CRF230F, although both bikes will coexist in the Honda line for 2019..

2019 CRF250F

One interesting aspect of the bike is that it uses a perimeter frame. Until now, all of the Honda F-series bikes have used a single backbone style frame. Several of those bikes were reintroduced, too. The CRF125F, notably, has been restyled and stuffed into a new chassis which also uses a perimeter layout. You can read the press release for the new Honda F models by clicking here.

 

2019 CRF250F

The new 250 is a full-size bike with a 21-inch front wheel, but the seat height is much lower than that of the CRF250X: 34.8″ versus 37.7″. The bike is also priced much lower. The new CRF250F will sell for $4599. That compares well to the CRF250L dual-sport ($5149) and the CRF250X trail bike which was last sold in 2017 for $7599.

2019 CRF250F

MORE FROM MILAN

Fantic Caballero Rally 500

Milan’s EICHMA show is the largest motorcycle show in the world, and it’s where many of the final models for the upcoming year are revealed. We’ve already seen many of them; click here for more EICMA news. The show is in full swing and photos are trickling across the Atlantic. The Fantic Caballero Rally is one of those Euro-only bikes the we only see this time of the year. In the U.S., Fantic mostly imports electric bicycles.

The GasGas booth had many of the bikes that we have already seen and ridden, but there was a very strong emphasis on electric bikes in Milan.

GasGas’s parent company is Torrot, which is dedicated to inner city mobility with products like electric scooters. That influence is showing itself in the GasGas line as well, with electric trials bikes. We think an electric enduro bike can’t be far behind.

Already, GasGas has a line of youth electric bikes available in the U.S. The latest in the line is an enduro mini. There’s also a supermoto version and a trials version.

 

 

TM motorcycles of Pesaro, Italy does its new-model launch the old-fashioned way by revealing everything at Milan each year.

Ralf Schmidt is the U.S. importer for TM and he already gave us a glimpse of the company’s biggest news (as far as we are concerned). The new 300 two-stroke is redesigned and finally has electric start! In Europe, the bike will be fuel-injected with a system similar to that of the KTM 300XCW-TPI. Ralf says there’s no advantage to that system in performance at this time, so the U.S. models will have Keihin Carburetors. It looks like they will also feature Brembo brakes. For a first look at the new 300, check out Two-Stroke Tuesday.

Husqvarna showed off its Svartpilen scrambler, which will be coming to the U.S. in its 701 form. It uses the same motor as the 701 Enduro and the all-street Vitpilen.

Some people see this as Husqvarna stepping outside its traditional role, but that’s not really true. The Svartpilen is a throwback to the bike that really put Husqvarna on the international map. The Silver Arrow is the bike that gave Husqvarna its first real success in the post-war era. Click the image below to read about it.

MORE BMW F850GS

Last week I wrote a little about the 2019 BMW F850GS in The Wrap. This week I put some more time on the bike and also shot some photos with Mark Tilley on board.  Below, there’s a brief video review of the bike, but a full test will have to wait until the February, 2019 print edition of Dirt Bike.

Mark Tilley doesn’t seem to even notice where he gets air on a 500-pound dirt bike. He’s odd that way.

AMA AWARD NOMINEES

 The American Motorcyclist Association has announced the nominees for the 2018 AMA Championship Banquet awards. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that excelled in AMA-sanctioned competition and recreational activity in 2018. AMA members help choose the winners of selected categories, including the coveted AMA Athlete of the Year awards. AMA members may visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/9HBSF6F to cast their votes for the 2018 AMA racing awards. Voting ends at midnight Sunday, Nov. 11.

The special award winners will be announced at the 2018 AMA Championship Banquet on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris in Columbus, Ohio. The event is part of the 2018 AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, Dec. 7-9. Among those recognized at the banquet are top clubs and promoters in competition and recreational riding categories.Class champions from national and regional motorcycle and ATV championships will be honored with AMA National No. 1 plates at the banquet, while second- and third-place finishers also receive awards.

The AMA Championship Banquet recognizes hundreds of top racers from across the country in disciplines ranging from flat track to motocross to woods racing and everything in between. Recreational organizers will be recognized in road-riding and off-road categories. The AMA Club of the Year and the AMA Media Award also will be presented. To reserve your space at the event, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Events/AMA-Championship-Banquet. Tickets are $75 each. AMA Life Members receive a $10 discount and children 4 years old and younger are free.

2018 AMA RACING AWARD NOMINEES

Steward Baylor

AMA Athlete of the Year: National Championship Series

  • Steward Baylor Jr. — Champion, AMA Enduro National Championship Series
  • Colton Haaker — Champion, AMA Endurocross National Championship Series
  • Jacob Hayes — Champion, AMA Arenacross National Championship Series
  • Billy Janniro — Champion, AMA Speedway National Championship Series
  • Kendall Norman — Champion, AMA Hare & Hound National Championship Series
  • Kailub Russell — Champion, AMA Grand National Cross Country Championship
  • Ryan Sipes — ISDE, Motocross of Nations
  • Patrick Smage — Champion, AMA/NATC MotoTrials National Championship Series
Destry Abbott

AMA Veteran/Senior Racer of the Year

  • Destry Abbott — ISDE, AMA National Endurocross Championship
  • Bryan Bigelow – AMA Ice Race Grand Championship
  • Mike Brown — AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
  • Thomas Hannum — AMA Vintage Flat Track National Championship Series
  • Kendall Norman — AMA Hare & Hound National Championship Series

AMA Youth Racer of the Year

  • Caden Braswell — FIM Junior Motocross World Championship (85cc)
  • Tom Drane — AMA Flat Track Grand Championship
  • Max Fernandez — AMA Grand National Cross Country Series
  • Sebastian Palmese – AMA Youth Speedway National Championship
  • Nate Thrasher — AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
Tayla Jones.

AMA Female Racer of the Year

  • Jamie Astudillo — WMX, AMA MotoAmerica Junior Cup
  • Jordan Jarvis — AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, WMX, AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championship
  • Tayla Jones — AMA National Enduro Championship Series, AMA Grand National Cross Country Series
  • Traci Pickens — AMA Grand National Cross Country Series
  • Kayla Yaakov — AMA Road Race Grand Championship Series

AMA Motocross Organizer of the Year

  • Lincoln Trails Motosports, Casey, Ill.
  • RedBud Recreation, Buchanan, Mich.
  • Unlimited Sports, Winter Garden, Fla.

AMA Off-Road Organizer of the Year

  • Mid East Hare Scramble, Shelby, N.C.
  • Racer Productions Inc., Morgantown, W.Va.
  • Southwestern Idaho Desert Racing Association, Caldwell, Idaho

AMA Track Racing Organizer of the Year

  • Deliciate Promotions LLC, Belleville, Ill.
  • Flat Out Friday, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • WERA Motorcycle Roadracing Inc., Canton, Ga.

AMA Recreational Road Riding Organizer of the Year

  • Azratpack, Buckeye, Ariz.
  • Lebanon Valley Motorcycle Club Inc., Lebanon, Pa.
  • Sand Dollar Motorcycle Club Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

AMA Recreational Off-Road Organizer of the Year

  • Horizons Unlimited, Blane, Wash.
  • Stoney Lonesome M/C, Columbus, Ind.
  • Wisconsin Dual Sport Riders, Neenah, Wis.

AMA Club of the Year

  • Lansing Motorcycle Club, Lansing, Mich.
  • Pasadena Motorcycle Club, Pasadena, Calif.
  • Trials Inc., Louisville, Ky.

AMA Media Award

  • Braap Magazine, Willow Street, Pa.
  • Mark Kariya, Pauma Valley, Calif.
  • Dave Swarts (Roadracing World and Technology), Lake Elsinore, Calif.

WORLD ENDURO SUPER SERIES WRAP UP

Overview at the Red Bull Knock Out 2016 in Scheveningen, Netherlands on November 19, 2016 // Jarno Schurgers/Red Bull Content Pool

The World Enduro Super Series title will be decided on the shoreline of Scheveningen in The Netherlands. Following a season of Hard Enduro, Classic Enduro and Cross-Country racing, the Red Bull Knock Out’s Beach Race will complete this year’s inaugural multi-discipline Enduro championship.

Billy Bolt

At the top of the standings it’s Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt (GB) who holds a 275-point advantage over Germany’s Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM). With Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Josep Garcia (ESP) in close contention in third, it ensures all will be decided on Saturday, November 10th.

Competitors perform at the Red Bull Knock Out 2016 in Scheveningen, Netherlands on November 19, 2016 // Bavo Swijgers/Red Bull Content Pool.

The winner of this year’s World Enduro Super Series will be presented with a KTM X-Bow car in Scheveningen.

The Red Bull Knock Out, round eight of WESS, will be broadcast in a live show on Red Bull TV from 13.15hrs CET on Saturday, November 10. Available in four languages – English, German, French and Dutch – Jonny Walker and Antoine Meo will be the show’s expert guests for English and French speaking viewers.
The 2018 World Enduro Super Series concludes with the eighth and final round at Red Bull Knock Out on Saturday November 10.

Venue at the Red Bull Knock Out 2016 in Scheveningen, Netherlands on November 19, 2016 // Rein Rijke / Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull Knock Out Fast Facts

1000 riders will compete in Red Bull Knock Out
An estimated 150,000 spectators are expected
Over 2500 truck loads of extra sand are required to build the 5km course
The Final will be broadcast live on Red Bull TV
A KTM X-Bow car will be awarded to the ULTIMATE ENDURO CHAMPION

Red Bull Knockout 2016 Podium

1. Jeffery Herlings (KTM – NED); 2. Nathan Watson (KTM – GB); 3. Glenn Coldenhoff (KTM – NED)

Red Bull Knock Out Winners List

2016: Jeffery Herlings
2015: Axel van de Sande
2008: Steve Ramon
2007: Timotei Potisek
2006: Marc de Reuver

World Enduro Super Series Standings (After round 7)

1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 4420pts; 2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 4145pts; 3. Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 3700pts; 4. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 3675pts; 5. Wade Young (Sherco – RSA) 3220pts; 6. Nathan Watson (KTM – GB) 3103pts; 7. Paul Bolton (KTM – GB) 3092pts; 8. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GB) 3010pts; 9. Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 2900pts; 10. Lars Enockl (Gas Gas – AUT) 2272pts…

Photo credit: Future7Media, Red Bull Content Pool

That’s all this week

–Ron Lawson

 

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