Racer X Tested 2006 Honda CRF 250R Project Rebuild Race Bike

Racer X Tested 2006 Honda CRF 250R Project Rebuild Race Bike


Hey, Jay Clark here with Rocky Mountain. Today, we’re going to give you an inside look to a Racer X Project bike we just got done finishing up. Really cool bike, restoring an old 2006 CRF250. We’re going to go around this bike and tell you about some things we did, some things that might work for your bike. It’s a really cool fun story for me to do because we used to ride these bikes a lot back in ’06 through ’09 and we can go over that right now. Back in 2006, duals were revolutionary and a pretty cool marketing gimmick for Honda. We got them back on here to get us back to the 2013 and 2014. We now know that the CRF250 will go back to duals, so kind of a neat cool thing to see them back on this bike. Performance seems to be a bit of a wash between the single and the dual. A lot of guys just end up going to the single to save a bit of money. But they sure look cool. Our dual FMF cans are mated up to a Titanium Megabomb Header, really nice piece. It’s tucked in pretty nicely on this bike so you don’t burn yourself too terribly. We’ve got Dunlop MX51 tires on here which are good for all around, intermediate use. Just about all conditions work really well. That’s on this new Tusk Impact wheel set. Really nice, a good quality wheel, red hub, black rim, silver spokes. So really nice, good looking wheel. These Tusk Impact wheels are a really nice addition for the market out here to have a low cost, good quality wheel set available to everyone in the market now. Tusk also makes nice good quality, stock dimension rotors. We have those matched up here to our Tusk wheel set. We got the Tusk rear rotor. Works Connection makes really nice foot pegs. These titanium foot pegs are really strong, extremely light compared to the stock peg. It’s obviously not a completely necessary item, but extremely cool. Tusk makes a really nice rear brake pedal. It’s a bit adjustable. It looks very cool, so if you’ve got a bent or a ruined stock one, this is an extremely good replacement rear brake pedal. When you’re rebuilding an old bike, one of the first things you’re going to have to look at is the clutch. In this case, the clutch basket was pretty well beat. We have a full new Hinson set up which of course is the standard in the industry with the clutch basket, the inner hub and pressure plate with their fiber spring and steel kit. Heavier duty springs are a lot stronger, really nice quality parts that last a long time with excellent performance. CV4 is known for hoses. They distribute lots of products, but in this case, we’ve got the yellow hoses on here that look really nice. A lot of added cooling, but really cool looking with these yellow hoses on Honda. ICW is a company out back east, the North Carolina area, and they specialize in fixing damaged or ruined radiators. In this case, they strengthen it up too. They actually will weld up the radiator, fix any holes or serious bends and in this case, they added some additional bracing, which is really cool. Works connection makes great parts all around, bling parts. In this case, the Works Connection radiator braces, they’re more the strength, added feature that’s going to help you be able to finish a moto or finish out your trail ride for the day. So they’re a great thing to add to your CRF250 or any bike to where you can prevent your radiator from getting serious damage. So on this bike, the motor was completely blown up. So we needed to put a whole new crank, main bearings and just everything. We’re going to start with, we sent off the ignition cover. San Diego powder coatings with the valve cover and got these powder-coated so they look really nice when we’re all done. In the motor, we put a new Hot Rod’s complete crankshaft with Hot Rod’s main bearings and seals and Cometic gaskets to seal up the entire engine. On the cylinder, it needed a new cylinder so we went with the 1 mm over Cylinder Works cylinder for the vertex piston. Really nice fit, works really well, good quality parts. On the head, the head was salvageable. We put new valves and springs and all of those parts came from CV4 from their X2 line. It’s a brand new line for them with low-cost, stock replacement valves and springs. All those bolted right in. Really good quality parts on this X2 line from CV4. Brad at Parapros out here in California, he helped us rebuild the entire engine and also set up the carburetor. We got some good jetting for this bike. For the jetting specs of this bike, you could go through Tom Morgan at TMR. He can give you some good jetting specs. Here’s another look at the Tusk Impact wheel set. Really nice quality, mated up to a Geomax MX51 front tire. It’s a really good intermediate tire, all around use. In this case, you can see our Tusk Oversized front (rotor). In the rear we have the stock size, but in the front we have an oversize for added braking power. With the larger size rotor, you’ll need to run a larger adapter break caliper here. The whole kit comes together, a nice low cost kit for the serious extra braking power that you need on a good race bike or trail bike. Ride Engineering helped us with a brand-new, stainless steel brake line. It’s a really nice quality piece and also helps in performance for added braking power. Race Tech tackled all of our suspension needs for this bike and was able to go through and freshen up all the parts. We used Pivot Works bearings and seals for all of our components in the suspension part. Our main purpose here was to get everything into good working order from where it was stock since the stuff was so used and abused, and probably it wasn’t serviced its entire life. Works Connection clutch perch, really a good standard in the industry. Good action and good pull. We’ve got the hot start cable. We’ve got new clutch cables all set up and those all came from Rocky Mountain ATV. New throttle cable and same thing, rockymountainatvmc.com. A lot of our miscellaneous pieces, all the OEM parts, all came from Rocky Mountain ATV. As you can see, we left one little reminder of how old and beat up this bike is with our smashed in little rubber grommet here over our front brake. We got ARC front brake lever, really nice. Of course on this old fix up bike, chain and sprockets were shot. We put a brand new Renthal chain – R1 Works chain – with a front sprocket, 13 tooth. A rear stock 51 (sprocket). With the stronger motor now it pulled the 51 just fine. It’s a really good, strong set up. TM Design provided our chain slider. Really good, strong setup there as well. Whenever you’re rebuilding an older bike, restoring a bike, it’s a very good idea to dump all the brake fluid, change all of that fluid and put completely new fluid in it. New brake pads mated up with our new rotors here is a really good setup to go with. As you can see, it’s s pretty fun, cool deal. Look for this in an upcoming issue of Racer X. It’s a nice spread and you can see before pictures of the bike as well when it was all torn apart and blown up or see the video online at racerxonline.com