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Honda CR250M

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Honda CR250M
Manufacturer Honda
Production 73-76
Engine 250
Sparkplug B9EV '73-76
Front Tire 3.00-21 '73-76
Rear Tire 4.00-18 '73-76
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The Honda CR250M is a motorcycle produced by Honda from 1973 to 1976.

By 1973 Honda had a reputation for building outstanding 4-stroke motorcycles. However, two-stroke bikes offered by other manufacturers such as Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha were winning the road racing events. Furthermore, in the 1970's, four-stroke motorcycles did not stand a chance against two-strokes in motocross racing. In 1973 Honda stunned the world with its revolutionary Elsinore CR250M two-stroke.

It was Honda's first two-stroke (apart from some early attempts 25 years before) and the first purpose-built, production motocross machine from Honda. It changed motocross bikes forever with its light weight, 29 horsepower over a broad RPM band, and superlative handling. As a complete package, it challenged the established European dominance.

In 1973, a modified Elsinore ridden by Gary Jones won the first AMA 250 Nationals. In time, it became the most successful motocross bike in AMA history, winning 24 National and Supercross titles.

The CR250M Elsinore was replaced in 1978 with the Honda CR250R.


1973-1974

The Honda Elsinore CR250M0 was sold in 1973-74. One color was available: the fuel tank was polished aluminum with no paint except for a green stripe on top. The number plates were silver metallic with a green center panel. The fenders were plastic painted silver metallic. The Exhaust pipe was a downswept system. The engine was a single cylinder 2-stroke displacing 248cc with a 5-speed transmission. The serial number began CR250M-1000216.

1975

Honda CR250M
1975 Honda CR250M1 Elsinore
1975 Honda CR250M1 Elsinore
1975 Honda CR250M1 Elsinore
1975 Honda CR250M1 Elsinore
1975 Honda CR250M1 Elsinore
1975 Honda CR250M1 Elsinore
1975 Honda CR250M1 Elsinore
1975 Honda CR250M1 in Red
1975 Honda CR250M1 in Red
1975 Honda CR250M1 in Red
1975 Honda CR250M1 in Red
1975 Honda CR250M1 in Red



The CR250M1 Elsinore was sold in 1975 in one color: Clear with Tahitian Red and White. The gas tank was polished aluminum with a red stripe on top. The fenders were white, color-impregnated plastic. The number plates were red with black panels. It featured upswept exhaust system and forward mount shocks. The engine was a single cylinder 2-stroke displacing 248cc with a 5-speed transmission. The serial number began CR250-2000001.

1976

Honda CR250M
1976 Honda CR250 Elsinore in Red
1976 Honda CR250 Elsinore in Red
1976 Honda CR250 Elsinore in Red


The CR250M'76 Elsinore was sold in 1976 in Tahitian Red. The gas tank, number plates, and frame were red. The fenders were also red, color impregnated plastic. The engine, handlebars, and number plate panels were black. It featured upswept exhaust system and forward mount shocks. The engine was a single cylinder 2-stroke displacing 248cc with a 5-speed transmission. The serial number began CR250M-1000216.

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