The CRF-F lineup of Honda’s dirt bike lineup is almost complete for 2018. However, fans are still waiting for the announcements for two biggest bikes, the 2018 Honda CRF230F and CRF150F. With other, smaller motorcycles already confirmed, it is just a matter of time when will these two be official. Nevertheless, we can’t expect anything spectacular about changes for this, top of the line vehicle. There are also similar bigger models, with CRF250R all-around motocross version, and the Honda CRF250X enduro motorcycle.
2018 Honda CRF230F impressions and price
Fans are finding that 2018 Honda CRF230F is going to be expensive again. Its previous price of $4,300 is just $800 under the value of the CRF250L. However, the more expensive one will give you liquid-cooled and bigger engine with the modern drive system. On the other hand, CRF230F is an off-road only motorcycle. For more money, we will get a dirt bike capable to ride on urban streets. Nevertheless, true fans will know to appreciate advantages of the Honda CRF230F. The truth behind the price gap lay in the country of production. While factories for 2018 CRF230F are in Japan, CRF250L is built in Thailand. Assembly and production costs are showing results in a price of two motorcycles.
2018 Honda CRF230F specs
The 2018 Honda CRF230F is the last model in CRF lineup to use a 2-valve engine. All bikes above this one are coming with a 4-valve configuration and most liquid cooling system. The Honda CRF230F is still using an air-cooled unit with a displacement of 223 cc. A single-cylinder 4-stroke SOHC engine has a square bore and stroke. For example, bigger sibling, CRF250X sets this ratio at 78 x 52 mm. Also, the 230F model from CRF lineup is using a 6-speed gearbox. Of course, as all other two-wheelers, there is a PGM-FI on this bike. An electric starter makes an ignition easier, even in tougher conditions.
2018 Honda CRF230F colors and release date
We still don’t have official confirmation for the 2018 year model. However, Honda is not going to drop the CRF230F from the lineup. Contrary, this is one of the best-selling off-road bikes. So, an enthusiast could be disappointed not to see it. We could see it official in first months of 2018. Whatsoever, the 2018 Honda CRF230F is coming once again in only one color. It is an Extreme Red paint job, present on its siblings also.