Before 1986, MX in America was basically a lawless land. Companies could compete with a crazy one-off beast of a machine that would never see itself in the hands of the fans watching. But in 1986, a “production rule” debuted which forced companies to show up with bikes that would were being mass produced. According to PulpMX, this rule was requested by Yamaha because Honda was winning too much – Team Red had the ability to spend more and out-engineer anyone else. So when 1986 rolled around, everyone thought this was going to be the beginning of a new era for the other big teams in motocross. They were wrong.
Honda completely dominated 250 MX in 1986, and kept making revisions each year in an attempt to stay ahead. The 1988 bike introduced a “low boy” style that riders loved, though changes to the motor and suspension weren’t as well received. So Honda updated the bike yet again in 1989 with changes to wake up the motor (new cylinder, revised porting, reshaped head, earlier activation of the Honda Power Port, etc), thicker linkage bolts in the rear suspension, and an all-new Showa 45mm USD cartridge fork.
Honda made so many updates to the ’89 model that they actually increased the price by 30% compared to the ’88 bike. Ricky Johnson had tremendous success with the model, winning the five rounds of the SX season before a MX injury knocked him out of a contention. But his teammate Jeff Stanton (after two years on a factory Yamaha) also had success with the CR, winning the 250 National and Supercross titles on the 250R in 1989.
Manufactured in August 1988, this example is VIN: JH2ME030XKM100821.
There is no odometer, true mileage is unknown. A Tusk hour meter installed during the restoration shows 1.9 hours.
The seller then took it down to the frame to create a resto-mod: “I wanted this bike to bring back the memories of Supercross racing in the late 80s, and I think it hit the mark. Ricky Johnson was at the end of his reign (with the wrist injury he would sustain in the 1989 season) and Honda was still a powerhouse that set the benchmark for all the other manufacturers.
This bike is essentially a brand new 1989 Honda CR250R, but BETTER than when she left the Honda factory.
This bike is 100% complete, needs absolutely nothing, is in stunning, like-new condition and is ready to kick rooster tails up and down your favorite dirt track. But be warned, she draws a crowd, you’re gonna get pic requests and constant thumbs-up.”
“All parts replaced with Factory Honda parts or upgraded parts.”
Frame powder coated to Honda Fighting Red.
MSV Exhaust Manifold, Pro-Circuit Expansion Chamber and Silencer
Cylinder Re-Plated by Millennium Technologies, Pro X Piston and Crank, Boyesen RAD Valve, New Fluids throughout entire bike
New hardware for entire engine, new gaskets throughout entire engine.
New Aluminum Radiators
Front and Rear Master Brake Cylinders Re-Built and Powder Coated, New Venhill Brake Lines Front and Rear
New Brake Pads Front and Rear, new Rear Brake Rotor
New Water Pump and Case, new Silicone Hoses
New Throttle Cable, New Kill Switch, New Renthal Handlebar, New Renthal Grips – Safety Wired, New Honda Levers.
New D.I.D Dirt Star Rims built by DUBYA: Front Wheel Size – 21 x 1.80, Rear Wheel Size – 19 x 2.15.
New Bridgestone Battlecross X30 Tires, New SuperSprox Sprocket, New D.I.D Chain, New Bearings throughout entire bike.
New UFO Plastics, New Hardware for Bodywork, New (and very hard to find) Frame Guards
Inside of the tank:
Currently located in Brenham, Texas, this Honda is offered on a Bill of Sale only. Have any CR250R stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!
True Mileage Unknown
Bill of Sale Only
Continental US: Haul Bikes will ship anything sold through Iconic for a starting rate of $750 in the Continental US (prices may increase in rural markets), and Iconic will handle the paperwork on your behalf. You do not need to crate your bike or drain the gas/disconnect the battery if you go with Haul Bikes. We are glad to work with the shipper of your choice as well, but you will have to arrange it.
spares/extras will have to be shipped separately via FedEx or similar.
the fee includes $15,000 of insurance with a $500 deductible. Additional insurance can be purchased at a cost of $50 per additional $5,000 of value.