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Classic Steel 133: 1988 Honda CR250R

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  1. I bought my 1988 CR 250R to replace my cherished 1985 CR 250R. I was never a fan of gold rims on Hondas, so I avoided the 1986 – 1987 CR 250R and kept by 1985 bike in perfect condition. After 3 seasons of racing, an off road friend offered to buy by 1985 bike for desert racing. I then set my eyes on the 1988 Honda CR 250R and just thought it was gorgeous. The reviews talked about an electric motor and poor suspension. I figured a pipe and suspension revalve would solve that. However, I hated this bike for one reason only. It fouled spark plugs; even after I leaned it out, changed oil / gas premix ratios or different altitude and track weather (hot or cold). I even had to ride with two spark plugs when I was play riding and not at at the track. As a matter of fact, I had to ask Jeff Ward for a spark plug while we were riding in the hills of Corona California. Thanks again Jeff. After I fouled about 20 spark plugs and rejet it and replaced the reed valve, I had enough and switched brands and bought a 1988 KX 125, which I absolutely loved as a play bike. I quit racing after I sold my 1988 Honda CR 250. Thanks for a great article. I even read that 1988 Dirt Rider comparison of the 1988 YZ 250 and 1988 CR 250 you posted in this article. I should have bought the YZ in 1988.

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