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cr250 vs cr500

Discussion in '2-Stroke Discussion' started by Kasjok, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. Kasjok

    Kasjok Rookie DRN Member

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    I need infofrmation about differences of 1994 CR250 and 1997 CR500. I must mention that CR250 is in better shape then his bigger brother.
    I would like to know how big is the weight difference, how much more powerful is cr500, which is better to ride if it comes to MX.


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    CoTToNvilleExpress Rookie DRN Member

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    Unless you have a lot of guts and a lot of ass I'd suggest the CR250. The diferences between the two is like night and day. On the 500 you'll find yourself trying to keep the front end on the ground as the power is like a hound outa hell on the big brute. CR250 is the choice for MX no dought.
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    dales298 Mostly Useless

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    The 500 will have 50+ hp and weigh around 245 give or take a little.
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    trial_07 Play with gravity

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    cr 250 all the way! A 500 is a pain for maintenance and gaz. BTW is a 500 rideable in a MX track?
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    Okiewan DRN is my fault.

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    How is a 500 more of a maint. pain than a 250? And yes, there used to be a 500 class in mx.
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    A CR500 is about as close to a maintenance free MX bike as you can get. People go years on those bikes doing nothing more than changing tires, chains and cleaning air filters.

    A great bike but it's not for the faint of heart. :yikes:
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    The CR5 top end is extremely simple to work on as well since it has no power valve system. It does have a flowerpot sized piston though... :laugh:
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    Give the 5-hunney a little respect and it's a blast to ride. Ride it smooth the way you ride a 450 four banger and grin. I would put a top end in mine twice a year and it never really showed much wear. The only down side to the 500 is the frame geometry is a bit dated so it won't handle quite as well as the 250.
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    Okiewan DRN is my fault.

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    I thought we were talking about a 1997 CR500, that looks suspiciously like a 1997 CR500 stuffed into a 2006 CRF250 frame!
  11. Kasjok

    Kasjok Rookie DRN Member

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    I am very interested in weight difference of thouse two!
  12. magneto

    magneto Rookie DRN Member

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    I've got a stock 01 CR250 and a 96 CR5 that has been modified for woods use. I can't give you the actual weight difference however I can tell you the CR5 feels much heavier both when riding (flick-ability) and when putting them on a stand. The 500 tires me out much faster than the 250 and it scares me on a track. The 500 (with an EG Mo Better port job and flywheel weight) works really well offroad. It makes so much power on low end that I usually run in 3rd or 4th gear and rarely get it past 1/8 throttle in fast woods (4 wheeler trails). The 250 is quick but it doesn't make me grin as much as the 5.

    For track use I would recommend the 250.
    For fast off road use I would recommend the 500.
    For lazy people that don't like to do anything to their bikes except add gass and change rear tires I would recommend the 500.
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    Are CR500 parts still relatively easy to find? I looked into getting one this year but bought another 250 cause of the abundance of parts out there.
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    parts for the 500 shouldn't be hard to find at all. they stayed the same from like 97 until 1999 or something. try looking at salvage yards ohnline or maybe even midwestactioncycle.com
    they might not have any thing listed but if you giv'em a call i'm sure they would have some stuff.

    also ronnies.com has all oem parts for hondas from 1990 until present.
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    Why not get the best of both worlds and get a 500AF? My 500 actually outhandles my 250 (both are '02s). I think it's easier to ride the 500. You just have to learn throttle control. I can shift the 500 into 3rd gear, throw the shifter in the back of the truck, and ride all day long! Hills, track, trails... whatever. It's a lazy man's dream. Easy maintenance, too. However, I am getting REAL good at tire changes. The 250 is actually up for sale, since it now gets as much attention as an ugly stepchild!
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    I actually learned to ride on a Cr500. :coocoo:
    I went from a zr50 when I was 7, waited till I was 15, and then went onto the 500, then I traded it to a friend for his Cr250 because I crashed it and didn't have the money to fix it (I didn't know how to jump a bike :x ). :blah:

    I liked it, it really moved, and wheelies were fun. It's a gas hog though, and I guess it's kinda big and bulky compared to other bikes. The seat on mine was especially tall, I'm 6ft 1, and I could barely keep both feet on the ground, so when I made a mistake in the trail, I would come close to falling over and such.

    Just my experience with it ;)
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    My friend just bought a 91 CR500 3 days ago. We filled the tank up to the very top last night to empy the can and he rode it about 4-5 times down the street before we checked the gas again. It was down by about 4" from the opening on the tank. :yikes:

    He'll probably go through twice if not 3 times as much gas I will on an average day.

    And he said he wants to run strictly race gas in it at 10.00 a gallon! The hell with that! :coocoo:
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    My KX5 sucked gas pretty badly until I learned to ride in a higher gear and jetted it properly. Not near as bad now.

    If you lower the compression a bit it will run on unleaded pump swill and be easier to start.
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    Nothing more satisfactory than that grin :nod:
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