Honda CRF150F Review – Everything You Need To Know

Looking to buy a Honda CRF150F? Just want to know a little more about it? Either way, I’ll give you the practical info you need to know whether it’s a good bike for you or not. 

What is the Honda CRF150F?

It’s a mid-sized trail bike that has a 150cc air-cooled 4 stroke engine and a 5-speed transmission.

Does Honda still make the CRF150F?

No, Honda stopped making the CRF150F in 2017. The CRF125F took its place.

CRF150F with the newer body styling/plastics.
The newer CRF150F looks modern, but it didn’t technically change much

CRF150F model year changes

The 2003-2005 CRF150F was based off of the CRF230F style engine. It simply has a shorter stroke and a kick-start instead of electric start. 

In 2006, it got a completely updated engine that is lighter and slightly more modern with a roller rocker camshaft. It also got an electric start, but that added a few pounds to the overall weight. 

Other than that, it hasn’t changed much other than updated plastics and graphics until it was discontinued in 2017. 

What age range is the CRF150F for?

It’s designed for a teenager, so ages 13-19, but it’s a great beginner bike if you’re an adult that wants a shorter bike to learn how to ride?

It has plenty of power if your kid is just starting out, but still enough to ride around if you weigh 200+ lbs. 

What Does the “F” stand for in CRF150F?

The “F” in CRF simply means four stroke for its 4 stroke engine. The “F” in 150F is Honda’s way of saying it’s a trail bike. 

CRF150F vs CRF150R

The CRF150F and CRF150R are not even close to the same bike, other than that they have the same size engine displacement. 

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The CRF 150F is a trail bike with simple, low performance parts, while the CRF 150R is a high performance motocross bike for racing. 

CRF150F vs KLX140L

They’re similar in size, but the CRF150F is slightly bigger and heavier. It also has a little more torque and horsepower. They both have electric start (2006+), so they’re very similar bikes.

If you want a little more power and more potential for mods, then the CRF150F wins. However, if you want a slightly smaller and lighter mid-size bike, then the KLX140L is the bike for you.

CRF150F vs TTR125

The Honda 150F is definitely bigger and more powerful, but not by a whole lot. It really depends on how big you are, which you find the best deal on, and whether you like red or blue bikes.

Is the CRF150F a good dirt bike?

That depends on what you want to do with it. The CRF150F is a great bike if you’re a teen or adult that wants to learn how to ride a dirt bike with a clutch, or if you’re shorter than average height. 

Looking for a fast bike that can handle jumps? Then the 150F is not for you. 

Engine

As I mentioned earlier, the 03-05 engine is a de-stroked CRF230 engine. It has a nice, smooth powerband that is predictable and not overpowering, which is why it’s such a good bike if you’re new to dirt biking. 

There’s quite a few mods available, but the engine cases can’t handle too much power before breaking.

In 2006 the crf150f got a completely new engine that is better in almost every way. The top end is redesigned for less weight and more potential power. However, it lost about 7cc engine displacement. 

Suspension

The suspension is probably the biggest limiting factor if you’re looking for high performance. The forks and shock are very simple, outdated, and simple.

With that said they work just fine if you’re a beginner. Once you start riding faster and more aggressive, then you will start to get bucked around.

The forks are notoriously soft, and the rear shock packs down due to too slow of damping. Both of these problems can be fixed with time and/or money invested. 

Specs

Seat height32.5″
Weight233lbs
Horsepower12HP
Top speed50 MPH
Engine156cc/149cc (03-05/06-17)

How much is a Honda CRF150F?

Since they’re not being made new anymore, you’ll have to buy used. Depending on your local market and the model year, a CRF150F may cost 1000-3500 USD used. 

Who is the CRF150F good for?

So, to break it down, here’s a list of things you need to keep in mind if you are looking to buy one soon. 

The CRF150F is a good dirt bike if you’re:

  • A new rider
  • A teen or adult/female that’s short (under 5’6″)
  • Wanting a medium sized dirt bike that’s easy to ride
  • Planning to ride trails at a slow to moderate pace
  • Want electric start (2006+)
  • Prefer reliability over high performance

The CRF150F is NOT a good dirt bike if you’re:

  • Wanting to race motocross or do jumps
  • Under 4’8″ or over 5’6″ tall
  • Wanting a full size dirt bike
  • Needing the latest and greatest in technology

Best CRF150F mods

So, what are the best mods for the CRF150F? For the best bang for your buck:

  • Air box mod
  • Re-jet
  • Un-cork
  • Suspension mods

For a complete list of CRF150F mods click here. 

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Kelley Fager

I help newer riders learn to safely ride with confidence by teaching basic techniques in a way that's easy to understand. Learn To Ride With Control Here

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