Honda Dirt Bikes – Which One Is Right For You?

Looking to get a Honda dirt bike or just want to know what bikes they have to offer? In this article I will show you all of the different types of dirt bikes from Honda and how to pick which one is best for you

Does Honda still make dirt bikes?

Yes, Honda still makes many dirt bikes for all types of riding, from trail riding, to motocross, to dual sport. Honda is one of the top brands because they are quality built (reliable & durable), high performance, and they stand behind their products.

I’ve had many Honda dirt bikes over the years, and I can tell you that if you’re serious about dirt biking, they’re one of the best motorcycle brands to own and ride.

Montana 2017 1 Honda Dirt Bikes - Which One Is Right For You?
Riding trails in Montana on my sweet CRF230

How to pick the right dirt bike for you

Whether you’re looking for your first dirt bike or your just getting back into riding off-road, it’s important to pick the right bike so that you don’t crash and get hurt right away. 

The first step is deciding the type of dirt bike you want for the riding that you’ll be doing.

This comes down to: trail riding, dual sport, or motocross. 

If you’re a beginner, then I highly recommend you pick a trail bike because it’s a much safer choice to start out on. 

kids dirt bike sizing xr50 xr70 and xr200
Honda Dirt Bikes For Kids

Choosing a big and powerful dirt bike right away is asking for trouble if you’re riding off-road because it’s hard to control if you don’t have the skill and experience. 

What’s the right size dirt bike for your height?

Choosing a dirt bike that fits your height is more important as a beginner because it will affect your confidence. If you’ve ridden a dirt bike that’s too tall for you to touch the ground with your feet, then you know it’s a little bit intimidating.

Not only do you have to learn how to control the clutch, throttle, and brakes, but you have to figure out how to balance the bike when you come to a stop. Starting on a smaller dirt bike with a low enough seat height to touch with one foot simply gives you more confidence when you’re learning to ride. 

Honda trail bikes for beginners

Honda has always been known to have some of the best and most reliable trail motorcycles for beginners and casual riders. Their trail bike lineup has changed quite a few times over the years, but the quality and durability is still just about as good.

None of these dirt bikes are high performance, but that’s not what they’re designed for. If you want a beginner friendly bike that’s going to last a long time, then you’re going to like one of these bikes. 

Here are the current dirt bikes for trail riding from Honda:

  • CRF50F
  • CRF110F
  • CRF125F
  • CRF250F

It all begins with the CRF50 as a little kid. That’s where I started (XR50), and that’s where thousands of young boys and girls start their dirt biking journey.

It’s a great bike to learn on because it’s small, easy to handle, and the power is predictable. There’s no clutch to worry about, but your son or daughter will learn how to shift gears. 

Moving up to the CRF110, it’s a good transitional bike when your kid is too big for a 50cc, but they’re not ready for a dirt bike with a clutch yet. 

The CRF125F is where it starts for teens and short adult riders that want to ride a dirt bike. There’s 2 size options – a big and small wheel – based on your height. You’ll learn how to use the clutch on a bike that’s super easy to ride, and you won’t have to work on it all the time because it’s so reliable. 

Last, but certainly not least, the CRF250F is the best beginner Honda dirt bike for adults because it can fit a wide range of rider sizes. 

The 250cc 4 stroke engine has enough power to have fun and ride 99% of single track trails, but it’s still tame enough if you’re brand new to dirt biking. 

Honda enduro bikes for trail riding

Are you already a skilled rider and need to upgrade to a high performance trail bike? These are the enduro dirt bikes available from Honda:

  • CRF250RX
  • CRF450X
  • CRF450RX

Based off of the current CRF250R MX bike, the CRF250RX is fast, but the suspension and engine are softened up a little bit for riding off-road. The 250F is a good choice if you like to rev the bike out more, ride aggressively and have fun on the trails. 

Moving up to a 450 dirt bike, the CRF450X is the least aggressive competition model for trail riding. The gearing, suspension, engine, and handling are designed for more comfort on trails at low speeds. The wide ratio transmission and larger gas tank also allows you to ride high speeds and more miles in the desert. 

Just want a 450 off-road bike that’s purely for racing? The CRF450RX is an aggressive version of the 450X. With less weight and snappier power, it’s not for the faint-hearted. 

Honda motocross bikes for racing

Unfortunately, Honda doesn’t sell 2 stroke dirt bikes anymore, so all they have for motocross bikes are these 4 strokes:

  • CRF150R
  • CRF150R Expert
  • CRF250R
  • CRF450R
  • CRF450RWE

Honda’s motocross bike for teens is the CRF150R. It’s built for the supermini class for racing, but it’s noticeably heavier than an 85cc 2 stroke MX bike. It’s a totally different bike than the CRF150F trail bike

The CRF150R Expert (CRF150RB) is basically the same bike but with bigger wheels and slightly stiffer suspension for a bigger rider in the supermini class.

Review of the Honda CRF150R Dirt Bike
2009 Honda CRF150RB that I used to have

Their 250F continues to get updates over the years. The CRF250R is the ‘entry level’ full size motocross bike, but it’s definitely not for ‘beginners’. This is purely a race bike. 

The CRF450R is the ultimate motocross bike for the manliest of men. It’s the premier class bike for racing. 

When the CRF450R just isn’t enough, Honda came out with the Works Edition 450R model with a few goodies to make it look more like a factory race team bike.

Honda 2 stroke dirt bikes

Honda doesn’t make any 2 stroke dirt bikes anymore, but these are the most popular ones they made for many years:

  • CR80R/Expert
  • CR85R/Expert
  • CR125R
  • CR250R
  • CR500R

Honda dual sport bikes

Looking for a street legal dirt bike? These are Honda’s dual sport motorcycles:

  • CRF300L
  • CRF300L RALLY
  • CRF450L
  • XR650L

The CRF300L is a good beginner dual sport bike with more torque than the older CRF250L. It can handle some trail riding as well as cruising on the road for many miles. 

Are you more into adventure or rally type riding? The CRF300L rally edition has some nice upgrades that allow you to ride longer and further with more comfort. 

Need more power? The CRF450L, which is now the CRF450RL is a great dual sport bike as long as you’re not riding tight single track trails. It just becomes a handful in the tight trails or woods especially if you’re a beginner. 

Looking for a better commuter motorcycle that can still handle some off-road riding? The longstanding XR650L is big, smooth, torquey, reliable, and is one of the best budget adventure bikes you can buy.

Best cheap used Honda dirt bikes

Want a Honda dirt bike bit can’t afford a new bike? These are the best budget dirt bikes for teens and adults:

Dirt bike safety course

Are you new to dirt biking or off-road riding? If so, them I want to help you get started the right way. 

Too many new riders try to tech themselves how to ride, but they usually started making bad habits because they didn’t learn proper riding techniques. 

These bad habits eventually cause you to ride with less confidence and get out of control more easily.

By going back to the basics, you’ll quickly build your confidence so that you don’t ride too fast too soon and get hurt from crashing. Want to learn more? Click or tap here. 

Kelley Fager

I help riders learn to safely ride off-road with confidence so that you don't crash and get injured, even if you don't have a lot of time to practice. Learn To Ride With Confidence Here

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