December 6th, 2012
With the bigger-is-better craze in the motorcycle industry, many of the staple two-wheelers have been getting upsized. The CRF70F has started many young riders on two wheels. Honda has replaced the little 70 cc dirt machine with the CRF110F.
The 110F retains the small frame size, with only marginal increases in dimensions and weight. An electric starter has been added to supplement the trusty kick start mechanism. The three-speed transmission of the 70F has been replaced with a four-speed. The clutch is automatic.
During Motorcycle USA's testing of the dirt bike, a nine-year-old test rider was recruited. At 4' 6”, he was able to flat-foot the diminutive motorcycle fairly easily. The young rider could also kick start the engine without issue.
A speed-limiting screw on the throttle can help new riders keep the throttle in check. For the test, the rider was allowed full speed since he has had some experience riding in the past.
During the test, the rider said the motorcycle was fast, but he felt in control of the throttle the entire time over the track. He had a few spills, mostly due to soft dirt in the corners and over-use of the front brake at the wrong moment. Both rider and motorcycle fared well with the only casualty being a bent shift lever.
The final verdict from a nine-year-old rider? “Awesome bike!”
The 2013 CRF110F retails for $1999, which is $39 more than the current year CRF70F.
1 comments on "Honda introduces the CRF110F"
They had to "upsize" because these bikes are so darn popular with grownups and the Kawasaki KLX110 was beating them senseless. That and the fact that more power is needed to haul around the "average" American child now.
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