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Technical Section => Make / Model Specific Discussions => Honda CR / CRF / Africa Twin 1000 => Topic started by: Airguitar on June 05, 2014, 07:41:56 pm

Title: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: Airguitar on June 05, 2014, 07:41:56 pm
I'm keen to buy a CRF230 for my Mrs and my 16 year old daughter to learn to ride on. It seems to be based on the old XR200R which was a very forgiving bike to ride.
Any thoughts or advice?
Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: Dux on June 05, 2014, 07:50:09 pm
Good buy , go for it
Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: Tommy Transalp on June 05, 2014, 07:55:32 pm
Bullet-proof and very forgiving! Light on fuel and reasonably nippy. Will go anywhere, and is light enough for even smaller riders.
Spares a reasonably cheap, and many parts are available from non-oem suppliers.
One of the best newbie bikes IMHO. :thumleft:
Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: Airguitar on June 05, 2014, 07:56:40 pm
Mileage per tank??
Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: Tommy Transalp on June 05, 2014, 08:01:07 pm
Mileage per tank??
I've got up to 40km/l, but average about 30k/l... they'll do 200 kays on a standard tank (7l). There are long range tanks available from Clarke which extend the range to over 300km per tank :thumleft:
Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: Snafu on June 05, 2014, 08:06:52 pm
Brilliant little bike and besides the tw200 probably the best bike to learn on
Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: Garfield on June 05, 2014, 08:09:34 pm
Mileage per tank??

Wife and daughter have done 90km's without using reserve on their 230's.

Incredible little bikes, can carry my bulk, light and easy enough for a petite high school girl to ride, and bulletproof.

We have two, and they go anywhere I can go with a WR450, and some places easier  :thumleft:

Just buy one, you can thank me later  :thumleft:
Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: chopperpilot on June 05, 2014, 08:10:27 pm
I'm keen to buy a CRF230 for my Mrs and my 16 year old daughter to learn to ride on. It seems to be based on the old XR200R which was a very forgiving bike to ride.
Any thoughts or advice?
You might not be a Suzuki fan...but don't forget about the Suzuki DR 200 SE, or grey import Djebel DR 200 for the ladies!




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Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: Garfield on June 05, 2014, 08:11:17 pm
I'm keen to buy a CRF230 for my Mrs and my 16 year old daughter to learn to ride on. It seems to be based on the old XR200R which was a very forgiving bike to ride.
Any thoughts or advice?

Thoughts = yes (x2), for your wife and 16 yo daughter to learn on.

Advice = buy one, thank me later  :thumleft:
Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: Garfield on June 05, 2014, 08:12:43 pm
I'm keen to buy a CRF230 for my Mrs and my 16 year old daughter to learn to ride on. It seems to be based on the old XR200R which was a very forgiving bike to ride.
Any thoughts or advice?
You might not be a Suzuki fan...but don't forget about the Suzuki DR 200 SE, or grey import Djebel DR 200 for the ladies!




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If the requirement needs the bike to be road legal, then  :thumleft:, if not, the 230 wins in my opinion.
Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: chopperpilot on June 05, 2014, 08:30:36 pm
I'm keen to buy a CRF230 for my Mrs and my 16 year old daughter to learn to ride on. It seems to be based on the old XR200R which was a very forgiving bike to ride.
Any thoughts or advice?
You might not be a Suzuki fan...but don't forget about the Suzuki DR 200 SE, or grey import Djebel DR 200 for the ladies!




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If the requirement needs the bike to be road legal, then  :thumleft:, if not, the 230 wins in my opinion.
Remember seat height when making a choice. Low seat height, with both feet flat on the ground, inspires a lot of confidence for a beginner!

The Suzi has an eccentric lower shock mount, allowing one to alter the seat height!

I am not against a Honda. Had both a Twin shock and Pro Link XR 500 R. Suzis have awesome features and excellent built quality! (The DR 650s suspension can also be adjusted! Has 2 lower shock bolt holes, and front fork inners are adjustable!)

No need to spend hard earned moolas on lowering links.

The 230 should have more suspension travel than the DR 200. Better choice if you're going to really rough it off road!


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Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: chopperpilot on June 05, 2014, 08:37:12 pm
According to Google...866 mm seat height for the Honda....and 810 mm for the Suzuki.


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Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: Garfield on June 05, 2014, 08:50:00 pm
According to Google...866 mm seat height for the Honda....and 810 mm for the Suzuki.


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No idea, both my wife and daughter being really short the 230 is not a problem.

Either way, the 200 Suzuki and 230F are both great options  :thumleft:
Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: chopperpilot on June 05, 2014, 09:03:21 pm
According to Google...866 mm seat height for the Honda....and 810 mm for the Suzuki.


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No idea, both my wife and daughter being really short the 230 is not a problem.

Either way, the 200 Suzuki and 230F are both great options  :thumleft:
Agree. Awesome if your family can ride with you. My 11 year old daugther rides with me on the DR 650, and my wife rides her DR 200. The little one has already hinted for her own bike!


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Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: Garfield on June 05, 2014, 09:05:41 pm
According to Google...866 mm seat height for the Honda....and 810 mm for the Suzuki.


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No idea, both my wife and daughter being really short the 230 is not a problem.

Either way, the 200 Suzuki and 230F are both great options  :thumleft:
Agree. Awesome if your family can ride with you. My 11 year old daugther rides with me on the DR 650, and my wife rides her DR 200. The little one has already hinted for her own bike!


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CRF70 if she is short, CRF100 if not, it is the right thing to do...
Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: chopperpilot on June 05, 2014, 09:14:39 pm
According to Google...866 mm seat height for the Honda....and 810 mm for the Suzuki.


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No idea, both my wife and daughter being really short the 230 is not a problem.

Either way, the 200 Suzuki and 230F are both great options  :thumleft:
Agree. Awesome if your family can ride with you. My 11 year old daugther rides with me on the DR 650, and my wife rides her DR 200. The little one has already hinted for her own bike!


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CRF70 if she is short, CRF100 if not, it is the right thing to do...
My wife is 1.67m, and the "little" one nearly there! CRF 100 then?


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Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: Garfield on June 05, 2014, 09:17:44 pm
According to Google...866 mm seat height for the Honda....and 810 mm for the Suzuki.


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No idea, both my wife and daughter being really short the 230 is not a problem.

Either way, the 200 Suzuki and 230F are both great options  :thumleft:
Agree. Awesome if your family can ride with you. My 11 year old daugther rides with me on the DR 650, and my wife rides her DR 200. The little one has already hinted for her own bike!


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CRF70 if she is short, CRF100 if not, it is the right thing to do...
My wife is 1.67m, and the "little" one nearly there! CRF 100 then?


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CRF100 should be perfect  :thumleft:

Wife is 1.60 and daughter is a touch shorter and they both ride 230's (daughter started on CRF100, then TT-R125, now CRF230)
Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: chopperpilot on June 05, 2014, 09:29:53 pm
According to Google...866 mm seat height for the Honda....and 810 mm for the Suzuki.


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No idea, both my wife and daughter being really short the 230 is not a problem.

Either way, the 200 Suzuki and 230F are both great options  :thumleft:
Agree. Awesome if your family can ride with you. My 11 year old daugther rides with me on the DR 650, and my wife rides her DR 200. The little one has already hinted for her own bike!


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CRF70 if she is short, CRF100 if not, it is the right thing to do...
My wife is 1.67m, and the "little" one nearly there! CRF 100 then?


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CRF100 should be perfect  :thumleft:

Wife is 1.60 and daughter is a touch shorter and they both ride 230's (daughter started on CRF100, then TT-R125, now CRF230)
About R10k for an CRF 100 on OLX. And one in my hometown! Appreciate your advice!


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Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: Airguitar on June 05, 2014, 09:32:03 pm
I really like the CRF230. Is there a possibility to make it road legal?
Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: Garfield on June 05, 2014, 09:37:22 pm
I really like the CRF230. Is there a possibility to make it road legal?

I believe you can yes.
Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: Garfield on June 05, 2014, 09:39:58 pm
According to Google...866 mm seat height for the Honda....and 810 mm for the Suzuki.


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No idea, both my wife and daughter being really short the 230 is not a problem.

Either way, the 200 Suzuki and 230F are both great options  :thumleft:
Agree. Awesome if your family can ride with you. My 11 year old daugther rides with me on the DR 650, and my wife rides her DR 200. The little one has already hinted for her own bike!


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CRF70 if she is short, CRF100 if not, it is the right thing to do...
My wife is 1.67m, and the "little" one nearly there! CRF 100 then?


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CRF100 should be perfect  :thumleft:

Wife is 1.60 and daughter is a touch shorter and they both ride 230's (daughter started on CRF100, then TT-R125, now CRF230)
About R10k for an CRF 100 on OLX. And one in my hometown! Appreciate your advice!


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Just do it.

The best thing I ever did was getting my daughter her CRF100.

Since then every single weekend has been family fun  :thumleft:
Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: chopperpilot on June 05, 2014, 09:42:17 pm
According to Google...866 mm seat height for the Honda....and 810 mm for the Suzuki.


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No idea, both my wife and daughter being really short the 230 is not a problem.

Either way, the 200 Suzuki and 230F are both great options  :thumleft:
Agree. Awesome if your family can ride with you. My 11 year old daugther rides with me on the DR 650, and my wife rides her DR 200. The little one has already hinted for her own bike!


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CRF70 if she is short, CRF100 if not, it is the right thing to do...
My wife is 1.67m, and the "little" one nearly there! CRF 100 then?


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CRF100 should be perfect  :thumleft:

Wife is 1.60 and daughter is a touch shorter and they both ride 230's (daughter started on CRF100, then TT-R125, now CRF230)
About R10k for an CRF 100 on OLX. And one in my hometown! Appreciate your advice!


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Just do it.

The best thing I ever did was getting my daughter her CRF100.

Since then every single weekend has been family fun  :thumleft:
I hear you!


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Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: Airguitar on June 06, 2014, 07:00:08 am
Thanks for all the help, seems like i'm onto a good thing here. i'm away at the moment so i'll go shopping for crfs when i get back home.
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Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: Mikie on June 06, 2014, 08:21:46 am
You cant go wrong, they are bullet proof low maintenance very forgiving bikes

Speak to Dilligaf ( http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=8656 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=8656) ), on this forum, he has one he is looking to sell
Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: Terror-Moto on June 13, 2014, 11:51:53 am
wrt roadworthy - yes.

I bought mine used allready licenced, however one needs to get the papers & go check with the fellas at licence offices.
Some regions no problem, others give hassles - has something to do with the codes imported as.

I have slowly made changes to my CRF230 to make it a dual sport kinda machine.
Have used it for trips from Gillitts KZN to Lesotho & surrounds.
Can do most things with this bike - just a pity front suspension not better - would really have wanted that std.

PM me if you want any further info.

As bought - well almost (pic 1 from 2009)
As now - mostly (pic 2 from 2013).



Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: Warren Ellwood on June 13, 2014, 12:31:01 pm
I really like the CRF230. Is there a possibility to make it road legal?

I believe you can yes.

It will depend how it was originally registered on enatis.

I bought a brand new CRF230 in may 2009 for the missus. We were told by Honda back then already that there was no longer the option to make it roadworthy as it was now "built and registered" as an off road bike.

If I understood it correctly each bike built or imported rather is registered on enatis before we even look at it to buy and Honda started registering this particular bike as a "not for highway use" machine early in 2009, so it cannot be made roadworthy on the system.

About the bike, my vrou loves it, and I love the running costs. She is also a bit deprived in the height department and all I did was take the seat to an auto trimmer where he lowered it by about 2 inches. Not only can she touch the ground properly now, she also claims it is much more comfortable.

Even I have had hours of fun on the thing, and I am 112kgs (at the moment  :xxbah:)

Title: Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
Post by: BuRP on June 18, 2014, 01:55:04 pm
Warren is correct: if the thing was new-registered as 'offroad only' then it will not go onroad ie can't be RWD'ed, so a recent model can't be converted.
Mind, it's a bit slow speedwise hence dangerous to do this in any case, and you mentioned your wife & kid? Don't, even if you could.
Great bike for newbies as well as for riding technical stuff, but an experienced rider will look for more power soon.... which can be easily found by doing a few things if you want this (porting of the extremely rough ports is a good start, then an exhaust, h/c piston and less soggy springs will do the rest).
But as said by all, a marvelous bike to get going on, you won't regret it. I have one for the tricky bits, with mentioned mods, and love it.
Mind 1 thing: new oil every 5 tanks = ~1000km's, it has no oilfilter! If the riding is going to be slow put a full synth in as it can get very hot because it is aircooled, but this makes it utterly reliable and safe to drop also.
Have fun with it!