Welcome, Guest. Please Login or Register

Author Topic: CRF 230  (Read 1138 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline adv

  • <INSERT CUSTOM TITLE HERE>
  • Grey hound
  • ****
  • Bike: Honda XR650R
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 6,726
  • Thanked: 13 times
  • Wheelie Everything.
    • Clutch Up
CRF 230
« on: November 04, 2012, 03:24:47 pm »
Im looking for a bike for the wife and although she insists she wants dp bike, i think honing her skills and technique on a plastic bike 1st is a much better idea.

I've also got a yz426 which she rides (cant start it) and hopefully something with a happy button could help her out a little. So ill either flog or swop the yz for something that suits.



As a play bike, how do they cope with big guys on them? 1.9+ 110kg?



 

Offline ahlbebuck

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW G650 X-challenge
    Location: Mpumalanga
  • Posts: 1,103
  • G450X, CRF450R, XR200R
Re: CRF 230
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2012, 04:28:37 pm »
The CRF230 is the best bike for ladies to start on. My wife had one for two years before upgrading and still misses it.

I'm 1.85m / 100kg and the 230 did not like me....

Perhaps go for the new 250 from Honda - road legal and probably even better.

If its D/S she's after also look at a good second hand X-Country. Reliable, light and very capable off road. (luckily underrated, therefor cheap!)
If you can't fix it with a hammer, its an electrical problem!
 

Offline Papwiel

  • Pack Dog
  • **
  • Bike: AJS (all models)
    Location: Free State
  • Posts: 243
  • PAPWIEL
Re: CRF 230
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2012, 06:37:52 am »
CRF 230  :thumleft: :thumleft:
CRF 250 is a beast and I don't think it like beginners that much. :3some:
A married man should forget his mistakes. There's no use in two people remembering the same thing.
 

Offline adv

  • <INSERT CUSTOM TITLE HERE>
  • Grey hound
  • ****
  • Bike: Honda XR650R
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 6,726
  • Thanked: 13 times
  • Wheelie Everything.
    • Clutch Up
Re: CRF 230
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2012, 08:09:17 am »
CRF 230  :thumleft: :thumleft:
CRF 250 is a beast and I don't think it like beginners that much. :3some:

CRF250 is nice a light with a relatively good hit. But still does not compare to my race built 426 which wants to kill you  :ricky:

 

Offline Crossed-up

Re: CRF 230
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2012, 08:39:52 am »
CRF250L weighs a lot more than the CRF230, about 144 kg versus 108 kg (about 115 kg in road trim). This is the same as my Husky, more than a 690 and almost as much as the XR650L or DR650. 

As a beginner bike the CRF230 simply cannot be beat, but get one in road trim if you can.  Snafu has one, and there are quite a few others around.
 

Offline adv

  • <INSERT CUSTOM TITLE HERE>
  • Grey hound
  • ****
  • Bike: Honda XR650R
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 6,726
  • Thanked: 13 times
  • Wheelie Everything.
    • Clutch Up
Re: CRF 230
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2012, 09:22:21 am »
CRF250L weighs a lot more than the CRF230, about 144 kg versus 108 kg (about 115 kg in road trim). This is the same as my Husky, more than a 690 and almost as much as the XR650L or DR650. 

As a beginner bike the CRF230 simply cannot be beat, but get one in road trim if you can.  Snafu has one, and there are quite a few others around.


Would love to find a little roadlegal CRF230. I think it would make a super quarry toy!
 

Offline Crossed-up

Re: CRF 230
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2012, 10:21:40 am »
Which is why I'd like a bike in that class, too.  Quiet, economical and light enough to easily slide under a fence when necessary.  It'd make a fine commuter for the short distance I have to travel each day.  My Yamaha wakes up the whole suburb. The Husky is not much better, and it uses too much fuel.
 

Offline DirtHound

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: Honda XR650R
    Location: Mpumalanga
  • Posts: 955
  • Thanked: 3 times
  • If you don't know Jesus, don't die!
Re: CRF 230
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2012, 10:29:17 am »
Which is why I'd like a bike in that class, too.  Quiet, economical and light enough to easily slide under a fence when necessary.  It'd make a fine commuter for the short distance I have to travel each day.  My Yamaha wakes up the whole suburb. The Husky is not much better, and it uses too much fuel.

This is why I bought the CTX200 - for commuting, and for my wife to learn on. Although (on the XR) I arrived at work with a huge smile on my face each morning, the consumption of 15km/l was depressing, and the tyres were taking an unnecessary beating too.

I think the CTX will be a bit 'pap' compared to the CRF230, but I think for what I need it for, it's more than adequate.
Previous bikes: '81 XR500;  CBR400 NC23;  '85 XR600;  '97 VTR1000;  '91 KDX200;  '85 XR600;  '97 XR600;  '01 XR650R;  '06 CTX200   :paw:
PE to Cape Town on the XR  |  XR Pigfest  |  Anniversary ride - Old Houw Hoek Pass
 

Offline KTMRICK

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 640 Adventure
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 657
  • Thanked: 6 times
  • The fun begins where the long black snake ends
Re: CRF 230
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2012, 04:08:14 pm »
Just got myself a CRF230 to bugger around on with my boy who got a XR125. Actually an unbelievably capable little bike.
 

Offline Cave Girl

Re: CRF 230
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2012, 04:21:05 pm »
I have the CRF230 - great to play on - not so great on long tar stretches - also have the Tornado 250 and would recommend that - just as capable on the rough stuff but 100x better on long trips and tar.

Then the DR650 is fantastic for everything and a LONG term bike - Personally I would get her the DR and send her on a training course - you kind of loose money on the upgrade or end up keeping the bike  ;)

Now that the DR is back on the road I may well be interested in selling the 250  :) (well only after the Swazi/Geluksburg trip  ;D )
Like a Bat .... have a unique vision to search SUCCESS in the DARK -
 

Offline BuRP

Re: CRF 230
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2012, 08:59:48 pm »
Adv,

the fact you ask means you've not ridden one. Do that and all your doubts will be gone, unless, like some here it seems, you expect a dual sport bike capable for the road.
Sparta MC50, 46 other 50cc's, Garelli Tiger Cross, Jawa 250, Kreidler RS (plated), Kawasaki S1 250/3, S2 350/3, H1 500/3, H2 750/3, Suzuki GT380/3 - 10 year gap - KDX200, BMW 1150GS Adventure, Honda CBR600RR, Honda XR650R 2007 & 2003, Honda CRF230, Yamaha BWS100, BMW F800GS Adventure, Husqvarna 701 Enduro 2018, KTM 790 Adv R 2019, KTM 2020 XC-W TPI 300 Six Days, KTM 2014 500 EXC-W Six Days, KTM 790 Adv R Rally 2020