Story By Kelly Yancey and the DR Staff
Photos By Adam Booth and Chris Denison
Every kid loves play bikes, and small bore four-strokes are the cat’s meow when it comes to sturdy steeds for youth riders to learn the sport on. Dirt Rider recently went to the 2014 Honda trail bike introduction at the Hungry Valley OHV Park in Gorman, California. After a fun day of riding, we are now able to break down each these bikes’ key features. Next up: The 2014 CRF110F. Designed for that little rider that is ready for something bigger, this four-stroke is an excellent way to graduate your child from a smaller type of bike to a slightly bigger, faster machine.
Seat Height: 26.3 inches
Claimed Weight: 163 lbs with full tank of fuel
Graduating to a bigger bike doesn’t have to be a stressful process for Mom and Dad. Case in point: Honda offers the 2014 CRF110F, a great stepping-stone for those “in betweeners” not quite ready for the big leagues. Here are six key notes from our time testing the CRF110F.
- Motor. The CRF110F, which has replaced the ever so popular CRF70F, provides a wide range of power in its four-speed/auto clutch gearbox. Although this bike does not come equipped with a clutch, its quick response and great, smooth power delivery makes this little bike capable enough to pull even the bigger adult around. We did take the bike on the trails and found that it did surprisingly well on steep uphills in top gear; it did fall off the power but with its lugging ability the 110F made it all the way to the top. This is great news for riders that aren’t comfortable shifting gears quite yet or who are just plain lazy. More importantly, it also has a throttle limiter so you can adjust just how fast you want the rider to go.
- Ergonomics. The larger wheelbase and lower seat height is complementary to a wide range of sizes and disciplines. It is only natural that we immediately felt more comfortable on the CRF110F in comparison to the CRF50F. The main comfort feature for us was that many of our test riders could touch the ground, and that gave lower-skilled riders a boost of confidence to throw the bike around.
- Suspension. This bike comes equipped with plush suspension and a generous amount of travel. We did notice that the damping was tolerable even for the 140-plus pound beginner rider. This bike can be ridden harder, jump higher and turned more aggressively than the CRF50F. The 110F can be classified as a pit bike, but it is capable of being a younger kid’s race bike as well.
- Handling. The control area was roomy, having a handlebar and mounts that were set taller and swept forward made it a piece of cake to maneuver around out on the track or trails. The seat height and ground clearance was also a positive, noticeable feature when taking the bike through sand washes that were riddled with taller rocks. Dirt Rider’s five-foot-three-inch tall web editor, Lindsey Lovell, commented on how she could always touch the ground through tougher sections.
- Electric Start. This is a must-have and it makes the bike that much easier to hop on and ride for a wide range of riders.
- Brakes. Much like the smaller model, the CRF110F uses drum brakes. No, they’re not the greatest with stopping on a dime, but they are good enough for the beginner rider that doesn’t want grabby/ touchy feeling brakes.
Keep checking out www.dirtrider.com to see what we have to say about each of Honda’s new CRF-F trail bikes, and be sure to check out the November issue of Dirt Rider Magazine for more information on all of Honda’s trail bike line up.