Back in 2018, Honda completely overhauled the CRF250R. It shared very few similarities to the prior generation (2014 to 2017) model. The suspension and chassis were both an improvement for MY18 and the new dual overhead cam (DOHC) engine, equipped with two completely separate exhaust systems from port to muffler, produced more power in the higher rpm than the outgoing machine’s low to mid engine. However, the ’18 engine lacked bottom-end, requiring it to be ridden ultra aggressively compared to the five other bikes. Since then, Honda has worked on improving the CRF250R’s low rpm power, and while it has improved over the past two years, it still lacks in this area, which holds it back in the overall rankings in a class where having a powerful, well-rounded engine is so important. Aside from that, the CRF250R is praised year after year for its suspension, chassis, and ergonomics.