Just as it did with the CRF250R motocrosser, Honda completely revamped its CRF250RX cross-country model for 2022. The chassis and suspension updates are similar to what the CRF450R and CRF450RX received the year prior, along with a switch back to a single-muffler exhaust system. The return to a single header pipe design is another of the many engine changes the quarter-liter red racers received in MY22.
When run on our in-house Dynojet 250i rear-wheel dynamometer, the all-new CRF250RX cranked out 37.3 hp at 11,900 rpm and 17.7 pound-feet of torque at 9,400 rpm. Yes, that’s 0.9 hp and 0.2 pound-feet of torque less at peak than the prior-generation model, but the 2022 machine does make more hp and torque from 5,200 rpm to 8,400 rpm. Since Honda’s goal was to improve low-rpm torque without sacrificing usable top-end power, mission accomplished.