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Cycle News 2020 Issue 05 February 4

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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2020 HONDA CRF250RX R I D E R E V I E W P78 T hree laps. That was a long-ass time during the morning race at the Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Three laps took me two hours, 42 minutes and 39.820 seconds. I felt every tick of the clock in oft-cramping hip flex- ors. But, people spend a lot of money to sit in mud for nearly three hours. So, what am I complaining about? At the end of the morning race, we were soggy tired messes. Unrecognizable, re- ally. And the brand-new Honda CRF250RX I was testing looked like an archeological artifact yet to be extracted. But we made it to the finish where my respect for the GNCC world, Honda's CRF250RX and rid- ing in the mud, was taken to a new level. Oh, how my little motorcycle friend and I bonded. This was my first GNCC on a Honda, and it was certainly memorable. The Honda CRF250RX is one of my favorite CRF models. It's fun and feisty without all that 450RX nonsense of try- ing to smash me about (not the Honda's fault, really, but the fault of all that 450 power). For 2020, Honda updated com- ponents and systems on the open-course GNCC The author, Jesse Ziegler, and his ride for the Ironman GNCC. Neither Jesse, nor the Honda CRF250RX, would look this pretty a few hours later… Treatment The We race test Honda's latest CRF250RX and revisit the fun and challenges of GNCC racing BY JESSE ZIEGLER PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEN HILL, ZIEGLER AND PHOENIX RACING HONDA

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