About to Purchase - Need advice - '04 or '05

TT Gang:

I am about to purchase a CR250X ... I have the option of a '04 for around 4.7K or '05 for around 5.7K! Is a '05 worth $1000 more?



Depends. There are a lot of things to take in consideration such as how long each bike was ridden, how hard the bike was ridden (racing vs. casual), extras, maintenance.

If one of the bikes was only ridden a few times by a 60 year old woman to get around the farm and the other was owned by a hard core racer, the year manufactured for each bike is going to have less of an impact on the price of the bike than the rider.

The 2005 bikes do have more bottom to mid range power than the 2004. However, you can swap out the 2004 head with a 2005 head to make a 2004 engine behave more like the 2005. While the head isn't $1000, you have to factor in the cost of the parts and the time to install them. This is only an issue if the performance gains of the 2005 are worth $1000 to you. If not, buy the 2004 and put $1000 towards a suspension revalve and spare parts.

I am about to purchase a CR250X ...

My previous reply assumes that you meant a CRF250X and not a CR250X. I don't even think they make the CR250X anymore. However, if you are talking about a two stroke and not the four stroke, then disregard my response as I know nothing about the CR250X.

CRF250R ... both are brand new! Just was trying to see if it was worth the extra money ... concerned about the valves ... but, if the head is the only difference then it would possible have the same valve problem (challenge).

Same issue from 04 to 05....all I will say.

IMO take the savings of the 04. head is cheap to upgrade once the valves go.

i would check to see if the head is different for the x i know it is for the r,reason i say this the head and base gasket for the 05x are the same as the 04 r ,thats what my honda dealer said anyway,if its the same then save yourself some money.


How long should I get on the stock valves?

Worth depends on how much money you have. If you make $1000.00 a day then get the 05. $1000.00 a month then definately the 04. The 05 is better.

the cylinder walls are thicker on 05 & not interchangeable at least on the 'r'----worth the xtra grand for peace of mind---04 cylinder failures are documented/addressed in mag reviews---personally know of an 04 'r' cylinder failure that took out the bottom with it---

I'm looking at the same thing here....but not even considering the extra $$ for the 05'. The leftover 04' I can get for $4700 also...hoping for cheaper. From all my research, the ONLY differences between the X's is the rear hub, and BNG's. Has anyone heard of cylinder failures on 04' X's?? THANKS.

I'm looking at the same thing here....but not even considering the extra $$ for the 05'. The leftover 04' I can get for $4700 also...hoping for cheaper. From all my research, the ONLY differences between the X's is the rear hub, and BNG's. Has anyone heard of cylinder failures on 04' X's?? THANKS.

According to Service Honda, there have been 3 different cylinder part numbers for the X. I've never had first hand info of a cylinder failure. Also from Service Honda, the '04 and '05 hubs have the same part number. BNG's are a fact :naughty: .

Thanks Skip!!...:-)

Is that $4,700.00 Out The Door?

Why dont u just wait a few more months for the 06's doesnt make sense to me. Who knows what updates they will have.....

YES $4700 out the door....

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