Honda has launched the 2015 CRF230F trail bike in Australia at AUD 5,749 (Rs 3.05 lakh). The CRF230F has been designed as an easy-to-use and non-intimidating motocross motorcycle and is meant for beginners and youngsters.
The CRF230F is powered by a 223cc air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine, which comes mated to a six-speed transmission. The front gets 37mm forks with 9.5 inches travel while the rear gets a Pro-Link monoshock with 9.0 inches travel. Braking hardware includes a 240mm single disc at the front and conventional drum brakes in the rear.
The new CRF230F has been updated with new graphics and redesigned bodywork. As with most trail bikes, the CRF230F is built around a sturdy frame with lightweight components. It gets a miniscule seven-litre fuel tank, which might not seem much for a full-sized motorcycle, but is adequate for a motorcycle of this segment. Honda promises durability and low maintenance thanks to a maintenance-free CD ignition, sealed battery, snail-type chain adjusters and a reusable foam air filter.
Though the CRF230F might seem like an ideal motorcycle for Indian road conditions, it is very unlikely that such a motorcycle will be launched in India. Hero MotoCorp had introduced the Impulse in India to gauge the market demand, but poor sales meant that the company stopped its production.