Designed for the younger generation of off-road riders, the new CRF boasts a brand new engine with electric start, a new chassis plus CRF450R motocross styling all rolled into one appealing package that is ready to whip the competition.
A replacement for the CRF70, the CRF110F's air-cooled, two-valve, SOHC engine now displaces 109cc, rather than 72cc of its predecessor. With power and torque figures rising significantly, the result is greatly improved performance everywhere in the rev-range, and much stronger and more consistent drive out of corners.
The automatic twin clutch system features two types of independent clutch, one for starting and the other for shifting, making changing gears easier and smoother than a conventional system.
To make best use of the CRF110F's extra power and torque a new chassis was required. The new steel backbone frame and swingarm blends a high balance of rigidity with a certain amount of tuned flex, allowing the rider to fully exploit the engine's capabilities.
The suspension has been completely upgraded for better traction and stability. The telescopic front fork diameter is 31mm, 4mm larger than the CRF70F and has 100mm of travel, while the rear shock absorber features a 28mm piston damper, up 7mm, with 90mm travel. Drum brakes front and rear provide ample, and measured braking force.
Echoing the styling of the 2013 CRF450R, the CRF110F encompasses similar `triangular proportions' and has a crisp and modern appearance. The newly designed graphics employ the same colour scheme as past CRFs but have been rearranged to express the fresh character of the new addition to the line-up.
Aimed at the 8 to 10 year olds, Honda's new CRF110F will ensure ease of use thanks to wide-set foot pegs which increase control and the redesigned kick-starter which is easier to use. Seat height is only 5mm higher than the CRF70F but remains the lowest in class, and the wheelbase is 7mm longer at 1070mm and the tyre size remains the same at 14-inch for the front and 12-inch rear.
The CRF110F provide a valuable stepping-stone up to more competition focused CRFs while also being ideal for leisure riding. Launch date is late 2012.