2024 230–300cc Four-Stroke Trail Bikes To Buy

2024 230–300cc Four-Stroke Trail Bikes To Buy

When it comes to trail bikes, there’s everything from 50cc models for tykes just getting into riding motorcycles all the way up to the largest, both in terms of displacement and size—they are the 230–300cc models. Four are available in this segment from three manufacturers, all of which hail from Japan. Read on to discover what they are and learn more about them.

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2024 Honda CRF250F

There’s one motorcycle in the 230–300cc four-stroke trail bike space with a five-speed transmission, and it’s Honda’s CRF250F. The three others have six-speed gearboxes. (Honda/)

The CRF250F has served as Honda’s flagship model in its trail bike lineup since 2019. That was the year it was first introduced and took the place of the outgoing CRF230F. Powered by a fuel-injected air-cooled SOHC four-stroke 250cc engine, this model from Big Red spun 20.1 hp and 15.5 lb.-ft. of torque on Dirt Rider’s in-house Dynojet 250i rear-wheel dynamometer. We measured the CRF250F’s seat height at 34.7 inches and found it weighs 264 pounds wet on our automotive scales.

2024 Honda CRF250F Price: $4,999

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2024 Yamaha TT-R230

The only motorcycle in this segment that’s not fuel-injected is Yamaha’s TT-R230. (Yamaha/)

The Tuning Fork brand is one of two manufacturers with a 230 four-stroke trail bike. One way its TT-R230 differs from the others is it’s the only one that’s carbureted, Yamaha’s choice for this model being a Teikei Y26P. With a displacement of 223cc, this engine is the smallest in the group. Fuel capacity is 2.1 gallons and claimed wet weight is 251 pounds. For those watching their funds, Yamaha’s TT-R230 is a good choice being that it’s the most affordable 230–300cc four-stroke trail bike on the market.

2024 Yamaha TT-R230 Price: $4,699

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2024 Kawasaki KLX230R

Kawasaki is the only manufacturer with two options in this category, the smaller displacement of which is the KLX230R. (Kawasaki/)

Team Green offers two versions of its KLX230R—one a 49-state model, the other a 50-state (California-legal) machine. There’s a slight difference in peak numbers from their fuel-injected air-cooled SOHC four-stroke 233cc single-cylinder engines. On our dyno, the 49-state model produced 17.9 hp and 14.4 pound-feet of torque, while the 50-state variant churned out 17.1 hp and 13.7 lb.-ft. of torque. Not a huge difference, but worth mentioning nonetheless. Both are suspended by a Showa 37mm conventional fork and Showa shock, and built around a box-section steel perimeter frame.

2024 Kawasaki KLX230R Price: $5,149

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2024 Kawasaki KLX300R

The KLX300R is the largest of those gathered here in terms of engine displacement, size, and suggested retail price. (Kawasaki/)

The highest-displacement model in this segment, Kawasaki’s KLX300R sends power to its rear wheel via a fuel-injected liquid-cooled DOHC four-stroke 292cc single-cylinder engine. In addition to being the only one here with an inverted fork, it’s also the only machine with front suspension that’s adjustable for compression damping. KYB is the brand Kawasaki chooses for suspension on its biggest recreational off-road dirt bike. Like the others in Team Green’s trail bike lineup, the KLX300R is available in Lime Green or Battle Gray.

2024 Kawasaki KLX300R Price: $6,299

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