1988 Honda CR250R
Today we’re looking at a bike with supercar-like styling with a special story, a 1988 Honda CR250R. The bike belongs to Rob Croizier, of Pennsylvania, but used to belong to the one and only Mario Andretti. Here is Rob’s story:
Totally original bike, well preserved for 23 years in a garage from no other than Mario Andretti. Most definitely one of the prettiest bikes ever built over the years. I’ve been riding motocross bikes since the age of 8 and it all started on an 1980 Honda XR80. I used to own an ’84 CR250 until it got ragged out and couldn’t get parts any more, I ended up selling it cheap, but it still ran. Then I picked up this bike from a guy who used to work on Mario’s snow mobile at one time. When the deal came up I had to have it, and almost didn’t get the bike. Thing’s worked out and here it is.
The 1988 Honda CR250R was a true thing of beauty to look at, but at the time was a very controversial bike. Honda re-did just about everything for the 88 CR250R, and turned it into a bike built more for pro level supercross riders, compared to the ’87 CR250 that everyone loved. Check out Pulp MX’s great write up of the 1988 CR250R for more details.
Paul Romano’s 1988 Honda CR250R
I purchased this Honda in 1988. The bike was ridden for 10 years straight on a single track desert, Arizona high country trails and a few dune trips. Oil changes and air filter cleaning done regularly. Never did I have any breakdowns or ever even open the engine cases. Finally a blown head gasket on a dune trip caused my first issue. I noticed a loose spark plug in which I was responsible for.
I had the cylinder re-nikasil and top end done. Also, all shocks were rebuilt and most bearings replaced. Thanks to eBay, I replaced the plastics and spent $1,200 on a brand new OEM complete wheel set. After spending thousands I couldn’t bare damaging anything riding it in the desert. I have all OEM parts including both exhaust pipes which are new and have many other pieces bought over years of eBay shopping that I still need to install on the bike.