First-year model of Honda's landmark motocrosser,1973 Honda CR250M Elsinore Engine no. CR250ME-1001812

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First-year model of Honda's landmark motocrosser
1973 HONDA CR250M ELSINORE

Sold for US$ 5,865 inc. premium
First-year model of Honda's landmark motocrosser
1973 Honda CR250M Elsinore

Engine no. CR250ME-1001812

By the early 1970s, Honda had separated itself from its Japanese competitors and become the world's largest motorcycle company on the strength of its four-stroke engine designs. Yet Honda wanted to be a player in the booming U.S. motocross market, and at the time that meant two-stroke power. The blockbuster 1973 CR250 Elsinore was the result, the company's first production dirt bike, used by team rider Gary Jones to take the AMA 250cc National Motocross Championship that year.

For legions of amateur racers the CR250 was a game-changer. With its aluminum gas tank, magnesium engine covers and molded plastic fenders, it was the lightest production motocrosser on the market. Spare parts – sometimes an iffy commodity with smaller European brands – were as close as the local Honda dealer.¬¬ So popular was the Elsinore that almost overnight an aftermarket sprung up to supply performance engine and suspension parts.

This restored first-year Elsinore was acquired by the Carter Collection from the estate of racer/ collector Mike Owens, also a partner in the Legends and Heroes Motocross Museum. The CR250 is a 'billet crankshaft' model from early in the production run. Restored to showroom condition, it represents a chance to own a historically important, museum-quality motorcycle – quite literally.

Footnotes

  • Offered on a bill of sale.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame number is CR250M-1001711.
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First-year model of Honda's landmark motocrosser,1973 Honda CR250M Elsinore Engine no. CR250ME-1001812
First-year model of Honda's landmark motocrosser,1973 Honda CR250M Elsinore Engine no. CR250ME-1001812
First-year model of Honda's landmark motocrosser,1973 Honda CR250M Elsinore Engine no. CR250ME-1001812
First-year model of Honda's landmark motocrosser,1973 Honda CR250M Elsinore Engine no. CR250ME-1001812
First-year model of Honda's landmark motocrosser,1973 Honda CR250M Elsinore Engine no. CR250ME-1001812
First-year model of Honda's landmark motocrosser,1973 Honda CR250M Elsinore Engine no. CR250ME-1001812
First-year model of Honda's landmark motocrosser,1973 Honda CR250M Elsinore Engine no. CR250ME-1001812
First-year model of Honda's landmark motocrosser,1973 Honda CR250M Elsinore Engine no. CR250ME-1001812
First-year model of Honda's landmark motocrosser,1973 Honda CR250M Elsinore Engine no. CR250ME-1001812
First-year model of Honda's landmark motocrosser,1973 Honda CR250M Elsinore Engine no. CR250ME-1001812
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