Racer X Tested: CR85cc
Honda said enough to two-strokes in 2007 and has not looked back. While most of us bigger guys seem to really enjoy that four-stroke power, there is not a lot of options for kids nowadays. Kids can really benefit from riding a two-stroke, and we all know the cost benefits when it comes to maintenance. Honda had a great 85cc bike from 03-07, with the 06-07 being the best. You can still find great deals on some low mileage CR85’s out there. We found this very clean one on craigslist for under $700. With just a little TLC, and not too much money, it is ready to hit the track.
The key in finding a good used bike is trying to find one that was just trail ridden, like this one, and never raced. If it still has the stock top-end on it, even better.
Since this bike was not abused, it just needed a new top-end, a good cleaning, and it was ready to go. Since this bike is ending up with Jay Clark’s kid, in this case, he felt it best to add on some good performance and go fast parts.
What we got is a great, low-cost, entry level racer that would be great on the local level for most riders.
A Vertex Piston and V-Force reed cage are the extent of the engine mods. A FMF pipe and shortly silencer help the bike to really bark.
The suspension was freshened up with some new Pivot Works bearings and seals.