BBR 280 (Winter 2002)
1996 Big Bore XR 250 Motor
Aluminum 1996 CR 250 frame
25 HP and 230 lbs
This is the bike that convinced us that the 4
stroke revolution was no fluke and that the
high performance 4 stroke was here to stay.
C R F S T U F F LLCIf you're really bored and want to know more about who we are and how we got here, read on!
23140 South Redland Road
Estacada Oregon 97023
I rode and raced HONDA CR's in the late 70's early 80's, primarily MX, desert andcross country. After college I got my first full time job and was riding less and less. By 1988 I was without a bike for the first time since I started riding as a kid. After 10 years of piloting a desk, I realized I was getting to be in pretty poor shape and abit stressed out.I decided I was going to take up riding again as I really enjoyed the rush and intense concentration required to ride at speed. Nothing clears the mind like flying through the woods at full song or banging bars into the first turn. Since I was in such poor shape, I figured I'd start with an XR250 and do some trailriding and see if it came back to me. I found a super clean used 1996 XR 250 here in the local paper. I picked it up and went to work sourcing some upgrades for it. One evening I was searching for an exhaust on E-bay and accidentally ran across anauction for the BBR 280 shown above. I noticed that the auction had ended without any bids. The opening bid was $4995. I sent an e-mail to the owner to see if he might still have it and sure enough, he did and he was willing to let it go for $5000.
Hated to sell the BBR, but couldn't afford to keep it and get a new CRF 450......
This was a dream come true for me as BBR's were way out of my price range.Later I tried to find the auction and realized that I had accidentally typed "XR250" vs. "XR 250" in my first search and the owner of the BBR had made the same mistake in his listing and that's why he had not gotten any bids! Anyway, I arranged to have the bike shipped to me. It arrived about a week later and turned out to be a blast. This was in 2001. Yamaha was the only player out there with serious high performance 4 stroke poweredbikes capable of winning serious off road events including MX. I had several bad experiences with Yamahas when I was younger and even though the YZF's were quite tempting I swore I'd never own another Yamaha. The BBR 280 was a blast to ride and within 6 months I was feeling better physically(and mentally!) than I had in 10 years. The big bore 280 was a decent all around power plant, but it was no match for the high revving new 4 strokes on the track.
Riding with my buds in the beautiful Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon
I called BBR to see if they might have an XR400 version available and I was surprisedby the response I got from Duane Brown, one of the founding brothers of BBR. He said, the days of BBR converted big bikes is over, it makes no sense when you can go to your local Yamaha dealer and buy a 235 lb 250 four stroke capable of producing 35 HP for $5800. He had a point, but it was still a YAMAHA! (No offense to YAMAHA owners,but I got to stick to my principals!) So I rode the BBR 280 for another year, paranoid as hell that I was going to wipe out and dent the $1200 hand formed aluminum gas tank! Somehow, I convinced one of my best friends and riding partners to sell his KDX 200and buy a 2003 CRF 450 so he could keep up with me on the track. I'll never forget the day he brought it home. It was still strapped into the back of his truck and he jumped up on it and proceeded to kick it over wearing flip flops. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. It started first kick, repeatedly! I took it out into our pasture for a quick spin and was shocked at the power. ActuallyI was embarrassed by the power. It was a handful for me, but worse I was very concerned for my friend that had just dropped $6800 on a bike that I couldn't let him ride for his own safety. I had owned several big bore MX bikes when I was younger including a MAICO 490,RM 400 and a few XR 500's, but my friend had only been riding dirt bikes for 6 months and that was limited to his KDX 200 and my BBR. The 450R was going to kill him! When he took it for a short spin in our pasture, he didn't have to say a thing, I could see the fear in his face! Well, at this point the only logical thing for me to do was to get one myself and hope itwould calm his fears. After breaking them in we rode them in the sand to help tame the power some and within a couple of rides we were much more comfortable with the incredible power.
My First CRF, a 2003 450R. Bought it new from "Cletus" at Tillamook HONDA!
When we began to set up and personalize our own CRF's we found the task to be quitea challenge. Some parts were only available from a single supplier, some places had no information on the parts we were interested in, some places weren't sure if an '02 part would fit an '03 etc. The idea for CRFSTUFF.COM came to us one summer evening after a full dayof ridingwith my buddies a few years ago. After getting lot's of positive encouragement from riding partners and friends, we decided to give it a go and start CRFSTUFF.COM.
Brake testing at Eddieville Fall 2007
At CRF STUFF we strive to offer products that have proven to offer the best value(bang for the buck) or products that are recognized by HONDA CRF owners as the best performing upgrades and accessories. Our goal is to offer you quick and easy one stop shopping for your HONDA CRF so you can spend more time riding and less time sourcing the parts you want. I have been in the mail order / web business for over 20 years and helped build one of themost respected automotive performance parts and accessory companies in the world. We accomplished this by offering innovative high value products, excellent customer service and most importantly listening to our customers. We are applying this same approach to CRF STUFF to become your source for HONDA CRF parts and accessories. By specializing in just the CRF our staff has become quite knowledgeable on theHONDA CRF line up and can quickly help you with your needs.
2005 Mecham Poker Run Eastern Oregon Blue Mountains
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