Monday, February 29, 2016

History of the Honda Elsinore




The Elsinore, named after the famous Elsinore Grand Prix, was the lightest production motocross bike in the world, featuring the latest available technology and high-tech materials. Compared to the European offerings, the Elsinore was vastly superior in user-friendliness, ergonomics, carburetion, durability and electronics. The CR250M’s molded plastic, satin-finished aluminum and magnesium in the engine cases became the new standard. Not to mention an advertising campaign featuring none other than Steve McQueen!

CR125R Elsinore

The Honda CR125R Elsinore was produced between 1979-1983. In 1979 Honda came back in a big way. The 1979 CR125R was so new that no parts would interchange with the original ones. The motor output shaft moved to the right, and the bike was given a 23-inch front wheel. The bike was a radical remake, but its performance wasn’t as good as Honda fans had hoped for. A few years later Honda fixed most of the problems of the radical 1981 model, and once again the bike was a contender for ’best in class’. In 1983 Honda redesigned the 125 from scratch, moving the output shaft back to the left side of the engine. Everything about the Honda was new, and, this time around, it worked well right out of the gate. It was the fastest 125 of the year and handled well.


1979 CR125R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JE01-2000010
Engine VIN: JE01E-2000010
Color: Tahitian Red

1980 CR125R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JE01-2100025
Engine VIN: JE01E-2100069
Color: Tahitian Red/ black seat with red CR125R logo

1981 CR125R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2JE010-BC200032
Engine VIN: JE01E-2200031
Color: Engine is Tahitian Red / Tank Shrouds are White. Black seat with white 125R logo

1982 CR125R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2JE010-CC300001
Engine VIN: JE01E-2300001
Color: Tahitian Red/Black seat with white 125R logo

1983 CR125R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2JE010-DC400014
Engine VIN: JE01E-2400045
Color: Flash Red/Blue Seat with white CR logo. Swingarm decal with black 125R logo


CR125M Elsinore

The Honda CR125M Elsinore was produced between 1974-1978. Although the actual number is unclear, most experts say that the 1974 Honda 125 Elsinore was produced in greater numbers than any other motocross bike before or since. In 1975, the top of the tank was painted red rather than green, but it was essentially the same bike.


1974 CR125M Elsinore

Frame VIN: CR125M-1000009
Engine VIN: CR125ME-1000001
Color: Custom Silver Metallic / Expert Green

1975 CR125M Elsinore

Frame VIN: CR125M-2000006
Engine VIN: CR125ME-2000001
Color: Custom Silver Metallic /Tahitian Red

1976 CR125M Elsinore

Frame VIN: CR125M-3000001
Engine VIN: CR125ME-3000006
Color: Tahitian Red

1977 CR125M Elsinore

Frame VIN: CR125M-3100001
Engine VIN: CR125ME-3100001
Color: Tahitian Red

1978 CR125M Elsinore

Frame VIN: CR125M-3200025
Engine VIN: CR125ME-3200028
Color: Tahitian Red


CR250R Elsinore

The CR250R Elsinore was produced between 1978-1983. The most memorable aspect of the bike was its striking appearance. Everything, even the motor was fire-engine red, earning it the nickname: ‘Red Rooster’.

1978 CR250R Elsinore

Frame VIN: CR250R-2000010
Engine VIN: CR250RE-1000031
Color: Tahitian Red/CR250R Elsinore decal is yellow/white/black

1979 CR250R Elsinore

Frame VIN: CR250R-2100006
Engine VIN: CR250RE-2100006
Color: Tahitian Red/CR250R Elsinore decal is yellow/white/black

1980 CR250R Elsinore

Frame VIN: ME03-2001031
Engine VIN: ME03E-2000087
Color: Tahitian Red/Black seat with red CR logo

1981 CR250R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2ME030-BC00025
Engine VIN: ME03E-2300045
Color: Tahitian Red/Black seat with white 250R logo

1982 CR250R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2ME030-CC400021
Engine VIN: ME03E-2300045
Color: Tahitian Red

1983 CR250R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2ME030-DC500016
Engine VIN: ME03E-2500030
Color: Flash Red/Blue seat with white CR logo/Black 250R decal on Swingarm

CR250M Elsinore

1973 CR250M Elsinore

Frame VIN: CR250M-1000216
Engine VIN: CR250ME-1000001
Color: Custom Silver Metallic / Expert Green

1974 CR250M Elsinore

Frame VIN: CR250M-1000216
Engine VIN: CR250ME-1000001
Color: Custom Silver Metallic / Expert Green

1975 CR250M Elsinore

Frame VIN: CR250-2000001
Engine VIN: CR250E-2000001
Color: Clear / Tahitian Red / White

1976 CR250M Elsinore

Frame VIN: CR250-3000001
Engine VIN: CR250M-3000001
Color: Tahitian Red

CR450R Elsinore

1981 CR450R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2PE020-BC000001
Engine VIN: PE020E-5000001
Color: Tahitian Red/Black seat with white 450R logo


CR480R Elsinore

1982 CR480R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2PE020-CC100019
Engine VIN: PE02E-5100026
Color: Tahitian Red/Black seat with white 480R logo

1983 CR480R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2PE020-DC200018
Engine VIN: PE02E-5200001
Color: Flash Red/Blue seat with white CR logo/Black 480R decal on Swingarm


CR80R Elsinore

First launched in 1980, the Honda CR80R Elsinore became an instant hit with young novice riders and also in the ever more popular Junior Moto-Cross scene. Competition from Yamaha was fierce, but the CR80R has just kept evolving into a better machine over the years and is still one of their best.

1980 CR80R Elsinore

Frame VIN: HE02-5000020
Engine VIN: HE02E-5000024
Color: Tahitian Red/Black seat with red CR80R logo

1981 CR80R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2HE020-BK100009
Engine VIN: HE02E-5100001
Color: Tahitian Red

1982 CR80R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2HE020-CK200015
Engine VIN: HE02E-5200001
Color: Tahitian Red

1983 CR80R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2HE040-DK000001
Engine VIN: HE04E-5000001
Color: Flash Red/Blue seat with white CR logo/Black 80R decal on Swingarm


CR60R Elsinore

Nearly all of the development on the 1983 CR60R was done by Honda’s mini Factory rider Jimmy Button. After a somewhat tepid first outing, and a much improved 1984 effort, Button helped Honda develop a totally new liquid-cooled CR60R for the 1985 season. Oddly, Honda would pull plug on the new bike at the last minute (even though it was already developed) and end the CR60R program in America at the end of the 1984 season.

1983 CR60R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2DE010-DK000012
Engine VIN: DE01E-5000015
Color: Flash Red/Blue seat with white CR logo/Black/Silver 60R decal on Swingarm

1984 CR60R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2DE010-1EK100015
Color: Flash Red/Blue seat with white CR logo/Red/White 60R decal on Swingarm 


MR Elsinore Models

1975 Honda Elsinore MR175

Frame VIN: MR175-1000001
Engine VIN: MR175E-1000001
Color: Glare Green / Silver / Black

1976 Honda Elsinore MR175

Frame VIN: MR175-2000001
Engine VIN: MR175E-2000001
Color: Light Ruby Red / White / Black

1977 Honda MR175

Frame VIN: MR175-2100001
Engine VIN: MR175E-2100001
Color: Bright Red

1974 Honda Elsinore MR50

Frame VIN: MR50-1000001
Engine VIN: MR50E-1000001
Color: Daytona Orange

1975 Honda Elsinore MR50

Frame VIN: MR50-2000001
Engine VIN: MR50E-2000001
Color: Custom Silver Metallic /Tahitian Red

1976 Honda Elsinore MR250

Frame VIN: MR250-1000001
Engine VIN: MR250E-1000001
Color: Light Ruby Red / White 

MT Elsinore Models

1974 Honda Elsinore MT125

Frame VIN: MT125-1000001
Engine VIN: MT125E-1000001
Color: Custom Silver Metallic / Blue

1975 Honda Elsinore MT125

Frame VIN: MT125-2000001
Engine VIN: MT125E-2000001
Color: Custom Silver Metallic / Tahitian Red / Black

1976 Honda Elsinore MT125

Frame VIN: MT125-3000001
Engine VIN: MT125E-3000001
Color: Custom Silver Metallic / Blue / Black

1977 Honda Elsinore MT125R

Frame VIN: MT125R2F-1081
Engine VIN: MT125R2E-1081
Color: Primer White

1978 Honda Elsinore MT125R

Frame VIN: MT125R2F-1591
Engine VIN: MT125R2E-1591
Color: Primer White

1974 Honda Elsinore MT250

Frame VIN: MT250-1000001
Engine VIN: MT250E-1000001
Color: Custom Silver Metallic / Daytona Orange

1975 Honda Elsinore MT250

Frame VIN: MT250-2000001
Engine VIN: MT250E-2000001
Color: Custom Silver Metallic / Tahitian Red / Black

1976 Honda Elsinore MT250

Frame VIN: MT250-3000001
Engine VIN: MT250E-3000001
Color: Custom Silver Metallic / White / Aquarius Blue / Black

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