Honda’s adventure-focused model known as the CRF250L is rally inspired by the factory CRF450 Rally machine raced in the Dakar by Team HRC, and based on the standard CRF250L (which has also been updated for the new model year 2017), the CRF250L Rally is ready for weekend adventure, long-distance tours or the daily commute.
Featuring styling that evokes images of adventure and travel, the bike has long-travel suspension, large-disk ABS brakes, excellent weather protection and an impressive cruising range. Engine performance combines solid bottom-end torque with substantial top-end power. Meanwhile, the standard CRF250L also features important upgrades for 2017, including a number of powertrain changes that are aimed at increasing power and improving throttle response.
Based on the updated CRF250L, the CRF250L Rally adds a wide range of changes that make it a unique proposition in the market, with styling inspiration from the Team HRC CRF450 Rally race machine. At the front, the rally-type floating screen, fairing and radiator shrouds provide wind protection, with the rest of the machine showing off minimal MX style.
The asymmetric headlights are LED, as are the turn signals. A large fuel tank allows extensive range, and the new digital dash includes a fuel gauge and tachometer. Long-travel suspension and high ground clearance enhance its long-distance off-road ability, and a larger floating front disc—plus ABS that can be switched off for the rear brake—delivers stopping power. The engine boasts solid bottom-end torque coupled with substantial top-end power, thanks to updates from the original CRF250L including revised PGM-FI and throttle body, a new air-box and a lightweight exhaust.
With a light, slim package that’s able to easily manoeuvre through congested city streets, along with a confidence-inspiring seat height and suspension that deliver a fun and comfortable ride on rough tarmac and trails, the adaptable CRF250L is already an extremely popular dual-sport mode, and it benefits from a number of upgrades for 2017.
Visually, it’s strikingly different thanks to new graphics that match those of the revolutionary 2017 CRF450R motocross machine. Technically, a 38mm throttle body (2mm up from 2016) combines with a revised air-box, reshaped air boot, new muffler design and a larger-diameter exhaust head pipe to provide improved response and better power in the low and midranges. There’s a new ECU as well, and the meter assembly, taillight and license-plate holder have all been updated as well.