We love 250cc off-road bikes at CMG, and we’ve been waiting for an update to the trusty CRF250 for a while now. Honda’s just announced two at EICMA: a “regular” CRF 250L and a CRF 250 Rally.
The L is the dirt bike and the new Rally is the adventure bike. The new 250L has a bit more power and torque (24 hp and 19 lbs.-ft.) than the 2016, thanks to new fuel mapping and throttle bodies, as well as a new digital dash display with tachometer and fuel gauge.
The Rally is the keenly-anticipated bike and while it’s built on the 250L bike, it’s designed around the CRF 450 Rally racing bike. There’s a “floating” windshield, upper and lower fairing and radiator shrouds, hand guards, and an asymmetrical LED headlight.
It also has standard dual-channel ABS, which will allow the rider to turn off ABS to the rear wheel – great on gravel slopes.
Seat height is a lofty 895 mm on the Rally – 20 mm taller than the 250L, while ground clearance is 15 mm higher. The 10.1-litre fuel tank on both editions should give a range of about 320 km.