Honda today unveiled a new adventure-focused model, the 2017 CRF250L 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), the CRF250L Rally has long-travel suspension, large-disc ABS brakes, good weather protection and an impressive cruising range.
“We’re pleased to announce this exciting new CRF250L Rally for 2017,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “Adventure touring continues to grow in popularity, and our customers have shown that small-displacement motorcycles can be extremely effective in this application, whether that means making epic journeys or the daily urban commute. We really wanted to build on the capabilities of the CRF250L and open up new opportunities for riders both young and old, and the CRF250 Rally brings the spirit of rally-raid racing to every ride.”
2017 Honda CRF250L Rally
Based on the updated CRF250L (see below), the CRF250L Rally adds a wide range of changes and styling inspired by 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 liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 249.6cc single-cylinder 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 airbox and a lightweight exhaust.
The new Honda CRF250L Rally will available in a red/white/black color scheme for $5,899 starting in March 2017.
2017 Honda CRF250L
With a light, slim package that’s able to easily maneuver through urban traffic or rural trails, the popular CRF250L dual-sport has been updated for 2017. Visually, has new graphics that match the 2017 CRF450R motocrosser. Technically, the liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 249.6cc single-cylinder engine’s 38mm throttle body (up 2mm) combines with a revised airbox, 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.
The updated Honda CRF250L will be available in red for $5,099 starting in March 2017.