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Honda Introduces CRF250L Rally


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TORRANCE, CA – November 8, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Honda today unveiled a new adventure-focused model known as the 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 is ready for weekend adventure, long-distance tour 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.

 


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“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.” More info

 

CRF250L Rally
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 airbox and a lightweight exhaust.

 

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  • Colors: Red/Black/White
  • Price: $5,899
  • Availability: March 2017


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CRF250L
With a light, slim package that’s able to easily maneuver 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 model, 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 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.

  • Color: Red
  • Price: $5,099
  • Availability: March 2017




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Why couldn't they just make it a E-Start 450?  

 

 Oh wait.  I know why.   

 

Right? We've all been waiting almost 10 years now for a Japanese 450 dual sport and now they develop this? I guess there is big money in Adventure Touring.

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I guess there is big money in Adventure Touring.

I always say, stamp "ADV" on a product and it will set for 2X of the same part for a dirt bike. Although, the CRF250L Rally is surprisingly budget priced.

But, I'm sure that marketing people at Honda see $$$ with this product. But, a 450ish CC Japanese dual sport that isn't 10k+ would be nice for sure. I can afford a KTM 500EXC and just can't bring myself to write the check. Just too much money for a dirt bike with lights/blinkers!

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I ended building my own 2006 CRF450 Rally, wide ratio transmission, changed suspension to enduro, 18 inch rear wheel, RTT thumb control stabilizer, Rekluse clutch, Polisport solar headlamp with tusk blinker kit. No E start though and that is OK. I can get up to about 100 mph on it. Love the bike now, and I changed the seat. Hate the airfilter setup.

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Right? We've all been waiting almost 10 years now for a Japanese 450 dual sport and now they develop this? I guess there is big money in Adventure Touring.

Couldn't you throw some turn signals on a 450x and call it good

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I think it's a really cool bike. This is a perfect bike for lightweight touring. Great MPG and you could take it on the nastiest of trails with a good set of tires. Let's not forget what it lacks in power it makes up for in good mileage. I think Honda nailed it with this bike. And the price!! Wow!!

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What the ! Why doesn't Honda do what KTM does ?? Make a 300 or 350! Come on Honda get with the times !!! Lower weight and less HP then 450 but could be less expense !!!!! But skirts more then a 250 !!!!!

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317.5 lbs. No thanks. Just another bike that "looks" like it could go off road. But never will. Or it might once, then scare the crap out of the rider, and never go off road again. 

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