March 18, 2015 at 11:23 am #7530
HONDA’S soon-to-be-launched Africa Twin might be its biggest adventure bike news at the moment but the firm has just released pictures of another new machine at the other end of the adventure spectrum, in the form of the CRF250 Rally.
At the moment, it’s officially a concept bike, set to be a star at this weekend’s Osaka motorcycle show in Japan, but given that it’s effectively just a re-bodied version of the existing CRF250L road-going enduro, it’s not a big leap to imagine a production version of the new model.
The styling is a fairly direct copy of the firm’s latest CRF450 Rally works racer, as used in the Dakar, but mechanically it’s nowhere near as exotic. For those serious about long-distance off-road riding, a production version of this might make a lot of sense.
Attachments:March 18, 2015 at 1:08 pm #7533
VIDEO!!!!!March 18, 2015 at 1:21 pm #7534
The article states it is a ‘re-bodied version of the existing CRF250L road-going enduro’, it which case these are the original stats of the bike, not including the extra fuel capacity and weight of the new kit.
Model name CRF250L (European model)
Dimensions (L x W x H) 2,195mm x 815mm x 1,195mm
Ground clearance 255mm
Seat height (mm) 875mm
Curb weightRiding capacity 144 kg
Engine liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC single cylinder
Bore x Stroke 76.0 x 55.0
Compression ratio 10.7
Power (HP) 23November 7, 2015 at 4:15 pm #10185
HONDA’S CRF250 Rally – revealed in March this year as a concept – looks likely to be launched in production form soon.
The firm has just trademarked the name ‘CRF250 Rally’ in Europe, suggesting it’s got plans to use it commercially on a showroom model.
Given that the original concept was effectively just a standard CRF250L production bike with a set of bodywork aping the firm’s works CRF450 Rally machines, as used on the Dakar, there’s virtually zero R&D investment needed to create a mass-made version.
As well as trademarking the name, Honda has filed design patents for the bike’s styling, and while these are only computer-generated CAD/CAM drawings they do show a couple of differences when compared with the concept. Notably, the patent images show a road-legal CRF250L exhaust instead of the concept’s race version, as well as different brakes, mirrors and bars.
When will the bike be launched? That’s not known for certain, but the EICMA show in Milan where the majority of next year’s models will appear is just a couple of weeks away.March 23, 2016 at 11:05 am #11838
The CRF250 Rally has made it to ‘Prototype’ stage which means it looking fairly likely it will become a production model.
It’s been a year since Honda first showed us the CRF250 Rally as a concept bike at the Osaka Motorcycle Show in 2015 and now it’s progressed to ‘prototype’ stage as it makes the slow transition to production.
In fact, it hasn’t changed much at all. That’s a good thing, as all too often concept bikes are watered down and emasculated by the time they reach production. Not that the Rally was ever a concept in the wild, flight-of-fancy sense of the term; it’s a CRF250L with a bunch of rally raid-style extras bolted on to make it resemble the firm’s works CRF450 Rally machines.
The new ‘prototype’ version retains the CRF250L basis, although it’s worth bearing in mind that the engine could just as easily be the 286cc version used in the CBR250R, which would provide a useful boost in power and torque. No specs have been revealed yet, so it’s impossible to tell which variation of the engine is being used.
The frame, brakes and suspension are unaltered, by the look of it, and the bodywork looks much the same as last year’s concept. There are minor changes – various seams and shut-lines have been altered, presumably making production and maintenance easier – and some of the race parts of the original concept have been replaced with tamer components. The original race-only Mugen exhaust has been swapped for a Termignoni-branded system that looks big enough to be road-legal, and parts like the hard-guards have been tweaked. The screen, instruments and headlights are also toned-down from last year’s concept – keeping the Dakar-esque style but replacing the concept’s real rally dash with a smartphone/GPS bracket.
We’re expecting the final production version, looking much like this prototype, to be revealed at one of the major bike shows towards the end of this year and to go on sale in 2017.
Attachments:November 8, 2016 at 9:58 am #15244
The CRF260 Rally has been announced as a 2017 production model
Honda 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.
Info Update: Honda reports the Honda CRF250L Rally to weigh 341lbs. The new fuel tank is 2.7 gallons, up .7 gallons from the non-Rally version.
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