Honda CRF250 Rally

CRF 250 Rally

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Honda Cfr 250L Rally

Capitalizing on the overwhelming success of the Africa Twin and the kudos gained from becoming front runners once again in the prestigious Dakar Rally, the Honda CRF250 Rally is designed to be a small-capacity adventure bike for the masses.

And it certainly looks the part, taking its styling inspiration from the factory Rally bike with a transparent screen, engine shrouded in bodywork, and even a left-hand side tool kit that mimics the secondary fuel tanks of the race bike.

But the protection the extra bodywork gives the Rally model is significant, providing the rider with much-improved wind protection, making it much more capable of more extensive mileage.

The 250cc single-cylinder, four-stroke engine is adequate for road use, with enough power to sit between 60 and 70mph. Off-road, it is ample, with a soft but progressive power that makes it ideal for a day of the green lane; just don’t expect to cover ground like a Dakar rider.

While most of the bike, including the engine, is identical to the CRF250L, the Rally gets a larger 10.1l fuel tank that Honda says will get you over 200 miles from complete before it stumbles to a halt, thanks to managing 94.1mpg.

Extra long-travel suspension and high ground clearance enhance its long-distance off-road ability but do mean a clamber of up to 895mm to park your posterior. The L’s fork is replaced with a 43mm Showa unit boasting longer legs and rally-tweaked settings, and black Alumite aluminum rims return plain for the Rally. At the same time, they’ve grown to a 21-inch front and 18″ rear combination, allowing for more focused off-road tire choices. Very suitable for the mountainous road in the north of Viet Nam

The Rally is an excellent addition to the Honda range that fills a niche by providing a lightweight adventure bike that’s happy on the road or off.

The 2017 Honda CRF250L vs. CRF250L Rally

The 2017 Honda CRF250L vs. CRF250L Rally

When it comes to adventure, what’s your preferred scenery? Is it out on the trail? Does it include scenic mountain views or clusters of skyscrapers? Whatever the case, Honda’s CRF250L motorcycle lineup gladly accepts the challenge.

Honda, a company whose reputation is consistent with top brands in the industry, set out to design an adventure seeker that could handle the trails as effortlessly as it could the pavement; thus, the CRF performance lineup was born. These street-legal dirt bikes empower riders with on-road and off-road capabilities, making the transition between day job and weekend jaunt seamless.

Whether you fancy a journey through the urban jungle or a rendezvous in the dirt, the 2017 CRF250L and CRF250L Rally offer good thrills. These dual-sport bikes have a great deal in common, so you really can’t go wrong with either.

Still, in the spirit of competition, I determined which bike is the better off-roading companion, which Honda CRF250 price lists the best benefit, and which can handle pavement with equal parts prudence and prowess. Here’s what I found.

Honda CRF250L Rally vs. CRF250L Standard

Honda CRF250L Rally vs. CRF250L Standard

The heart and soul of these CRFs lie in their fuel-injected, single-cylinder engines, complete with electric starters, counterbalance, and double-overhead cams. Both bikes provide smooth, consistent 24.4 horsepower, plenty of low- and mid-range torque, and improved throttle response compared to earlier CRF models. Not to mention, they bring bursts of excitement and admirable fuel economy to the daily commute.

To determine the difference between CRF250L and Rally rides, however, we have a few more details to consider. For instance, while both bikes feature the same upgraded 250cc engine and ABS option, the Rally’s increased seat height (+0.8 in.). Suspension and ground clearance make it a more suitable off-road choice, and the longer wheelbase (slight but still existent) makes it more directionally stable.

Additionally, the Rally has a larger fuel tank, updated Dakar-style bodywork, better wind protection and visibility with its rally-style windscreen, hand guards, and a full wrap-around skid plate that defends against trail debris. It also boasts composite, frame-mounted fairings and asymmetric LED headlights, a more significant front brake for more stopping power on pavement, and wide serrated dirt bike pegs for traction and during stand-up riding. This bike is a born thrill-seeker, for sure.

Brass tacks, I’d say the CRF250L Rally is the better off-roading option considering the upgrades Honda made to its frame and suspension (though I wouldn’t recommend taking this puppy out for aggressive trail rides because the ABS can be meddlesome, and the suspension isn’t quite where it needs to be). The standard CRF250L, on the other hand, performs better on pavement and is the more affordable adventure bike of the two. Sure, it may be 24 pounds lighter than its Rally brethren, but this bodes well for the standard in terms of ‘zippiness’ and passing power.


TypeLiquid-cooled, Single, DOHC
Engine Displacement (cm³)250cc
No. of Valves per Cylinder4
Bore ´ Stroke (mm)76.0 x 55.0
Compression Ratio10.7:1
Max. Power Output18.2kW/8500rpm
Max. Torque22.6Nm/6750rpm
Oil Capacity1.8L


Fuel Tank Capacity10.1L
Fuel Consumption33.3L/100km


Battery Capacity12V-7AH
ACG Output324W / 5000rpm


Clutch TypeWet multiplate hydraulic
Transmission Type6-speed
Final DriveChain


TypeSteel Twin Tube


Dimensions (LxWxH)2210 x 900 x 1425mm
Caster Angle28.1°
Seat Height895mm
Ground Clearance270mm
Kerb Weight157kg
Turning radius2.3m

Honda Crf 250l Rally Review


Type Front43mm Telescopic Upsidedown
Type RearProlink


Rim Size Front21 inch
Rim Size Rear18 inch
Tyres Front3.00-21 51P
Tyres Rear120/80-18M/C 62P


ABS System Type2 channel



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