Honda crf250l

It’s a wide world out there, & Hondomain authority has a motorcycle that’ll help you jump into it.

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If you’re new khổng lồ molớn riding, either on the street or in the dirt, or if you rode in the ancient times of drum brakes and unsophisticated shock valving, you will be pleasantly surprised with the latest pair of Honda CRF250Ls.

“These bikes are made for the rider who wants khổng lồ get away from the city for local adventures,” said Honda’s Jason Abbott. “Whether you’re exploring around town or out riding the local fire roads, it’ll keep you entertained on- và off-road.”

For 2017, Honda offers two versions of the popular CRF250L: the “standard” 250L và the more featured Rally Mã Sản Phẩm. Both are powered by 249 cc DOHC liquid-cooled upright single-cylinder engines with a host of improvements for 2017 -- everything from larger throttle bodies and revised air boxes to lớn larger exhaust & a new ECU. The standard Model rides on a long-travel 43 mm inverted fork in front & a single-shochồng “Pro-Link” rear suspension. The Rally mã sản phẩm gets a 30 milimet longer inverted telescopic front fork & an updated rear suspension with a new liên kết và connecting rod.

Both are styled after bigger bikes. The standard 250L takes cues from the CRF450 motocross xe đạp, while the Rally edition mimics the CRF450 raced in Dakar by Team Monster Energy Honda.

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The Execution

To give sầu us a taste of these bikes’ versatility, Hondomain authority took us to lớn 11-time Baja 1000 winner Johnny Campbell’s cửa hàng in the high chaparral of southwest Riverside County, California. Campbell himself was there, dispensing wisdom và telling a few stories. His last Baja race was in 2008 (he won it, of course), and he now owns JCR, Johnny Campbell Racing, fielding teams across the country and deep inlớn Patagonia for the Dakar. Even so, he likes these 250s.

“It’s not intimidating,” he said. “The power’s subtle enough that it’s not going to rip out of your hands. It’s a very easy bike for you khổng lồ ride.”

Then, as we were ready khổng lồ set out he added, “Try not to roost my (gravel) driveway.”

Our ride route was an adventurous 120-mile loop that included both on- và off-road sections. It was what Hondomain authority called “an all-day adventure.”


We started out on the CRF250L. First thing you notice is the lower seat height compared to lớn larger-displacement adventure bikes like the KTM và BMW. It"s far easier lớn get on & off this littler Hondomain authority. Next, there"s the clutch -- so light and easy to lớn operate. You won’t get cramps in your hands grabbing this lever all day. And the ride: OMG, this thing has tons of suspension travel, at least compared to that dirt xe đạp you might have sầu ridden in high school. See a huge divot or rain washout gully? Don’t fret, just power through it và let the forks soak it up. Motorcycles today are completely confidence-inspiring, even here at the entry level. In the dirt, I might have preferred less tire pressure, particularly in front, but Hondomain authority had to balance out the pressures for both asphalt & svà. I found the front tire sliding a little sideways a few times during the day, but it wasn’t too hard to control. The 250L is very enjoyable, very easy to ride.

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The engine seems happiest between 7,000 & 9,000 rpm, which is a pretty narrow powerband. At first, I was thinking the gear spacing was too far apart, but after a few shifts, it became clear that it was the narrow powerb& of the engine I was feeling. Whaddaya want from a single cylinder? Other 300 cc singles we’ve sầu ridden seemed lớn have sầu slightly wider powerbands, but they also have 50 ccs more displacement.

For the afternoon, we got on the Rally edition, & I can say for sure that it"s the better xe đạp, both on và off the roads. Its standard windscreen was a relief on high-tốc độ pavement runs, & its longer suspension travel was welcome every time I schlumphed inkhổng lồ a washed-out gully. The Rally only costs $750 more, & it"s well worth it. For an extra $300 above sầu that, you can get ABS. I recommover the Rally with ABS if you can swing the cash.


The Verdict

Either way, the new Hondomain authority 250s are easy bikes lớn ride. They"re made for beginners or those just returning to motorcycles after a few decade’s hiatus -- & at that task, they succeed admirably. For complete & rank beginners, though, I would seriously recommkết thúc the smaller! Hondomain authority Grom. The Grom is lighter và even easier than the 250 to get the hang of dirt dynamics. From the Grom, you can graduate lớn this, và from this, you can go lớn a 450 or 650. But I enjoyed sliding the rear around just a bit here & there on this 250. If you try that with the bigger-displacement bikes, you need lớn be more in control just because of the added torque you’ll get -- the baông xã tire might get loose. With these two, the bike’s more in control.

There are hills and trails all over this great country of ours; get out there & explore!

Vehicle Model Information



POWERTRAIN: 249-cc single cylinder, manual transmission, rwd

CURB WEIGHT: 346 pounds

PROS: Fun and cheap!

CONS: You will graduate to lớn a larger-displacement bike as you master what this one teaches you

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