New Honda CRF250L

Ready for road and trail

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A 250cc dual-purpose motorcycle covers many bases: it slips easily through congested city streets thanks to lightweight and slim proportions matched with superb maneuverability, while its suspension, ground reach and seat height deliver a fun and comfortable ride on rough tarmac and trails. It opens up a whole new range of two-wheeled opportunities, whatever the rider’s experience level.

The Honda CRF250L, launched worldwide in Europe in 2012, is just such a machine. It’s found popularity with older riders – who often keep it as a second bike – while also connecting a younger demographic to Honda, many of whom use it as a cool, stylish alternative to a scooter. And for every owner, it offers the chance to head off the tarmac and on to the dirt. It was joined in 2014 by the supermoto-style CRF250M. For 2017 the CRF250L has been revised, while a new model, the CRF250 RALLY, adds an adventure-sport dynamic to the range.

With styling cues taken directly from Honda’s CRF250R and CRF450R MX machines, the new CRF250L is ready for anything a rider can throw at it: it’s tough, practical and equally at home around a city block or out on the trail.

The CRF250L’s 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder DOHC engine has more bottom-end torque and high rpm power, with a linear delivery. Peak power of 18.2kW is delivered @ 8,500rpm with peak torque of 22.6Nm arriving @ 6,750rpm.

Revised PGM-FI feeds fuel/air mixture through a 38mm throttle body (up from 36mm) and draws air from the airbox via a direct connecting tube. The exhaust muffler has a diameter of 115mm, houses the catalyser and uses two chambers: it’s 450g lighter than the previous design and a larger bore downpipe helps the engine breathe and make more power.

The engine uses a compact roller/rocker arm valve train and cylinder head, with bore and stroke of 76 x 55mm. An offset cylinder reduces frictional losses while the piston itself incorporates a special surface material, plus a molybdenum coating. The oil pump features an internal relief structure that prevents aeration of relieved oil.

The crank journal employs a half-split, press-fit metal bearing while the crank bearing uses a cast-iron bush, reducing weight, smoothing the engine and strengthening the rigidity of the case housing, minimizing the internal diameter change due to thermal expansion.

A primary balance shaft further reduces vibration and the six-speed gearbox and clutch are manufactured to cope with the extra stress of riding off-road. The 10.7 kW heat-release radiator features a thin guide-ring cooling fan to maintain even temperatures at low speeds.

The CRF250L is a true small capacity all-rounder, and as such is built so form and function seamlessly intertwine. Its slim width not only helps it in traffic, but also off-road where the smooth seat/tank interface also allows the rider to transfer their weight freely.

Cohesively laid out, the new digital dash features a speedometer, tachometer plus fuel gauge and clock. Much more compact than the previous design, the rear light, indicators and number plate bracket tuck neatly out of harm’s way.

The CRF250L’s frame is constructed from steel, with twin oval-section main spars and a semi-double cradle. A wheelbase of 1,445mm is matched to a 27.6°’ rake with 113mm trail and ground clearance of 255mm. Seat height is 875mm with wet weight of 146kg.

A 43mm Showa inverted fork has 250mm of stroke: light weight and rigid, one side houses the spring while the other provides damping control. A 17mm front wheel spindle (2mm larger in diameter) improves rigidity and handling feel. Pro-Link rear suspension features a 240mm axle stroke; the Showa shock absorber is a single tube design with 40mm diameter cylinder.

The tapered aluminium swingarm incorporates a monoblock casting that provides the correct rigidity balance and reduces un-sprung mass. Extruded aluminium is used for the chain adjustment collar. Up front, a 256mm floating wave-style disc is worked by a two-piston caliper. Two channel ABS is fitted as standard and gives the rider the option to switch it off for the rear caliper. Aluminium rims (21-inch front/18 rear) wear block pattern tyres (front: 3.00-21 51P, rear: 120/80-18M/C 62P). A small detail – but a useful one off-road – is that the gear lever now features a folding tip.


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Representative example

CRF250L 19YM - Terms & Conditions
TypePCP
36 Payments of£79.00
APR6.9%
OTR£4,699.00
Deposit£662.71
HUK Contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£4,036.29
Final Payment£1,791.51
Final Payment inc Option Fee£1,801.51
Total Amount Payable£5,308.22
Option to Purchase Fee£10.00
Annual Contracted Mileage4,000
Excess Mileage Charge£0.02
Interest Rate pa6.60%

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CRF250L 18YM - Terms & Conditions
TypePCP
36 Payments of£79.00
APR6.9%
OTR£4,649.00
Deposit£624.74
HUK Contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£4,024.26
Final Payment£1,776.63
Final Payment inc Option Fee£1,786.63
Total Amount Payable£5,255.37
Option to Purchase Fee£10.00
Annual Contracted Mileage4,000
Excess Mileage Charge£0.02
Interest Rate pa6.60%
CRF250L 18YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeVPL
36 Payments of£125.00
APR6.9%
OTR£4,649.00
Deposit£582.17
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£4,066.83
Total Amount Payable£5,082.17
Interest Rate pa6.69%
CRF250L 19YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeVPL
36 Payments of£125.00
APR6.9%
OTR£4,699.00
Deposit£632.06
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£4,066.94
Total Amount Payable£5,132.06
Interest Rate pa6.69%
CRF250L 18YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeHP
36 Payments of£125.00
APR6.9%
OTR£4,649.00
Deposit£576.72
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£4,072.28
Total Amount Payable£5,086.72
Option to Purchase Fee£10.00
Interest Rate pa6.60%
CRF250L 19YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeHP
36 Payments of£125.00
APR6.9%
OTR£4,699.00
Deposit£626.73
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£4,072.27
Total Amount Payable£5,136.73
Option to Purchase Fee£10.00
Interest Rate pa6.60%


Specifications

Bore × Stroke (mm)76.0 x 55.0
CarburationPGM-FI
Compression Ratio10.7:1
C02 Emissions70 g/km
Engine Displacement (cc)250cc
Engine Type (cm³)Liquid-cooled, Single, DOHC
Max. Power Output18.2kW/8500rpm
Max. Torque22.6Nm/6750rpm
Oil Capacity (Litres)1.8L
StarterElectric
ClutchWet multiplate hydraulic
Final DriveChain
Transmission Type6-speed
Battery Capacity (VAh)12V-7AH
Caster Angle27.6°
Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm)2195 x 815 x 1195mm
Frame typeSteel Twin Tube
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)7.8L
Fuel Consumption33.3km/litre
Ground Clearance (mm)255mm
Kerb Weight (kg)146kg
Seat Height (mm)875mm
Trail (mm)113mm
Wheelbase (mm)1445mm
Suspension Front43mm Telescopic Upsidedown
Suspension RearProlink
Tyre Size Front3.00-21 51P
Tyre Size Rear120/80-18M/C 62P
Wheels Front21 inch
Wheels Rear18 inch
HeadlightsBulb
InstrumentsDigital
Tail LightBulb

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