New 2017 HONDA CRF250 RALLY Unveiled at EICMA
Honda's long-anticipated CRF250 Rally concept becomes a reality.
Honda has unveiled the much anticipated adventure-focused model CRF250L Rally. With styling DNA drawn directly from the HRC CRF450 RALLY Dakar racer, the Honda CRF250 RALLY brings something new to the market. Based on the updated CRF250L 2017, 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.
“The rally racer replica segment is an exciting one for us, with the global, human appeal of everything that Team HRC is fighting to achieve in the Dakar Rally. 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.” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda.
The new Honda CRF250L Rally adds a wide range of changes to the standard CRF250L that makes it a unique proposition for riders. 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 CRF250 RALLY’s 250cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder DOHC engine’s performance is focused on bottom-end torque and high rpm power, plus a linear delivery. Peak power of 18.2kW is delivered @ 8,500rpm with peak torque of 22.6Nm arriving @ 6,750rpm. 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.
The CRF250 RALLY has been announced for US distribution and comes finished in Honda’s Extreme Red racing color as a base, with black and white accents inspired by the HRC factory machines.
Price: $5,899 (Standard)/$6,199 (ABS)
Availability: March 2017