Text: Nica Onate / Photos: Honda | posted November 09, 2016 07:39
Inspired by the factory CRF250 Rally machine
Honda has recently unveiled a new adventure-focused model called the CRF250L Rally, based on the standard CRF250L and inspired by the factory CRF450 Rally machine raced in the Dakar by Team HRC.
"Adventure touring continues to grow in popularity, and our customers have shown that small-displacement motorcycles can be extremely effective in this application. 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 CRF250L Rally features styling that shows images of adventure and travel, with long-travel suspension, large-disk ABS brakes, and an impressive cruising range. At the front, the rally-type "floating" screen, fairing and radiator shrouds provide wind protection, along with the rest of the machine. The asymmetric headlights and turn signals also used LED lights.
Meanwhile, a large fuel tank allows extensive range, and the new digital dash includes a fuel gauge and tachometer. 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 CRF520L Rally is available in a combination of three colors such as red, black, and white.
The standard CRF250L, on the other hand, features new graphics matching with the revolutionary 2017 CRF450R motocross machine. Technically, a 38mm throttle body combines with a revised airbox, reshaped air boot, new muffler design and a larger-diameter exhaust head pipe to provide improved response and better power in the low and midranges. Unlike the Rally version, CRF250L is available in red color only.
In addition, Honda also revealed the standard CBR1000RR, which boasts most of the same updates as the recently revealed CBR1000RR SP.
The CBR1000RR follows a "Next Stage Total Control" design philosophy that was achieved by updating 68% of the components. It also features a 10 PS increase and technology derived from the RC213V-S.
The new electronic control system provides constant, selectable and fine-tunable rider support, utilizing a five-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that works the Honda Selectable Torque System (HSTC). Selectable Engine Brake, Riding Mode Select System and Power Selector come as standard.
The CBR1000RR is available in both standard and ABS versions. For standard, it is available in the combination of red, black, and white as well as the Matte Black Metallic. For ABS version, on the other hand, it is only available in one color which is the Matte Black Metallic.