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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

If you want a lightweight dual sport trail bike that can handle a short commute in the week and then head into the countryside on green lanes at the weekend – this is it.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The CRF uses a de-tuned CBR250R engine with the benefit of more low and mid range power. Soft, user friendly delivery will help you make good ground without getting you into trouble. It’s also very quiet, ideal for trail riding.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Good ergonomics , suspension a chassis means that the CRF is well balanced either on road when you’re sat down or off-road stood up. It weaves slightly at speeds over 65mph, but this could be just down to tyres.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

It’s an off road bike, so not masses available, but it has a neat digital dashboard with speed, tripometers and fuel gauge.

Honda CRF250L (2012-current)

Detail Value
New price £4,199
Dealer used prices
£3,310 (2012) - £3,590 (2013)
Private used prices
£2,920 (2013) - £3,260 (2013)
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Engine size 250 cc
Power 23 bhp
Top speed mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Difficult to speak about long term reliability as it’s a brand new bike, but it feels typical Honda and high quality. If it’s anything like its predecessors the XL or XR250 it will last for years.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

At £3950 it’s over £500 cheaper than its main Kawasaki KLX250 rival and it’s better. Close to £4000 is still big money for a 250, but if you’ve got a passion for the outdoors and off-road it will put a smile on your face for years to come.

Insurance

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Model History

2012: model introduced

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Specifications

Top speed mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 23 bhp
Max torque 16 ft-lb
Weight 144 kg
Seat height 875 mm
Fuel capacity 7.7 litres
Average fuel consumption 90 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 250 cc
Engine specification Liquid cooled, single cylinder, four stroke, DOHC, 6 gears
Frame Steel semi double cradle
Front suspension adjustment 43mm upside down forks
Rear suspension adjustment 40mm diameter shock with Honda pro link system
Front brakes 256mm disk, twin piston caliper
Rear brake 220mm single piston caliper
Front tyre size 21 x 1.6
Rear tyre size 18 x 2.15

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£4,199

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£3,495

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£3,500

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(3 reviews)

  • Unbelievably good for what it is

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I'd fancied a supermoto styled bike for a while. A DRZ400SM was on the cards, but they were going for silly money. I'd discounted the CRF250M a year ago as I'd never owned a bike with such a small engine capacity and knew that it wouldn't be for me, so I was back to looking at sensible but predictable ER-6Fs, SV650s, Fazers etc. Then an 11 month old CRF250M with only 1300 miles came in to my local dealership. I'd dropped in for a can of chain-lube and it had literally just come in, hadn't been washed or prep'd or anything. I was told to take it out for an hour to see what I thought of it. Well, what a surprise... a smooth, easy to ride, very economical baby-moto. Best of all, it was far more fun than I'd ever imagined a small capacity bike could be. Other than the reasonably wide bars, this bike is made for city work (and is good on the country roads as well). It will even hold it's own on the 70mph dual carriageways. I returned to the dealer, did the deal for £3300, and 2 months on am not regretting it one bit. Having done some basic maintenance & adjustment on it last weekend, I took the opportunity for a spin with friends this morning to check everything was ok. They were all on middleweight and sports 600s and could leave me on the faster A roads, but everywhere else I was up there - country roads, city streets, congestion, I left then for dust. It's the perfect bike for darting in and out of traffic jams, squeezing through gaps like a London bicycle courier, and for a 250 it has an impressive turn of speed in the city. The sportsbike boys were stuck sitting in the jams whilst I just left them. Hilarious that a cheap to run 250 had such an advantage on them in so many situations. You've probably gathered that I quite like this bike. Peanuts to insure, tax, fuel and maintain, but great fun and a little different to the run-of-the-mill bikes you usually see. I thought it might be a stop-gap bike to see me through the Winter, however as things stand at present I'm very tempted to keep it for the longer term :)

    14 September 2014

  • CRF250L 2012

    Joseph Course

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Had the bike a week, great bike I brought for £1400 with 70 miles on the clock as a demo bike. Comftable riding position, nice and quick low down. You can ride steady at around 65-70 mph for long periods. You could prolly get it for 80-85mph downhill. For the money it seems reliable, fun. Fun enough to keep me entatained! I really like it :)

    16 February 2013

  • wow !!

    badou24

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    fantastic bike to ride on road and off .. iv had offroad bikes all my life and this is one of the best for trail riding

    30 September 2012

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CRF250L For £1400

 Yeah 'course' you did Joseph, I imagine the dealership had you in a dustcap removing position for quite some time if they let you take a new bike for that price, I smell something and it isn't two stroke.

08 September 2013 21:28

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