The fun, practical, and versatile CRF250L gets a decent smattering of updates for 2017, partly driven by the need to get it through Euro4 compliance – which is now meets.
The steel frame and long travel Showa suspension remain unchanged, but new bodywork brings it closer in style towards its CRF450R sibling, giving it a sharper and more slimmed-down look. The new digital dash now gets a tacho and fuel gauge, and ABS is fitted as standard – while trail addicts will appreciate the option of disengaging it for the rear brake.
- New bodywork
- ABS and digital dash
- More power & torque
- Seat height 875mm
The 249cc single cylinder engine boasts more bottom-end torque and peak power from revisions to the PGM-FI, throttle body, airbox, and exhaust. The liquid-cooled engine is now claimed to thump out 24.4bhp at 8500rpm, with peak torque of 16.7ftlb landing at 6750rpm.
The 7.8l fuel tank may sound tiny, but Honda say it can deliver up to 94.1mpg, meaning your backside is going to be more than ready for a petrol station rest by the time you’ve drained the tank.
As a town commuter that looks and rides better than a scooter, or as a weekend trail bike, it’s a solid and attractive option.
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