Honda CRF250 Rally: A great lightweight adventure bike

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Building on the growing appetite for adventure, Honda have launched the funky CRF250 Rally. Capitalising on the overwhelming success of the new Africa Twin and the kudos gained from becoming front runners, once again, in the prestigious Dakar Rally the CRF250 Rally is designed to be a small-capacity adventure bike for the masses.

And it certainly looks the part, taking its styling inspiration from the factory Rally bike with clear screen, engine shrouded in bodywork and even a left-hand side tool kit that mimics the secondary fuel tanks of the race bike.


Under the shiny and stylish plastic is essentially the CRF250L, which is a good fun, last-for-ever, trail bike. But the protection the extra bodywork gives the Rally model is significant, giving the rider much improved wind protection which in turn makes it much more capable of bigger mileage.

The 250cc single cylinder, four-stroke engine is adequate when it comes to road use, with enough power to sit between 60 and 70mph. Off road it is ample, with soft, but progressive power that makes it ideal for a day green laning; just don’t expect to cover ground like a Dakar rider.


The Rally is a great addition to the Honda range that fills a niche by providing a lightweight adventure bike that's happy on road or off. It's just a shame it doesn’t go as well as it looks.

Price: £5299
Engine: 250cc single-cylinder four-stroke DOHC
Power: 24bhp@8500rpm
Torque: 16.6ftlb
Weight: 157kg

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Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider