MILAN SHOW: Honda's bold new CRF250 Rally

Published: 07 November 2016

Now, this is more like it. If you’re in the market for the 250, then surely this has to be top of your list? Just look at it! Pure Dakar naughtiness.

With styling DNA drawn directly from the HRC CRF450 Rally Dakar racer, the CRF250 Rally gets a similar ‘floating’ screen, while fairing and radiator shrouds provide further wind protection. The asymmetric headlights are LED, as are the indicators.


  • New rider modes
  • Styling improvements
  • New instrument dials

The facts

  • 24.4bhp
  • 157kg
  • Seat height 895mm


While most of the bike, including the engine, is identical to the CRF250L, the Rally gets a larger 10.1l fuel tank that Honda say will get you over 200 miles from full before it splutters to a halt, thanks to managing 94.1mpg.

Extra long-travel suspension and high ground clearance enhance its long-distance off-road ability, but do mean a clamber up to 895mm to park your posterior. The L’s fork is replaced with a 43mm Showa unit boasting longer legs and rally-tweaked settings, and black Alumite aluminium rims replace plain for the Rally, while they’ve grown to a 21-inch front and 18” rear combination, allowing for more focused off-road tyre choices.

The front-end gets a larger floating front disc – while ABS is present, but can be switched off for the rear wheel. A skid plate protects the machine’s underside and the gear lever features a folding tip to give it a little more chance of surviving tumbles, or tangles with the scenery. Whether you’re in Peru or Putney, it’s a great looking beast to be seen on.


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