Honda reveal updated 2020 CRF range

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Honda have announced details of their 2020 CRF off-road and trail bike ranges, with updates including more power, upgraded chassis components and new colour kits.

Starting with the road-going CRF250L, 450L and CRF250 Rally, Honda have gifted the bikes with new colours and graphics, with all three machines now available in 'Stealth' black, alongside the more traditional red and white.

Although the only changes announced to all three bikes, a concept CRF450L Rally shown at last year’s Eicma and Motorcycle Live shows could hint at a larger-capacity road legal mud-plugger at a later date.

Speaking about the concept at Motorcycle Live, MCN’s resident off-road expert, Michael Guy, said: "Using what appears to be the same frame as both the CRF450R motocrosser and the CRF450L trail bike released earlier this year, the Rally concept features two fuel tanks offering a claimed capacity of 18-litres.

"If complete with the CRF450L motor, the Rally may struggle to be considered a viable long-distance competition machine though, due to service intervals of just 1000km (or around 600 miles). 

"Unlike their actual Dakar bike, which features two extra fuel tanks towards the rear, this machine has been given a handy tool box where one of the tanks would ordinarily sit. A low-slung Termignoni exhaust system retains some of the Dakar appeal, alongside a high front mudguard," he added.

Alongside this, Honda have also announced revisions to their off-road fleet, with the CRF250R getting the lion’s share of the attention; including chassis upgrades taken from the larger-capacity CRF450R. 

Coupled with this is an increase in low-to-mid range grunt, as well an 8% raise in peak power and torque, thanks to some internal fettling like an upgraded cylinder head and piston design

To make use of that improved performance, Honda have revised the bike’s second gear and added low friction coatings to both third and fourth. What’s more, stability is also improved by weight reduction within the frame and swingarm, by improving chassis flex.

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade