Honda CRF250L Rally Finally Debuts

11/07/2016 @ 11:37 am, by Jensen Beeler40 COMMENTS

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We have been waiting for the Honda CRF250L Rally to debut for a long time now.

It has been 20 months since Big Red first showed us the Honda CRF250 Rally concept in Japan, and today in at the EICMA show Italy, the 2017 Honda CRF250L Rally finally broke cover.

The idea behind the Dakar-inspired machine is pretty simple. Take the venerable Honda CRF250L platform, and add pieces to make it mimic the design for the Honda CRF450 Rally race bike.

The result is a lightweight adventure bike that appeases those riders who feel ADV machines are to big and heavy.

In addition to the changes that are coming to the 2017 Honda CRF250L, Honda says that the Rally version gets a “floating” windscreen, as featured on the 450cc Dakar racer.

The Honda CRF250L Rally also gets radiator shrouds, an asymmetrical LED headlight, and other bodywork pieces. The effect of turning the CRF250L into a Dakar Rally racer may not be as complete as was shown on the concept, which may turn-off some would-be buyers.

Most interestingly though, the 2017 Honda CRF250L Rally will have dual-channel ABS standard, which will allow the rear wheel ABS to be switched off by the rider.

The fuel tank holds 2.66 gallons, and Honda says there is plenty of power and torque from the revised 250cc engine for 2017, which gets new fuel mapping, throttle bodies, airbox, and lightweight exhaust for the coming model year.

Expect to see the 2017 Honda CRF250L Rally in US dealerships in March 2017. Pricing will be $5,899 MSRP.

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Source: American Honda

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  • pidgin

    Really hope they release an updated 250m in europe aswell and my choice would be clear

  • Sam Miller

    Why neither of these have the 300 crank installed for the US market is beyond me…

  • CamM

    Can’t wait to see final power and weight specs on this thing. In a market that is increasingly becoming bloated with 600lb swiss army knives, it is nice to see something light and affordable

  • Shinfo

    it’s like a baby Africa Twin. I want it!

  • michaeldorian

    Instant buy!

  • MichaelAndTheArgonauts

    Instantly the coolest 250 out there.

  • ‘Mike Smith

    Tried to copy BMW with those stupid headlights. Otherwise, pretty cool.

  • motoguru.

    I sure hope its more than the 19hp of the current model.

  • zion

    Great “Hey, let’s go hit the woods and trails and disappear for the weekend or a week” bike. Good potential and price point for ADV lite. Or so it would seem.

  • RoRdr

    Now if this was a 450/500 they would have something. That 250 engine is too small/underpowered for this bike. Seems like its mostly a styling exercise.

  • HelloFriend

    Dear Honda.

    Change the 2 to a 4 to make it 450 and I will buy. No seriously, I will.

    Best regards,
    Want more POWA!!!

  • deuce_sluice

    Very cool! Would be a neat supermoto conversion!

  • Joe Dirt’Tay

    really hope they make R model with full ti frame and underbelly conversion kit’s. from vance and hines

  • C’mon Man

    A great looking bike. Now if this is the baby ADV to Africa Twin, where is the 400cc toddler Africa Twin? That would round out the line up and would really hit the sweet spot for a lot of riders out there.

  • spamtasticus

    I would personally preffer a 450 but I’m predicting this will be one of Honda’s top selling bikes if not the top.

  • paulus

    ‘light-weight’ might be a misnomer on this model… for a 250cc dual sport… they are a bugger to drag out of a ditch :)
    300 kits will sell like crazy. Shame the exhaust didn’t continue the rally look. Saves bucks to reuse and keep common CRF-L plastics at the tail.

  • n/a

    I wonder how hard it would be to slide a big old crf450 engine inside it…

  • n/a

    Can’t decide if I like it or not.

  • Gary

    Hey Honda, the 90’s called and they wanted their fully enclosed bodywork back.

  • RL

    350 lbs, 25 hp. I hear

  • The current model has 23 hp , at least in Europe it does….

  • SicSemper

    Sweet looking, but anemic? The price, while attractive also is a tad disconcerting. What level of suspension componentry can you expect in such a low-priced package?

    It’s been hard remaining a Honda fan over the last twenty years of yawn-inspiring products, but I’m thrilled to see the turn taking place in 2017. I want to like this one and even want to want it.

  • Peter Jowett

    If you’re up for a challenge, the CB500X engine will fit…

  • Peter Jowett

    350lbs?? Why did it gain 30lbs? The additional bodywork can’t weigh that much…

  • Peter Jowett

    Nice! I really thought this was just a tease, never expected to see it in showrooms (albeit it’s in a slightly dumbed down fitment). I’m pretty happy with my current 250L, this one should be a corker. That weight tho…

  • RL

    More bodywork, longer suspension, heavier tires, 2x larger tank, bigger bash guards, and perhaps heavier headlights. These are all good things though. You’ll just have to open your wallet wider for weight savings ( lighter exhaust, etc.)

  • Peter Jowett

    Yeah I get it. Would have been nice if the 30lb weight gain had been offset by a more than 2 HP bump in power. Looks like we’ll still need a pipe, header and EJK to make it feel lively. Still, very interested, for the additional range alone.

  • major tom

    I’ll echo the desire for a 300cc. Curious why Honda would stick with a 250.

  • motoguru.

    Either way, its about 25 too little.

  • paulus

    There are import tariffs and trade quotas, based on cc, for many countries.
    250cc is a boundary for one of the brackets, 400/500cc is the next boundary for various countries. I don’t know the US rates… but it may influence the decision.

  • Totz

    this is the Father of 2017 Honda CRF250Rally as a baby Dakar Prototype Racing Machine from CRF450Rally not Africa Twin https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/724f52a69a235d3b18d43619172f5b02937e62325f26bcd1d868ec9476f0be3f.jpg

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    this is the power unit of CBR500R parallel twin that could fit in with CRF250Rally https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d4feb2e8f4c9185db56cdd3c63543c0cf576dd584162cd1535ae48704b622725.jpg

  • n/a

    CRF450 probably has more power than that!

  • Paul McM

    I saw this at the Progressive Motorcycle Show in Long Beach. In all honesty, it looked great. Scale is full-sized — it doesn’t look like a kid bike at all (Honda’s CRF250L looks small to me). Seat is comfy. Ergos are good. But gosh… not enough power for this 200-lb American. Not even close. They need to take this platform and drop a 500+ cc mill in it. Honestly, I don’t know who will buy this bike, except in locations that have displacement-limited licensing. Real nice execution Honda, but not enough ponies for the USA! Not even close! And $ Six grand (with tax) for a 250. Sorry, no deal…

  • Chupa Cabra

    Think I’ll wait for an updated Suzuki DRZ400. It currently weighs less than the current 250L.

  • Martin Himpson

    CRF250L wearing a wedding dress and some costume jewellery…..should have been an option for a larger cc like the 300 or even 500.!!.. this tart in a frock is 1.5 extra BHP yet 35lb more weight… she must be pregnant hence the fancy wedding dress and extra load its carrying …. Its going to be a shotgun wedding if your thinking of buying one….you wish you had not after a few days….

  • Waldemar Wosiński

    Asian market has categories to 250ccm and above.

  • Spencer Williams

    Can we please talk about the fact that there is already an existing production SUPERMOTO version of this motorcycle?? (CRF250M) And instead of bringing that to the states, they designed produced and shipped us a 2 wheeled dune carver… for America… what Honda dealerships are that close to the dunes?? People have been buying this bike for years to convert it to a supermoto. Dakars are not in high demand here. Motards are. We always get the cool toys last or not at all.

  • DaveFreeman

    The Rally and the L are essentially the same bike other than the plastics and the fuel tank, so not sure how the L would look small and the Rally not.