CRF250L / Overview

A new dual-purpose, multi-role motorcycle: sharp on the street, fun on the dirt

The essence of what makes a true dual-purpose motorcycle has long been in Honda’s DNA. In the late 1970s the XL250S was launched, a bike providing genuine on-road usability with excellent off-road performance. The entire XL range that followed became legendary, and proved that bolting an economical and easy-to-use single-cylinder four-stroke engine into a competent chassis, created a bike that was useful, versatile and, as riders the world over found, fun.

Exhaustive discussions within Honda R&D took place about the creation of a brand new dual-purpose machine. The company’s long history – in off-road competition and dual-purpose machinery – was a useful touchstone when development of the bike first began, and inspired the team that worked on it from the outset.

Looking to the needs of customers came first. While some riders insist upon competition-level off-road performance, many others value ease of use, practicality and convenience. For weekday, urban use they wanted a tough, practical bike with cutting-edge off-road style. But, come the weekend, it needed to provide a ticket to ride, wherever they wanted to go, on or off-road.

Honda’s new dual-purpose platform was always viewed by its development engineers with global perspective, as a bike for the whole world. It not only needed a powerful and frugal engine, its chassis also had to have a broad and capable range. The bike was to be affordable, offering high quality and outstanding value for money, with low overall running costs a priority.

Perhaps most important, and a driving force for the engineers working exhaustively to deliver such a multi-faceted motorcycle, was to produce something that could connect many people to Honda, and help them realise their dreams in a way that only a motorcycle can.

The CRF250L is that motorcycle.

CRF250L / Specification

Engine Type liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC single cylinder
Engine Displacement 250cc
Compression Ratio 10.7
Max. Power Output 17.0/8500 kW/rpm (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque 22.0/7000 Nm/min (95/1/EC)
Fuel consumption 32.1km/L (90.4mpg)* (WMTC mode、Class3-1) Honda in-house measurement
Oil capacity 1.8L
Ignition Full-transistor battery ignition
Ignition timing 10°  (idling)
Rev limit 10500 (rpm)
Starter Self-starter
Carburation Programmed fuel injection system (PGM-FI)
Idle speed 1450±100 (rpm)
Bore & Stroke 76.0×55.0 mm
Battery Capacity 12V 6Ah (10HR)
ACG Output 0.34 kW/5,000 rpm
Spark plug type SIMR8A9 (NGK)
Throttle bore 36mm
Clutch Wet multiplate with coil springs
Final Drive Chain
Primary reduction 2.807
Gear ratios 2.857
Gearbox / transmission type Constant mesh 6-speed return
Frame type Semi-double cradle
Caster Angle 27.6°
Trail 113mm
Turning radius 2.3m
Dimensions and Weight
Kerb Weight 144kg
Maximum allowable weight/load carrying 159kg
Fuel Capacity 7.7L
Length x Width x Height 2.195×0.815×1.195 m
Wheelbase 1.445m
Seat Height 0.875m
Ground Clearance 0.255m
Wheels, Suspension and Brakes
Brakes Front Hydraulic disk (256-mm brake disc/2-piston caliper)
Wheels Front Wire Spoke (Rim size : 21 X 1.60)
Tyres Front 3.00-21 51P
Brakes Rear Hydraulic disk (220-mm brake disc/1-piston caliper)
Wheels Rear Wire Spoke (Rim size : 18 X 2.15)
Tyres Rear 120/80-18 62P
Suspension Front Telescopic (Inverted) 43mm diameter slide pipe
Front wheel travel 250mm
Suspension Rear Swing arm (Pro-link suspension system) 40mm diameter cylinder
Rear wheel travel 240mm
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice. *Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tyre pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

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