Honda CRF250L: Dual-sport dandy gives the best of both worlds
AT THE opposite end of the motorcycle spectrum from the screaming superbikes is a collection of far more modest bikes designed to fill the role of the simple, cost-effective transport yet with a bit of style.
Honda’s CRF250L is a prime example of the breed. It has been remodelled for both on
and off-road duties rather than just the dirt track and now concentrates on getting its rider from A to B without leaving a gaping hole in his or her finances or stirring up undue drama en route.
The 2015 fuel-injected CRF250L features everything you want in a first-time bike. It is light weight, has a powerband that’s immensely userfriendly plus excellent fuel economy and unmatched reliability. Pricing of the Honda CRF250L is interesting as it goes head to head with the impressive KTM 390 Duke priced at £4,499. The Honda retails at £4,299 only £200 less than the KTM!
So would you choose the Honda over the KTM? What the Honda has going for it however is the brand’s renowned quality and bullet proof reliability.
The 250cc engine has been set-up to bring exceptional fuel economy rather than extreme performance. These days MPG is a bigger selling point than MPH for buyers of this type of bike.
You can expect upwards of 70 mpg from this frugal unit. The top speed is around 78mph so the bike is up to the cut and thrust of city traffic where the 23bhp power output and 16lb/ft of torque provide punchy performance.
Stopping duties are taken care of by a large 256mm front disc and a 220mm rear disc.
Where Honda’s CRF250L really scores is in its big-bike looks and excellent ride quality.
The seating position has been lowered to 855mm yet even tall riders find that the bike has a comfortable riding position. There’s even enough seat room to move backwards to accommodate long arms. Comfort is a major selling point for this bike yet it still gives the impression that you are sat astride something a little more serious than at street 250. The focus of this bike is quite rightly on urban riding rather than off-road yet without sacrificing style and it is reassuringly priced both to buy and to run.
That means that sacrifices have to be made on performance and equipment but they are small ones and with its cool looks, the CRF250L doesn’t remind you of them too often.
It’s proving to be another highly effective and competent bike from Honda and one is selling in huge numbers.