Rally raid con­cepts due in 2017

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

It’s all about the ter­mi­nol­ogy. This Honda CRF250 Rally was pre­sented at the Tokyo show as a ‘con­cept’ bike which meant, of­fi­cially, Honda wasn’t talk­ing about this bike be­ing a pro­duc­tion bike – even though it’s an open se­cret that it will be a pro­duc­tion model.

Now, the firm have of­fi­cially up­graded its sta­tus to a ‘pro­to­type for pro­duc­tion’ which means Honda is be­ing a few de­grees less dis­mis­sive about its pro­duc­tion sta­tus, while our in­sid­ers say it will be on sale as a 2017 model later this year. This pro­to­type, un­veiled at the Osaka show, sees the bike get­ting a re­vised front screen, LED head­light, al­tered side pan­els and a Ter­mignoni ex­haust sys­tem.

Honda also showed a new more hard­core ver­sion of the re­cently launched Africa Twin at Osaka, called the Sports Con­cept which was pre­sented as a con­cept bike but which we ex­pect to be on sale as the ‘ad­ven­ture’ spec bike in the range within a year.

Changes to the Africa Twin Sports Con­cept aren’t ex­ten­sive but there is a dif­fer­ent, flat­ter seat, slim­mer tail unit, a new Ter­mignoni ex­haust sys­tem, and a ro­bust-look­ing en­gine bash­plate and sump guard for off-road pro­tec­tion.

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