THE FACTS O 24bhp O 157kg O Seat height 895mm

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If you’re in the mar­ket for a 250, surely this is top of your list. Just look at it! Pure Dakar naugh­ti­ness.

With styling DNA drawn from the HRC CRF450 Rally Dakar racer, the CRF250 Rally gets a sim­i­lar ‘float­ing’ screen, while fair­ing and ra­di­a­tor shrouds give fur­ther wind pro­tec­tion. The asym­met­ric head­lights are LED, as are the in­di­ca­tors.

While most of the bike is iden­ti­cal to the CRF250L, the Rally gets a larger 10.1-litre fuel tank that Honda say will get you over 200 miles, thanks to man­ag­ing 94.1mpg.

The L’s fork is re­placed by a 43mm Showa unit with longer legs. Ex­tra-long sus­pen­sion en­hances its off-road abil­ity, but means an 895mm clam­ber to park your pos­te­rior. The front disc is larger, and the ABS can be switched off for the rear wheel. A skid plate pro­tects the bike’s un­der­side, and the gear lever has a fold­ing tip to help sur­vive tum­bles. Whether you’re in Peru or Put­ney, it’s a great-look­ing bike to be seen on.

Looks like a Dakar racer, but it does 90 to the gal­lon

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