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THE FACTS O 24bhp O 146kg Seat height 875mm

The fun, practical and ver­sa­tile CRF250L gets a de­cent smat­ter­ing of up­dates for 2017, partly driven by the need to get it through Euro4 com­pli­ance – which it now meets.

The steel frame and Showa sus­pen­sion re­main un­changed, but new body­work brings it closer in style to its CRF450R sib­ling. The new dig­i­tal dash now gets a tacho and a fuel gauge.

The 249cc sin­gle boasts more bot­tom-end torque and peak power from re­vi­sions to the throt­tle body, air­box and ex­haust. It claims to thump out 24bhp at 8500rpm, with peak torque of 16.7ftlb land­ing at 6750rpm.

The tank holds just 7.8 litres, but Honda say it can de­liver up to 94.1mpg, mean­ing a po­ten­tial 160-mile range. As a town com­muter that looks and rides bet­ter than a scooter, or as a week­end trail bike, it’s a solid op­tion.

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