LOOK­ING FOR AD­VEN­TURE

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Michael Guy SPORTS ED­I­TOR

Build­ing on the grow­ing appetite for ad­ven­ture, Honda have launched the funky CRF250 Rally. Cap­i­tal­is­ing on the over­whelm­ing suc­cess of the new Africa Twin and the ku­dos gained from be­com­ing front run­ners, once again, in the pres­ti­gious Dakar Rally the CRF250 Rally is de­signed to be a small-ca­pac­ity ad­ven­ture bike for the masses.

And it cer­tainly looks the part, tak­ing its styling in­spi­ra­tion from the fac­tory Rally bike with clear screen, en­gine shrouded in body­work and even a left-hand side tool kit that mim­ics the se­condary fuel tanks of the race bike.

Un­der the shiny and stylish plas­tic is es­sen­tially the CRF250L, which is a good fun, last-for-ever, trail bike.

But the pro­tec­tion the ex­tra body­work gives the Rally model is sig­nif­i­cant, giv­ing the rider much im­proved wind pro­tec­tion which in turn makes it much more ca­pa­ble of big­ger mileage.

The 250cc sin­gle cylin­der, fourstroke en­gine is ad­e­quate when it comes to road use, with enough power to sit be­tween 60 and 70mph. Of­froad it is am­ple, with soft, but pro­gres­sive power that makes it ideal for a day green lan­ing; just don’t ex­pect to cover ground like a Dakar rider.

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