ADV LITE PROJECT
Q:I recently purchased a 2017 CRF250L Rally. I’m truly in love with this bike. However, the 250 engine isn’t quite enough. I was wondering if you could recommend a custom shop that could bore out the engine to a 350, add some much-needed suspension performance, and turn this bike into the lightweight adventure bike it’s pretending to be.
My intentions are twofold. First, I’ve always wanted a custom bike that could grace the pages of Cycle World (like the Yamaha DT-07 Street Tracker). Second, I’d like to show the Big Four what they should be building: a lightweight dirt-bike-based adventure-touring bike. ART SERNA CYCLEWORLD.COM
A:The $4,999 Honda CRF250 Rally is a stomping deal, but we are more than happy to lead you down the rabbit hole to spending more money. The CRF engine is borrowed from the CBR250R, with some changes for its dual-sport role. A Dynojet Power Commander is the simplest upgrade like-minded folks should do. But you sound serious, so for you Takegawa makes a “Hyper Bore Up 305cc” kit that includes a new 84mm cylinder, 13.0:1 CR forged piston, sport cams, and FI controller. As of this writing it’s about $870 but will need installation by you or a qualified mechanic.
As to suspension improvements, Dan Kyle at Kyle Racing that the stock CRF250 Showa suspension bits are a decent kit. Upgrading to Öhlins components would allow for the best tuning to your weight and usage (kyleusa. com). Be careful—peering down the rabbit hole you may easily spend more than if you just cheated and traded up to a WR250R ($6,699 MSRP) or even a Husky or KTM 350 ($10,499 and $10,399, respectively). But do it anyway because we want to see what you come up with.