Live & Let Ride

Lady rid­ers: Go forth and mul­ti­ply

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To de-stress, rid­ers liv­ing in ur­ban cen­ters are stretch­ing their trav­els to ar­eas where roads come to an end. Ad­ven­ture bikes thus con­tinue to thrive on the mar­ket, and we’re see­ing more of them both on and off the road.

One of the lat­est ad­di­tions to the ranks of off-road war­rior in the lo­cal mo­tor­cy­cle scene is the Honda CRF250 Rally. Tall and mighty, this street-le­gal but race-in­spired dirt bike in­stantly draws the at­ten­tion not only of mo­tocross rid­ers but also of those who sim­ply want a taste of what it’s like to play on sandy, rocky, or muddy ar­eas. The 249.6cc sin­gle-cylin­der, liq­uid-cooled, four-stroke en­gine is more than ready to bail you out of any sticky sit­u­a­tion. Squeeze the throt­tle to the fullest ex­tent, and you’ll get to ex­pe­ri­ence the en­gine’s prow­ess.

Aside from the Dakar Rally-style wind­shield, as well as the body­work and fas­cia that are very sim­i­lar to those of the Team Mon­ster En­ergy Honda CRF450 Rally bike, the im­proved sus­pen­sion en­sures you have the right to take on any river cross­ing at any given time. The sys­tem in­cludes a longer fork (non-ad­justable) and a Pro-Link sin­gleshock rear sus­pen­sion, com­ple­mented by skid plates and stan­dard hand guards. To sur­vive rocky trails, the bike rolls on a 21in tire in front and 18in at the rear.

Of note, this 144kg bike has a seat height that mea­sures 89.4cm (35.2in), and you’ll have to be at least a six-footer to be able to set­tle both your feet flat on the ground; oth­er­wise, you’ll need to mas­ter the one-foot bal­anc­ing act to keep this bike from top­pling over. On the plus side, sell­ing price is pegged at P284,900—def­i­nitely not as tow­er­ing as the bike’s stance.

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