Live & Let Ride
Lady riders: Go forth and multiply
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.