The Honda CRF250 Rally motorcycle – revealed in March this year – could arguably be the most serious new adventure machine we've seen in ages, despite its diminutive 250cc capacity. And the latest patents from Honda hint that it could be going into production.
Based on the Honda CRF250L, the Honda CRF250 Rally adds styling straight from Honda's works Dakar racing motorcycle, the CRF450 Raly, but employs the simple, straightforward mechanical parts of the mass-manufactured Honda CRF250L.
So while it has the style and at least a chunk of the ability of the real Honda Dakar machine, it should be relatively cheap and easy to fix with readily available parts – an important consideration if you're heading for an off-road adventure ride. The new Honda design patents reveal a motorcycle that looks much the same as the Honda CRF250 Rally concept, but with several of the more exotic parts replaced with mass-produced items. The Honda CRF250 Rally concept featured a Renthal handlebar, a Mugen exhaust, Zeta levers and a Noguchi seat, while some CAD/CAM images use standard Honda parts where ever possible.
The exhaust system are now stock Honda CRF250L parts, as are the handlebar and mirrors, and even the seat appears to be the standard from the Honda CRF250L. The license plate hanger also differs from what was seen on the concept motorcycle and appears identical to the production Honda CRF250L.
What does remain is the Rally's styling and its enlarged 10-liter fuel tank, which replaces the 7.7 liter unit on the standard Honda CRF250L.
Even back in March when the concept motorcycle was unveiled at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show, the rumor in Japan hinted that the Honda CRF250 Rally was set to reach mass production. The new patents suggest there was truth in those rumors.