The Honda CRF250 has an all-steel frame that mimics the cool aluminum ones on Honda's competition motocross motorcycles, and the 43mm inverted forks and alloy swingarm look like they know what they're doing, too. Specifications tell us the seat height is 881mm, but I liked the Honda CRF250L right away when I found my 762mm legs could climb on without the need to jump. And once I was in place with suspension compressed, ground contact was easy.
The Honda CRF250L suspension engineers have done a good job with the CRF250L 248mm front and 238mm rear of suspension travel, and the claimed 145 kilogram (including full petrol tank) the Honda CRF250L maintained controlled, over some rough forest roads at a moderate pace.
The Honda CRF250L is not a competition motorcycle, but some pretty competitive fast guys weren't holding that against it as they did a test ride on our bike. In fact, I'd been on same forest road not so long ago on a real off-road motorcycle with huge knobbies tires, and I have to say I didn't feel to much less in control of the Honda CRF250L on its dual-purpose IRC 'Foot Loose' GP-21/22 tires. About the only thing the Honda CRF250L lacks is the low-rpm grunt some the other 250cc dual-sport motorcycles have. On the other hand the clutch is really light, and the 6-speed gearbox is smooth, so downshifting to get it on the powertrain again is no problem. The Honda CRF250L like to rev.
Out of the forest and on to rural country roads, there's nothing more fun than a light dual-sport motorcycle like the Honda CRF250L. And with the upright riding position, a wide handlebars, revvy engine, and 145 kilogram weight, the Honda CRF250L is an easy to ride motorcycle to ride in the busy city.Tag: HondaCRF250L250ccDual-SportSingle-CylinderOff-RoadSmall-Capacity-BIkeReview