The popular Honda CRF250L dual-sport has been updated for 2017. Visually, new graphics match the Honda CRF450R motocross bike. Technically, the liquid-cooled, PGM-FI fuel-injected 249.6cc single-cylinder engine gets a larger 38mm throttle body (up 2mm) along with new version of the PGM-FI and a new ECU, redesigned airbox, reshaped air boot, new exhaust muffler and larger diameter exhaust header to provide improved response and power in the low and midranges.
The meter assembly, taillight and license plate holder have all been updated as well.
They also unveiled a new adventure-focused model, the 2017 Honda CRF250L Rally, which is inspired by the factory CRF450 Rally that’s raced in the Dakar by Team HRC.
Compared to the standard Honda CRF250L it’s based on, the CRF250L Rally has longer-travel suspension, larger disc brakes, a rally-style fairing and windscreen, a larger fuel tank and a taller seat height. Its 249.6cc single-cylinder engine gets the same updates as the standard Honda CRF250L, and it is available at the regular Honda dealers.
Honda Thailand also pulled the wraps off its new 2017 Honda Rebel 500, a entry-level cruiser roadster that show how serious Honda is about attracting new riders to the sport. Based on the 471cc parallel-twin engine used for the CB(R)500 series, the motorcycle are a mix of old- and new-school style, with aggressively raked front ends and fat tires on 16-inch wheels.
Riding positions are relaxed and neutral, with arms gently outstretched and feet dropping straight down to mid-mounted foot pegs, and the Honda Rebel 500 is available standard with ABS.