Honda’s brand new dual-purpose lite sets off

Honda Motor Southern Africa today announced a new model to their motorcycle line up. The brand new CRF250L, “a dual-purpose, multi role motorcycle”.

According to Honda most important, and a driving force for the engineers working to deliver a multi-faceted motorcycle, was to produce something that could connect many people to Honda, and help them realize their dreams in a way that only a motorcycle can. Honda says the CRF250L is that motorcycle.

The CRF250L is a full dual-purpose motorcycle. Its dimensions, ergonomics, low weight, long-travel 43mm Showa USD forks and Pro-link rear suspension make it equally at home on city streets or country trails. The single-cylinder engine provides useful power and torque across a wide rev range, with excellent fuel economy.

A first for Honda in a single-cylinder off-road engine is the crank journal. It employs a half-split, press-fit metal bearing while the crank bearing uses a cast-iron bush. The net result of this new design reduces weight and makes for a smoother engine; it strengthens the rigidity of the case housing and minimizes the internal diameter change due to thermal expansion. A primary balance shaft further reduces vibration. The new six-speed gearbox and clutch were designed in conjunction and strengthened to cope with the extra stress off-road riding can produce.

The CRF250L will be available at dealers across SA from 20 August 2012.
Price – R39 900

You can also have a look at the little thumper at the annual AMID Bike show in Johanneburg, 24-26 August 2012.


CRF250L – Specification


Engine Type liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC single cylinder
Engine Displacement 250 cc
Max. Power Output 17.0/8500 kW/rpm
Max. Torque 22.0/7000 Nm/rpm
 Fuel consumption 32.1km/L*  Honda in-house measurement
Oil capacity 1.8 L
Rev limit 10500 (rpm)
Starter Self-starter
Carburation Programmed fuel injection system (PGM-FI)
Clutch Wet multiplate with coil springs
Final Drive Chain
Gearbox / transmission type Constant mesh 6-speed return
Dimensions and Weight
Kerb Weight 144 kg
Maximum allowable weight/load carrying 159 kg
Fuel Capacity 7.7 L
Length x Width x Height 2.195×0.815×1.195 m
Wheelbase 1.445 m
Seat Height 0.875 m
Ground Clearance 0.255 m
Wheels, Suspension and Brakes
Brakes Front Hydraulic disk (256-mm brake disc/2-piston caliper)
Wheels Front Wire Spoke (Rim size : 21 X 1.60)
Brakes Rear Hydraulic disk (220-mm brake disc/1-piston caliper)
Wheels Rear Wire Spoke (Rim size : 18 X 2.15)
Suspension Front Telescopic (Inverted) 43mm diameter slide pipe
Front wheel travel 250 mm
Suspension Rear Swing arm (Pro-link suspension system) 40mm diameter cylinder
Rear wheel travel 240 mm

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