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    New Honda CRF250 Rally.

    The new Honda CRF250 Rally looks very interesting. Will be keen to try one out on a test ride, when they become available this year. Yes a bigger engine, like a 450 would be nice, but that probably not going to happen. At least the servicing is better than a full on competition engine, like the CRF endure and motoX bikes.

    This may tempt me back to a road bike again, with the chance of some green lane riding as well. Looks nice and quite well specked, with proper off road abs, which can be turned off. The 250 engine doesn't really bother me, as not bothered about speed anymore. Look forward to seeing it in the flesh and hopefully getting a test ride.


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    They had one at the NEC and it looked like a nice bit of kit
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    Only downside is it's quite heavy for a 250.
    Which could be a problem picking it up off road.
    Your Right a 450 version would be a great bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazzle View Post
    Only downside is it's quite heavy for a 250.
    Which could be a problem picking it up off road.
    Your Right a 450 version would be a great bike
    But wouldn't that be even heavier??


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    It is quite heavy for a 250, but I guess it's a trade off from using the road based engine, but that gives you the reliability and long service intervals. Not sure on price yet, but hopefully not too much more than a CRF250L.

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    I like the look of that a lot.

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    I had a CRF 250L which was great to begin with when I started going off road but after a whiile I wated more power. Having a 390 Duke at the same time, I often thought that if the 390 engine could be fitted the CRF it would be perfect.

    I changed the CRF for a 690 Enduro a few months ago but now learn KTM are developing a 400 whch I thnk would be perfect so maybe somthing for the future

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    With a big bore head and a cbr300r crank, cam, Ecu and throttle body, you can get 325cc and 35 bhp. Junk the standard heavyweight silencer and put some decent tyres and drop the gearing to a 13-42 and it would be pretty tasty. Apparently there's a complete kit available in Asia. Or just put the 305 big bore kit, silencer, tun box and get around 28 horses. It's not going to be fast, but plenty for what's intended to do. 90mpg with a 3.3 gallon tank, so 70mpg would probably be reasonably easy, that's plenty in the uk, the yanks might winge though ;0).

    Can't see a 450 version coming, as Honda don't have a suitable road engine, unless they use the 500 twin. Otherwise it would require a new engine and Honda would only put that sort of investment into a 450 rally if they thought it would convert to big sales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timaloy View Post
    I like the look of that a lot.
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    Honda CRF250 Rally

    Just acquired one for the weekend, quite like it really, yes woefully underpowered but not dissimilar to a standard old air cooled Xr 250. Suspension on the softer side and non adjustable. It sits fairly happily at 60-65 mph but eventually 80 was seen and still revs to go.. I would certainly change the gearing a bit lower and def change the exhaust system when available to un choke it. I really think it could be a great machine, you have to remember it is a 250 and as such it's is quite refined, nice touches, rally type display, fuel gauge, trips, digi rev counter, clock etc. Switchable abs works easily. Cracking bike for exploring the back lanes and trails and when accessories for luggage come on line it is a nice not so little package.
    Made in Thailand and is very well put together IMHO, it certainly is growing on me.
    Hopefully have a play on a few green lanes later today to check its ability, I'm sure it will handle most stuff quite well, it's no enduro, lots of style over substance but I like it...there is a lowering link available which would help the shorter stature.
    At £5399 a touch pricey but it will start every time and if well looked after should stand the rigours of time. D.I.D. Rims, lots of stainless fasteners, a great package for those not wanting a hard enduro, just a pleasant ride on the back lanes...
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    Excellent write up Steve hoping to have a spin on one today, if I have time. Haven't ridden a road bike since I sold my 1200 adv quite a few years ago now, so not sure how a 250 is going to feel, I know it won't be quick, but for what I want to use it for, it should be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shedracer View Post
    Haven't ridden a road bike since I sold my 1200 adv quite a few years ago now, so not sure how a 250 is going to feel, I know it won't be quick, but for what I want to use it for, it should be fine.
    Didn't you miss it or are you riding more Trials now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyBoxer View Post
    Didn't you miss it or are you riding more Trials now?

    On the same wavelength

    Don't really miss it, but the CRF250 Rally has got me interested in doing some green lanes and generally exploring those small back roads.

    Still doing Trials, although my RTL is in a thousand bits at the moment!

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    Had the CRF250L when they came out, commute and took offroad once and it did fine even on the original shitty tyres. The only issue I had was clearance , the bashplate bottomed out a few times and yes it was heavy trying to lift out of a rut.
    Think the rally might be taller but it means you could ride distance to the trails then ride home providing you haven't wrecked it. They do seem tough especially the engine which is very reliable.
    Sold mine to a guy who had a 390 which kept breaking down to the point where he was close to loosing his job for being late regularly, all big stuff too crank sensor was the last straw @ 6m old
    not knocking ktm's especially as I have just done my wedge on one but my RC8 was the same 6 years ago, I am hoping they have improved

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    seems a bit of an oddball, in that you could forgive the weight because it's got fairings and more capable of distance over an enduro bike etc, but it has a 250 engine, which isn't ideal for long trips on tarmac so you're not likely to ride it far, to then go and ride trails. As a comparison the 2017 KTM 250 is 100kg, ready to go but no fuel, so its about 50kg's heavier than the KTM. Looks great though just a bit niche perhaps
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    I like the look of these a lot. I could be tempted to swap my WR for one.

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