Hot on the heels of its popular new Africa Twin model introduced last year comes a lighter-weight adventure-focused motorcycle from Honda, the CRF250L Rally. The Rally is based on the updated-for-2017 CRF250L and inspired by the factory CRF450 Rally machine raced in the Dakar by Team HRC.


Up front, the rally-type “floating” screen, fairing and radiator shrouds provide wind protection, while the asymmetric headlights and turn signals are of the LED variety. The Rally features a digital dash including a fuel gauge and tachometer, long-travel suspension, and a single large floating front disc with switchable ABS. A 2.7 gallon fuel tank is claimed, offering an extra 0.6 gallons above the regular CRF250L’s tank.

A bump in power is promised via a larger throttle body, revised airbox and a wider exhaust header, with Big Red claiming ”solid bottom-end torque coupled with substantial top-end power.”

“We’re pleased to announce this exciting new CRF250L Rally for 2017,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “Adventure touring continues to grow in popularity, and our customers have shown that small-displacement motorcycles can be extremely effective in this application, whether that means making epic journeys or the daily urban commute. We really wanted to build on the capabilities of the CRF250L and open up new opportunities for riders both young and old, and the CRF250 Rally brings the spirit of rally-raid racing to every ride.”

The CRF250L Rally will come in Red/Black/White for $5,899, and will be available in March of next year. Full specifications are below.

2017 Honda CRF250L Updates

Along with the 250L Rally is a revised CRF250L for the 2017 model year. It includes the engine mods given to the Rally, plus new graphics, ECU and instruments. It will retail for $5,099 when it hits dealers next March.

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2017 Honda CRF250L Rally 2017 Honda CRF250L
Engine Type Liquid-cooled, Single, DOHC Liquid-cooled, Single, DOHC
Engine Displacement 250cc 250cc
No. of Valves per Cylinder 4 4
Bore x Stroke (mm) 76.0 x 55.0 76.0 x 55.0
Compression Ratio 10.7:1 10.7:1
Max. Power Output 24.4 hp at 8500 rpm 24.4 hp at 8500 rpm
Max. Torque 16.7 lb-ft at 6750 rpm 16.7 lb-ft at 6750 rpm
Oil Capacity 0.5 gallons 0.5 gallons
Carburation PGM-FI PGM-FI
Fuel Tank Capacity 2.7 gallons 2.0 gallons
Fuel Consumption 78.3 mpg 78.3 mpg
Starter Electric Electric
Battery Capacity 12V-7AH 12V-7AH
ACG Output 324W / 5000rpm 324W / 5000rpm
Clutch Type Wet multiplate hydraulic Wet multiplate hydraulic
Transmission Type 6-speed 6-speed
Final Drive Chain Chain
Chassis Type Steel Twin Tube Steel Twin Tube
Dimensions (LxWxH) 87.0 in. x 35.4 in. x 56.1 in. 86.4 in. x 32.1 in. x 47.0 in.
Wheelbase 57.3 in. 56.9 in.
Caster Angle 28.1° 27.6°
Trail 4.5 in. 4.4 in.
Seat Height 35.2 in. 34.4 in.
Ground Clearance 10.6 in. 10.0 in.
Kerb Weight 346 pounds (claimed) 322 pounds (claimed)
Turning radius 7.5 ft. 7.5 ft.
Front Suspension 43mm telescopic uUpside-down fork 43mm telescopic upside-down fork
Rear Suspension Prolink Prolink
Front Wheel 21 inch 21 inch
Rear Wheel 18 inch 18 inch
Tyres Front 3.00-21 51P 3.00-21 51P
Tyres Rear 120/80-18M/C 62P 120/80-18M/C 62P
ABS System Type 2 channel
Instruments Digital Digital
Headlight LED Bulb
Taillight Bulb Bulb

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  • Gabriel Owens

    My next bike. For sure. Hope honda sells millions of them

  • novemberjulius

    I like it.

  • Old MOron

    Yamaha’s WR250R has ruled this roost for a while now, right?
    Time for a shootout!

  • Starmag

    Only $800 more than the base seems like a great deal.

  • TheMarvelous1310

    Okay, as a Harley guy who still freaks out a bit when passing or passed by large vehicles, I seriously can’t concieve of riding a bike this small on any highway, freeway or interstate! Any MOrons ever travel across state on a 250 enduro/moto? Is it as awful as I think it is?

    Anyway, I see this being more popular with the urban motocross fan who lives by a decent trail than the long trekker who might run out of road before he reaches his rest stop, and I hope they market it appropriately.

    • Peter Jowett

      I ride my CRF to work year round, surface streets and yes – gasp – highways. Sure they’re twitchier than a big bike, but the benefits are huge. Less weight, less cost to run and insure, cheap to fix, and the confidence to go anywhere, any time. The Rally version looks SWEET. Might have to pass my 2015 on down to my wife. She’s been looking to upgrade from her CRf230 (also a great bike).

    • Jay F

      Now imagine taking your state motorcycle licensing test on your Harley all day. Imagine taking it on dirt trails and having to pick it up 10 times in a half hour. Or better yet, imagine doing the Trans America Trail (TAT) on something like that. This bike would dominate even my VStrom when the off-road portion gets anything more than 2 track trails.
      These bikes are capable of doing slab, but just to get you from one trail to the next. If your tracks/off-roading is any distance then it’s recommended you get the Africa Twin, which you could essentially ride comfortably around the world. Slab, off road, twisties, through creeks you name it.

    • Mustapha Greenberg

      Marvelous Harley Guy– This chic is traveling the world on a 250 CC bike!

    • PoliticallyIncorrect

      I have ridden my 2014 CRF250L on the freeway to work and back, with some mods its not bad. Not something you want to do for hours though!