2013 Honda CRF250L vs. 2013 Kawasaki KLX250S - Video
Honda's all-new lightweight 250 shakes up the sleepy dual-sport class
But the KLX’s tremendously difficult starting thanks to the aging technology of a constant velocity carb was too much for us to look past this time around. A larger price tag of $5,099 didn’t help the Kawasaki’s case. The KLX makes its best proposition for someone who is interested in fitting an aftermarket exhaust, as then you’d be in the market for a jet kit anyway.
But stock to stock, Toms sums up this compare succinctly: “I'll forgo the KLX’s adjustable suspension, higher price and tach for the lesser price, fuel gauge and fuel injection of the CRF.”
The all-new CRF250L competes head-to-head with the Kawasaki in almost every respect, and then leaps ahead with the inclusion of fuel injection that isn’t just newer technology but is a clear benefit to the rider.
Icing the deal for the CRF is the fact that Honda bests the older 230’s $4999 price tag (2009) despite being an entirely new motorcycle from the now-gone CRF230L. Credit Honda’s Thailand factory for helping bring down its cost.
So, we prefer the Honda in this duel, but the real winner here is the 250cc dual-sport class customer.
|By the Numbers|
|Honda CRF250L||Kawasaki KLX250S|
|Engine Type||liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke||Four-stroke, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, four-valve single|
|Bore x Stroke||76mm x 55mm||72.0 x 61.2mm|
|Fueling||PGM-FI, 36mm throttle body||Keihin CVK34|
|Frame||semi-double cradle, steel||Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel|
|Final Drive||#520 Chain||Chain|
|Front Suspension||43mm inverted fork; 8.7 inches travel||43mm inverted cartridge fork with 16-way compression damping adjustment / 10.0 in.|
|Rear Suspension||Pro-Link single shock with spring; 9.4 inches travel||Uni-Trak with adjustable preload, 16-way compression and rebound damping adjustment / 9.1 in.|
|Front Brakes||Single 256mm disc with twin-piston caliper||250mm semi-floating petal disc with two-piston hydraulic caliper|
|Rear Brakes||Single 220mm disc||240mm petal disc with single-piston hydraulic caliper|
|Seat Height||34.7 in.||35.0 in.|
|Wheelbase||56.9 in||56.3 in|
|Curb Weight||320 lbs||297.7 lbs|
|Fuel Capacity||2.0 gallons||2.0 gallons|
|Available colors||Red||Lime Green, Bright White|
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