2013 Honda CRF250L
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2013 Honda CRF250L Review
2013 Honda CRF250L
Motorcycling’s New MVP.
With the CRF250L, Honda reintroduces the concept of a 250-class dual-sport motorcycle. This is a machine that’s more than ready to take on some serious off-road challenges without giving up street-riding accommodations. The compact and sophisticated liquid-cooled DOHC 249cc single-cylinder four-stroke powerplant produces smooth and consistent torque at low rpm to aid off-road work, yet the short-stroke engine also spins up excellent high-rpm performance for the street. All through the rev range, the CRF250L pumps out a well-balanced and very capable level of power, along with excellent fuel economy. Its off-road-oriented chassis, which includes a long-travel 43mm inverted fork and single-shock Pro-Link rear suspension, makes it equally at home on city streets or country trails. And with styling cues carried over from Honda’s legendary CRF® motocross bikes, the CRF250L offers the full package, whether the day calls for low-cost transportation, a weekday commute or genuine dual-sport adventure.
The CRF250L is an awesome dual-sport machine that adds off-road capability to its on-road prowess. The CRF250L gives you a great upright seating position that’s comfortable for longer rides, perfect for seeing your way through an urban traffic snarl or getting out on the trail. And if your town doesn’t have enough money to fix those potholes or pavement patches, the CRF250L’s long-travel suspension is built to handle them no problem.
Sure, the new CRF250L is super practical, offering great fuel economy. But even that’s small potatoes compared to how much fun per gallon you’ll have riding one. The new Honda CRF250L just plain makes sense. When are you going to get yours?
Power To The People!
We equipped the CRF250L with a fuel-injected single-cylinder engine that features an electric starter, double-overhead cams and a counterbalancer. Why? Because when you put it all together, you end up with a bike that delivers consistent rider-friendly power, plenty of mid-range torque and loads of confidence.
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Looking for a nice, comfortable, neutral seating position that isn’t too hunched over or too laid back? The CRF250L has you covered. It’s a perfect balance that puts you in the right position to see what’s going on in traffic, yet comfortable for a long trail ride too! In short, it just plain makes sense—just like the CRF250L!
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Less Pain at the Pump.
Sure, the CRF250L is a ton of fun. But here’s something that makes it even better: Awesome fuel economy. Maneuverable, narrow, and thrifty. Which means fill-ups are fewer, further between, and a lot less costly.
New dual-purpose, multi-role motorcycle: sharp on the street, fun on the dirt
The essence of what makes a true dual-purpose motorcycle has long been in Honda’s DNA. In the late 1970s the XL250S was launched, a bike providing genuine on-road usability with excellent off-road performance. The entire XL range that followed became legendary, and proved that bolting an economical and easy-to-use single-cylinder four-stroke engine into a competent chassis, created a bike that was useful, versatile and, as riders the world over found, fun.
Exhaustive discussions within Honda R&D took place about the creation of a brand new dual-purpose machine. The company’s long history – in off-road competition and dual-purpose machinery – was a useful touchstone when development of the bike first began, and inspired the team that worked on it from the outset.
Looking to the needs of customers came first. While some riders insist upon competition-level off-road performance, many others value ease of use, practicality and convenience. For weekday, urban use they wanted a tough, practical bike with cutting-edge off-road style. But, come the weekend, it needed to provide a ticket to ride, wherever they wanted to go, on or off-road.
Honda’s new dual-purpose platform was always viewed by its development engineers with global perspective, as a bike for the whole world. It not only needed a powerful and frugal engine, its chassis also had to have a broad and capable range. The bike was to be affordable, offering high quality and outstanding value for money, with low overall running costs a priority.
Perhaps most important, and a driving force for the engineers working exhaustively to deliver such a multi-faceted motorcycle, was to produce something that could connect many people to Honda, and help them realise their dreams in a way that only a motorcycle can.
The CRF250L is that motorcycle.
The CRF250L is a 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. The crisp styling takes cues from the legendary CRF competition range, and, as expected from Honda, both build quality and engineering standard is high.
The key phrase used throughout CRF250L development was: “…to make ‘On’ (daily life) more convenient and ‘Off’ (weekends) more enjoyable!”
2013 Honda CRF250L Features and Benefits
– Compact and sophisticated liquid-cooled DOHC 249cc single-cylinder four-stroke powerplant produces smooth and consistent torque at low rpm, plus excellent high-rpm performance.
– Programmable Fuel Injection (PGM-FI).
– New, extremely compact roller rocker arm design for the low-friction valve train allows the use of a smaller cylinder head.
– Gear-driven counterbalancer shaft helps quell vibrations for rider comfort.
– Brand-new chassis developed specifically for the CRF250L provides excellent stability and agility.
– Strong 43mm inverted fork provides 9.8 inches of travel.
– Pro-Link® single-shock rear suspension delivers 9.4 inches of rear-wheel travel.
– Front and rear disc brakes for strong and consistent stopping power.
– Front 21-inch wheel and 18-inch rear wheel with lightweight aluminum rims.
– Digital multi-function speedometer.
– Lockable tool box.
Honda Genuine Accessories†
– Cycle Cover
† WARRANTY: Because we’re so confident in the quality of each of our Honda Genuine accessories, we’re pleased to offer one of the best warranties in the industry. One-year warranty begins on the day accessories are purchased by the customer.
2013 Honda CRF250L Key Features
The CRF250L’s lightweight and compact liquid-cooled single-cylinder 249cc DOHC engine produces smooth and consistent torque at low rpm, aiding rear wheel traction and rider feel. Equally, the short stroke (76x55mm) engine’s high rpm performance is excellent; throughout its rev range and provides well-balanced and very usable power delivery.
To create a tractable engine across such a broad rev range, much research and development effort went into the intake and exhaust system. The ideal internal dimensions were found for the throttle body and exhaust pipe, both in terms of diameter and length. A new design of viscous air filter and large 5.7L air box has been employed to maximize airflow.
The CRF250L engine team came up with a new and extremely compact roller/rocker arm design for the low-friction valve train. This in turn allowed the use of a smaller cylinder head. An iridium spark plug, along with precise metering of fuel from the PGM-FI injection system, further enhances combustion efficiency and improves environmental credentials.
Reducing internal frictional losses, the CRF250L engine uses an offset cylinder while the piston itself incorporates a special surface material, plus a molybdenum coating. The oil pump features an internal relief structure that prevents aeration of relieved oil.
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 riding off-road can produce.
The cooling system uses a 10.7 kW heat-release radiator, sited on the left of the bike, protected with a polypropylene grill baffled to improve airflow. A thin guide-ring cooling fan is used to maintain even temperatures at low speeds, either in congested traffic or tricky off-road situations.
To deal with Euro III emissions regulations an O2 Lambda sensor works in conjunction with a secondary air injection system. The catalyzer is sited inside the tapered exhaust muffler.
With the versatility demanded of the CRF250L from the outset, a brand new frame evolved to house the new engine. Constructed from steel, the twin oval-section main spars and semi-double cradle provide the strength needed for off-road riding. The slim, round-section steel bolt-on sub-frame supports two adults plus a 5kg load. Guards are situated above the rider’s foot pegs to protect the frame from boot scuffs.
A wheelbase of 1,445mm is matched to a 27.6°’ rake with 113mm trail, giving excellent stability and agility.
The 43mm Showa inverted fork is incredibly rigid, with performance perfectly honed throughout its 250mm stroke for use over a wide range of terrain and speeds. Pro-Link rear suspension features a 240mm axle stroke; the Showa shock absorber is a single tube design with 40mm diameter cylinder. The tapered aluminium swingarm incorporates a monoblock casting; a method that allows for production of intricate shapes. It provides the correct rigidity balance while ensuring strength, and reducing un-sprung mass. Extruded aluminium is used for the chain adjustment collar.
The front brake uses a single 256mm disc gripped by a two-piston caliper, the rear, a 220mm disc with single-piston caliper. Braking has been tuned to offer excellent feel with a high level of controllability. The lightweight discs feature a wave design – taken directly from the CRF250R/CRF450R – with exceptional self-cleaning abilities in adverse conditions.
Lightweight aluminium rims further reduce un-sprung mass. The directly attached spoke pattern layout is taken from the CRF250R/CRF450R and benefits from extreme rigidity. Block pattern enduro-style tyres (front: 3.00-21 51P, rear: 120/80-18 62P) provide traction in a wide range of riding situations. The 21 inch front wheel and 18 inch rear increase stability on rough terrain and allow the fitment of more off-road specific tyres if required.
The CRF250L’s digital instrument cluster contains a fuel meter, with built-in clock and twin trip functions. The headlight visor provides visual CRF-inspired styling, protects the instruments and houses an H4 60W/55 bulb.
Overall styling of the CRF250L owes much to the elements of the competition CRF-R range, incorporating principles of mass centralization and triangular proportion. Ergonomic considerations were also a key factor, as the bike is required to perform, handle well, and be comfortable in a wide variety of conditions. The braced handlebar provides an upright and relaxed riding position, with plenty of leverage for bike control, and a 45° turning angle either side give a tight turning circle which is useful for dealing with urban traffic or tight trails.
The slim fuel tank holds 7.7L, and combined with the comfortable, flat seat offers maximum control and choice of riding position. A compact, lockable toolbox is sited at the base of the rear fender.
2013 Honda CRF250L – USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $4,499 USD
Engine Type: 249.4cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore and Stroke: 76mm x 55mm
Compression ratio: 10.7:1
Valve Train: DOHC; four-valve
Induction: PGM-FI, 36mm throttle body
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Final Drive: #520 chain; 14T/40T
Front: 43mm inverted fork; 8.7 inches travel
Rear: Pro-Link single shock with spring preload adjustability; 9.4 inches travel
Front: Single 256mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear: Single 220mm disc
Wheelbase: 56.9 inches
Rake (Caster angle): 27°35′
Trail: 113mm (4.4 inches)
Seat Height: 34.7 inches
Ground Clearance: 10.0 inches
Fuel Capacity: 2.0 gallons
Estimated Fuel Economy**: 77 MPG
Curb Weight*: 320 pounds
*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride.
**Honda’s fuel-economy estimates are based on EPA exhaust emission measurement test procedures and are intended for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride; how you maintain your vehicle; weather; road conditions; tire pressure; installation of accessories; cargo, rider and passenger weight; and other factors.
Meets current CARB and EPA standards.
2013 Honda CRF250L – Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: TBA CDN
2013 Honda CRF250L – Europe/UK Specifications/Technical Details
European MSRP Price: See dealer for Pricing.
UK RRP: £TBA (Prices are recommended and inclusive of VAT @ 20% and delivery)
Engine Type liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC single cylinder
Engine Displacement 250cc
Compression Ratio 10.7
Max. Power Output 17.0/8500 kW/rpm (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque 22.0/7000 Nm/min (95/1/EC)
Fuel consumption 32.1km/L (90.4mpg)* (WMTC mode?Class3-1) Honda in-house measurement
Oil capacity 1.8L
Ignition Full-transistor battery ignition
Ignition timing 10° (idling)
Rev limit 10500 (rpm)
Carburation Programmed fuel injection system (PGM-FI)
Idle speed 1450±100 (rpm)
Bore & Stroke 76.0Ã—55.0 mm
Battery Capacity 12V 6Ah (10HR)
ACG Output 0.34 kW/5,000 rpm
Spark plug type SIMR8A9 (NGK)
Throttle bore 36mm
Clutch Wet multiplate with coil springs
Final Drive Chain
Primary reduction 2.807
Gear ratios 2.857
Gearbox / transmission type Constant mesh 6-speed return
Frame type Semi-double cradle
Caster Angle 27.6°
Turning radius 2.3m
Dimensions and Weight
Kerb Weight 144kg
Maximum allowable weight/load carrying 159kg
Fuel Capacity 7.7L
Length x Width x Height 2.195Ã—0.815Ã—1.195 m
Seat Height 0.875m
Ground Clearance 0.255m
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)
Tyres Front 3.00-21 51P
Brakes Rear Hydraulic disk (220-mm brake disc/1-piston caliper)
Wheels Rear Wire Spoke?(Rim size : 18 X 2.15)
Tyres Rear 120/80-18 62P
Suspension Front Telescopic (Inverted) 43mm diameter slide pipe
Front wheel travel 250mm
Suspension Rear Swing arm (Pro-link suspension system) 40mm diameter cylinder
Rear wheel travel 240mm
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.
2013 Honda CRF250L – Australia Specifications/Technical Details
Australia MSRP Price: $TBA AU