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2017 Honda CRF250L
2017 Honda CRF250L

2017 Honda CRF250L
2017 Honda CRF250L

2017 Honda CRF250L
2017 Honda CRF250L

2017 Honda CRF250L Review

2017 Honda CRF250L on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

Go anywhere…

With a light, slim package that’s able to easily maneuver through congested city streets, along with a confidence-inspiring seat height and suspension that deliver a fun and comfortable ride on rough tarmac and trails, the adaptable CRF250L is already an extremely popular dual-sport mode, and it benefits from a number of upgrades for 2017. Visually, it’s strikingly different thanks to new graphics that match those of the revolutionary 2017 CRF450R motocross machine. Technically, a 38mm throttle body (2mm up from 2016) combines with a revised airbox, reshaped air boot, new muffler design and a larger-diameter exhaust head pipe to provide improved response and better power in the low and midranges. There’s a new ECU as well, and the meter assembly, taillight and license-plate holder have all been updated as well.

All terrain conqueror.

Derived from years of racing experience with the legendary CRF-R and CRF-X Motocross and Enduro bikes, the dual-purpose CRF250L blends true off-road capability with real world, street legal practicality.

Get the right start

It’s time to grow your motorcycling adventure.

What makes the CRF250L so good in the dirt – Long travel suspension, low weight, narrow dimensions, nimble-steering chassis and crisp, responsive engine – also make it great around town, on rough roads and in busy traffic. Add Honda build quality, superb ergonomics, comprehensive digital dash and 7.7 litre fuel tank to the mix and the CRF250L is not just dual-purpose, it’s ready for anything.

Multi-role partner

One motorcycle, many possibilities.

Lightweight aluminium rims reduce unsprung weight making the bike easy to turn. The directly attached spoke pattern layout is taken from the CRF250R/CRF450R and benefits from extreme rigidity. Block pattern enduro-style tyres provide superb grip in a wide range of situations, but the rim sizes also make it possible to fit more off-road specific tyres, turning the CRF250L into a more focused machine.

Purposeful lines

The crisp styling takes cues from the legendary CRF competition range.

The aggressive-looking graphics get you noticed with minimalistic MX design. The slim fuel tank holds 7.7L, and combined with the comfortable, flat seat offers maximum control and choice of riding position. The digital instrument cluster contains a fuel meter, with built-in clock and twin trip functions. Added to the excellent build quality and engineering standards expected from Honda, the CRF250L is ready to conquer all terrains.

Honda’s 250cc class dual-sport motorcycle gets a number of important upgrades for the 2017 model year. This is a machine that’s more than ready to take on exciting 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, and changes for 2017 improve throttle response and increase power in the lower and midranges. 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 incredible 2017 CRF450R motocross bike, the CRF250L offers the full package, whether the day calls for low-cost transportation, a weekday commute or genuine dual-sport adventure.

Bikes Built To Do It All. And To Have Fun Doing It

We think motorcycles should be about getting out and enjoying the world around you. The sun, the smells, the wind, the weather. More reality and less virtual. And you know what’s even better? If you could find one bike that could do it all. Let you go exploring in the dirt. Zip along mountain roads. Commute to work every day. And even save you some money at the gas pump. Well, guess what—the CRF250L and new CRF250L Rally are going to be the perfect bikes for all those things.

First, the CRF250L: We’ve given it some great new updates for 2017. Some highlights: A larger throttle body improves the feel of the bike’s low- and mid-range power, as does the new muffler design, revised airbox, and larger diameter exhaust header. And check out its new graphic treatment, matched up to our CRF450R MX bike. The all-new CRF250L Rally gets the same updated engine as the standard 250L, but it also gets a larger fuel tank, totally new Dakar-style bodywork, handguards, a windscreen, skid plate and even more suspension travel. And both give you a great upright seating position that’s comfortable for longer rides, ideal for both urban traffic or out on the trail. They’re even available with optional ABS.


2017 Honda CRF250L www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Strong, confidence-inspiring power

Compact and sophisticated liquid-cooled DOHC 249 cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine produces smooth and consistent torque at low rpm, plus excellent high-rpm performance. The engine’s wide spread of power makes the CRF250L easy and confidence-inspiring to ride, while also returning impressive fuel economy.

Even better performance

Enhancements to the engine’s intake and exhaust systems for 2017 boost horsepower by a estimated full 10 percent while also increasing torque at low rpm, all without changing the CRF250L’s easy-to-ride nature.

Improved PGM-FI

The CRF250L’s Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system continuously monitors several variables to ensure the correct fuel mixture, thereby delivering optimal performance and remarkably crisp throttle response over a wide range of operating conditions. A larger throttle body and a longer air-intake tube for 2017 contribute to the engine’s significant power increase.

Smooth response

The PGM-FI system incorporates an Idle Air Control Valve (IACV) to smooth responses to small changes in throttle position.

Redesigned exhaust system

By changing the exhaust system’s header pipe to a tapered design from a straight shape, and altering the internal structure of the muffler, engineers were able to increase overall power and torque while also reducing weight.

Compact design

Extremely compact roller rocker arm design for the low-friction valve train allows the use of a smaller cylinder head.

Quieter operation

The crankshaft runs in plain bearings for quieter operation and the big end of the connecting rod spins in a needle bearing, both contributing to the engine’s high-performance credentials.

Less vibration

A gear-driven counterbalance shaft helps quell engine vibration for enhanced rider comfort. It’s located so close to the crankshaft that the balancer weight passes between the two crank weights to keep the engine as compact as possible while improving mass centralization.

Excellent stability & agility

Chassis developed specifically for the CRF250L provides an ideal combination of on-road stability and off-road agility.

Improved ride quality

Inverted Showa fork features revised settings for 2017 for even better ride quality on the street and in the dirt.

Excellent performance over rough terrain

Pro-Link single-shock rear suspension has been tweaked for 2017, improving both rider comfort and traction while maintaining the ample travel that helps make the CRF250L capable on the trail.

Outstanding stopping power

Front and rear disc brakes ensure strong and consistent stopping power.

Lightweight performance

Front 21-inch and rear 18-inch wheels boast lightweight aluminum rims.

Digital data at a glance

Upgraded digital multi-function instrument panel includes a fuel-level gauge and clock.

Secure storage

Lockable tool box is tucked away behind the left-side number plate.



2017 Honda CRF250L www.Totalmotorcycle.com 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.
•For 2017, a 38mm throttle body (up 2mm from 2016) combines with a revised airbox, reshaped air boot, new muffler design and a larger-diameter exhaust head pipe to provide improved response and better power in the low and midranges.
•New ECU.
•Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI).
•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 reduce vibrations for rider comfort.
•Electric start for easy starting.
•Lightweight aluminum crankcase.
•Maintenance-free CD ignition.
•Heavy-duty clutch offers smooth, progressive engagement.
•Smooth-shifting, versatile six-speed transmission.
•Heavy-duty O-ring–sealed chain for durability and reduced maintenance.
•Quiet, USDA-qualified spark arrester/muffler.
•Maintenance-free sealed battery.

•Chassis developed specifically for the CRF250L provides excellent handling and agility.
•Lightweight semi-double-cradle high-tensile steel frame.
•Strong 43mm inverted fork provides 9.8 inches of travel.
•Pro-Link single-shock rear suspension delivers 9.5 inches of rear-wheel travel.
•Tapered aluminum swingarm.
•Powerful wave-design 256mm front disc brake, and 220mm rear disc brake provide strong and consistent stopping power.
•Meter assembly, taillight and license-plate holder have all been updated for 2017.
•Strong, lightweight rims with straight-pull spokes.
•CRF450R-inspired bodywork and graphics.
•Front 21-inch wheel and 18-inch rear wheel with lightweight aluminum rims.
•Digital multifunction speedometer.
•Lockable toolbox.
•Motocross-style seat is low and comfortable and allows maximum rider movement.
•Durable front and rear steel sprockets.
•High-quality handlebar with comfortable grips.

Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

Honda Genuine Accessories
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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.
•Meets current CARB and EPA standards.
•Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.



2017 Honda CRF250L – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $5099 USD

Engine Type 249.6cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore And Stroke 76mm x 55mm
Induction PGM-FI, 38mm throttle body
Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic
Compression Ratio 10.7
Valve Train DOHC; four-valve
Transmission Six-speed
Final Drive #520 chain; 14T/40T
Front Suspension 43mm inverted fork; TBD inches travel
Rear Suspension Pro-Link® single shock with spring; 9.4 inches
Front Brake Single 256mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear Brake Single 220mm disc
Front Tire 3.00-21
Rear Tire 120/80-18
Rake 27°60′ (Caster Angle)
Trail 113mm (4.4 inches)
Wheelbase 56.9 inches
Seat Height 34.4 inches
Curb Weight 317.5 pounds
Fuel Capacity 2.1 gallons
Miles Per Gallon
TBD MPG – 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.
Ground Clearance 10.6 inches
Available Colors Red
Model ID CRF250LH
One Year Transferable, unlimited mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a
Honda Protection Plan.



2017 Honda CRF250L – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See dealer for pricing in CDN

Engine & Drivetrain
Engine Type
Liquid-cooled single-cylinder 4-stroke
249 cc
Bore & Stroke
76 mm x 55 mm
Compression Ratio
Valve Train
Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valves
Fuel Delivery
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection with 36 mm throttle body
Six-speed with manual clutch
Final Drive
#520 O-ring-sealed chain; 14T/40T
Chassis & Suspension
Front Suspension
43 mm Showa inverted fork; 222 mm (8.7 in.) travel
Rear Suspension
Pro-Link Showa single shock with spring preload adjustment; 240 mm (9.4 in.) travel
Additional Information
Front: 3.00-21 Rear: 120/80-18
Front: 256 mm dual hydraulic disc with two-piston caliper Rear: 220 mm hydraulic disc with one-piston caliper
Ground Clearance
255 mm (10 in.)
Seat Height
875 mm (34.4 in.)
1,445 mm (56.9 in.)
Curb Weight
146 kg (322 lbs.) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
Fuel Capacity
7.7 litres
Extreme Red
12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus


2017 Honda CRF250L – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £4399 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)


Bore × Stroke (mm) 76 × 55
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Engine Displacement (cc) 250
Engine Type (cm³) Liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC single cylinder
Max. Power Output 17kW / 8,500rpm
Max. Torque 22Nm / 7,000 rpm
Starter Electric


Brakes Front Hydraulic disc (256mm brake disc/2-piston caliper)
Brakes Rear Hydraulic disc (220mm brake disc/1-piston caliper)
Suspension Front Telescopic (inverted) 43mm diameter slide pipe
Suspension Rear Swing arm (Pro-Link suspension system) 40mm diameter cylinder
Tyre Size Front 3.00-21 51P
Tyre Size Rear 120/80-18 62P
Wheels Front Wire spoke(rim size: 21 x 1.60)
Wheels Rear Wire spoke(rim size: 18 x 2.15)

Dimensions and Weights

Battery Capacity (VAh) 12V 6Ah
Caster Angle 27.6°
Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm) 2195 x 815 x 1195
Frame type Semi-double cradle
Fuel Consumption 90.7 mpg (WMTC mode)
Ground Clearance (mm) 255
Kerb Weight (kg) 144
Seat Height (mm) 875
Trail (mm) 113
Wheelbase (mm) 1445


Clutch Wet, multiplate with coil springs
Final Drive Chain
Gearbox Constant mesh 6-speed return

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