Well proven, the CRF250L’s tough steel frame and long travel Showa suspension remain unchanged, but new bodywork draws its influence from the minimalism for the CRF450R MX for a sharper, slimmed-down look. The digital dash displays the tachometer and fuel gauge and ABS is fitted as standard, with the option of disengaging it for the rear brake.
Although unchanged for 2019, the 249cc engine boasts strong bottom-end torque and peak power, after upgrades in 2017 to PGM-FI, throttle body and airbox.
The CRF250L is a true small capacity all-rounder, and as such is built so form and function seamlessly intertwine. Its slim width not only helps it in traffic, but also off-road where the smooth seat/tank interface also allows the rider to transfer their weight freely.
Cohesively laid out, the digital dash features a speedometer, tachometer plus fuel gauge and clock. The rear light, indicators and number plate bracket are compact and tuck neatly out of harm’s way.
The 7.8L (including 1.8L reserve) fuel tank delivers class-leading range: with fuel consumption from the engine of 33.3km/l (WMTC mode), over 250km is possible. The flat filler cap is hinged for convenience.
For 2019, the CRF250L comes finished in new ‘stealth’ black in addition to Honda’s Extreme Red racing colour with graphicalaccents drawn directly from HRC’s factory machines.