2013 Honda CRF250L First Look

May 30, 2012
JC Hilderbrand
JC Hilderbrand
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Hilde is holding down the fort at MotoUSA’s Southern Oregon HQ. With world-class dirt bike and ATV trails just minutes away, the hardest part is getting him to focus on the keyboard. Two wheels or four, it doesn’t matter to our Off-Road Editor so long as it goes like hell in the dirt.

2013 Honda CRF250L Specifications
2013 Honda CRF250L First Look
Engine: DOHC, 4-valve, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Single
Displacement: 249.4cc
Bore/Stroke: 76mm x 55mm
Fueling: PGM-FI, 36mm throttle body
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Compression Ratio: 10.7:1
Transmission: 6-speed
Final Drive: #520 chain; 14T/40T
Front Suspension: 43mm inverted fork; 8.7 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Pro-Link® single shock with spring preload adjustability; 9.4 inches travel
Front Brake: Single 256mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Rear Brake: Single 220mm disc, 1-piston caliper
Front Tire: 3.00-21
Rear Tire: 120/80-18
Rake: 27-degrees
Trail: 113mm
Wheelbase: 56.9 inches
Seat Height: 34.7 inches
Curb Weight: 320 pounds (claimed)
Fuel Capacity: 2.0 gallons
Ground Clearance: 10.0 inches

Good news for American dual sport riders; Honda has decided to import the 2013 CRF250L after omitting it from the 2012 American lineup. This is a major step up from the CRF230L, which has remained on dealership floors as a 2009 model. The 250 is a full-size DS motorcycle with a 34.7-inch seat height (compared to the 230’s 31.9-inch saddle). Honda sourced the engine from the popular CBR250R street bike, a pleasant 249.4cc single-cylinder with dual overhead cams, four valves, fuel injection and liquid cooling. It delivers power through a six-speed transmission with chain drive and 14/40 final gearing.

Big Red engineers stuffed the powerplant into a new chassis designed for on/off-road use. Wheelbase is 56.9 inches and ground clearance is 10 inches, slightly higher than the 230 thanks to new suspension. The fork is an inverted 43mm unit with 8.7 inches of travel. Honda’s Pro-Link shock offers 9.4 inches of range and is also preload adjustable. Even though the suspension components are not fully adjustable and relatively low-cost, the rear end still sports an extra three inches of travel to make off-road work enjoyable. Claimed curb weight is 320 pounds with a 2.0-gallon tank of fuel.

Honda gives the CRF250L a sleek design with red and white bodywork that ties in with the existing motocross family. Not only is the new bike exciting news, but the MSRP is even lower than the old 230L ($4499 vs. $4999). Check out the 2012 Honda CRF250L First Look for more technical information.

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