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2013 Honda CRF250L First Look

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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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Poncho167   June 15, 2012 10:23 AM
Still too much weight
wildgoose   June 14, 2012 05:34 PM
Gonna buy one for sure. To the guys cryin about the its weight, it is a wet weight not dry like claimed by other manufactures. Still why didnt honda cover the frame with the skid plate?
Poncho167   June 5, 2012 04:54 PM
That weight is way too much for a 250. It should be no more than 275 lbs. I don't recall the weight, but my XL350R was somewhere around 275, maybe less dry weight that is.
dirtbiker2093   June 5, 2012 10:48 AM
I like the Honda, but if any Honda Officials are reading this, I would like a dual sport CRF 450. Take a look at the KTM, and all the other European bikes, 350cc, 450cc and higher. If Honda would offer a CRF 450 dual sport, I would buy two of them today.
gregp   June 5, 2012 10:26 AM
I really like this bike, for commuting and casual to semi-aggressive trail riding, but the 320 lb weight is a detractor. Certainly it is not meant to compete with a KTM EXCF, but the weight should still be much less than it is. I still may buy one, though, if I can keep my KDX200 as well.....
Piglet2010   June 1, 2012 07:43 PM
I want one! However, I would prefer the all white version that Europe is getting, or an all black option. And a CRF250M motard version would also be nice to have.