Honda attacks the dual-sport segment with its new CRF250L. See how it fares in the 2013 Honda CRF250L Comparison review.
- Although it offers the lowest seat height the close proximity of the footpegs and seat make it more difficult for taller riders to stand on the footpegs.
- We applaud Honda for producing an affordable dual-sport that can take riders off the grid and explore Mother Nature.
- The CRF250L offers superior instrumentation and it’s the only 250 to offer the convenience of a fuel gauge.
- The Honda CRF250L offers exceptional build quality for its price ($4809 with destination charge).
- The CRF250L looks similar to Honda’s line of CRF motocross bikes giving it instant credibility on the dirt.
- The CRF250L uses the same single-cylinder water-cooled 249cc engine from the CBR250R sportbike.
- The Honda CRF250L is generally easy to ride but it lacks a degree of performance to be top dog in the class.
- While great on the street on the dirt the Honda’s suspension doesn’t fare as well on rough trails.
- While plenty powerful the Honda’s front brake lacks a degree of feel which makes it trickery to modulate on slippery surfaces.
- The Honda’s seat proved to be the most comfortable and street oriented.
- Engine power is exceptionally smooth and there is a good amount of mid-range power which is perfect for street duty.
- The Honda’s rear suspension has a can squat excessively which is great for finding traction but compromises handling off-road.
- 2013 250 Dual Sport Shootout - Horsepower chart.
- 2013 250 Dual Sport Shootout - Torque chart.
- Although the Honda’s powerband is smooth and rider-friendly it lacks snap and makes it more challenging to hop over rocks and obstacles.