Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Mighty Honda CRF250L - Probably The Best Dual-Sports Bike in the World

The Honda CRF250L is probably the best dual-sports bikes in the world!  But I only put the word "probably" to those who just haven't tasted the power of this bike.  Considering all other aspects (price, power, wow factor), this is a VERY fine bike.

As a motorcycle nut, I can say with conviction, the Honda CRF is a good touring bike, an everyday bike, a powerful race bike, a powerful trail bike, a good Sunday bike, and eye-catching show bike.

As a touring bike:
I've toured Tagaytay, and i't an ok touring bike. Considering Metro Manila, and the country's notorious bad road condition, the CRF is perfect for brainless riding.
River-crossings?  No problemo!
As an everyday bike:
I am using it everyday.  Fuel consumption is a tad high than I'm accustomed to, then again, the CRF250L has 250cc of yummy displacement and i get immediate response and power at the slight twist of the throttle.
Undecided about putting a topbox.   Hmmm.
As a race bike:
Going up against higher displacement bikes, Mel Aquino blazed the Marifanta roads, 30 kilomteres into the finish line.  He got good finish time and we're expecting a podium in the awarding ceremonies.
Mel Aquino in the Uphill Climb Challenge.  He's the only one who rode a dual-sports 250cc bike, up againsts higher displacement race-ready motorcycles.
As a trail bike:
When we went to Sta. Ynes, Mel Aqunio used and abused the CRF250L.  He wheelied down streams, made donuts through the mud, and just ripped the off roads.   It was so easy.
Mel Aquino enjoying the refreshing stream with the CRF250L
As a show bike:
I often find people peeking at the parked CRF.  I often got into friendly chats with strangers, asking me all about the bike, which I'm just so glad to obliged.   Others are just amazed at the immaculate presentation of white and red, making it a showbike any time of the day, any day of the week, as long as its sparkly clean.
Tell me it ain't dope.
My trusty helmet Spyder Motar looks good with the CRF250L
Thank you sponsors!
Minimalist digital instrumentation panel
1 piece seat for trail riding body adjustments.
Rear disc for superior stopping power.
As opposed to the CRF250R and CRF250X, the CRF250L is a street-legal, road-friendly version among the three.
Upside down fork ooh lala!  And it comes with protective cover.
Helmet holder.  The white panel is actually a nifty toolbox with lock opened by a key.
Displacement: 249.60 ccm (15.23 cubic inches)
Engine type: Single cylinder, four-stroke
Power: 22.80 HP (16.6 kW)) @ 8500 RPM
Torque: 22.00 Nm (2.2 kgf-m or 16.2 ft.lbs) @ 7000 RPM
Compression: 10.7:1
Bore x stroke: 76.0 x 55.0 mm (3.0 x 2.2 inches)
Fuel system: Injection. PGM-FI, 36mm throttle body
Fuel control: Double Overhead Cams/Twin Cam (DOHC)
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Cooling system: Liquid
Gearbox: 6-speed
final drive: Chain
Clutch: Wet multiplate with coil springs
Driveline: #520 chain; 14T/40T
Fuel consumption: 3.22 litres/100 km (31.1 km/l or 73.05 mpg)
Greenhouse gases: 74.7 CO2 g/km. (CO2 - Carbon dioxide emission)
Rake (fork angle): 27.0°
Trail: 113 mm (4.4 inches)
Front suspension: 43mm inverted fork
Front wheel travel: 61 mm (2.4 inches)
Rear suspension: Pro-Link® single shock with spring; 9.4 inches travel
Rear wheel travel: 61 mm (2.4 inches)
Front tyre: 3.00-21
Rear tyre: 120/80-18
Front brakes: Double disc. Two-piston calipers.
Front brakes diameter: 256 mm (10.1 inches)
Rear brakes: Single disc
Rear brakes diameter: 220 mm (8.7 inches)
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc: 145.2 kg (320.0 pounds)
Seat height: 881 mm (34.7 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Overall height: 1,195 mm (47.0 inches)
Overall length: 2,195 mm (86.4 inches)
Overall width: 815 mm (32.1 inches)
Ground clearance: 254 mm (10.0 inches)
Wheelbase: 1,445 mm (56.9 inches)
Fuel capacity: 7.57 litres (2.00 gallons)
Oil capacity: 1.80 litres (0.12 quarts)
Starter: Electric
Electrical: 12V 6Ah (10HR) battery.