Some keen eyes have spotted language on Honda’s web site for the new CRF250L dual sport indicating it was designed for sale in several markets, including the United States! Specifically, the web site references emissions requirements for the U.S., including California.
The power unit for the U.S. and Thailand also complies with those countries’ environmental regulations, specifically California’s evaporative emission standards and Thailand’s 6th emission standards, through the adoption of an evaporative emission control system.
You can follow this link to a micro-site set up by Honda for the CRF250L, which has all the details. This is a thoroughly modern engine design which shares features with the CBR250R. Engine performance should match the class-leading Yamaha, although the indicated weight (roughly 316 pounds) of the Honda may be on the high end for the class.
We are awaiting official word from Honda that the CRF250L will be made available through U.S. dealers. Stay tuned. Below are the specifications for the new CRF250L.
|Model name||CRF250L (European model)|
|Model type||Honda MD38|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||(mm)||2,195 x 815 x 1,195|
|Curb weightRiding capacity||(kg)||144|
|Riding capacity (No.of occupants)||2|
|Minimum turning radius||(m)||2.3|
|Engine||liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC single cylinder|
|Bore x Stroke||(mm)||76.0 x 55.0|
|Fuel supply system||Programmed fuel injection system (PGM-FI)|
|Ignition||Full-transistor battery ignition|
|Fuel tank capacity||(L)||7.7|
|Clutch||Wet multiplate with coil springs|
|Transmission||Constant mesh 6-speed return|
|Transmission gear ratio||1st||3.333|
|Reduction gear ratio (primary/secondary)||2.807/2.857|
|Caster angle/Trail (degree/mm)||27.6°/113|
|Tire size||Front||3.00-21 51P|
|Rear||Swing arm (Pro-link suspension system)|