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Written by Rob Slade   

When EICMA rolls around it brings with it a whole host of new bikes making their debuts, and this has certainly been the case for the adventure motorcycling sector at 2016’s show.

There has been a wide range of adventure bikes being unveiled at the motorcycle show in Milan, with the new Ducati Multistrada 950, Honda’s X-ADV adventure scooter and Yamaha’s T7 Rally concept all making big waves.

But the other interesting theme to come out of the show is small capacity adventure bikes. It’s an idea that has been in the rumour mill for several years now and it has finally become a reality with BMW, Suzuki and Kawasaki all unveiling their mini adventure models.


Having processed the photos and accompanying information however, it seems that the bikes are likely to be road-biased models, with off-road excursions looking out of reach. So that leaves us with the same question of whether or not there is a small-capacity bike offering the versatility we have all come to love.

Then came along the Honda CRF250 Rally. Now we’re not saying that this is going to be the answer to all of your small capacity adventuring needs, but it looks like it could be a more solid option than the aforementioned models.

Honda CRF250 Rally

The standard CRF250L was already regarded by some as a decent overlanding option – so be it one which leans on the rougher side of things – and with the Rally it looks like Honda has made some changes that make it even more of a realistic option.

While most of the bike is identical to the CRF250L, the Rally gets extra long-travel suspension, enhanced ground clearance and a larger 10.1-litre fuel tank which offers a claimed range of over 200 miles.

Honda CRF250 Rally

The bike’s styling takes inspiration from the HRC CRF450 Rally Dakar racer and we have to say – we’re big fans of its looks. It features a ‘floating’ screen, has fairing and side shrouds offering more protection against the elements and also comes with hand guards offering  further protection both to the rider’s hands and the bike’s brake and clutch levers.

As a result of the greater ground clearance (270mm), the bike becomes less friendly to shorter riders with a seat height of 895mm, 20mm more than the standard CRF250L. The headlight is a compact, asymmetric dual LED unit, while the rear light, LED indicators and number plate bracket have been designed to tuck away discreetly at the back.

Honda CRF250 Rally

A new 43mm Showa inverted fork is also present with the same 250mm stroke as the CRF250L, but it now offers 50mm extra in overall length and there are a range of rally-tweaked settings. The model also sees the introduction of black Alumite aluminium rims (21in front/18in rear) marking it out against the standard bike and it also wears block pattern enduro-style tyres.

Other major changes see the inclusion of ABS (which you can switch off at the rear), a larger floating front disc and a gear lever featuring a folding tip. The digital dash features a speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge and a clock.

Honda CRF250 Rally

The bike’s Euro4-compliant engine makes 24.4bhp and Honda says the bike weighs in at 157kg (wet), just over 10kg lighter than BMW’s new G310GS.

So, what do you think? Does this new wave of small capacity adventure bikes have a place in the market? Is the Honda CRF250 Rally the pick of the bunch? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below.

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Yes I do beleive that this Honda is the best of the bunch, as far as I am concerned A bike that cannot do OffRoad shouldn't even be called an Adventure bike . Looks like a great bike for beginners but Honda should Up the game and produce a real adventure bike. Yeah the Africa Twin looks great but at 230kg It's a bit too much to handle for some, including me . Now a Rally Bike( same boby as the 250 ) with a 450-600 engine which can produce a reliable 45hp with adjustable suspension would be the ultimate bike for more experienced riders.CCM already produce this then why cannot the big Japanese manufacturers do it as well ? Maybe that day is not very far !!
Stivala , November 11, 2016
Its too high. In my opinion lazy design. BMW can get its G650 4 cm lower with an even lower option and still have the fuel tank under the seat. Its far too heavy, again lazy design. I hope the seat is more comfortable than the standard CRF250L. 24hp pulling 150kgs plus a rider will make it a slug. Get a used CRF and upgrade it...much better.
The test of any bike long term comfort is seat height and width. Honda have fallen behind in this area. KTM seats assume you ride standing up. Adventure riders sit down. Can you ride this thing for 9 hours? The reviews will tell us.
stephenasprey , November 16, 2016
I found it very useful of road in Thailand, tho the rear shock gave up on the corrugated sections up hill, but then it is a soft stock one so that's expected. Ohlins are making one for the rally. It has really nice wind protection, frees well set out and isn't as slow as you think.. I did 400km off road and 600km on twisty tarmac (The Mae Hong son loop)

FERDINAND PICK , March 17, 2017

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