2013 Honda CRF250L | First Ride

Detours and Diversions

By Karel Kramer, Photography by Kevin Wing, Karel Kramer

The CRF250L is great for local hops or commuting to work. For sport on the street, look for the tightest, twistiest bits of pavement, and it wouldn’t hurt if the surface was dirty and pot-holed. Off-road you should keep things basic, but just a more aggressive front tread would allow serious riding. Short stretches of freeway are taken in stride, but that isn’t where it shines. Basically, the CRF250L is great looking, serious fun on the cheap. It’s easy to buy, sips fuel and babies the tires. Gas it and go. me

MSRP: $4499

Engine Type: Liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Displacement, Bore x Stroke: 249.66cc, 76mm x 55mm
Compression ratio: 10.7:1
Valve Train: DOHC; four-valve
Fuel system: PGM-FI, 36mm throttle body
Transmission: Six-speed
Final Drive: #520 chain; 14T/40T
Front suspension: 43mm inverted fork; 9.8 in. travel
Rear suspension: Pro-Link single shock with spring preload adjustability; 9.4 in. travel
Front brake: Single 256mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear brake: Single 220mm disc Front tire: 3.00-21
Rear tire: 120/80-18
Seat Height: 34.7 in.
Wheelbase: 56.9 in.
Rake/trail: 27°/4.4 in.
Fuel Capacity: 2 gallons
Claimed curb weight: 320 pounds
Contact: www.powersports.honda.com

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