Honda has pulled off a $4499 price point for the CRF250L, which is astounding for a bike with this amount of tech. It saved money by choosing steel for the frame, but the cast aluminum swingarm operates the piggyback shock via an aluminum linkage, and the fork tube size would have been cutting edge moto a few years ago. As modern as the rolling chassis is, it doesn’t break any new ground. Actually, the engine doesn’t either, since it is a dirt-refined version of Honda’s CBR250 street bike mill. The air box, intake and exhaust are different due to chassis layout, but the pipe is smaller in diameter, and throttle body size is reduced to 36mm. The L also has a dedicated ECU. The aim was a little more grunt at low rpm and reliability under off-road abuse. Interestingly enough, transmission ratios are the same, but the gears are wider, with stronger dogs. The spacing and spread actually works just fine.