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2012 Honda CRF250L Dual-Purpose Motorcycle Launches in South Africa to Rave Reviews!
August 2012 saw the launch of the new Honda dual-purpose motorcycle, the CRF250L. Hot off the heels of the international launch and a year before the launch by Honda USA, the first deliveries of the breakthrough new motorcycle have flown in an out of South African Honda dealers, with fans dying to try the sharp, fun new ride the international press have been so excited about.
The joy of a dual-purpose motorcycle is that it is as a practical, convenient ride on the city streets, then at weekends it’s fun, thrilling, and can go anywhere on the dirt.
Honda engineers are certainly no strangers to dual-purpose engineering. Honda launched the dual-purpose CRF 230L in 2009 and has been engineering dual-purpose motorbikes since the 1970s, but this is a completely different machine.
The new Honda CRF250Lhas a motto…
The CRF250L has bigger dimensions, slicker ergonomics, lower weight, long-travel 43mm Showa USD forks and Pro-link rear suspension, meaning it will cross from the road to the dirt effortlessly. The 249cc Programmable Fuel Injection single-cylinder engine means power across a wide rev range, with high fuel efficiency of 77mpg. The styling comes from the CRF competition bikes, and, as with all Honda motorcycles, the build and engineering are of the highest standard.
The chassis is new for the 250L with a steel twin-spar frame, with a 43mm inverted fork giving 8.7 inches of travel at the front and preload-adjustable Pro-Link shock with 9.4 inches of travel at the
The engine comes from the popular CBR250 street bike, a pleasant 249.4cc single-cylinder with dual overhead cams, four valves, fuel injection, liquid cooling and 6-speed transmission.
With a 34.7-inch seat height (compared to the 230’s 31.9-inch saddle), and sleek red and white bodywork, the CRF250L is a welcome new kid on the Honda
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