Updated 2021 Honda CRF250L and CRF250 Rally announced

Honda Japan has released some information and images of the CRF250L and CRF250 Rally in advance of the bikes’ launch

Honda CRF250L CRF250 Rally teaser

HONDA has released advance information relating to the CRF250L and CRF250 Rally ahead of the bikes’ official launch later this month.

With the full reveal taking place on November 13th, the details released are obviously fairly opaque, with the finer details of the bikes likely to be shared later this month.

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Honda states that the CRF250L is being optimised for on-road use and convenience and also off-road applications. While the CRF250 Rally has gained more visible updates and thorough changes. That model gets a new larger windscreen and a bigger fuel tank. Both bikes are also said to be gaining updated longer-travel suspension, although how much the stroke is changing is being kept under wraps.

The 2021 Honda CRF250 Rally

The engine of both machines is also being updated, with a tweaked Euro5 unit now being employed. To do this, the intake and exhaust have both been optimised, including a new air-filter and muffler being seen on the updated models.

The frame of the bike is also updated, with the focus being on increasing rigidity, and reducing weight. It’s clear from the images it is still the CRF450R motocross challenger that forms the basis for the frame design, although there are likely to be numerous small changes to suit the more laid back and easy going enduro machines.

The 2021 honda CRF250L

The Honda release also confirms the bikes will both gain two-channel ABS for 2020 although the details of that system remain hazy. The release simply states that ‘2-channel ABS with independent front and rear wheels as standard equipment’ is included. We’re reading that as the front and rear ABS can be individually adjusted to suit the rider’s needs.