Honda CRF250L (2012 - present)

The CRF250L must be mercilessly and utterly thrashed at all times – it’s the only way. And it’s fun.
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Submitted by fazer06 on Sun, 07/04/2013 - 07:59

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Great Little bike I use it all year no problems but still young to say if it trouble free gd fun off road

Strengths

Great mpg. Awesome off road. Fuel injection is a blessing.

Weaknesses

Tends to wobble ate speed on the road might be the nobles tho

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This bike makes me wonder why I ever felt I needed more. It's practical economical transport that is dam good fun while it does it, wether thrashing down backroads taking in some proper off road or pottering down the town. It does it all without a fuss without removing the fun.

Strengths

Great fun to ride on and off road yet never over the top or intimidating without being boring. Cheap to run never broke the £10 barrier yet but easily topping 100 miles on a tank. Plenty of room as I'm 6'1" but my short friends find it no problem either. Engine and gears flawless too.

Weaknesses

Bit of vibration on the motorway due to tyres but I bought it to commute the back roads. Fuel gauge drops very quickly made me paranoid until I got used to it but regularly get over 100 miles. Wife not happy as pillion provisions are an afterthought.

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I heard the news about the introduction of the CRF L and was interested as there is not much completion for 250 trail bikes at the moment. A friend bough one and I liked the look of it and booked a test ride. I was so impressed with the bike I bought one then and there. I am a mature rider who has hung up his racing boots and wanted a bike for commuting and trail riding. This bike fits the bill perfectly as it seems to be such a good compromise, which all trail bikes have to be. I think its very good on the road (great fun) and more than adequate off road as long as you take it a bit easy, as you always should if you are trail riding.

Strengths

Best trail bike I have ridden on the road, handling excellent, brakes and suspension good for a trail bike. The engine quickly gets up to 70 and then can cruise at that speed all day without feeling strained. Off road the bike handles well and hides its weight well. Ideal green laner, should be able to tackle any situation.

Weaknesses

Trail bikes are always going to be a compromise and this bike would not be ideal for fast enduro use by a competent rider. The suspension is a bit soft for racing. The engine sounds strangled and the power curve is linear which at first seems a bit dull until you realise you need to rev it hard and then it is really good fun. The seat is a bit uncomfortable for long journeys on the road. This bike is built to a budget and that is noticeable in some areas, however you still get more than you pay for with this model. Might feel a bit small for tall people.

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Submitted by Colin Pountney on Tue, 20/05/2014 - 15:08

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dont buy one and spend your money on a second hand WR250

Strengths

looks good

Weaknesses

no get up and go

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Submitted by VMX2005 on Thu, 12/02/2015 - 22:55

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I've owned 5 trail bikes in total: Honda XL185S, Suzuki DR125S, Yamaha XT350, Honda MTX80 and Honda CRF250L. Before buying the CRF I looked at the Kawasaki KLX250, but that was more expensive and Yamaha had discontinued the WR250. From reading reviews, the Yamaha was the bike to have. I really enjoyed my Yamaha XT350, but for a 250, the CRF is very close, though being more modern is probably better in this day and age.

Strengths

Great fun. Well built, exceeding my expectations as it is built in Thailand. Comfortable considering a few days ago I rode 220 miles in a day as part of a 650 mile trip. 77mpg+ thrashing on the road trying to keep up with faster bikes. Lower mpg if ridden off road. Even better mpg when ridden sensibly :) . Fantastic light and slick gearbox. I was so impressed by the CRF250, that I have bought a new CBR300R.

Weaknesses

None that I can think of for my 2012 that has covered almost 2000 miles. On the road I often ride my CRF faster than it should be ridden with dual purpose tyres but the handling is very controllable unless it is windy and then you need to back off. This is no criticism, it's a dual purpose motorcycle so to be expected.

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Submitted by Paul49 (not verified) on Sun, 17/05/2015 - 11:30

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Well imo it's best suited for short distance commuting or exploring back road & single track lanes where its manoeuvrability is more suited than a big bike. There were far better trail bikes circa 1980 eg DT175MX.

Strengths

Cheap Good mpg & reasonable tank range.

Weaknesses

Not much suspension travel for a trail bike, very little ground clearance yet has a 35" seat height. Too heavy, even heavier than a DRZ400!

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