Honda CRF250 Rally

I owned a Honda CRF250 Rally between 2020 and 2021. The Honda CRF250 Rally is reliable, easy to maintain and service, has decent off-road ability and comes in at an affordable price. It’s heavy for its power delivery and on-road ability is limited. I’d like to see it shed 20kg and a dose more torque.

So what immediately sets the Rally apart from the L model is its CRF450 Rally Dakar styling, which includes a frame-mounted windscreen, dual LED headlights, digital instruments, upper and lower fairings, full plastic skid plate, sideplates, and handguards.

It also gets longer Showa suspenders with firmer spring and damping rates and about 25mm more travel than the L, which means more ground clearance and a taller seat. There’s also a larger front axle, larger front disc and two-channel ABS, which can be unhooked from the rear wheel. It also has a larger 10.1 litre tank (up 2.2). These changes add weight, of course, with the Rally tipping the scales at a claimed 157kg wet.

In the engine room, the 250 Rally’s liquid-cooled, DOHC single-cylinder powerplant with 76 x 55mm bore and stroke pumps out a painful 18.2kW at 8500rpm and peak torque of 22.6Nm at 6,750rpm. It is a motorbike that can probably tackle any road or track that Vietnam has to offer. I sold it to try and get hold of the Honda CRF300 Rally.

Made for the adventurous dual-sport rider, the new CRF300 RALLY is a small capacity machine packing serious credentials. With styling drawn directly from the competition-specification HRC CRF450 RALLY, it adds long-range ability and comfort to its off-road performance thanks to a large fuel tank and wind-cheating nose fairing and screen. Now lighter in weight, with more power and torque from its engine, the CRF300 RALLY is the perfect traveling partner – around town, or around the world.

In essence, the new version has more power, less weight, and improved comfort. All of which makes exploration and adventure easier. For more information on Honda Motorbikes, visit their website and to send me an email, please contact me

Author: Piers Midwinter
I am an artist and a teacher. I am currently teaching at a Cambridge International School in Vietnam.