Honda has released full specifications for its upcoming the CRF250L, a dual-sport with an engine based on the CBR250R‘s powerplant with a fuel efficiency of 104 mpg.

Set to launch in Japan in May and Europe in the summer, the 2012 Honda CRF250L replaces the CRF230L in Honda’s repertoire. North American availability hasn’t been officially been announced, though Honda Canada is expected to introduce the CRF250L in the summer.

To produce the CBR250R, Honda developed the fuel-injected liquid-cooled 250cc four-stroke DOHC Single engine to have very low internal friction, employing a number of innovations such as an offset cylinder and roller rocker arms in the valve train. The CRF250L’s engine maintains the same 76mm bore, 55mm stroke and 10.7:1 compression ratio. Honda claims a peak output of 23hp at 8500rpm and 16 ft-lb. at 7000rpm from the CRF250L’s engine.

Honda also claims the CRF250L gets 104 mpg (measured on level ground at a constant speed of 60 kph or 37.3 mph). With a full 2-gallon fuel tank, that translates to a range of about 208 miles.

The Honda CRF250L uses a newly-designed steel twin-tube frame with the main pipe having an oval-shaped cross section to provide rigidity while keeping the body slim. The 43mm inverted Showa fork separates springing and damping between the fork legs. The fork offers 250mm of travel while the Pro-Link rear suspension offers 240mm of travel.

Honda designers used  the concept of “centralized mass with triangular proportions” to give the CRF250L a sharp, aggressive look. Other features include cargo hooks on the rear fender and a multifunctional digital display showing a fuel meter, clock, tripmeter and odometer. The Honda CRF250L will be produced in Extreme Red or Ross White.

Honda CRF250L Specifications:

Model name CRF250L
Vehicle name/type Honda/JBK-MD38
Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm) 2,195×815×1,195
Wheelbase (mm) 1,445
Ground clearance (mm) 255
Seat height (mm) 875
Curb weight (kg) 143
Riding capacity (No. of occupants) 2
Minimum turning radius (m) 2.3
Engine type MD38E, Liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC
4-valve single cylinder
Total displacement (cm3) 249
Bore × Stroke (mm) 76.0×55.0
Compression ratio 10.7
Maximum output (kW[PS]/rpm) 17[23]/8,500
Maximum torque (N・m[kgf・m]/rpm) 22[2.2]/7,000
Fuel efficiency (km/L) 44.3
(constant speed of 60 km/h on a level road)
Fuel supply system Electronic
< Programmed Fuel Injection System (PGM-FI) >
Starter type Self starter
Ignition type Full-transistor battery ignition
Lubricating type Wet sump
Fuel tank capacity (L) 7.7
Clutch type Wet multiplate with coil springs
Transmission type Constant mesh 6-speed return
Transmission gear ratios 1st 3.333
2nd 2.117
3rd 1.571
4th 1.304
5th 1.115
6th 0.962
Reduction gear ratio (primary/secondary) 2.807/2.857
Caster angle (°) /Trail (mm) 27°35´/113
Tire size Front 3.00-21 51P
Rear 120/80-18M/C 62P
Brake type Front Hydraulic disc
Rear Hydraulic disc
Suspension type Front Telescopic (Inverted)
Rear Swing arm (Pro-Link suspension system)
Frame type Semi-double cradle

[Source: Honda]

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  • Heather

    why did Honda stop making the nice Rebel street bike? and why don’t they make one in between a 250 and a 750? It doesn’y give new riders or riders like myself much of a choice. The 250 (crotch rocket I call it) just doesn’t cut it as it is so high. What a terrible replacement!!!
    The honda dealer near me, last July managed to find me a 2009 (last yr made) that never sold. I am only 5″ 1′ so I needed a small bike. I love it! My husband has a 2006 Rebel and would have love to have been able to buy a 400-500 cc. He has a bad back and doesn’t want to go any heavier.
    I think it is making peole go to different brands to get smaller bikes. Honda’s loss!!!

  • Ramie

    Heather Honda still makes Rebel 250 Honda skipped a model year or two due to economy and having a lot of left over you can buy a new 2012 Rebel in America.

  • alvaro

    143 kg es mucho peso y deberia ser un poco mas potente, en blaco me gusta mas , pero demasiado peso y poca capacidad del deposito

  • Heather try the shadow. It’s low and easy to handle.

  • Dave

    Let me if 143 Kilos times 2.2 = 314 ilbs. Are you kidding me? Over 300 lbs for a 250? Does it have a steel frame?