As expected, Honda has officially announced it will introduce its new CRF250L to the U.S., offering it as a 2013 model for $4,499.
The 2013 Honda CRF250L is powered by a liquid-cooled fuel-injected 249cc Single inherited from the CBR250R, so it carries the same low-friction innovations such as the roller rocker arm design. Like the CBR, the CRF250L is produced in Thailand, helping keep costs low. By contrast, the CRF250L is $500 cheaper than the CRF230L it replaces, despite adding a larger engine with fuel injection, double-overhead cams, and liquid cooling.
American Honda hasn’t released U.S.-spec figures but the specs sheet for European and Japanese models claim an output of 23 hp at 8500rpm and 16 ft-lb. at 7000rpm. According to Honda, the CRF250L has a curb weight of 320 pounds. Fuel economy, at least for other markets, is stated as 104 mpg, so the 2.0 gallon tank should provide enough for 208 miles. Continue Reading »