– Detailed 2018 CRF250 RALLY Review / Buyer’s Guide | Specs: HP & TQ, MPG, Price, Release Date + More! –
| Everything You Need to Know about the 2018 CRF250L RALLY! |
I just finished up with posting the 2018 CRF250L from Honda and now it’s time for its sibling, the 2018 CRF250 RALLY! The Rally was such a success with huge sales numbers paired up alongside the CRF250L that it was a given it would be returning for the 2018 motorcycle model lineup from Honda. Now to the burning question in everyone’s mind that has been following this bike since day one, has Honda thrown any changes at the 2018 CRF250 Rally? Yes and no. They didn’t throw any mechanical changes at it but they did bring a new color offering for 2018 and that is black.
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What is the 2018 CRF250 RALLY? It’s based on the updated CRF250L, the CRF250 RALLY adds a wide range of changes that make it a unique proposition in the market, with styling inspiration from the Team HRC CRF450 RALLY race machine. At the front, the rally-type “floating” screen, fairing and radiator shrouds provide wind protection, with the rest of the machine showing off minimal MX style. The asymmetric headlights are LED, as are the turn signals. A large fuel tank allows extensive range, and the new digital dash includes a fuel gauge and tachometer. Long-travel suspension and high ground clearance enhance its long-distance off-road ability, and a larger floating front disc plus ABS that can be switched off for the rear brake. The engine boasts solid bottom-end torque coupled with substantial top-end power, thanks to updates from the original CRF250L including revised PGM-FI and throttle body, a new airbox and a lightweight exhaust.
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Key 2018 CRF250 RALLY Info (for those in a hurry):
- 2018 CRF250 Rally Model Options / Variations:
- Option 1: Standard Brakes
- Option 2: ABS / Anti-Lock Brakes
- 2018 CRF250 Rally Price: $5,899
- 2018 CRF250 Rally ABS Price: $6,199
- 2018 CRF250 Rally Release Date: Summer 2018
- 2018 CRF250 Rally Colors: Red / White / Black, Black / Silver / Red
- 2018 CRF250 Rally Horsepower: 24 HP @ 8,500 RPM
- 2018 CRF250 Rally Torque: 16.7 ft/lb TQ @ 6,750 RPM
- 2018 CRF250 Rally Miles Per Gallon: 78 MPG
- 2018 CRF250 Rally VS 2017 CRF250 Rally Changes? None except for a new color, black.
2018 CRF250 RALLY Review Contents:
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Model Overview
- 3. Key Features
- 3.1 | Styling & Equipment
- 3.2 | Chassis
- 3.3 | Engine
- 4. Photo Gallery / Pictures
- 5. Technical Specifications
1. CRF250 RALLY Introduction
A 250cc dual purpose motorcycle covers many bases: it slips easily through congested city traffic thanks to lightweight and slim proportions matched with superb maneuverability, while its suspension, ground reach and seat height deliver a fun and comfortable ride on rough tarmac and trails. It opens up a whole new range of two-wheeled opportunities, whatever the rider’s experience level.
With styling DNA drawn directly from the HRC CRF450 RALLY Dakar racer, the CRF250 RALLY brings something new to the market. It not only looks ready to compete in a desert stage, but also delivers a real taste of adventure to riders who prefer a light, easy-to-manage machine. Around the world or around the block, the CRF250 RALLY is good to go.
Mr Eiji Sugiyama, Large Project Leader (LPL) 17YM CRF250 RALLY
“The RALLY racer replica segment is an exciting one for us, with the global, human appeal of everything that Team HRC is fighting to achieve in the Dakar RALLY. We really wanted to build on the capabilities of the CRF250L and open up new opportunities for riders young and old. So, with the CRF250 RALLY we set out to make a motorcycle that looks like HRC’s CRF450 RALLY factory machine, is fun to ride both on and off-road for weekend adventures, comfortable to tour with and useful and practical for daily life. It brings the spirit of RALLY-raid racing to every ride.”
2. CRF250 RALLY Model Overview
The CRF250 RALLY uses the CRF250L as its base, and adds a wide range of changes that make it a unique proposition in the market. Styling inspiration draws fully on the HRC CRF450 RALLY race machine. At the front, the ‘floating’ screen, fairing and radiator shrouds provide wind protection, with the rest of the machine showing off minimal MX style. The asymmetric headlights are LED, as are the indicators.
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A large fuel tank allows extensive range, and the digital dash includes a fuel gauge and tachometer. Long travel suspension and high ground clearance enhance its long-distance off-road ability and a larger floating front disc – plus ABS that can be switched off for the rear brake – delivers the stopping power. The EURO4-compliant engine boasts solid bottom-end torque coupled with substantial top end power thanks to changes compared to the original CRF250L, which include revised PGM-FI and throttle body, a new air box connecter tube and lightweight exhaust.
Quick Overview of CRF250 Rally Specs / Features:
2018 CRF250 RALLY Engine / Drivetrain
- Compact and sophisticated liquid-cooled DOHC 249cc single-cylinder four-stroke powerplant produces smooth and consistent torque at low rpm, plus excellent high-rpm performance.
- A 38mm throttle body (up 2mm from the 2016 CRF250L) combines with a revised airbox, reshaped air boot, new muffler design and a larger-diameter exhaust head pipe to provide improved response and better power in the low and midranges.
- Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI).
- Extremely compact roller rocker arm design for the low-friction valve train allows the use of a smaller cylinder head.
- Gear-driven counterbalancer shaft helps reduce vibrations for rider comfort.
- Electric start for easy starting.
- Lightweight aluminum crankcase.
- Maintenance-free CD ignition.
- Heavy-duty clutch offers smooth, progressive engagement.
- Smooth-shifting, versatile six-speed transmission.
- Heavy-duty O-ring–sealed chain for durability and reduced maintenance.
- Quiet, USDA-qualified spark arrester/muffler.
- Maintenance-free sealed battery.
2018 CRF250 RALLY Chassis / Suspension
- Rally-type “floating” screen, fairing and radiator shrouds provide wind protection, with the rest of the machine showing off minimal MX style.
- LED asymmetric headlights, as are the turn signals.
- Large fuel tank allows extensive range.
- Chassis developed specifically for the CRF250L provides excellent handling and agility.
- Lightweight semi-double-cradle high-tensile steel frame.
- Strong 43mm inverted fork provides 11 inches of travel.
- Pro-Link single-shock rear suspension delivers 10.3 inches of rear-wheel travel.
- Tapered aluminum swingarm.
- Powerful wave-design 256mm front disc brake, and 220mm rear disc brake provide strong and consistent stopping power.
- Meter assembly, taillight and license-plate holder have all been updated for 2017.
- Large floating front disc—plus ABS that can be switched off for the rear brake—delivers stopping power.
- Front 21-inch wheel and 18-inch rear wheel with lightweight aluminum rims.
- Digital dash includes a fuel gauge and tachometer.
- Durable front and rear steel sprockets.
- High-quality handlebar with comfortable grips.
3. CRF250 RALLY Key Features
3.1 | Styling & Equipment
The CRF250 RALLY is designed to cover distance and its styling reflects this. Derived from the parts used by the CRF450 RALLY, the ‘floating’ screen, upper/lower fairing and side shrouds effectively shield the rider to offer excellent defense against the elements. Hand guards offer further protection, both for the hands and the brake and clutch levers.
From the machine’s mid-section back, the style is MX-sharp, with side panels and a seat/tank interface that help the rider move freely. A skid plate protects the machine’s underside and the gear lever features a folding tip. Seat height is 35.2 inches compared to 34.4 inches on the CRF250L.
The headlight is a compact, asymmetric dual LED unit while the rear light, LED indicators and number plate bracket tuck discreetly away. Cohesively laid-out, the digital dash features a speedometer, tachometer plus fuel gauge and clock.
The CRF250 RALLY has a 2.66 gallon (10.1L) (including 0.42 gallon / 1.6L reserve) fuel tank that delivers a range of over 198 miles (320 km) thanks to fuel consumption of 78 MPG (33.3km/l WMTC mode). The flat filler cap is hinged for convenience.
The CRF250 RALLY comes finished in Honda’s Extreme Red racing color as a base, with black and white accents inspired by the HRC factory machines.
3.2 | Chassis
The CRF250 RALLY’s frame is constructed from steel, with twin oval-section main spars and a semi-double cradle. A wheelbase of 57.3 inches is matched to a 28.1° rake with 4.5 in. (114mm) trail and ground clearance of 10.6 in. (15mm more than the CRF250L). Curb weight for the CRF250 Rally comes in at 341.7 lbs and 346.1 lbs for the ABS model.
A new 43mm Showa inverted fork shares the same 250mm stroke as its sibling, but with 50mm extra overall length. Light weight and rigid, one side houses the spring while the other provides damping control. Both spring rate and damping have been optimised to suit the CRF250 RALLY’s adventurous long-distance aspirations. A 17mm front wheel spindle (2mm larger in diameter) improves strength and handling feel.
Pro-Link rear suspension features a 265mm axle stroke, 25mm more than the CRF250L plus a leverage ratio revised for ride comfort. The Showa shock absorber is a single tube design with 40mm diameter cylinder.
The tapered aluminum swingarm incorporates a monoblock casting that provides the correct rigidity balance and reduces un-sprung mass. Extruded aluminum is used for the chain adjustment collar.
For extra braking power a 296mm floating wave-style disc is worked by a two-piston caliper. Two-channel ABS is fitted as standard and gives the rider the option to switch it off for the rear caliper.
Stylish black aluminum rims (21-inch front/18 rear) mark the CRF250 RALLY out and wear block pattern enduro-style tires (front: 3.00-21 51P, rear: 120/80-18M/C 62P).
3.3 | Engine
The CRF250 RALLY’s 250cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder DOHC engine’s performance is focused on bottom-end torque and high rpm power, plus a linear delivery. Peak power of 24 HP (18.2kW) is delivered @ 8,500 RPM with peak torque of 16.7 ft/lb TQ (22.6Nm) arriving @ 6,750 RPM.
The PGM-FI feeds the fuel/air mixture through a 38mm throttle body and draws air from the airbox via a direct connecting tube. The exhaust muffler has a diameter of 115mm, houses the catalyzer and uses two chambers. A large-bore downpipe helps the engine breathe and make more power.
The engine uses a compact roller/rocker arm valve train and cylinder head, with bore and stroke of 76x55mm. An offset cylinder reduces frictional losses while the piston itself incorporates a special surface material, plus a molybdenum coating. The oil pump features an internal relief structure that prevents aeration of relieved oil.
The crank journal employs a half-split, press-fit metal bearing while the crank bearing uses a cast-iron bush, reducing weight, smoothing the engine and strengthening the rigidity of the case housing, minimizing the internal diameter change due to thermal expansion.
A primary balance shaft further reduces vibration and the six-speed gearbox and clutch are manufactured to cope with the extra stress of riding off-road. The 10.7 kW heat-release radiator features a thin guide-ring cooling fan to maintain even temperatures at low speeds.
The CRF250 RALLY engine is EURO4 compliant.
4. | CRF250 RALLY Photo Gallery / Pictures
5. | Technical Specifications (CRF250L RALLY)
|Model||CRF250L Rally ABS||CRF250L Rally|
|Type||249.6cc liquid-cooled, 20º single-cylinder four-stroke|
|Valve Train||DOHC; four valves|
|Bore x Stroke||76.0mm x 55.0mm|
|Induction||PGM-FI fuel injection w/ 38mm throttle body|
|Ignition||Full transistorized ignition|
|Final Drive||14T/40T; O-ring-sealed #520 chain|
|Front||43mm telescopic inverted fork; 11.0 in. travel|
|Rear||Pro-Link® system with single shock; 10.3 in. travel|
|Front||Single two-piston hydraulic caliper w/ 296mm disc; ABS||Single two-piston hydraulic caliper w/ 296mm disc|
|Rear||Single one-piston hydraulic caliper w/ 220mm disc; ABS||Single one-piston hydraulic caliper w/ 220mm disc|
|Rake (Caster Angle)||28.1º|
|Trail||114mm (4.5 in.)|
|Ground Clearance||10.6 in.|
|Seat Height||35.2 in.|
|Fuel Capacity||2.7 gal.|
|Color||Red / Black / White, Black / Silver / Red|
|Curb Weight*||346.1 lbs.||341.7 lbs.|
* Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride. Meets current EPA standards. Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment. Specifications subject to change.