– 2022 Honda CRF300 RALLY Review of Specs / Features + Accessories with Discount Prices! –
Say hello to the 2022 Honda CRF300L RALLY adventure motorcycle! One of Honda’s most popular motorcycles you can buy, no matter the segment as this bike ticks a lot of the “right” boxes to make it a hit with people of all ages and riding backgrounds. What’s not to love about a dual-sport motorcycle that can get 70+ MPG, able to cruise on the highway if need be but can also take you just about anywhere you want to go explore off-road too and all for right around $6,000 bucks? On this page we’re going to dive into some of the nitty-gritty info about the 2022 CRF300 RALLY and hopefully help answer whether or not this is the right bike for you to buy or if you should maybe consider its cheaper sibling, the standard CRF300L.
2022 CRF300L RALLY VS 2021 CRF300L RALLY Changes? Were there any 2022 Honda CRF 300 RALLY changes? Well, yes and no. Mechanically and aesthetically, the 2022 CRF300L RALLY is identical to last year but we do have changes when it comes to pricing. There is a $100 price increase for 2022, bumping the standard RALLY up to $6,099 and the 300 RALLY ABS model sees the same bump, raising it up to $6,399.
Recent Honda CRF300L RALLY Changes / Updates? The most recent round of changes to the CRF300L RALLY happened last year when Honda turned the very popular CRF250L RALLY, into the CRF300L RALLY that you see today. Increased cubic capacity for Honda’s mini-adventure motorcycle, plus revised air intake, inlet cam timing and exhaust system that inject more peak power and considerably stronger torque across the rev-range. Shorter gearbox ratios are topped with a taller 6th gear while an assist/slipper clutch maintains allows confident control of the rear wheel. Handling on any terrain is improved with a new swingarm and more laterally flexible frame, increased ground clearance, longer travel suspension and revised riding position. Increased capacity for the fuel tank extends range; the seat is now rubber-mounted and lower, and there are rubber inserts for the footpegs. The handlebars use internal weights, indicators are now flexibly mounted and the finishing touch is an easy-to-read, positive LCD instrument display. Curb weight was reduced by 8.8 lbs to 331 lbs, making for a 13% improvement in power to weight ratio. So keep in mind, any changes or updates we discuss below on the CRF300L RALLY are what took place last year as the only changes for this year come down to pricing.
The videos you see below are technically of the 2021 model year BUT they are identical to the 2022 CRF300L RALLY and 2022 CRF300L…
- Quick 2022 CRF300L RALLY Info / Specs:
- 2022 Honda CRF300 Model Lineup / Options:
- 2022 CRF300L RALLY | ($6,099)
- 2022 CRF300L RALLY ABS | ($6,399)
- 2022 CRF300L | ($5,349)
- 2022 CRF300L ABS | ($5,649)
- 2022 CRF300L RALLY Price / MSRP: $6,099
- 2022 CRF300L RALLY ABS Price / MSRP: $6,399
- 2022 CRF300L RALLY USA Release Date: April 2022
- 2022 CRF300L RALLY Colors: Red
- 2022 CRF300L RALLY Horsepower: 27 HP @ 8,500 RPM
- 2022 CRF300L RALLY Torque: 19.6 lb/ft TQ @ 4,750 RPM
- 2022 CRF300L RALLY MPG: 75.9 Miles Per Gallon
- 2022 CRF300L RALLY Seat Height: 35.2 inches
- 2022 CRF300L RALLY Weight: 331 lbs (curb) (ABS 335 lbs)
- 2022 CRF300L RALLY Fuel Tank Capacity / Size: 3.4 gallons
- 2022 CRF300L RALLY Front Suspension: 43mm Showa USD fork with 10.2 inches of travel
- 2022 CRF300L RALLY Rear Suspension: Pro-link Showa monoshock with 10.2 inches of travel
- 2022 CRF300L RALLY VS 2021 CRF250L RALLY Changes: Yes, pricing
- 2022 CRF300L RALLY VS 2021 CRF250L RALLY Price Change: +$100
- * CRF300 Rally = CRF300L Rally, same bike.
- 2022 Honda CRF300 Model Lineup / Options:
- 2021 CRF300L RALLY Review Contents:
- 1. | Introduction
- 2. | Model Overview
- 3. | Key Features / Development
- 3.1 | Styling & Equipment
- 3.2 | Engine
- 3.3 | Chassis
- 4. | Accessories
- 5. | Photo Gallery / Pictures
- 6. | Technical Specifications
1. | Introduction
A small capacity 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. In essence 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, based on the trail-ready CRF250L, brought something new to the market on its launch in 2017. It not only looked ready to compete in a desert stage, but also delivered a real taste of adventure to riders who prefer a light, easy-to-manage machine.
Fast forward to today and the CRF250L RALLY has now turned into the CRF300L RALLY. Lighter, more powerful and even better equipped to explore – around the world or around the block – the CRF300 RALLY is ready to take you on your next adventure!
2. | Model Overview
Now 286cc, the CRF300L RALLY’s engine produces 10% more peak power over the 250 RALLY bringing the CRF300L RALLY horsepower to 27 HP @ 8,500 RPM, and 18% more peak torque at 19.6 lb/ft TQ @ 6,500 RPM. Inlet cam timing has been revised, alongside both air intake and exhaust system for much stronger mid-range torque and power. Gear ratios 1-5 are shorter, for improved response, while 6th is taller for more relaxed high-speed cruising. An assist/slipper clutch now manages the rear wheel under hard down changes and offers 20% less load at the lever.
A redesigned steel frame, aluminum swingarm and bottom yoke are major contributors to a 8.8 pound overall weight loss and feature revised rigidity balance for feedback and feel. Steering geometry has been adjusted in detail to match, and the forks have an extra .4 inches of suspension travel (10mm).
Sharp-edged bodywork features a larger, 3.4 gallon capacity fuel tank and comfortable, broad seat, distinctive asymmetric dual LED headlight and new, positive LCD instrument display. The riding position, too, has been altered to encourage the light steering maneuverability needed off-road and, just as usefully, around town.
3. | Key Features / Development
3.1 | Styling & Equipment
- Light, slim bodywork incorporates large 3.4 gal. fuel tank
- Rubber mounted seat is lower than CRF250L RALLY
- Easy to read LCD display
The CRF300 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 come standard on the RALLY and offer further protection, both for the hands and the brake and clutch levers. A skid plate protects the machine’s underside and the gear lever features a folding tip.
From the machine’s mid-section back, the refreshed style is MX-sharp; the rear number plate bracket is much smaller, for a 300g saving; further weight has been saved by the aggressive shape of the front mudguard. The fuel tank grows in volume by .71 gal., to 3.38 gallons (2.7L to 12.8L); with 76 MPG (32.3 km/l) achievable, a cruising range of 250 miles is possible (410km).
The seat is rubber mounted for comfort and the footpegs also now feature rubber inserts. Seat height is 34.8 in. (885mm), .2 inches (5mm) taller than the CRF300L and .4 in. (10mm) lower than the prior generation CRF250L RALLY. It features the same narrower profile up front as its sibling, but with an extra .8 in. (20mm) in width across the seated area for long riding days.
To foster easy, light control the riding position has been subtly altered: the handlebars have been pulled back slightly, while the foot rests have been lowered and also moved back, to make gear changes in heavy off-road boots easier. And the CRF300 RALLY features internal handlebar weights to minimize vibration. The sidestand, too has been redesigned with a 10% larger area for its (now) folding footplate.
A redesigned, .15 lb (70g) lighter LCD display features large black digits on a crisp white display, for instant readability. The speedo numbers are also .24 in. (6mm) larger, at .90 in. (23mm). Information includes gear position indicator, fuel mileage and consumption, average speed, stopwatch and rev-counter. The headlight is a compact, asymmetric dual LED unit, matched to a bulb taillight. The indicators, too, are LED and now flexibly mounted.
3.2 | CRF300L RALLY Engine
- 286cc liquid-cooled, single cylinder four-stroke engine
- Six-speed transmission
- Assist/slipper clutch
An extra 14% cubic capacity for the single-cylinder, liquid-cooled DOHC engine – from 250cc to 286cc – is acquired by a 63mm stroke, as opposed to 55mm. Bore remains 76mm, as does compression ratio of 10.7:1. Peak power of 27 HP arrives @ 8,500 RPM (20.1kW), peak torque of 19.6 lb/ft @ 6,500 RPM (26.6Nm) (up from 24 HP @ 8.500 RPM / 16.7 TQ @ 6,750rpm | 18.2kW/22.6Nm). The full dyno graph curves tells the full story beyond the peak power and torque uplift: the new engine is considerably stronger, everywhere, from 2,000 RPM up.
To match the engine’s heavier punch and to smarten pick-up and acceleration, gear ratios 1-5 are shorter, while 6th gear is taller for more relaxed highway cruising and higher top speed on the CRF300L compared to the CRF250L. Addition of an assist/slipper clutch reduces lever load by 20% and manages rear wheel ‘hop’ on rapid downshifts – great for control, on or off-road.
Revised timing of the intake cam specifically boosts low- to mid-range response – the rpm range most used around town or off-road – and works with redesigned air filter, exhaust downpipe (1.5 lbs / 660g lighter than the previous design), muffler and ignition timing. An iridium spark plug, along with precise metering of fuel from the PGM-FI injection system, further enhances combustion efficiency and improves environmental credentials.
The engine uses an offset cylinder, reducing internal frictional losses, while the piston itself incorporates a special surface material, plus 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. A primary balance shaft further reduces vibration.
The cooling system uses a 12.7kW heat-release radiator, sited on the left of the bike, protected with a polypropylene grill baffled to improve airflow. A thin guide-ring cooling fan is used to maintain even temperatures at low speeds, either in congested traffic or tricky off-road situations.
The CRF300L RALLY’s engine is fully EURO5 compliant.
3.3 | CRF300L RALLY Chassis
- Handling and agility improved on any terrain from wide-ranging updates
- Significant weight saving from a new frame and swingarm
- Revised rigidity balance for both, with increased ground clearance
- Longer travel front and rear suspension
A total of 8.8 lbs (4kg) has been saved overall from the CRF300 RALLY’s chassis, with a curb / wet weight now of 331 lbs (ABS 335 lbs). The steel semi-double cradle frame is completely new and contributes 4.7 lbs to the weight loss (2.15kg). Just as importantly, to promote handling feel and connection to front/rear traction, its flexibility balance has been tuned with 25% less lateral rigidity.
This has been achieved with decreased width (-30mm) for the main down tube and smaller, 25.4mm diameter lower down tubes (from 28.6mm) plus a 20mm decrease in width across the central bracing tube.
To match, the one-piece cast aluminum swingarm is not only 1.2 lbs lighter (550g) , it features a 23% reduction in lateral rigidity. It’s also 15mm narrower just behind the pivot point and smooth, cross-sectional shaping is used to create uniform deflection. Extruded aluminum is used for the chain adjustment collar. The steel bottom yoke of the previous design has been changed for aluminum; this shaves 1.6 lbs (730g) from an area high relative to the center of gravity for faster steering response.
The 43mm Showa inverted fork gains .4 in. (10mm) of stroke to to make the suspension travel now come in at 10.2 in. (260mm), with spring weight and damping settings revised for precise control over a wide range of terrain and speeds. The Pro-Link rear suspension now has 10.2 inches of travel (260mm), up from 9.4 in. (240mm) on the outgoing CRF250L; the Showa shock absorber is a single tube design.
Ground clearance has been increased, from 10.6 in. to 10.8 in. (270mm to 275mm) and the frame and engine sit .8 inches higher (20mm), thanks to revisions to the lower frame, engine crankcases and oil drain plug. Rake and trail are now set at 27.5°/109mm (from 27.6°/113mm) with .4 in. (10mm) longer wheelbase of 57.3 in. (1455mm). Turning radius for the CRF300L RALLY is 7.5 ft (2.3m).
The front brake uses a single 256mm disc gripped by a two-piston caliper, the rear a 220mm disc and single-piston caliper; in common with the CRF competition machines the rear master cylinder is now a lightweight, integrated design. The discs feature a wave design – also taken directly from the CRF250R / CRF450R – with exceptional self-cleaning abilities in adverse conditions.
2-channel ABS comes as standard equipment on the CRF300L RALLY in Europe and select other countries. You can turn off the rear ABS by pressing the button shown below, on the side of the gauge display. However, in the USA we still have the option of buying a CRF300L RALLY with standard brakes or choosing the ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) option for an additional $300.
Lightweight aluminum rims further reduce unsprung mass and the Alumite surface has been polished to a gloss finish. Block pattern enduro-style tires (front, 80/100-21 51P and rear 120/80-18 62P) provide traction in a wide range of riding situations.
The 21-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear increase stability on rough terrain and allow the fitment of more off-road specific tires if required. Application of a machined rear sprocket and M8 bolts (instead of M10) plus hollow rear axle saves .5 lbs (240g) and .35 lbs (160g) respectively.
4. | CRF300L RALLY Accessories
Tailor-made accessories for the 2022 CRF300L RALLY include 38L top box for added storage, rear carrier bracket and mounts and protective sump guard for the engine. Here are a list of official CRF300L accessories from Honda and below you’ll also find coupon / discount codes for those CRF300 RALLY accessory options too:
- 2022 Honda CRF300L RALLY Heated Grips (sub-harness required below) (discount link below)
- 2022 Honda CRF300L RALLY Heated Grips Sub Harness (discount link below)
- 2022 Honda CRF300L RALLY 12V Accessory Socket (discount link below)
- 2022 Honda CRF300L RALLY Top Case / Storage (38L) (discount link below)
- 1 Key Inner Cylinder (discount link below)
- 2022 Honda CRF300L RALLY Top Case Mount (discount link below)
- 2022 Honda CRF300L RALLY Rear Carrier Support (discount link below)
- 2022 Honda CRF300L RALLY Top Case Lock (discount link below)
- 2022 Honda CRF300L RALLY Top Case Inner Bag (discount link below)
- 2022 Honda CRF300L RALLY Enduro Footpegs (discount link below)
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5. | CRF300L RALLY Photo Gallery / Pictures
6. | Technical Specifications
|Type||Liquid-cooled, single cylinder DOHC|
|Engine Displacement (cm³)||286cc|
|No. of Valves per Cylinder||4|
|Bore ´ Stroke (mm)||76.0 x 63.0|
|Max. Power Output||27 horsepower @ 8500 RPM (20.1kW)|
|Max. Torque||19.6 lb/ft TQ @ 6,500 RPM (26.6Nm)|
|Oil Capacity||1.9 qt (1.8L)|
|Carburation||PGM-FI electronic fuel injection|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||3.38 gal. (12.8L)|
|Fuel Consumption||76 MPG (32.3km/liter)|
|Clutch Type||Wet multiplate, assist/slipper clutch|
|Type||Steel semi-double cradle|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||87.8 in. x 36.2 in. x 55.7 in. (2230 x 920 x 1415mm)|
|Wheelbase||57.3 in. (1455mm)|
|Trail||4.3 in. (109mm)|
|Seat Height||35.2 in. (885mm)|
|Ground Clearance||10.9 in. (275mm)|
|Curb Weight||331 lbs / ABS 335 lbs|
|Turning radius||7.5 ft (2.3m)|
|Type Front||43mm telescopic USD fork|
|Wheels Front||aluminum spoke|
|Wheels Rear||aluminum spoke|
|tires Front||80/100-21M/C 51P|
|tires Rear||120/80-18M/C 62P|
|ABS System Type||2 channel ABS|
|Brakes Front||256mm x 3.5mm disc with two piston caliper|
|Brakes Rear||220 mm x 4.5mm disc with single piston caliper|
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