2015 - 2019 Honda XR650L
Honda carries its venerable XR650L line into 2019, but to be honest, it’s almost completely unchanged from the original version unleashed on the world back in 1993. Before you scoff, I would point out that sharks haven’t changed in millions of years, having evolved long ago into creatures perfectly suited to their environments, and apparently, so it is with the XR650L. The Red Riders got it right out of the gate with this one, and popular support keeps the bike on Honda’s showroom floors even after nearly a quarter-century. I want to see what Honda has going on over there that gives this bike such longevity.
Continue reading for my review of the Honda XR650L.
Honda’s CRF series has been around since MY13, and 2017 sees the first major update for the family. Among the changes, the factory added another 1.6 horsepower over the previous generation, and it added the “Rally” to the lineup for even more capacity for fun when the blacktop turns to brown. These rides are built for people who take their fun seriously, according to the factory, but just how serious you can get with one depends on your definition of the word. Is it a machine that will suit your purposes? Let’s take a look and find out.
Continue reading for my look at the Honda CRF250L and CRF250L Rally.
Released in 2012 as a 2013 model, the 2016 CRF250L is basically a carry-over from that first launch. Wearing its motocross heritage proudly, the CRF250L brings a street-legal choice to Honda’s CRF stable, joining the XR650L in the dual-sport category.
It’s spunky and fun to ride, but how does it stack up when put through its paces? Overall, fairy well and when you look at the price, it’s not a bad bike for what you get.
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Having won four successive Dakar Rallys with its NXR-750, Honda launched the original XRV650 Africa Twin in 1989. It was a lighter, higher-spec version that preceded the XRV750 Africa Twin — a dual-sport bike more closely modeled on the NXR-750 — which Honda produced until 2003. With the renewed and growing interest in the adventure-bike market, Honda is back with the CRF1000L Africa Twin.
In order to carry the legacy of the "Africa Twin" name, the designers focused hard on what made the original XRV750 Africa Twin such a great bike: off-road performance, on-road touring comfort, and the nimbleness and agility to be an all-purpose, everyday bike.
Released in the UK in late 2015 and slated for its U.S. debut in early 2016, the CRF1000L Africa Twin pays homage to its predecessors as well as embraces modern technology by offering Honda’s exclusive automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) technology, specifically developed and programmed to provide the off-road ability the Africa Twin legacy demands.
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The Honda CRF250R is a reliable, light and easy to handle motorcycle that was carefully designed to be able to conquer the toughest terrains without breaking a sweat.
For 2015 the Honda CRF250R receives a new Showa Air Fork SFF suspension, an all-new Engine Mode Select button, a larger front brake disc, a lighter throttle return spring and larger muffler exit-pipe diameter.
Power comes from a liquid - cooled, single - cylinder four - stroke engine with a displacement of 249cc which is paired with a close ratio five speed transmission. For improved performances, the unit features revised PGM-FI settings.
The engine is combined with a twin-spar aluminum chassis which features lower frame spars to help lower the center of gravity and improve center of mass.
The Honda CRF250R is offered with a starting price of $7,599.
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The Honda CRF50F is without a doubt one of the best beginner bikes from the streets. It is light, easy to handle, reliable and safe, so what more could you ask of it?
Built around a lively 49 cc, air - cooled, single - cylinder, four - stroke, SOHC, two valve engine, the Honda CRF50F can deal great with the requirements of off-roading. The engine’s power is transferred to the ground by means of a three speed transmission with automatic clutch. The bike also gets a 0.7 Gallons fuel tank and a 13mm piston-valve carburetor. For enhanced versatility the CRF50F features an adjustable throttle limiter which lets you tailor the power to the appropriate skill level.
The Honda CRF50F is recommended for riders 13 years of age and older and is offered with a starting price of $1,399.
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The Honda CRF110F is a compact motorcycle that has all it needs to be the perfect learning platform for young riders.
The motorcycle weighs 163 Pounds (wet) and has a wheel base of 41.9 inches. It is powered by a 110 cc air-cooled, SOHC engine which is mated on a four speed transmission with automatic clutch. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the new CRF110F features both an electric starter and a kick starter.
The engine is housed by a sturdy steel frame that’s especially built to be able to withstand the bumps and dings of off-road riding.
You also get a 31.0mm telescopic fork (3.9 inches of travel) and a rear single-shock( 3.4 inches of travel).
The Honda CRF110F is offered with a base price of $2,099.
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Despite its compact dimensions, the Honda CRF150R can deal effortless even with the most difficult terrains.
The motorcycle is built around a 149 cc, liquid-cooled single-cylinder, four stroke engine which is mated on a close ratio five speed transmission.
The CRF150R is available in two versions namely the base model and the CRF150R Expert, featuring bigger wheels, a higher seat and a longer swingarm.
The ride quality is kept under control by an adjustable 37mm leading-axle inverted Showa cartridge fork which features specially tuned valving for small bumps and a friction-reducing design to improve compression and rebound control.
The stopping power is handled by a front single 220mm disc and a rear single 190 mm disc brake. The motorcycle’s wheels are wrapped in 70/100-17 Dunlop MX51 front and 90/100-14 rear tires.
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Sized Right For Fun.
Kids aren’t all the same size at the same age, and that’s why Honda offers so many choices when it comes to dirtbikes. You need to carefully consider both your rider’s skill level and overall size when choosing a bike. But when it comes to the 2014 Honda CRF125F Big Wheel, you’re in luck. Basically, it’s the same great machine as our CRF125F, but with bigger wheels and a two-inch taller seat height. That combination means it will be perfect for thousands of teens (...)
When it comes to dirt bikes, Honda is certainly one of the top manufacturers. The company’s lineup consists of a wide range of motorcycles including the Honda CRF125 that was continually improved and refined since its inception.
Today, the bike continues to be one of the best models in its class and is fitted with state of the art technologies, it delivers superior performances and is also pretty easy to ride.
At its heart sits an air-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine with a displacement of 124.9cc. The unit sends its power to the ground by means of a four speed transmission. The motorcycle’s speed is kept under control by a 220 mm front hydraulic disc and a rear drum brake.
It is also worthy of being mentioned that the Honda CRF125F is also available in a big-wheel version for the taller riders.
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The Honda CRF230F is ready for adventure each time you fire up its engine. The bike comes with a sturdy yet light frame which sits on a 37mm leading-axle Showa fork (9.5 Inches of travel) and a rear pro-link Showa single shock with spring-preload adjustability (9.0 inches travel).
The motorcycle is propelled by an air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke SOHC engine with a displacement of 223cc which offers plenty of user-friendly power and torque spread over a wide-rpm range. The engine is combined with a six speed transmission and is fueled by a 1.9 Gallons (Including 0.4-gallon reserve) fuel tank.
You also get a pretty generous ground clearance rated at 11.7 inches and a pair of rugged 80/100-21 front and 100/100-18 rear tires.
The Honda CRF230F is offered with a base price of $4,199.
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Comfy and easy to handle, the Honda CRF150F is a fun off road bike that can deal great with anything you ask of it.
At its heart sits an air-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke SOHC engine with a displacement of 149cc. The engine is linked to a 1.9 gallons fuel tank and is mated on a five speed transmission.
The bike rides on lightweight rims which feature straight pull spokes and are wrapped in 70/100-19 front and 90/100-16 rear tyres.
You also get front discs brakes, an electric starter, new graphics and bodywork, keyed ignition and a high-impact plastic skid plate which protects lower engine cases. Not to mention about the heavy-duty clutch, motocross-style seat and maintenance-free sealed battery.
The ride is kept in check by a Pro-Link rear suspension which delivers an excellent combination of spring and damping rates on any type of terrain.
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