2020 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES
Honda expands its 2020 Africa Twin lineup with the addition of the CRF1100L “Adventure Sports ES” model that turns an already capable dual-surface machine into a terrain-gobbling off-road tour de force. A larger, more powerful engine and lower overall weight boosts performance, and handling is improved, as well, through the electronically adjusted suspension system. Also boosted, fuel-tank capacity is increased to extend the range and make the “ES” even more suitable for work as a bona fide globetrotter.
2020 Honda Africa Twin
Honda’s globetrotting Africa Twin line has always represented a lot of bike for your buck, but the factory buffed that reputation ahead of MY2020 with a series of improvements that go far beyond the cursory “Bold New Graphics” that frequently makes up Honda’s upgrades. I’m talking about a new engine and updated transmission that deliver more power and control over a frame that drew from Honda’s not-inconsiderable experience with off-road machines. Top-shelf rider-aid electronics and finely-tuned comfort features round out the package to make the new Africa Twin an all-around winner on the global stage.
2019 - 2020 Honda CRF450L
If you’re all about that trail-life, but aren’t necessarily feeling the trailer-life aspect of it, then Honda’s new CRF450L was built with you in mind. The “L” is based on the CRF450R, and was designed as a sister-bike to the 450X of the same family. It’s a street-legal machine with mirrors and lights that’ll let you connect the dots between your favorite trails via blacktop. As for the brown top, a 449 cc plant generates the power with a light-pull clutch and knobbies to keep it under control.
2018 Honda CRF450R
Back in ’17, Honda rebuilt the CRF450R pretty much from the ground up, so I wasn’t expecting much in the way of new stuff and expected to see a straight-up carryover. Boy, was I mistaken. A new, lightweight lithium-ion battery drops enough weight that the factory decided to keep the electric leg and rely on it alone, having offered push-button start as an option last year as a market test. May as well, most of the other big-name MX producers have already done so and it will be expected from now on. Besides, it only adds five pounds to the bike, and that’s only likely to get lighter on subsequent models. Updated suspension settings and a lower center-of-gravity deliver a superior ride as compared to the ’17 model. Plus, tweaks to the engine result in quicker holeshots to help you establish and maintain your lead right out of the gate. All-in-all, a more capable machine meant for competition on the MX course, at least according to the factory prose. Let’s take a look for ourselves, shall we?
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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.
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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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The Honda SFA Concept may be getting the lion’s share of the attention among Honda’s Osaka Motorcycle Show-bound concepts, but don’t sleep on one of the other prototypes that will be showcased at the annual event. This bike is called the CRF250 Rally Concept and from sheer looks alone, it’s already got a grip on my fluttering heart.
Granted, the bike may have a passing resemblance to the Honda CRF250L bike that’s used in the Dakar Rally, but there are also a lot of new components added into the mix to justify its concept designation. From a visual standpoint, the CRF250 Rally Concept exudes the spirit of a mini rally racer. That’s an attractive characteristic that can’t be swept under the rug. Give Honda credit for doing its part to make it look as such, including additions not he bike’s body and chassis. There’s a lot to like about the Honda CRF250 Rally Concept and I am excited to hear from Honda when the bike makes its debut in Osaka this weekend.
It’s still unclear whether the CRF250 Rally Concept will drop that “concept” designation in the future, but if I’m Honda, I’m going to have my ears on the ground in Osaka just so I can gauge the public’s interest on the model. If it proves to be a hit, then I’ll begin to seriously consider the possibility of bringing it to production. Maybe not in the near future, but sometime down the road.
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The Honda CRF250M is a versatile motorcycle that has all it needs to feel similarly comfortable both in the city and on the savage terrains. Thanks to its tough construction, agile chassis and low weight, the motorcycle offers superior levels of maneuverability on any type of road.
At its heart sits a 250 cc, liquid cooled, 4 stroke DOHC engine with a displacement of 250 cc. The unit generates a maximum output of 17.0kw at 8,500 rpm and 22.0 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm and is paired with a six speed transmission with wet multiplate clutch.
The bike’s engine is housed by a semi-double cradle frame which is sits on a pair of 17 inch wheels wrapped in 110/70-17M/C 54S front and 130/70-17M/C 62S rear tires.
The Honda CRF250M can be yours for no less than €5.205.
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When it comes to sporty off road riding, the Honda CRF250R is one of the most appreciated bikes in its class.
Thanks to its light weight, easy maneuverability and long travel suspensions, the motorcycle can deal effortless with anything you ask of it.
Its backbone is represented by a new low-CG aluminum frame which is paired with a revised fork and a fresh swingarm. Power comes from a liquid cooled, single cylinder, four stroke engine which has a displacement of 249 cc. The unit features a series of significant upgrades which help it deliver superior performances. Among them you’ll find a high compression piston, new cylinder head and porting a lighter radiator and new dual-stage fuel injection timing. The engine’s power is transferred to the rear wheel via a revised close-ratio five-speed transmission.
The Honda CRF250R is priced at $7,599.
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With its unstoppable character and agile allure the Honda CRF450R is able to reward you with an unforgettable riding experience every time you jump on its back.
It is built on an advanced twin spar aluminum chassis which is combined with a set of modern air forks offering first class performances in terms of ride and handling.
The Honda CRF450R is propelled by a liquid cooled, single cylinder, four stroke engine with a displacement of 449 cc. The engine is kept under control by a close-ratio five speed transmission.
As far as ergonomics are concerned, the motorcycle comes with a minimal bodywork that helps you slide around on the seat effortless improving both the comfort and control.
As far as the breaks are concerned, the Honda CRF450R comes with a front single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper and a rear single 240mm disc.
The Honda CRF450R is offered with a base price of $8,699.
Honda revamped its entire range of playbikes for 2014 and the CRF125F makes no exception. The model is available in two versions namely the standard and big wheel. The first is fitted with 14” rear and 16” front rims while the latter comes with 19” front and 17” rear wheels.
The Big Wheel version also comes with a two-inch taller seat height which makes it perfectly suited for taller riders.
The new CRF125F replaces the old CRF100F and gets beefier forks (31mm compared to 27mm) which have a longer travel, a new frame and an all-new larger displacement engine.
Talking about the engine, the 2014 CRF125F is propelled by an air-cooled, single-cylinder, SOHC, four-stroke engine with a displacement of 124.9cc. The engine is brought to life by an electric starter and its speed is controlled by means of a four-speed transmission.
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Honda revealed its 2014 CRF125F. For the new year the motorcycle has received a few style modifications, a taller seat and bigger wheels (19" front and 16" rear). It will be available at your local dealer from September 2013.
The bike is built around an air-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke, SOHC, two-valve engine with a displacement of 124.9cc. The engine is brought to life by an electric starter and is mated on a 4-speed manual gearbox which is perfectly suited for the needs of an off road motorcycle.
The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a sturdy steel frame that rolls on a Pro-Link rear suspension and 31mm telescopic forks.
The stopping power is handled by a 220mm front disc brake paired with a rear drum.
The 2014 Honda CRF125F is offered with a starting price of $2,799 and comes with a six months warranty.
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Meet the 2014 Honda CRF230F – the latest version of Honda’s reliable trail machine. The motorcycle is offered with a base price of $ 4,170 and will be available in showrooms from August, 2013.
The 2014 Honda CRF230F is propelled by an air cooled, single cylinder, four stroke, SOHC engine with a displacement of 223 cc. The engine’s power is kept under control by a six speed transmission and is fed by a 1.9 gallons fuel tank (including 0.4 gallon reserve).
To offer a hassle free riding experience, the 2014 Honda CRF230F is brought to life by an electric starter and the stopping power is assured by a set of capable front disc and rear drum brakes.
You also get a 37 mm Showa fork (9.5 inches travel) and a rear Showa single shock with spring-preload adjustability (9.0 inches travel).
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Compact, ergonomic and agile the Honda CRF250L is a dual-sport motorcycle that rewards you with a fun riding experience every time you jump on its back.
In terms of ergonomics, the bike offers an upright seating and a comfy handlebar which keep you ready for any situation.
The Honda CRF250L is propelled by a fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine with counterbalance and double-overhead cams. The engine is brought to life by an electric starter and sends its power to the ground by means of a six speed transmission. Needles to say that it rewards you with a smooth response and loads of low- and mid-range torque. As far as efficiency is concerned, the CRF250L offers an estimated consumption of 73 miles per gallon.
The motorcycle’s stopping power is handled by 256mm front and 220mm rear disc brakes.
The Honda CRF250L can be yours for no less than $4,699.
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Forged form Honda’s desire to create a tough all-roader that can deal effortless with anything you ask of it, the 2013 Honda CRF450R is a modern motocross bike that offers an interesting mix of fun, agility and adrenaline.
To offers first class performances, the 2013 Honda CRF450R has received an all-new aluminum frame which is combined with state of the art suspensions and modern brakes. When designing the CRF450R, Honda’s engineers have also spent a lot of time to keep the center of gravity to as low as possible improving the high speeds stability in corners.
Needless to say that the motorcycle was built using a lot of lightweight materials, therefore it has a total weight of only 242.7 pounds. This low weight is combined with a fairly strong 449cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine which sends its power to the rear wheel through a close-ratio, five-speed transmission.
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