Dual-purpose motorcycles known as the Do-it-All or Dual Sport bikes are the universal and most suitable vehicle for moto tours and expeditions on a mixed surface – asphalt and rough terrain. Often this is the only form of transport for the remote corners of our planet, where to go on foot takes a long time and where off-road cars will not pass. They are lightweight, easy to operate, you feel comfortable on asphalt roads, and at the same time, it allows you to overcome quite serious offroad. It was on this type of transport that our guide Vitaliy Tsalikov was able for the first time in world history to get into the highland kingdom of Mustang in the Himalayas. It was our guide, Vladlen Ovchar, who chose it for the enduro-historical tour along the Lycian way in Turkey.
Several decades ago, this class was represented by three “whales”: the Yamaha TTR Raid, Suzuki Djebel and Honda Baja, dual-use moto bestsellers. These models were so successful and reliable that they drive the roads, mountains, and valleys to this day. For the last couple of decades, manufacturers of off-road motorbikes have not particularly pleased lovers of combined runs, concentrating on either sports hard enduro or purely road bikes. But in recent years, the situation has begun to change for the better.
One of the representatives of the class, characterized by lightweight, good handling and reliability, is the Honda CRF250L motorcycle, which is already in service with most rental companies around the world. In all motor tours and expeditions of recent years, we chose these dirt bikes, and we recommend it primarily to beginners who do not have off-road driving experience.
A large suspension stroke is necessary to overcome offroad obstacles, vertical ergonomics with a low center of gravity combined with sufficient saddle height and low footrests make it convenient for tall riders. A six-speed gearbox will allow you to quickly move on the freeways, although you will be inferior in dynamics to road motorcycles, still it is an enduro motorcycle, and first of all, it manifests itself as the King of Off-Road.
As some of our colleagues say, the Honda CRF 250 L is a vehicle that does not bother the owner with an explosive character due to excessive power like hard-enduros and cross-country bikes, and at the same time feels confident in valleys, forests and mountain serpentines, and in the city is ready to quickly leave behind any traffic jam, overcome the high curb and even climb the pedestrian stairs. And finally, some technical information and features:
- Engine Type: 1-cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC
- Displacement: 249.6 cm³
- Cooling: liquid
- Fuel supply system: injector, PGM-Fi x1 36 mm
- Power: 22.8 HP (17.0 kW) at 8500 rpm
- Gearbox: 6-speed
- Front suspension: 43 mm inverted telescopic fork, stroke – 250 mm
- Back suspension bracket: pendulum Pro-link mono-shock-absorber with preload adjustment, the course – 240 mm
- Seat Height: 875 mm
- Ground clearance: 255 mm
- Acceleration to 100 km / h: 8.0 seconds
- Fuel tank capacity: 7.8 L
- Motorcycle Weight (Curb): 143 kg
If you are considering purchasing a dual-purpose enduro motorcycle, the best way to pass a test-drive the HONDA CRF250L – is to go on a motorcycle trip with us, where you’ll have the opportunity to evaluate this moto on all possible types of surfaces, from asphalt highways to real hard enduro on mountain roads and river crossings. Let’s ride, explorer, and discover with #MotoPilgrimsAdventours!