While the Honda CRF250L and CRF250 Rally have been enjoying average sales in the local market, Honda has updated the CRF range for the European market to feature more power by way of bumped up engine displacement. Featuring similar features as the CRF250 platform, Honda has launched the CRF300L and CRF300 Rally in the European market.
The platform makes use of the same bullet-proof frame and suspension setup from Showa but comes with a beefier 286cc powerhouse that churns out an impressive 27 hp and 27 Nm of torque. This new engine will surely make the CRF300L a more than capable trail machine while bestowing the CRF300 Rally a pinch of long-distance touring ability.
Done by way of increasing the engine’s stroke, the new Honda CRF300 platform now conforms to Euro5 standards. Both bikes come with a 6-speed transmission and feature shortened gear ratios for the first 5 gears, and a taller 6th gear for long stretches of tarmac. To improve rideability and ease of use, the CRF300L and CRF 300 Rally now come standard with a slipper clutch which has allowed Honda to fit smaller clutch springs resulting in 20 percent less load at the lever.
As it would appear, the new Honda CRF300L and CRF300 Rally have somewhat detracted from the bare-bones, rough and tumble, unrefined nature of dual-sports of days past. Apart from the previously mentioned slipper clutch, both bikes now come with a full LCD display that shows information clearly. The CRF300L gets a narrow and featherweight fuel tank rated for 7.8L, while the CRF300 Rally gets a 12.8L tank better suited for long-distance riding.
Now the likelihood of these machines making it over to the Philippine market is next to zero. With the general local market not being too hot on dual-sports in the first place due to their tall seat height and generally unrefined nature. Besides, the current CRF250 platform makes a pretty strong case for itself as it is. For reference, the Honda CRF250L retails for P232,900 while the Honda CRF250 Rally goes for P284,900.