What makes a good dual-sport motorcycle? Well, the answer is simple, really. Long travel suspension, knobby, tires, large ground clearance, and an overall lightweight construction are basically the pieces to the puzzle. When it comes to dual-sports that have always outperformed the rest, it's Honda’s CRF line of bikes that are seen as the holy grail of dependable off-road performance.
Late last year, Honda unveiled the CRF300L and CRF300 Rally to the global market. Both bikes serve as successors to the highly acclaimed CRF250L and CRF250 Rally—bikes which have held poll position in the premium dual-sport segment in both the local and international markets. With this, Honda Philippines is expected to launch the brand-new 300-class of dirt bikes soon. How soon? Well, they could actually begin trickling into showrooms this month. Let’s take a closer look at these two bikes.
The barebones dual-sport which gives off the iconic dirt bike aura is none other than the CRF300L. Employing unmistakable off-road styling with its long travel suspension, 21-inch front and 19-inch rear wheel combo, and slim and angular body work, the CRF300L doesn’t just look the part, it means business when it comes to gnarly terrain. Equipped with a 286cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine, this bike pumps out 26 hp and 27 Nm of torque, making even the toughest climbs easy-pickings. The new CRF300L is expected to retail for P259,000.
Its brother, the CRF300 Rally, is equipped with touring-specific options which make it a capable off-roader while adding a practical side to the equation. It gets a 12.8-liter fuel tank which provides an impressive range of 410 kilometers. Equipped with the same 286cc engine as its slender sibling, the 300 Rally produces adequate power to cruise along provincial roads comfortably. Of course, the bike’s touring-ability gives it a slightly higher price tag of P300,000.