Honda CRF250 Rally

Honda CRF250 Rally

The Honda CRF 250 Rally is another newly released motorcycle and it’s the smallest adventure motorcycle you can buy at the moment. As we know the CRF model designation means that it is a motocross motorcycle and not for road use. However the new CRF 250 Rally is road ready and LAMS or learner motorcycle approved.

In term of looks the CRF250 Rally definitely a good looking motorcycle especially in the HRC or Honda Racing Team inspired clouds and body work. The design is inherently familiar as a rally motorcycle but evolutionary since it does look completely up to date in 2018. It will look at home on the road or off road on a rally etc… as it’s name suggests.  This is not a unique situation in 2018 as we had race replica motorcycles and now we have rally replicas just like in the 80’s with WRC with the homologation specials like the Subaru WRX and Mitsubishi EVO series.

In terms a specifications has the same but modded CBR250 engine and has features like a aluminium swing arm, ABS the you can turn off, LED lighting, upgraded USD forks and cool looking spoked wheels as standard and likewise missing on the road going version. For the price around $7300 it’s not overpriced for the spec which is what we expect.

Is the CRF250 Rally worth a considering? Definitely yes, it’s one of the few commuter, on and off road motorcycles at 250cc that anyone can ride and buy. The main reason why the Honda CRF250 Rally is the best model in the 250cc adventure class than the rest is that it looks great! a real rally replica  math’s not a sport bike for a change.

Honda CRF250 Rally Key Specifications
Engine: 1 cylinder 4V DOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 249cc
Power/Torque: 18.2 Kw @ 8500 RPM 22.6 Nm @ 6750 RPM
Gearbox: 6 Speed
Kerb Weight: 157 Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed 100 Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 10 litre fuel tank
Approx 3.5 Lts per 100km
Seat height: 895 mm
Dimensions: L2210 x W900 x H1425
Recommended Retail Price: $7300 (2018)

 

2018 Suzuki DR650SE – The modern retro motorcycle

Suzuki DR650SE

One of the most affordable new motorcycles in 2018 is the venerable Suzuki DR650 but is it special? The DR650SE is a dual purpose motorcycle with on and off road capability. It’s essentially like the modern day SUV or a ‘Trail Rated’ Jeep  for example.  The DR650 has been on sale for since 1992 nearly 30 years in basically the same design and specification. The latest model is called the Suzuki DR650SE and priced under $9000 AUD on the road.

It’s key selling points are that it is a trail bike and that it is LAMS or learner compatible. There only real competitor to the Suzuki DR650 is the Kawasaki KLR650 is priced at  $9449 also at a on road price. The slightly lower pricing in one factor the Suzuki is my choice and that the current KLR looks a little silly with wicked witch claw front mud guard.

In terms of design and looks the DR650SE is pure trail bike design from the late 1980’s. It is such the stereotypical design used by many Japanese and other manufacturers over the years it could be called  iconic as Suzuki has not changed the design. You could arguably call it a retro motorcycle. Since retro is the current ‘in trend’ in motorcycles this Suzuki is good place to start.

Mechanically the DR650SE is simple even by modern motorcycle standards. The most retro part is the carburettors no EFI here!  Other retro parts include  the single disc brakes and 5 speed gearbox. It’s old age means that there are plenty of aftermarket parts and problem solving if you encounter any problems. The alloy rear swing arm is one of the more modern parts on the DR650. The ride height may be a concern to normal size people, so there is a ride height reduction kit from 885 to 845mm.  Critically the lack of any changes also imply the lack of real competition from any other manufacturer. Of course the imminent emission regulations will mean that the DR650 will be discontinued or revised.

Is the DR650SE a special motorcycle? Yes it’s been around for decades essentially unchanged which means it’s a good thing and most of all  any rider can buy it and ride away to virtually anywhere they want.

Suzuki DR650SE Key Specifications (2018)
Engine: Single cylinder SOHC 
Capacity: 644cc
Power/Torque: 34Kw @ 6400RPM 50Nm @ 4650RPM
Gearbox: 5 speed
Kerb Weight: 166Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed NA Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 13 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height: 885mm
Dimensions: L2255 x W865 x H1195
Recommended Retail Price: $8,990 (2018) On road