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)

 

2019 Honda Monkey Z125

Honda Monkey

Honda has a few historically important motorcycles and one of them is the original Z50 better known as the Monkey   or  Z-Series of mini bikes. The Monkey was popular due to it’s moto-racing support bike doing errands around the race track back in the 70’s to 80’s.  The nick name Monkey was due to the way a rider would look like when riding it which was like the ancient money on bicycle toys and street performers of the the 1800’s and 1900’s. Due to the surprising popularity of the mini nike class in particular the GROM they announced an all new Monkey version for 2018/2019.

The new Monkey bears a resemblance to the original model but clearly updated and amplified it’s classic design features for 2019. It shouts fun and retro motorcycle and and miniature cafe-racer, will appeal to anyone rider young or old.

The engine and mechanicals are from the Honda GROM 125 which means plenty of aftermarket parts and support. The frame is a modification in particular the tubular rear swing arms. Modern features as standard include  keyless start, electronic fuel injection, digital instruments, LED headlights and if the show model is to be believed ABS brakes!

It is surprising that Honda has introduced another 125cc motorcycle which are clearly not practical commuting motorcycles. I’m not sure which one I prefer, the GROM or the new Monkey. Recommended retail pricing is expected to be slightly higher than the GROM so around the $5000 AUD price point. It has attractive pricing for an out of the box niche and unique retro motorcycle. Mind you, if it does sell at the $4000 AUD price point I think it will be sell out.

Honda Monkey 125  Key Specifications
Engine: 1 cylinder 2V SOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 125cc
Power/Torque: 7.1Kw @ 8,000 RPM 9.6 Nm @ 7500 RPM
Gearbox: 4 speed 
Kerb Weight: 107 Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed 100 Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 5.6 litre fuel tank
Seat height: 776 mm
Dimensions: L1710 x W775 x H1030
Recommended Retail Price: Approx $4999 (2019)