The Dirt Bike Guy: 2013 Honda CRF250L
2013 Honda CRF250L: A Fun Dual-Sport Ride
Dual-sport bikes are great for riders who don't want to deal with
the hassle of strapping their dirt bikes to a trailer and driving a
car out to the track every time they feel like getting their wheels
dirty. The dual sport family is certainly a smaller subset of dirt
bikes, but there are still a few contenders that are worth your
while, including the 2013 Honda
CRF250L. This bike put Honda back into the entry-level dual
sport dirt bike game, as it only has one other dual sport option,
which has a much heftier engine.
The CRF has practically the same engine
that can be found in the CBR250R
street bike, with a few tweaks to make it off-road-ready. The
transmission gears are larger, the throttle body is 2 millimeters
smaller and the airbox is bigger. When it comes to shock
absorption, Honda has you covered. The front suspension consists of
a 43 mm inverted fork with 8.7 inches of travel, and there is a
Pro-Link single shock in the rear that provides 9.4 inches of
travel. Plus, Honda threw in a judder spring in the clutch that
helps you deal with all those unexpected little jolts and shudders
you'll feel riding over rocky, unpaved paths.
Comfort And Other Features
Honda designed the CRF250L to be comfortable whether you're riding
on the street or kicking up dirt in the woods. The seat is
positioned in just the right way so you're not too far back or too
upright when you straddle the bike. This way, you can easily see
the road ahead and also feel at ease riding the trails for hours.
When it comes time to fuel up, the bike's superior fuel economy (73
miles per gallon on the road) will help you save money at the pump,
which is something that will be sure to please every rider.
The bike is not a power performer, so don't plan on winning any
races astride this ride. But it has plenty of juice to haul you
around the off-road track, making it a good choice for casual and
beginner riders. You can always add aftermarket dirt bike gear to fine
tune the bike to your needs. It certainly doesn't hurt that the
bike is moderately priced, and you won't have to buy a trailer to
get it to and from the track, which will let you get more riding
time in and save you the hassle of the extra steps.
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