Just a month ago, Honda updated the CRF 250L and 250 Rally with a lighter frame, CRF450-inspired headlight (on the 250L), ABS, skid plate and larger fuel tank.
Now, the new 300 series dual sports get more power and are now Euro 5 emissions-compliant.
As the name implies, the new CRF 300L and 300 Rally get a larger engine bore than the 250L and 250 Rally. According to Honda, they’ve revised the CRF’s engine to 286cc. The new engine produces 10% more peak power at 27 Ps at 8,500rpm and has 18% more peak torque at 26.6 Nm at 6,500rpm.
Inlet cam timing has also been revised, alongside both the air intake and exhaust system for much stronger mid-range torque and power. The ratios of gears 1-5 were shortened, for improved response. 6th gear is taller for more relaxed high-speed cruising.
The new 300 series is also equipped with an assist/slipper clutch that manages the rear wheel during hard downshifting and offers 20% less load at the lever.
Both the CRF 300L and 300 Rally’s frame, aluminum swingarm, and bottom yoke have also been improved by Honda. This makes the 300 series 4 kilograms lighter than the previous 250 series.
For the CRF 300 Rally, it now has a larger 12.8-liter fuel tank which Honda claims could be good for as much as 410 kilometers of travel in one top-up. The CRF 300L, on the other hand, gets a larger 7.8-liter fuel tank, which is 300 ml bigger than the outgoing 250L.
Philippine availability and pricing
Honda Philippines has shared with MotoPinas.com that currently, there is no word yet from top management if and when the new CRF 300L and 300 Rally will get to enjoy some of our rough Philippine roads. We’ll keep you posted.