It would have been easy for Honda to simply slap some bodywork and a windscreen on the updated 2017 Honda CRF250L and call it a rally bike. Instead, Honda made some significant changes when creating the 2017 Honda CRF250L Rally, and they all point to an improved off-road experience.The big change is the increased suspension travel. The CRF250L Rally has 11 inches of fork travel, plus over 10 inches of rear wheel travel. That, of course, means a taller seat height, but the change is less than an inch.
Other Rally upgrades include a larger fuel tank (about 2.4 quarts), handguards, and a larger skidplate. We haven’t ridden the 2017 Honda CRF250L Rally yet, but it looks like an intriguing alternative to the Kawasaki Versys 300 and BMW G 310 GS adventure bikes. ABS is a $300 option, which is great if you stick to the pavement.
2017 Honda CRF250L Rally Specs:
Type: Single cylinder
Bore and stroke: 76 x 55 mm
Compression ratio: 10.7:1
Valve train: DOHC, four valves
Induction: EFI w/ 38mm throttle body
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized w/ electronic advance
Final drive: 520 chain
Front suspension: Non-adjustable inverted 43mm forks; 11.0 inches of travel
Rear suspension: Linkage-assisted non-adjustable shock; 10.3 inches of travel
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
The next guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—one of the most iconic sportbikes ever. Check it out in person at your local Suzuki dealer now, or visit suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!