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Honda Canada introduces CRF250 Rally

MARKHAM, ON (November 8th, 2016) –The CRF250 RALLY is ready for weekend adventure, long distance tour or the daily commute, with long travel suspension, large-disk brakes, excellent weather protection from the CRF450 RALLY-inspired bodywork and an impressive cruising range. Engine performance combines solid bottom-end torque with substantial top-end power.

A 250cc dual purpose motorcycle covers many bases: it slips easily through congested traffic as is equally comfortable on rougher roads and trails all thanks to lightweight and slim proportions matched with superb maneuverability as well as the great suspension, ground clearance and seat height. The 250cc dual sport package delivers a fun and comfortable ride in almost any situation. A whole new range of two-wheeled opportunities to both experienced and new riders.
With styling DNA drawn directly from the HRC CRF450 RALLY Dakar racer, the CRF250 RALLY brings something new to the market. It not only looks ready to compete in a desert stage, but also delivers a real taste of adventure to riders who prefer a light, easy-to-manage machine. Around the world or around the block, the CRF250 RALLY is good to go.

Mr. Eiji Sugiyama, Large Project Leader (LPL) 17YM CRF250 RALLY
“The rally racer replica segment is an exciting one for us, with the global, human appeal of everything that Team HRC is fighting to achieve in the Dakar Rally. We really wanted to build on the capabilities of the CRF250L and open up new opportunities for new and experienced riders. So, with the CRF250 RALLY we set out to make a motorcycle that looks like HRC’s CRF450 RALLY factory machine, is fun to ride both on and off-road for weekend adventures, comfortable to tour with and useful and practical for daily life. It brings the spirit of Rally-raid racing to every ride.”

Model Overview
The CRF250 RALLY uses the CRF250L as its base, and adds a wide range of changes that make it a unique proposition in the market. Styling inspiration draws fully on the HRC CRF450 RALLY race machine. At the front, the ‘floating’ screen, fairing and radiator shrouds provide wind protection, with the rest of the machine showing off minimal MX style. The asymmetric headlights are LED, as are the indicator lights.
A large fuel tank allows extensive range, and the new digital dash includes a fuel gauge and tachometer. Long travel suspension and high ground clearance enhance its long-distance off-road ability and a larger floating front disc –The engine boasts solid bottom-end torque coupled with substantial top end power thanks to changes compared to the original CRF250L, which include revised PGM-FI and throttle body, a new airbox, connector tube and lightweight exhaust.

Key Features
Styling & Equipment
The CRF250 RALLY is designed to cover distance and its styling reflects this. Derived from the parts used by the CRF450 RALLY, the ‘floating’ screen, upper/lower fairing and side shrouds effectively shield the rider to offer excellent defense against the elements. Hand guards offer further protection, both for the hands and the brake and clutch levers.
From the machine’s mid-section back, the style is MX-sharp, with side panels and a seat/tank interface that help the rider move freely. A skid plate protects the machine’s underside and the gear lever features a folding tip. Seat height is 895mm, 20mm taller than the CRF250L.
The headlight is a compact, asymmetric dual LED unit while the rear light, LED indicators and number plate bracket tuck discreetly away. Cohesively laid-out, the digital dash features a speedometer, tachometer plus fuel gauge and clock.
The 10.1L (including 1.6L reserve) fuel tank delivers an approximate range of over 320km thanks to fuel consumption of about 33.3km/l (WMTC mode). The flat filler cap is hinged for rider convenience.
The CRF250 RALLY comes finished in Honda’s Extreme Red racing colour as a base, with black and white accents inspired by the HRC factory machines.

Chassis
The CRF250 RALLY’s frame is constructed from steel, with twin oval-section main spars and a semi-double cradle. A wheelbase of 1,455mm is matched to a 28.1° rake with 114mm trail and ground clearance of 270mm (15mm more than the CRF250L). Wet weight is 157kg.
A new 43mm Showa inverted fork shares the same 250mm stroke as its sibling, but with 50mm extra overall length. Light weight and rigid, one side houses the spring while the other provides damping control. Both spring rate and damping have been optimized to suit the CRF250 RALLY’s adventurous long-distance aspirations. A 17mm front wheel spindle (2mm larger in diameter) improves strength and handling feel.
Pro-Link rear suspension features a 265mm axle stroke, 25mm more than the CRF250L plus a leverage ratio revised for ride comfort. The Showa shock absorber is a single tube design with 40mm diameter cylinder.
The tapered aluminum swingarm incorporates a monoblock casting that provides the correct rigidity balance and reduces un-sprung mass. Extruded aluminum is used for the chain adjustment collar.
For extra braking power a 296mm floating wave-style disc is worked by a two-piston caliper.
Stylish black Alumite aluminum rims (21-inch front/18 rear) mark the CRF250 RALLY out and wear block pattern enduro-style tires (front: 3.00-21 51P, rear: 120/80-18M/C 62P).

Engine
The CRF250 RALLY’s 250cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder DOHC engine’s performance is focused on bottom-end torque and high rpm power, plus a linear delivery. Peak power of 18.2kW is delivered @ 8,500rpm with peak torque of 22.6Nm arriving @ 6,750rpm.
The PGM-FI feeds the fuel/air mixture through a 38mm throttle body and draws air from the airbox via a direct connecting tube. The exhaust muffler has a diameter of 115mm, houses the catalyzer and uses two chambers. A large-bore downpipe helps the engine breathe and make more power.
The engine uses a compact roller/rocker arm valve train and cylinder head, with bore and stroke of 76x55mm. An offset cylinder reduces frictional losses while the piston itself incorporates a special surface material, plus a molybdenum coating. The oil pump features an internal relief structure that prevents aeration of relieved oil.
The crank journal employs a half-split, press-fit metal bearing while the crank bearing uses a cast-iron bush, reducing weight, smoothing the engine and strengthening the rigidity of the case housing, minimizing the internal diameter change due to thermal expansion.
A primary balance shaft further reduces vibration and the six-speed gearbox and clutch are manufactured to cope with the extra stress of riding off-road. The 10.7 kW heat-release radiator features a thin guide-ring cooling fan to maintain even temperatures at low speeds.

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 16:43 Published in Industry News


First Canadian appearance! Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L!

The Canadian motorcycle media was brought to downtown Toronto on December 16 for a first glimpse at the 2016 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L, one of the most anticipated new motorcycles of the coming season.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 14:44 Published in Industry News


Honda Canada announces first returning 2016 models

@HondaCA • @HondaPowerCA • MARKHAM, ON. (May 13, 2015) – Honda today announced the return of the CRF recreational family of motorcycles to
suit the needs of a wide range of off-road enthusiasts. Along with the off-road line up returns a pair of street models:
the category-shattering NM4 as well as the efficient PCX150 scooter.

CRF TRAIL MODELS RETURN
In 2016, the CRF family of recreational models returns in its entirety. From the CRF-F series, a line that has been
instrumental in getting riders started, to the woods riding fun of the CRF250X and CRF450X the CRF brand offers
options for all riders from beginner through to racer.

CRF450X
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With an impressive enduro-racing win record, including
victory at the recent inaugural SCORE Baja Sur 500, the
CRF450X is a hit with trail riders and off-road racers, who
love its proven strength and durability. Inspired by the
CRF450R, the X-model is user-friendly and well suited for
a wide variety of off-road terrain, from wide open fire road
to single track. It has a smooth power delivery with plenty
of low-end torque and excellent throttle response, and the
superior ergonomics maximize comfort for long days in
the saddle. The bike delivers exceptional handling, thanks
in part to works-style front and rear suspension, as well
as Honda’s Progressive Steering Damper, which improves
cornering and increases stability at high-speed. Also
standard are a gear-driven counterbalance and electric start.

CRF250X
A hit with the enduro/trail crowd, the CRF250X is based on
Honda’s successful quarter-liter motocross machine, but
with off-road-ready features like a headlight, push-button
electric start, wide-ratio five-speed transmission and
T-ring-sealed chain. The bike is powered by a lightweight,
liquid-cooled four-stroke Unicam engine, while suspension
is handled by a 47mm inverted Showa cartridge fork and
Pro-Link single shock. Also standard are works-type front
and rear hydraulic disc brakes.

CRF230F
Ideal for riders who want to focus on fun rather than
frequently performing maintenance chores, the CRF230F
offers value and performance in a great-looking package.
It has a proven 223cc air-cooled engine, durable six-speed
transmission, plush suspension and electric start, and its
lightweight components, reliable platform and full-size
ergonomics make it great for adults and larger teens who
put a premium on their riding experience.

CRF150F
Offering fun, maintenance-free riding, the midsized
CRF150F is the logical choice for riders moving up from
its smaller siblings. Electric start simplifies the learning
process, while a smooth-shifting, five-speed transmission
makes for easy gear changes. The motorcycle’s compact
149cc four-stroke engine is small enough for beginners
but packs enough power to entertain experienced riders.
Above all, the CRF150F offers fun in an in-between size
that is hard to beat.

CRF125F/BIG WHEEL
Honda’s commitment to riders of all ages is perhaps most
apparent in the CRF125F. The easy-to-ride package is
offered in both a standard size and a Big Wheel version
that has larger-diameter rims and a two-inch taller
seat height, ensuring that riders of varying sizes can
find a motorcycle with just the right feel. Both versions
come equipped with electric start, a smooth four-speed
transmission and a 125cc, air-cooled four-stroke engine.
While they’re smaller in size, both versions combine
reliability and fun in a big way.

CRF110F
Built with beginners in mind, the CRF110F offers a great
first-ride experience in a reliable package, with a proven,
automatic four-speed transmission and the option to use
either an electric-start button or a manual kick-starter.
Youngsters can focus on the fundamentals of riding, while
a built-in throttle limiter enables parents to customize the
amount of available power depending on the rider’s ability.
The CRF110F is a great choice as that “next” bike or even
for first-time riders.

CRF50F

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When it comes to a young rider’s first motorcycle, few
would dispute that the CRF50F is the best choice around,
and for 2016 the littlest Honda returns with the same
durable, low-maintenance, controllable engine that built
its reputation. With an automatic clutch and an adjustable
throttle limiter, the CRF50F represents an unintimidating
gateway to the world of motorcycling.

NM4 AND PCX150 BACK FOR MORE FUN
To continue the excitement for 2016 model announcements,
Honda Canada welcomes back the NM4 and the PCX150 scooter.

NM4
Since its introduction, the innovative NM4 has
accumulated a fan base from all walks of life, including
people who previously paid no attention to motorcycling.
That’s understandable considering the model’s radical
sculpted styling with integrated storage, plus features like
a 25-colour LED display and integrated front and rear LED
lights. That radical design continues below the surface as
well, with its revolutionary 670cc fuel-injected parallel-twin
engine, plus rider-friendly attributes like a low seat height,
six-speed Dual Clutch transmission (DCT), anti-lock brakes
and a passenger seat that flips up to become a backrest
for the rider. For 2016, the NM4 returns again in limited
quantities and is sure to continue turning heads and
creating unique riding experiences.

PCX150
Known for being practical and versatile, the PCX150 is
great for customers who are looking for a highway capable
commuter and a fun way to get around town. Powered
by a low-friction, liquid-cooled 153cc engine, the PCX150
has a sleek and nimble design, comfortable passenger
seat and 12-volt accessory adapter for charging personal
electronics. With excellent fuel efficiency and an 8 litre
tank, visits to gas stations are few and far between. For
2016, the PCX150 comes in Matte Silver Metallic.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 16:19 Published in Industry News


Honda announces new 2014 CRF 125F and CRF 125F Big Wheel off-road models

Markham, ON - Honda introduced a number of new models in 2013 which also included some early release 2014 product. The brand continues this momentum with the release of the 2014 CRF 125F and CRF 125F Big Wheel.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:40 Published in Industry News