Patent images of the 2020 Honda CRF 250L and Honda CRF 250 Rally have surfaced online which show updated internals, including twin spark ignition, a new mechanical fuel pump and direct injection. The updated models do not look radically different from the current models, but as the patent filings reveal, there will be some changes to the mechanicals, in all likelihood, to meet the Euro 5 emission regulations. More importantly though, the updates will also make the off-road ready bikes easy to use and service, particularly in growing markets like South East Asia.
The twin spark technology, also seen as Bajaj Auto's DTSi technology, helps the engine burn the air/fuel mixture more efficiently. The swap from an electronic fuel pump to a mechanical pump will also help reduce the amount of service needed on the bikes. The direct injection could make the bikes feel more responsive and with some extra 'pep'. The Honda CRF 250L and the CRF 250 Rally are quite popular models in emerging markets like some countries in South East Asia. Although the changes will largely be to meet the upcoming Euro 5 emission regulations, these will also help with a small but significant update on these popular off-road ready models.
The Honda CRF 250 L dual-sport motorcycle was first introduced as a 2013 model year and is in its second generation model. In its current form, the 249.6 cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine puts out 24 bhp at 8,500 rpm and 22.6 Nm of peak torque at 6,750 rpm and is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. With a 21-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear wheel combination, the CRF 250 L has a ground clearance of 255 mm while the CRF 250 Rally has a 270 mm ground clearance. So far, there's still no news on when Honda will introduce the updated 250 cc off-roader, and even when it's introduced we'll be hoping Honda does introduce it in India, sometime in the future.