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2012 Honda CRF250L – New Dual Sport with CBR250R Engine
The 2011 Tokyo Motor Show has produced a number of new concepts but there is at least one new production model. Honda premiered a new dual-sport powered by a 249cc engine reportedly based on the CBR250R's power plant.
The 2012 Honda CRF250L is a step up from the CRF230L and its carbureted air-cooled 223cc SOHC engine. The new CRF250L is powered by a fuel-injected liquid-cooled DOHC four-valve Single Honda claims delivers "satisfying" torque at low revs and smooth acceleration at high rpms. Honda hasn't revealed any specifics but if the engine is indeed the same as that of the CBR250R (and considering the R&D invested into that engine, it should be!), power output should be about 22hp.
Other features include an upside-down fork, Pro-Link suspension, aluminum swingarm, wave-shaped rotors and multifunction digital display.
At the moment, the CRF250L is only confirmed for the Japanese market but hopefully we'll see it in North America, potentially as a replacement for the CRF230L.
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