Honda put wheels in motion for CRF250 Rally
The new Africa Twin is undoubtedly one of the biggest arrivals of recent times in the adventure market, but rumours late last year that Honda's line-up is about to be complemented by a quarter-litre machine have taken another step towards becoming reality as revealed at the recent Osaka motorcycle show.
Although there is still no official release date or announcement from Honda these images clearly show progress from the CAD concept drawings in circulation last November.
Honda has now trademarked the ‘CRF250 Rally’ name in the US and Europe as well as filing design patents for the styling of the new bike.
Looks are borrowed heavily from the CRF450 Production racer complete with HRC livery, Showa forks, twin LED headlights, Renthal bars and tall windscreen blended with the familiar chassis, indicators and mirrors from the best selling CRF250L it is based on.
The Japanese manufacturer clearly sees a market for an affordable, small capacity bike that will allow a way into the increasingly popular world of rallying for younger riders and those on a budget.
We will soon be having our first ride on the new Africa Twin and will keep you updated on progress with its younger sibling.
Photos: Enduro .J