The recently aquired CRF250 Rally came with some good bits as standard fitments.
Her close ratio six speed box lets you make the most of the 250cc’s both on and offroad with no noticeable steps between each gear —
The wide footpegs come as standard too and the dinky little gear lever with the spring-loaded toe-piece does it’s job just fine even with size 11 riding boots.
The chunky – grippy off-road tyres came on the bike and are easy to live with both on and off-road —
Unlike most road going bikes this one has a handbook that expects you to ride offroad and actually covers that aspect.
ABS is switchable on the rear —
and the wavy discs aren’t in the least fierce overall – needing a good firm pull on the lever to haul her down from road-going speeds.
Bringing her out with this well made alloy swingarm and chain/sprocket guide shows that Honda expect this bike to be taken offroad and with the long-travel suspension demanding 40-60 mm slack in the chain the robust guide should help prevent the chain being de-railed when the rocks start flying —
I’m impressed with the suspension – the rear shock feels plush and does it’s job really well with my 15-16 stone riding weight aboard and the front end felt quite planted on the road even with the dirt biased front tyre —
The cockpit appears to be a busy place but everything falls readily to hand on the ride – lack of gear indicator is noticeable by it’s absence but she does have a digital clock to make up for it —
Radiator is tucked well out of the way where hopefully it will remain safe – and – with luck the rider will stay safe too as it’s twenty years since he spent his ‘Every Sunday’ riding the testing Welsh mountain tracks and even more water has flowed under the bridge since he was riding trials on a regular basis —
Yet – he gave into temptation yesterday and took her over the hill for a nervous spin —
But there was no sign of nerves when he took her up our rough farm track on the back wheel in places on the way home.