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New Honda CRF250L.



After Much Hype and Publicity I Ordering My New Honda  CRF250L about a Week ago as soon as they were released in Thailand, I want to try it in Comparison to Our Kawasaki KLX250 as if We need more Bikes here in the Future I will know which one to Buy? last Saturday I picked it up after I had returned from the Harley Ride. I could have got it Thursday day so the Wait was actually only 1 Week! I received a New Index Helmet which was not Much! Straight to the Petrol station as it only had Fumes in the Tank. Bike is really quiet and runs really Smooth! In General the Finish and Quality I would say is better than the KLX? But there are some things I found surprising, like No Rev Counter, although this is pretty normal for Honda! Given it has a Digital Dash i wouldn’t have thought it would have cost much to include it? No Folding Tip on the Gear Lever? So My next stop was Kawasaki and Brought a KLX Gear Lever with the Folding Tip to replace the Solid Honda One?


I also Brought some Hand Guards

Next went to the “Motocross Shop” by Triumph to get some Alloy Handle Bars to replace the standard Steel ones. The alloy ones are slightly Wider also.

Back to the X-Centre to fit the Parts. I was keen to See if the Bike was Restricted in any way? So I gave it one Burst and it pulled to 125kmh and still going so no restriction there as the KLX when New wouldn’t pass 105kmh!!! Once it is Run in should be able to know the Top speed and real Performance.
Nice Looking Bike and smooth clean Lines.

It has the Seat strap as most Bikes do

Which just happens to be right where most People Sit when on the Road!!! So I removed that.

Standard Handle Bars.

To fit the New Alloy Bars takes a while as You have to Mark and Drill New Locating Holes for the Switch Gear and Throttle Control so a little bit of work but the End Result is much better, both in looks and protection for both the Levers and Your Hands.

Now the Gear lever required a bit More Work! I had to Re-Bend the KLX lever to Match the Honda one then Cut off the Spline Clamp and cut the lever to shorten it to Match! Then Re-weld the Spline Clamp and give it a new coat of Paint! The end result is worth it again!

The CRF only has one Radiator, It has been really Hot this week and I have noticed the Fan on when I was in Heavy Traffic around Town but I have never seen the Temperature Warning Light on so will have to wait and see if this is an Issue especially for some of the Guys who do the Really Serious Off Road stuff?
I Rode it around the Samoeng Loop and it handles better than My KLX and is incredibly Smooth! I have had a few Friends come out here and Ride both the CRF and My KLX which I think goes really well! They all preferred the CRF, I have actually had 4 Friends Order one since I got Mine and they tested it!!! Anyway what ever I am Very Happy with it and only Time will tell if it can stand up to a Good Thrashing over the Long term!
For Guys in Chiang Mai if You are unsure which Bike You would choose between the KLX and the CRF, POP Rental near Thapae Gate already has quite a few Brand New CRF for Rent so get together with a Mate and Rent one of Each then Run them back to back and swap around? I would be interested to hear which Bike most people prefer?
Good Luck Guys! By the way the Accessory Range is supposed to arrive end of next week? There is nothing available in the shop right now.

Cheers Ian


  1. Colin

    June 9, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Ian I just bought the same bike here in Japan. Hard to make out but can you tell me exacty which Acerbis hand guards you bought?


    • iankiwi

      June 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      Take a look at the Acerbis Website for the same one? I am not sure what model they are but I use the same ones on all My Dirt Bikes and they are Very Tuff. Good Luck.

  2. paul

    July 20, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Ian could you please say? what was the total on road price you paid for the honda thanks

    • iankiwi

      July 21, 2012 at 8:52 am

      I Paid 135.000 Bahtfor the Bike and Rode it away. I did Pay an Extra 3400 Baht for a Fire, Theft, accident Insurance for 3 Years! OK I thought.

  3. Jacques Guichard

    September 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Hello Ian,
    Now that you’ve had the bike for few months,are you satisfied
    with the braking?I have red somewhere it was a bit weak on the road.
    I intend to fit a front braided brake line to mine(if I can buy the bike on a tourist visa next Nov!)
    Is this kind of line available in CNX? If not,I would bring one over.Could you tell me the length as this model is not imported in France.
    Many thanks, Lung.

    • iankiwi

      September 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      The Brakes are OK but not as Strong as the Kawasaki KLX. You should be able to get Braided Lines here no problem. The CRF250L was just released in England so I expect aftermarket Parts will be a avalible from there soon? Good Luck.
      Cheers Ian.

      • Jacques Guichard

        September 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm

        thank you very much for your quick answer.

        So,I’ll buy all the additional parts in CNX.

        Cheers, Lung.

        • Jacques Guichard

          September 4, 2012 at 11:05 pm

          The Honda has just been on the french market where it is

          sold for 4090€(159.000B) against th KLX 5090€(197.000B)

          Here is th link:MOTO-NET.com

          Cheers, Lung.

  4. Cas

    January 26, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Hey there Ian, looking for a bike like this to ride up to Pai with, do you know anywhere I can rent it?

    Also wondering if the Australian owned MX track is still there, very hard to find info online. I should be in Chiang Mai in about a week and a halve. Could you please send me an email at casvandepol@gmail.com for some info! Thanks

    • iankiwi

      January 27, 2014 at 7:45 am

      Hi Cas,
      There are Multiple Rental Companies in Chiang Mai Town who now have the CRF250L avalible so easy for You to find one. The MX Track land has been in receivership for some Years so We have now brought it from the Bank and are in the Process of setting everything up Properly with Multiple attractions including the Dirt Track.
      Cheers Ian.

  5. crf250l

    May 26, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Thanks for sharing… I love my Honda!


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