Honda CRF250 Rally

  • American Honda has issued a recall for a number of models including the 2018 Honda CRF250L and Honda CRF250 Rally.

  • The issue concerns the transmission.

  • Boon Siew Honda is currently checking if the Malaysian units are affected.

American Honda has issued a recall for a number of models for issues regarding their transmissions. The recall include the 2018 Honda CRF250L and Honda CRF250 Rally, among others.

According to the circular, the models affected are the 2019 Honda CB300R, 2018 to 2019 Honda Rebel (CMX300), 2018 Honda CBR300R, as wells as the aforementioned 2018 Honda CRF250L and Honda CRF250 Rally.

Only the two CRF250s are being sold in Malaysia among the list. placed a call to the Malaysian distributor, Boon Siew Honda for further clarifications on the recall. While the Malaysian units may not be affected, Boon Siew Honda gave their assurance that they have taken the initiative to investigate the matter. They shall revert with the answers soon.

According to the American Honda recall, the circlip on the transmission’s main shaft may detach. It will cause gear misalignment should it occur.

The misalignment will in turn cause the transmission to shift into gear while in NEUTRAL during engine start. If the motorcycle is in motion, it may cause the transmission, hence the rear wheel to seize.

Stay tuned.

  • A new black colour option is added to the 2019 Honda CRF250 Rally.

  • The CRF250 Rally is a dual-sport motorcycle, compared to the CRF250L.

  • Both colour options are priced from RM 26,999.00 (basic selling price without insurance, registration and road tax).

There is an additional colour for the 2019 Honda CRF250 Rally. The new black colour is for riders who want something low-key yet neat in appearance, over the usual Extreme Red offering.

We’ve tested and came to like the Honda CRF250 Rally. Its great looks were borrowed heavily from Honda’s CRF450 Rally bike which is the basis for the manufacturer’s Dakar Rally effort. While the engine and chassis are shared with the CRF250L trail bike, the CRF250 Rally trumps in having a windscreen and larger bodywork. Thus, the Rally is a dual-sport motorcycle which allows the rider to seek adventures off the tarmac path.

Being a lightweight machine also means that the CRF250 Rally is easy to handle when situations turn tough. But the rider can rest assured of surviving those situations due to its Honda’s high build quality and reliability.

Three CRF250 Rally and the five CRF250L were entered in the punishing Rimba Raid Rally at Mat Daling in 2018. Two CRF250L occupied the first two spots on the podium, another in fourth and a CRF250 Rally rounded out the Top 5. The rest finished the race, too.

The CRF250 Rally is equipped with ABS on both ends, asymmetrical LED headlamps, fully-digital LCD clock, floating windscreen, Showa upside-down forks and 10.1 litre fuel tank.

Both Extreme Red and Black options are priced from RM 26,999.00 (basic selling price without insurance, registration and road tax).


Artikel oleh: Wahid Ooi Abdullah

  • Motosikal Honda CRF250L dan CRF250 Rally adalah motosikal off-road dan adventure-tourer tahap permulaan.
  • Kedua-dua model berkenaan menggunakan enjin yang sama namun dengan kadar suspensi yang berbeza.
  • Harganya telah ditetapkan pada RM24,378.94 (harga asas beserta GST) bagi CRF250L, dan RM28,618.94 (harga asas beserta GST) bagi motosikal CRF250 Rally.


  • The Honda CRF250L and CRF250 Rally were intended as a beginner offroader and adventure-tourer respectively.

  • Both utilise the same engine but different suspension rates.

  • Prices start at RM24,378.94(basic price with GST) for CRF250L, and RM28,618.94 (basic price with GST) for the CRF250 Rally.

Designing a bike for the masses isn’t an easy proposition in this day and age, despite motorcycles being super-segmented according to their intended usage.

Even so, there are bikes that could fit its primary role plus one or two secondary roles pretty well, earning the title as “all-rounders.” Conversely, there are bikes that manufacturers seemingly tried too hard to fit too many roles into one bike and came away as being diluted.

Boon Siew Honda launched the 2017 CRF205L and CRF250 Rally during the company’s special Iftar event for motojournalists at the Sepang International Circuit (click here for our report).

Being a dirtbike enthusiast, I was pretty excited to be present during the launch. Both bikes look great – the CRF250L certainly had some of the looks of the CRF250R motocrosser and looks like a proper enduro, while the CRF250 Rally looked like a proper adventure bike to have ran away from the Dakar Rally.


In typical Honda fashion, the bikes exuded the kind of quality hardly matched by other manufacturer, save one or two. The paintwork, fit between the panels, switchgear, front and rear lamps, frame, engine, swingarm, etc., etc., right down to the last bolt and nut were quality.

The instrument panel was simple but Honda managed to squeeze quite a number of good information, including a fuel gauge, and the rev counter bar is on top of the speedo. Good call.

The PGM-FI fueled 249cc, DOHC, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine started up without fuss. But also without sound from the exhaust. It was super quiet.

We set course for our Sifu’s MX school, Most Fun Gym (MFG).

Out on the road and as expected, the CRF250L felt unplanted. But dirtbikes have always been torquey and offer a different kind of entertainment on the road, right? Right?

Well, being in the middle of a gaggle of rempits revving their engines, I thought it’d be the right time to educate them about dirtbikes. First engaged, clutch in, I revved it up to 6000 RPM, popped the clutch as I moved my weight backwards on the seat for a wheelie. The CRF went brrrrrrrrrrrr and the handlebar started flick-flacking back and forth, and all I saw were the rear lights of those rempits as they disappeared up the road.

Fine, let’s see how it rides over the rest of the road.

The long-travel suspension soaked up most bumps, but running the bike through potholes had both ends hitting the hard part of their travel almost immediately. Too soft.

Okay, okay. Let’s do it in the dirt then.

The CRF250L was joined by the CRF250 Rally at MFG, where Oh Kah Beng, his understudy Ryan, Ahirine, Sep and myself took turns riding both bikes in the dirt.


Oh Kah Beng (OKB) took it up over the entire course at MFG. But the bike was visibly struggling up the steep inclines, necessitating OKB to use first gear. “The bike has a soft powerband and needs to revved to get it going,” the GP legend said. “Look at the rear sprocket,” he continued while pointing at it, “It seems to have been geared for the road.”

OKB also jumped the bike once. Only once. Observing and shooting photos from the trackside, I saw the rear suspension bottom out with a loud clunk. “I didn’t jump anymore after that. It just bottomed out too early and easily,” said OKB.

I took over while OKB continued with instructing his students. Coming off the humps, bumps and turns, the rear end squatted ominously. There was no point in pushing harder because we discovered that the CRF250L is much more suited for trail “cruising,” rather than as a hardcore enduro bike.

Ridden at a super relaxed pace without jumps and hard turns, the bike was comfortable and composed. It’s a shame since the CRF250L has a quick-revving engine, mated a superb frame and body but let down by being overly soft of both ends.

CRF250 Rally

As mentioned earlier, the CRF250 Rally really looked the part of an adventure-tourer.

It has a windscreen, super bright dual LED headlamps (the binnacles look like goggles – nice!), a large front bodywork which looked like it had extra fuel tanks, and a large rear section. The colour combination was really pretty too.

OKB first rode it with a student as his passenger to show him the different points around the track. He then went full tilt after dropping the kid off.

The Rally was visibly harder sprung than the CRF-L and it didn’t bottom out. That was probably because it had to carry more bodywork and load when the owner takes it touring.

However, the engine response was the same as the CRF-L, which needed lots of revs over the harder parts. The rear sprocket is also geared for road riding. “It needs more kick,” said OKB.

OKB continued, “But in all, I liked the Rally better as it’s more composed around the track. It looks pretty sexy too.”

“On the other hand, it doesn’t ride too well on the road, so it means it’s meant for touring in the dirt.”

Sifu is right. I rode the bike on the road and it didn’t want to steer very well. However, once it started to lean, the front end plops into the corner. This was despite me riding it both road (lean in) and dirt style (push down).


I have my heart torn out for this Honda duo.

We understand that the CRF250L’s soft rear spring was intended to sag more with the rider on board so as not to intimidate with a tall ride height, but perhaps a more progressive spring would be good? It’s already using Honda’s wonderful Pro-Link set up anyway. As for the power delivery, it’s great for beginners as it’s not overwhelming. I guess you could always replace the rear sprocket for a bigger one when your skills improve.

As for the Rally. We can’t get over how beautiful it looked, but it too needs some improvements to make it the perfect all-rounder. It could be made to handle better on the road and in the dirt. But again, it was okay as a beginner bike.



  • Boon Siew Honda sedang merancang untuk mengembangkan lagi rangkaian motosikal mereka bagi tahun 2018 dengan lebih kurang sepuluh model terbaru.
  • Dua daripada model baru ini akan memenuhi permintaan yang semakin bertambah bagi motosikal kembara.
  • Selain daripada rangkaian Honda CRF250L 2017 yang telah diperkenalkan baru-baru ini, kita boleh nantikan kemunculan Honda X-ADV dan Africa Twin di tanah air kita pada tahun hadapan.


Boon Siew Honda plans to expand their motorcycle line-up for 2018 with around ten new models.

Two of these new models will cater to a growing demand for adventure bikes.

Apart from the recently introduced 2017 Honda CRF250L series, we can expect to see the Honda X-ADV and Africa Twin on our shores sometime next year.

The world of motorcycling has been witnessing quite a huge jump new and current riders going for a much more versatile two-wheelers. Touring, dual-sport and adventure bikes have been placed right in the spotlight for those looking for more than just entry-level cubs or manic superbikes. (more…)

Boon Siew Honda Sdn Bhd (BSH) has officially launched the 2017 Honda CRF250L and CRF250 Rally entry-level adventure bikes to the Malaysian market.

Both the CRF250L and CRF250 Rally are built for toughness and durability that can be ridden comfortably both on and off paved roads.

The new Honda CRF250L and CRF250 Rally are priced at RM24,378.94 and RM28,618.94 respectively (basic prices with GST).

Attention to all adventure riders and enthusiasts! Boon Siew Honda Sdn Bhd (BSH) has officially launched the 2017 Honda CRF250L and CRF250 Rally for the Malaysian market. These brand new adventure bikes are perfect for some on and off-road adventures which are also perfect to be used for daily commuting. (more…)


  • Pada hari ini, kami akan bawakan satu panduan motosikal besar Honda yang berada di Malaysia istimew buat para penunggang baru.
  • Kebanyakan orang Malaysia sudah pasti tahu mengenai Boon Siew Honda (BSH), satu nama yang terkenal dengan motosikal dan skuter berkapasiti kecil. BSH juga ada menawarkan rangkaian motosikal berkapasiti besar.
  • Bermula dengan superbike Honda CBR1000RR yang begitu berkuasa sehinggalah cruiser Honda 500 Rebel, akan ada motosikal Honda yang bersesuaian untuk semua orang tidak kira penunggang baru atau veteran.


In today’s Bikes Republic feature, we’ve prepared a very special beginner’s guide to Honda big bikes that are available here in Malaysia.

While most Malaysians already consider Boon Siew Honda (BSH) as a household name when it comes to small capacity mopeds and scooters, BSH do offer a wide range of bigger capacity bikes.

From the ever powerful Honda CBR1000RR superbike to the uber-cool Honda Rebel 500 cruiser, there’s always the right Honda bike for everyone from beginners to veteran riders.

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While most Malaysians are already familiar with Boon Siew Honda (BSH) as a major household name when it comes to the world of cubs, mopeds and small capacity motorcycles, those looking for something a bit more should also know that BSH offers a wide range of bigger capacity two-wheelers that’ll suit any type of rider for any riding situation. (more…)

Honda @ 2016 Osaka Motorcycle Show: four new concept and prototypes revealed.


Japanese motorcycle powerhouse Honda is set to expand the CRF250 dirt bike model range very soon following reports of its intent at putting the Honda CRF250 Rally concept bike into production.

The news comes following patent and trademark files leaked online. No targeted release date was disclosed, but we are led to believe we will see one as soon as EICMA 2015 later this month.


Essentially, the Honda CRF 250 Rally concept underpins the red wing marque’s CRF 250 dirt bike, with the concept donning a new dressing akin to HRC’s Dakar Rally enduro. Minus the enduro-styled aesthetic enhancements, the concept still retains much of the production bike’s mechanicals.

The leaked design patents revealed that the production-bound version gains several predictable changes such as the adoption of a street-legal exhaust silencer and tail light set.

A baby HRC Rally bike replica available for purchase in showrooms worldwide? Count us in Honda!

Sources: Asphaltandrubber via Visordown


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