Honda announced a host of upgrades to its smallest dual-sport models, which are newly named the CRF300L and CRF300L Rally, thanks to a 15% increase in engine displacement. The popular standard model has been further updated with a cut in weight and increased suspension travel, upping its off-road capability without sacrificing performance in the city. In addition, the Rally model gets increased range thanks to a larger fuel tank that makes it even better prepared for extended adventures.
“Honda listens to its customers, a fact that is highlighted in our latest new-model announcement,” said Lee Edmunds, senior manager of powersports marketing for American Honda. “In the case of our smallest street-legal CRF models, the 2021 iterations reflect improvements that were highly requested by people who ride them every day, and the motorcycles are better as a result. We look forward to customers getting the chance to experience the updates themselves.”
Honda improved upon the motorcycle industry’s top-selling dual-sport model by upping power (via a 15% displacement increase), reducing weight and improving off-road performance—all without sacrificing the value, reliability and styling that have played a large part in the bike’s popularity. Suspension travel and ground clearance are increased for 2021, while overall weight was reduced by 11 lbs., by optimizing plate thicknesses and tubing size on multiple components. Styling cues are carried over from Honda’s CRF Performance line, and both the standard and ABS versions are ready to provide economical transportation and true dual-sport adventure.
- Color: Red
- MSRP: CRF300L: $5,249; CRF300L ABS: $5,549
- Available: March
Designed to mimic the looks of Ricky Brabec’s Dakar Rally-winning CRF450 Rally, the CRF300L Rally is based on the CRF300L but with a larger tank, hand guards and frame-mounted windscreen that suit longer-distance adventuring without sacrificing nimble performance in city traffic or even trails. Weighing 9 lbs. less than the outgoing model, the CRF300L Rally gets a 15% displacement increase for improved power and torque, as well as an even larger, 3.4 gallon tank, making long-distance adventure more attainable than ever.