Honda has revealed the new CRF300L and CRF300 Rally in the European market. The new CRF300L and CRF300 Rally replaces the CRF250L that was launched in Europe back in 2012 and the CRF300 Rally that joined the all-purpose, lightweight, dual-purpose segment in 2017. The 2021 motorcycles are not only Euro5-spec-compliant, but also see a major upgrade in the powertrain department that now comes with a larger displacement and a considerably lighter chassis. The motorcycles also get a subtle update in the styling department along with the addition of minor features.
In the engine department, the 2021 Honda CRF300L and the CRF300 Rally are powered by a EURO5-compliant, 286cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled 4-stroke, 4-valve DOHC engine that produces 27.3 PS of power and 26.6Nm of torque thanks to the longer stroke motor that produces 10% more power and 18% more torque than the predecessor which used to make 24.7 PS of power and 22.6 Nm of torque.
Apart from the longer stroke that raised the displacement as well as the power and torque figures, the new engine also benefits from a revised air intake system, new exhaust system and new inlet cam timing. The 6-speed gearbox also comes with shorter ratios for the first five gears to improve torque delivery and a taller 6th gear for more relaxed high-speed cruising. The 2021 models also benefit from a new Assist & Slipper Clutch that claims to reduce the load at the lever by 20%.
The 2021 CRF300L and CRF300 Rally feature a newly redesigned steel semi-double-cradle frame with an aluminium swingarm and bottom yoke that contributes to the reduction of the overall weight of up to 4 kgs. The new frame design also boasts to offer a new rigidity balance with more lateral flex that offers more feedback and feel. The steering geometry has also been tweaked to match the new frame. For 2021, the CRF300L features a longer travel suspension with increased suspension travel of 10mm in the front and 20mm on the rear. The CRF300 Rally is offered with a 10mm longer travel on the front suspension and increased ground clearance.
The 2021 Honda CRF300L features updated bodywork, with a slimmer 7.8-litre fuel tank and seat, a slightly pulled-back handlebar, lowered and rearward set footpegs and altered riding position with light-steering manoeuvrability, 5mm increased seat height taking it to 880mm and the new motorcycle employs a new positive LCD instrument display.
The 2021 Honda CRF300 Rally features a broader rubber-mounted seat which is 10mm lower, a larger 12.8-litre fuel tank, internal weights on the handlebar to minimise vibration, rubber inserts on the footpegs, new flexible LED indicators and a commanding 885mm of saddle height.
The 2021 Honda CRF300L and CRF300 Rally are expected to make it to Honda Dealerships in Europe by January 2021 and the prices are expected to be revealed soon.