Honda’s Australian arm has confirmed a March launch date for its new CRF300L and CRF300 Rally dual sport duo.
The standard CRF300L, and it’s Dakar-style Rally sibling, are both lighter, more powerful, and better equipped than the outgoing CRF250L range they replace.
Specifically, the new range features a longer-stroke 286cc single-cylinder engine delivering 20kW and 26kW, which translates to a 10 per cent increase in power and 18 per cent boost to torque compared to its predecessor.
A lighter chassis also sees a power-to-weight improvement of 13 per cent, while a tweaked transmission now features a slipper clutch.
Both bikes feature a redesigned frame, with suspension travel increased by 10mm on the Rally, while the CRF300L’s setup rises by 10mm at the front, and 20mm at the rear.
For improved long distance comfort, the Honda CRF300 Rally gets a wider, rubber-mounted seat, while its fuel tank grows to 12.8-litres (+2.7L).
Other CRF300 Rally updates include weighted handlebars to minimise vibration, and LED indicators are flexibly mounted for greater durability.
Meanwhile, the CRF300L gets a slimmer 7.8-litre fuel tank, a new LCD instrument cluster, while ergonomics have been tweaked to enhance steering manoeuvrability.
The 2021 Honda CRF300L and CRF300 Rally are set to hit Australian showrooms in March, with pricing to be confirmed closer to that date.
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