HONDA CRF250L RALLY: $5899
Honda did an amazing job of remaking the CRF250L
into a little rally bike and keeping the price down. Under
the new adventure bike fairing, it’s essentially the same
budget-minded, Thai-built entry bike. Its appearance is so
good that it’s easy to oversell the performance. It is very
mild in both motor output and suspension.
KAWASAKI KLX250: $5349
This bike vanished from Kawasaki’s lineup back in 2014.
When it came back, it was fuel-injected but otherwise the
same. The bike is moderately dirt-worthy as entry-level
250s go. It trumps the Honda in suspension and lighter
weight, but neither bike is especially powerful. The KLX
dates back to 1994 when it was a full-time dirt bike. The
camo version is $5549.
HONDA CRF250L: (2017) $5149
In terms of value, the Honda CRF250L is an amazing
machine. It’s manufactured in Thailand to keep the price
down, but the workmanship is clearly up to Honda’s standards. The power and suspension are nothing to get excited
about, and dirt excursions should be limited to flat trails and
dirt roads. On the street, the bike is smooth and comfortable.