2013 Honda CRF250M Launched in Thailand – The Supermoto Version of the CRF250LWed, 16 Jan 2013
Like the L, the CRF250M uses re-tuned version of the CBR250R‘s engine, a liquid-cooled fuel-injected 249cc Single. When we dyno’ed the CRF250L in our recent 2013 250cc class dual-sport shootout, we measured a peak of 20.3 hp at 8700 rpm and 14.0 ft-lb. at 5800 rpm, so we expect similar numbers out of the CRF250M.
The CRF250M is equipped with 17-inch street tires instead of the 21-inch front and 18-inch rear knobby tires that come with the CRF250L. The suspension will have been adjusted for the change in wheel sizes but the M retails the CRF250L’s upside-down fork and Pro-Link rear suspension.
Everything else is essentially the same as the CRF250L, including the steel twin-tube frame, exhaust, and LCD instrument panel.
The CRF250M will come in two color schemes: black with red and all-black. Both come with black forks compared to the CRF250L’s gold tubes. The all-black version comes with gold wheels while the wheels on the black and red version are black.
At the moment, the CRF250M has only been announced for Thailand, where it is built alongside the CRF250L and CBR250R. Honda will likely introduce the CRF250M to other markets, though no time frame has been announced.
By Dennis Chung
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