2021 Honda CRF300L and CRF300L American Rally announced

As Dennis Chung, a man from Honda in Toronto, guessed when Honda Europe announced the news in early December, Honda’s new and improved small two-person sports car will enter the US market. In fact, Honda said that CRF is the best-selling dual sport in the motorcycle industry.
With the new CRF300L and CRF300L Rally, the task is to increase power, reduce weight and improve off-road performance? “Without sacrificing value, reliability and appearance style, these values, value and reliability have played an important role in the popularity of the machine.” Although we understand that the two machines are almost the same in function, except for fuel capacity, In addition to the difference between the standard handguard and the framed windshield of the rally car, we also include Honda’s full press release for these two models below.
Additional power and torque are obtained by increasing the displacement by 15%-from 250 to 286 cc while also improving off-road performance by increasing the suspension stroke and ground clearance. At the same time, Honda said that the overall vehicle weight has been reduced by 11 pounds, which is mainly achieved through the use of computer-aided engineering analysis to optimize the plate thickness and tubing size on countless components. The styling tips come from Honda’s CRF Performance series, while MSRP is still “very competitive.”
Through its body and red, white, black and blue graphics, CRF300L aims to imitate the appearance of the CRF Performance series, including the Baja-based CRF450X.
Riding position The riding position has been modified to improve rider input and vehicle mobility. The sweep angle of the handlebar is increased to make the position of the elbow more natural, the steering is easier, and the weight of the handlebar is increased to reduce vibration. The width of the rear and middle areas of the seat remains the same to maintain comfort, while the front area is thinner to improve rider input through the thighs and knees. The foot spikes are also moved backwards, thereby simplifying the foot operation of the shift lever and brake pedal, and the right rear rocker arm pivot cover has been redesigned to reduce the width. Passenger transport hooks are also provided.
Meter The new meter has black characters on a white background, and the characters are 6 mm larger to improve visibility. In addition to speed, clock and rpm readings, new features have been added, including gear positions, fuel mileage and fuel consumption. The meter is also reduced by 0.01 pounds.
The engine/transmission system started from CRF250L, Honda modified the liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke power plant, increasing the stroke by 8 mm (total 63.0 mm), while keeping the cylinder diameter of 76.0 mm unchanged. This resulted in a 36cc increase in displacement, for a total of 286cc, which prompted the name change to CRF300L. A longer piston stroke increases power and torque throughout the entire speed range.
In addition, the camshaft has also modified the lift and timing to increase the output in the lower part of the speed range, which is often used in city riding and off-road driving.
The design of the intake/exhaust air filter has been modified to retain the 38 mm large throttle body and incorporate a new exhaust system with a lighter header and muffler-although The reduction in sound output is achieved through better control of vibration. Combined, these changes can improve throttle control, especially at low revs.
As before, the engine’s valve mechanism adopts a rocker arm design to achieve a compact cylinder head, while the balancer can achieve smooth operation.
The gear ratio of the six-speed gearbox was updated in 2021. The distance between the low-speed gears is smaller, and the distance at the high-speed gears is larger, so that the best gear selection can be performed while still achieving comfortable high speeds. cruise. This strikes a good balance between urban applicability. , Long distance and off-road applications.
The clutch has been praised for its light clutch pull. The model will have lighter pull (about 20%) in 2021, thanks to the new auxiliary/slip clutch, which also provides better performance during active downshifts.
Chassis/suspension Although the engine is more powerful, the structure of many components is different, which reduces the weight of the vehicle. For example, the lower triple clamp is now made of aluminum instead of steel, and the weight is reduced by 0.1 lb. This not only results in a reduced steering force, but because the weight drop occurs very high on the vehicle, the center of gravity is also lower.
By optimizing the main components of the frame, the weight of the frame is reduced by 0.3 pounds, while the lateral stiffness is reduced by 25%, thereby improving maneuverability and occupant feeling: the down tube is reduced by 30 mm; the down tube gusset Smaller; the main pipe is 20 mm shorter; the diameter of the stent tube is reduced by 3.2 mm to 25.4 mm.
In addition, revisions to the frame and crankcase design have increased the ground clearance by 1.2 inches, thereby reducing the chance of interference when driving in rough off-road conditions.
The bracket is stronger and can resist bending, and its footrest is now 10% larger to improve vehicle stability when parking.
The rear rocker arm is similar to the frame, and the lateral and torsional stiffness of the rear rocker arm is reduced by 23% and 17%, respectively. The width near the pivot has been reduced by 15 mm, and the overall cross-section of the assembly has been modified to provide a more even distribution of distortion, resulting in a better feel and more predictable handling. The weight of the rocker arm has also been reduced by 0.08 pounds-reducing the weight of the spring, thereby improving suspension action.
Suspension As mentioned earlier, the suspension includes a 43mm Showa inverted fork and a Pro-Link single shock rear system. However, the suspension stroke has been extended, and the front and rear wheel travel is 10.2 inches, an increase of 0.4 inches and .6 inches, respectively. The settings have also been modified and new rear links and links have been used. The combined result is improved suspension performance, especially during off-road riding.
Hydraulic brakes are used before and after the brake. The rotors have 256 and 220 mm rotors respectively, as well as available ABS, which can smoothly control the braking in various situations. Similar to the design used on the CRF Performance series, the new rear brake master cylinder is equipped with a fuel tank. This saves the need to connect the remote water tank to the previously designed hose, resulting in a cleaner appearance. Conveniently, ABS can be turned off at the rear to provide a different ride feeling in off-road conditions.
The wheels are the same as the high-performance off-road machine. The size of the wheels is 21 inches for the front wheels and 18 inches for the rear wheels. They can roll smoothly on rough terrain. Compared with the 2020 model, the black aluminum rims are polished, have a glossy appearance, and are easy to clean.
The rear sprocket is thinner in some areas and has smaller bolts (M8 instead of M10), which saves 0.04 pounds. The rear axle is now hollow and shaved nearly 0.03 pounds.
Accessories Honda provides many accessories, including hand guards, anti-skid plates, power sockets, wide spikes, top boxes, racks, etc.
The CRF300L Rally is designed to evoke the image of Ricky Brabec winning the CRF450 Rally of the Dakar Rally. It is based on the standard CRF300L but has a larger fuel capacity, hand guard and framed windshield, making it ideal for long-distance adventures without At the expense of agility, the CRF300L rally has a larger fuel tank and weighs 9 pounds in urban traffic and even on trails. Less than the previous model, the displacement has been increased by 15%, thereby increasing the power and torque, making long-distance adventures easier than ever.
Modeling In 2021, Honda designers adopted the existing CRF250L rally to make it more adventurous, expanding the fuel tank by 25% (0.7 gallons for a total of 3.4 gallons, the most in its class). Considering the excellent fuel economy of this model, the CRF300L has a considerable range in a test of more than 250 miles.
Like the tensile machine at Monster Energy Honda’s factory, the rear is kept slim, which makes it easy for the rider to move and concentrates the quality of the front of the vehicle. The eye-catching red, white, black and blue graphics mimic the appearance of the CRF Performance series.
Reduced the weight of many parts, including the front fender (reduced by 0.02 pounds), side covers (reduced by 0.05 pounds), tool box (reduced by 0.03 pounds) and license plate bracket (reduced by 0.04 pounds).
Riding position At the same time, the riding position has been modified to improve rider input and vehicle maneuverability. In order to make the elbow position more natural, the steering is lighter, the handlebar sweeping force is increased, and two handlebar weights (5.8 ounces each) are added to reduce vibration, and rubber is added to the foot spikes for the same reason platform. The seat uses a new rubber mounting pad. Compared to the standard model, its width has been increased by 20 mm to 190 mm, although the front is kept narrow to allow the rider’s feet to contact the ground when needed. Passenger transport hooks are standard equipment.
The foot spikes are also moved backwards, thereby simplifying the foot operation of the shift lever and brake pedal, and the right rear rocker arm pivot cover has been redesigned to reduce the width.
Meter The new digital meter has black characters on a white background and the characters are 6 mm larger to improve visibility. In addition to speed, clock and rpm readings, new features have been added, including gear positions, fuel mileage and fuel consumption. The meter is also reduced by 0.01 pounds.
The engine/transmission system started from the CRF250L rally. Honda modified the liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke power plant, increasing the stroke by 8 mm (total 63.0 mm), while leaving the bore of 76.0 mm unchanged. This resulted in a 36cc increase in displacement, to a total of 286cc, which prompted the name change to CRF300L Rally. A longer piston stroke increases power and torque throughout the entire speed range.
In addition, the camshaft has also modified the lift and timing to increase the output in the lower part of the speed range, which is often used in city riding and off-road driving.
The design of the intake/exhaust air filter has been modified to retain the 38 mm large throttle body and incorporate a new exhaust system with a lighter header and muffler-although The reduction in sound output is achieved through better control of vibration. Combined, these changes can improve throttle control, especially at low revs.
As before, the engine’s valve mechanism adopts a rocker arm design to achieve a compact cylinder head, while the balancer can achieve smooth operation.
The gear ratio of the six-speed gearbox was updated in 2021. The distance between the low-speed gears is smaller, and the distance at the high-speed gears is larger, so that the best gear selection can be performed while still achieving comfortable high speeds. cruise. This strikes a good balance between urban applicability. , Long distance and off-road applications.
The clutch has been praised for its light clutch pull. The model will have lighter pull (about 20%) in 2021, thanks to the new auxiliary/slip clutch, which also provides better performance during active downshifts.
Chassis/suspension Although the engine is more powerful, the structure of many components is different, which reduces the weight of the vehicle. For example, the lower triple clamp is now made of aluminum instead of steel, and the weight is reduced by 0.1 lb. This not only results in a reduced steering force, but because the weight drop occurs very high on the vehicle, the center of gravity is also lower.
By optimizing the main components of the frame, the lateral stiffness of the frame is reduced by 25%, which improves maneuverability and rider feel, and the frame weight is reduced by 0.3 pounds: the down tube is narrowed by 30 mm; the down tube The gusset is smaller; the main pipe is 20 mm shorter; the diameter of the stent tube is reduced by 3.2 mm to 25.4 mm.
The bracket is stronger and can resist bending, and its footrest is now 10% larger to improve vehicle stability when parking.
The one-piece cast aluminum rear swing arm improves the optimized bending characteristics, and the lateral and torsional stiffness are reduced by 23% and 17%, respectively. The width near the pivot axis has been reduced by 15 mm, and the overall cross-section of the component has been modified to provide a more even distribution of distortion, resulting in a better feel and more predictable handling. The weight of the rocker arm has also been reduced by 0.08 pounds-reducing the weight of the spring, thereby improving suspension action.
Suspension As mentioned earlier, the suspension includes a 43mm Showa inverted fork and a Pro-Link single shock rear system. The strokes of the front and rear wheels are 10.2 inches and 10.4 inches, respectively.
Hydraulic brakes are used before and after the brake. The rotors have 256 and 220 mm rotors respectively, as well as available ABS, which can smoothly control the braking in various situations. Similar to the design used on the CRF Performance series, the new rear brake master cylinder is equipped with a fuel tank. This saves the need to connect the remote water tank to the previously designed hose, resulting in a cleaner appearance. Conveniently, ABS can be turned off at the rear to provide a different ride feeling in off-road conditions.
The wheels are the same as the high-performance off-road machine. The size of the wheels is 21 inches for the front wheels and 18 inches for the rear wheels. They can roll smoothly on rough terrain. Compared with the 2020 model, the black aluminum rims are polished, have a glossy appearance, and are easy to clean.
The rear sprocket is thinner in some areas and has smaller bolts (M8 instead of M10), which saves 0.03 pounds of weight. The rear axle is now hollow, reducing the additional scraping by 0.02 pounds.
Accessories Honda offers many accessories, including power sockets, wider spikes, heated handles, top boxes, racks, etc.
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Post time: Jan-06-2021