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Old 9th July 2012, 11:11   #16
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Love this bike. Hope it has decent grunt as well from the motor. For bikes in this price range, that point is sacrosant. This is what a proper off road machine with reasonable street abilities should be. Its an emabarrasment to bring something like the Impulse into a comparison mode. The two are nothing alike. Not to mention a generation or two apart in tech and equipment levels. This bike's CR sibling/s are cult bikes in the competition circuit.

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These bikes are not very good prospects in India because they won't fit anyone less than 5ft8 (the avg Indian male is 5ft3, as per WHO data. This model is made in Thailand and the sales have been poor, Thais interested in offroad tending to buy the Indonesia import, the Kawasaki KLX150, with a lower seat height.

Here's a review from a Brit ( 5ft9), and he has problems with the seat!

Honda CRF250 OFF ROAD RIDE REPORT 17TH MAY


Plenty of posts and discussions on golden triangle rider, thaivisa and rideasia forums.
By your reasoning I should not be able to ride the bike I am riding because I am 5'8". But enough said, the more bikes in the Indian market, the better, isn't it? If everyone wanted only a commuter life would be very dull!
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Yup, this is THE bike to load on a train and do the Leh stretch after the train trip! Definitely getting it, even if I have to tiptoe my rides!

The CFR250 has been creaming the competition at all motocross events. We should definitely be getting some spinoff benefits from the track experience. Hear tell the front is airsprung.
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The 2-stroke true blue blooded racer -the CR250R

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The 4-stroke competition version (not as fun obviously, but very competent nonetheless) - the CRF250R

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The 4-stroke road legal version (a stonker if we were to get the same version without emission/octane compatibility de-tuning here in India) - the CRF250L

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Tall bike, tallest Indian saddle height at nearly 35 inches. Weighs in wet at 145 kilos (lighter than the CBR250R by more than 15 kilos). Short wheelbase at 1450 mm. 18 inch rear wheels, 21 inchers in the front. Huge ground clearance of 250 mm. USD 43 mm front forks with 230 mm (9 inches) of travel. Honda Pro-Link rear suspension with 240 mm (9.5 inches) of travel. 6 gears. 23 bhp 22 Nm torque. Mileage 45 kmpl at constant 60 kmph, 30-35 in normal riding. Small tank at around 8 liters only. Top speed around 140 kmph. Same LC FI 4 valve DOHC motor as the CBR250R.

Forget the Indian-coined metrosexual "transroader" - this would be India's first and only mid-weight DS (dual sport) bike.

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The 4-stroke road legal version (a stonker if we were to get the same version without emission/octane compatibility de-tuning here in India) - the CRF250L

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i think even looks-wise the CRF250L beats the Impulse hands down. if i had the extra moolah and the inclination towards off roading on a bike, then i'd go for the CRF250L and not the Impulse.
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This news is about 3 months old - are there any more hints or definite information about a possible launch yet?

This is probably why the Impulse was not launched with the Karizma mill, perhaps Honda wanted this segment kept clear for this launch.
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This news is about 3 months old - are there any more hints or definite information about a possible launch yet?

This is probably why the Impulse was not launched with the Karizma mill, perhaps Honda wanted this segment kept clear for this launch.
I don't think Honda motors has any say in Hero Motors affairs anymore.
In all probability hero will launch the impulse with the kari mill sooner or later.

They will be stupid to not do so and lose out on that segment.
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@Ebonho,

BTW, the CRF250R is a replacement for the CR125 two stroke. The equivalent of the CR250R is, I believe, the bigger CRF450R.
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if we were to get the same version without emission/octane compatibility de-tuning here in India
Never mind the de-tuning, whats stopping people from swapping the heads or cams with the CBR250R ones?
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Never mind the de-tuning, whats stopping people from swapping the heads or cams with the CBR250R ones?
Because a Dual Sport is a totally different animal to a a road bike, and is tuned and geared accordingly. With the sort of equipment the CRF250L will have if it is exactly like what they are making and selling out of their Thai production line, then I very much doubt they will price it lower than the CBR250R which is frankly dated in comparison. Personally, since I currently do not see myself buying two different bikes for totally different duties, I would tend to lean towards the KTM 350 (375?) which will be in a totally different league performance-wise.

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Because a Dual Sport is a totally different animal to a a road bike, and is tuned and geared accordingly.
Agree about the gearing but if the CBR makes more torque throughout the rev range then a swap makes sense. More power is always welcome. It will be fun to compare the two dyno graphs.
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Agree about the gearing but if the CBR makes more torque throughout the rev range then a swap makes sense. More power is always welcome. It will be fun to compare the two dyno graphs.
Peak torque I guess is equal at 22 Nm. Yes we could compare the curves, but I doubt we could come up with something better than what Honda does.
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any idea when it is launching in india? can't wait to get my hands on one..

Had a Honda CRM250AR (where AR stood for "Activated Radical") and boy! it was fun to ride!
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