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2021 HONDA CRF300 RALLY

Markham, ON. Jan. 5, 2021

 

Model updates: Honda’s popular mini-adventurer takes advantage of a 15% increase in displacement, plus revised air intake, inlet cam timing and exhaust system that inject more peak power and considerably stronger torque across the rev-range. Shorter gearbox ratios are topped with a taller 6th gear for better highway performance and long distance touring capabilities. An assist/slipper clutch ensures smooth operation while reducing fatigue and potential for lock up of the rear wheel on hard downshifts. Handling on any terrain is improved with a new swingarm and more laterally flexible frame, increased ground clearance, longer travel suspension and revised riding position. Increased capacity for the fuel tank extends range; the seat is now rubber-mounted and lower, and there are rubber inserts for the footpegs. The handlebars use internal weights, indicators are now flexibly mounted and the finishing touch is an easy-to-read, positive LCD instrument display. Curb weight is reduced by 5 kg to 152 kg, making for a 13% improvement in power to weight ratio. ABS is now standard on the CRF300 Rally.

 

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Contents:

 

1 Introduction

2 Model overview

3 Key features

4 Accessories

5 Technical specifications

 

  1. Introduction

     

    A small capacity dual-purpose motorcycle covers many bases: it slips easily through congested city traffic thanks to lightweight and slim proportions matched with superb maneuverability, while its suspension, ground reach and seat height deliver a fun and comfortable ride on any surface, from highway to rough country roads and trails. In essence it opens up a whole new range of two-wheeled opportunities, whatever the rider’s experience level.

     

    With styling DNA drawn directly from the HRC CRF450 RALLY Dakar racer, the CRF250 RALLY, based on the trail-ready CRF250L, brought something new to the market on its launch in 2017. It not only looked ready to compete in a desert stage, but also delivered a real taste of adventure to riders who prefer a light, easy-to-manage machine.

     

    For 2021, alongside the CRF300L*, the CRF300 RALLY makes its debut. Lighter, more powerful and even better equipped to explore – around the world or around the block – the CRF300 RALLY is good to go.

     

    *See separate CRF300L press kit.

     

  2. Model Overview

     

    Now 286cc, the CRF300L’s new engine produces 10% more peak power and 18% more peak torque. Inlet cam timing has been revised, alongside both air intake and exhaust system for much stronger mid-range torque and power. Gear ratios 1-5 are shorter, for improved response, while 6th is taller for more relaxed high-speed cruising. An assist/slipper clutch now manages the rear wheel under hard downshifts and offers 20% less load at the lever.

     

    A redesigned steel frame, aluminum swingarm and bottom yoke are major contributors to a 5 kg overall weight loss and feature revised rigidity balance for feedback and feel. Steering geometry has been adjusted in detail to match, and the forks have an extra 10 mm travel.

     

    Sharp-edged bodywork features a larger, 12.8L capacity fuel tank and comfortable, broad seat, distinctive asymmetric dual headlight and new, positive LCD instrument display. The riding position has also altered to encourage the light steering maneuverability needed off-road and, just as usefully, around town.

     

  3. Key Features

     

    1. Engine

 

  • Larger capacity 286cc engine increases peak power and torque

  • Revised gearbox ratios for both acceleration and cruising

  • Assist/slipper clutch with 20% lighter lever load

 

An extra 14% cubic capacity for the single-cylinder, liquid-cooled DOHC engine – from 250 cc to 286  cc – is acquired by a 63 mm stroke, as opposed to 55 mm. Bore remains unchanged at 76mm, as does compression ratio of 10.7:1. The full dyno graph curves tells the full story beyond the peak power and torque uplift: the new engine is considerably stronger, everywhere, from 2,000 rpm up.

 

To match the engine’s heavier punch and again, to smarten pick-up and acceleration, gear ratios between 1-5 are shorter while 6th gear is taller, for more relaxed highway cruising. Addition of an assist/slipper clutch reduces lever load by 20% and manages rear wheel ‘hop’ on rapid downshifts – great for control, on or off-road.  

 

Revised timing of the intake cam specifically boosts low- to mid-range response – the rpm range most used around town or off-road – and works with a redesigned air filter, exhaust downpipe, muffler and ignition timing. An iridium spark plug, along with precise metering of fuel from the PGM-FI injection system, further enhances combustion efficiency.  

 

The engine uses an offset cylinder, reducing internal frictional losses, while the piston itself incorporates a special surface material, plus molybdenum coating. The oil pump features an internal relief structure that prevents aeration of relieved oil. The crank journal employs a half-split, press-fit metal bearing while the crank bearing uses a cast-iron bushing. A primary balance shaft further reduces vibration

 

    1. Chassis

 

  • Handling and agility improved on any terrain from wide-ranging updates

  • Significant weight saving from a new frame and swingarm

  • Revised rigidity balance for both, for increased feedback and feel

  • Long travel front and rear suspension

 

A total of 5 kg has been saved overall from the CRF300 RALLY’s chassis, with wet weight now of 152 kg. The steel semi-double cradle frame is completely new and contributes 2.15 kg to the weight loss. Just as importantly, to promote handling feel and connection to front/rear traction, its flexibility balance has been tuned with 25% less lateral rigidity.

 

To match, the one-piece cast aluminum swingarm is not only 550g lighter, it features a 23% reduction in lateral rigidity. It is also 15 mm narrower just behind the pivot point and smooth, cross-sectional shaping is used to create uniform deflection. Extruded aluminum is used for the chain adjustment collar. The steel bottom yoke of the previous design has been changed for aluminum; this shaves 730 g from an area high relative to the center of gravity for faster steering response. 

 

The 43 mm Showa inverted fork gains 10 mm of stroke to 260 mm, with spring weight and damping settings revised for precise control over a wide range of terrain and speeds. Pro-Link rear suspension features a 260 mm axle stroke; the Showa shock absorber is a single tube design.

Ground clearance has increased, from 270 mm to 275 mm, thanks to revisions to the lower frame, engine crankcases and oil drain plug. Rake and trail are now set at 27.5°/109 mm (from 27.6°/113 mm) with 10 mm longer wheelbase of 1455mm.

 

The front brake uses a single 296 mm disc gripped by a two-piston caliper, the rear is a 220 mm disc and single-piston caliper; in common with the CRF competition machines the rear master cylinder is now a lightweight, integrated design. The discs feature a wave design – also taken directly from the CRF250R/CRF450R – with exceptional self-cleaning abilities in adverse conditions. 2-channel ABS is now standard for the CRF300 Rally, featuring the ability to turn off ABS to the rear wheel for more dynamic off-road riding.

 

Lightweight aluminum rims further reduce unsprung mass; for 2021 the Alumite treated surface has been polished to a gloss finish. Block pattern enduro-style tires (front, 80/100-21 51P and rear 120/80-18 62P) provide traction in a wide range of riding situations.

 

The 21-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear increase stability on rough terrain and allow the fitment of more off-road specific tires if required. Application of a machined rear sprocket and M8 bolts (instead of M10) plus hollow rear axle saves 240g and 160g respectively.

 

    1. Styling & equipment

 

  • Lighter, slimmer bodywork incorporates larger 12.8L fuel tank

  • Broader seat for comfort, now rubber mounted and 10mm lower in height

  • Positive LCD display even easier to read

 

The CRF300 RALLY is designed to cover distance and its styling reflects this. Derived from the parts used by the CRF450 RALLY, the ‘floating’ screen, upper/lower fairing and side shrouds effectively shield the rider to offer excellent defense against the elements. Hand guards offer further protection, both for the hands and the brake and clutch levers. A skid plate protects the machine’s underside and the gear lever features a folding tip.

 

From the machine’s mid-section back, the refreshed style is MX-sharp; the rear number plate bracket is much smaller, for a 300g saving; further weight has been saved with the aggressive shape of the front mudguard. The fuel tank grows in volume by 2.7 L, to 12.8 L.

 

The seat is rubber mounted for comfort and the footpegs now also feature rubber inserts. Seat height is 885 mm, 5 mm taller than the CRF300L and 10 mm lower than before. It features the same narrower profile up front as its sibling, but with a 20mm width across the seated area for long riding days.

 

To foster easy, light control, the riding position has been subtly altered: the handlebars have been pulled back slightly, while the footpegs have been lowered and moved back, to make gear changes in heavy off-road boots easier. And the CRF300 RALLY features internal handlebar weights to minimise vibration. The sidestand, has also been redesigned with a 10% larger area for its (now) folding footplate.

 

A redesigned, 70g lighter LCD display features large black digits on a crisp white display, for instant readability. The speedo numbers are also 6mm larger, at 23mm. Information includes gear position indicator, fuel mileage and consumption, average speed, stopwatch and rev-counter.

 

  1. Accessories

     

    Tailor-made accessories for the CRF300 RALLY include 38L top box, rear carrier bracket and mounts.

     

  2. Technical Specifications

     

ENGINE

 

Type

Liquid-cooled, single cylinder DOHC

Engine Displacement (cm³)

286 cc

No. of Valves per Cylinder

4

Bore ´ Stroke (mm)

76mm x 63mm

Compression Ratio

10.7:1

FUEL SYSTEM

 

Carburation

PGM-FI electronic fuel injection

Fuel Tank Capacity

12.8L

DRIVETRAIN

 

Clutch Type

Wet multiplate, assist/slipper clutch

Transmission Type

6-speed

Final Drive

Chain

FRAME

 

Type

Steel semi-double cradle

CHASSIS

 

Dimensions (LxWxH)

2230 x 920 x 1415 mm

Wheelbase

1455 mm

Caster Angle

27.5°

Trail

109 mm

Seat Height

885 mm

Ground Clearance

275 mm

Curb Weight

152 kg (335 lb)

Turning radius

2.3m

SUSPENSION

 

Type Front

43 mm Showa inverted forks; 260 mm (10.2 in) travel

Type Rear

Pro-Link® Showa single shock; 260 mm (10.2 in) travel

WHEELS

 

Tires Front

80/100-21M/C 51P

Tires Rear

120/80-18M/C 62P

BRAKES

 

ABS System Type

2 channel ABS w/ ability to turn off ABS to rear wheel

Brakes Front

296 mm x  3.5mm disc with two piston caliper

Brakes Rear

220 mm x  4.5mm disc with single piston caliper

All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice

Pricing

 

Model

MSRP

CRF300LRA (Rally ABS)                      

$7,499

 

 

More Information

 

The 2021 Honda CRF300 Rally will be arriving at Canadian dealers in spring 2021. Please contact your local Honda Canada dealer for information about availability.

 

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