2023 Honda CRF300L Rally First Look Preview
Honda’s CRF300L Rally hitched a ride on the same official new motorcycle announcement that included new offerings like the 2023 Honda XR150L and CRF300LS. We’ve already covered both these entry-level dual sports as well as the CRF300L/ABS within the LS coverage, so we’re going to focus on the 2023 Rally version here.
The Dakar-inspired CRF300L Rally differs from the CRF300L with its comfort-focused upgrades like hand guards and a frame-mounted windscreen. It also features a fuel tank capacity that’s over a gallon larger and front brake disc that is 40mm wider in diameter.
Engine specs are identical to the CRF300L. So from the 286cc engine with liquid-cooling and fuel injection, 76mm by 63mm bore and stroke, and 10.7:1 compression ratio, all the way down to the 14-tooth/40-tooth sprocket combo and O-ring chain final drive, the powerplant is the same. These give the Rally similarly strong low- to midrange engine character that’s seen on the base model.
The 43mm telescopic fork, Pro-Link shock, and 21/18-inch wheelsets do not stray away from the standard either, giving the Rally the same means to smoothly roll over jagged rocks and rutted trails.
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Honda did not highlight any updates in its announcement of the 2023 CRF300L Rally, even graphics are the same as it has been since 2021. MSRP has only increased by $50 compared to 2022′s pricing.
2023 Honda CRF300L Rally/ABS Technical Specifications and Price
|PRICE:||$6,149 (base)/$6,449 (ABS)|
|ENGINE:||286cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled single-cylinder; 4 valves/cyl.|
|BORE x STROKE:||76.0 x 63.0mm|
|FUEL DELIVERY:||Fuel injection w/ 38mm throttle body|
|FRONT SUSPENSION:||43mm inverted telescopic fork; 10.2 in. travel|
|REAR SUSPENSION:||Single shock; 10.2 in. travel|
|FRONT BRAKE:||2-piston caliper, 296mm disc w/ optional ABS|
|REAR BRAKE:||1-piston caliper, 220mm disc w/ optional ABS|
|WHEELS, FRONT/REAR:||Spoked aluminum; 21 in./18 in.|
|TIRES, FRONT/REAR:||80/100-21 / 120/80-18|
|SEAT HEIGHT:||35.2 in.|
|FUEL CAPACITY:||3.4 gal.|
|CLAIMED WET WEIGHT:||331 lb. (base)/335 lb. (ABS)|