It’s been seven years since I’ve hopped across the pond to ride motorcycles, and in those seven years a lot has changed. Getting the call to take part in the 2020 BMW S 1000 RR media launch for Inside Motorcycles was an honour, and an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. Seven years ago I headed over to start what I hoped was a long career in World Superbike, and now I headed over to start what I’m hoping is a long career in journalism and test riding! The trip was really successful and I’m looking forward to sharing the full bike review with everyone in the next issue of Inside Motorcycles.
This photo gallery will serve as a little bit of a teaser for the upcoming article and hopefully give everybody the itch to hear more details about the new BMW. The weather cooperated for our group in Portugal and the venue didn’t disappoint. Estoril is just outside of Lisbon in Portugal, and a little bit of a hidden gem these days. MotoGP hasn’t used the track in their schedule for quite a while, but there were some epic races there back in the early 2000s. The circuit has a little bit of everything going on with slow corners, fast corners and a long start straight. The combination of corners at Estoril make it an ideal candidate to do a bike review and the consistent weather in Portugal never hurts. The sun was shining all day for us during the testing, making for some epic photos and ideal conditions to push the limits of the new BMW.
BMW had quite a few members from the new S 1000 RR’s development team on hand, from Head of Design to Electronics Engineers, so it was really informative to chat with them about everything new. Being a Mechanical Engineer I was in heaven around the new bike and all of the interactive displays showing off the new technology. I didn’t hesitate to interact with the staff they had on site to hopefully shed light on some of the finer details of the new bike with everyone. The new bike was impressive in a lot of aspects, and didn’t do too many things I wasn’t a fan of. It’s awesome to see such a high level of motorcycle coming in stock trim. I can’t wait to finish the review of the bike and share that experience with everyone in the article!
All photos courtesy of BMW Motorrad Canada
Thursday, 14 March 2019 19:19 Published in Feature Stories
MARKHAM, ON (November 8th, 2016) –The CRF250 RALLY is ready for weekend adventure, long distance tour or the daily commute, with long travel suspension, large-disk brakes, excellent weather protection from the CRF450 RALLY-inspired bodywork and an impressive cruising range. Engine performance combines solid bottom-end torque with substantial top-end power.
A 250cc dual purpose motorcycle covers many bases: it slips easily through congested traffic as is equally comfortable on rougher roads and trails all thanks to lightweight and slim proportions matched with superb maneuverability as well as the great suspension, ground clearance and seat height. The 250cc dual sport package delivers a fun and comfortable ride in almost any situation. A whole new range of two-wheeled opportunities to both experienced and new riders.
With styling DNA drawn directly from the HRC CRF450 RALLY Dakar racer, the CRF250 RALLY brings something new to the market. It not only looks ready to compete in a desert stage, but also delivers a real taste of adventure to riders who prefer a light, easy-to-manage machine. Around the world or around the block, the CRF250 RALLY is good to go.
Mr. Eiji Sugiyama, Large Project Leader (LPL) 17YM CRF250 RALLY
“The rally racer replica segment is an exciting one for us, with the global, human appeal of everything that Team HRC is fighting to achieve in the Dakar Rally. We really wanted to build on the capabilities of the CRF250L and open up new opportunities for new and experienced riders. So, with the CRF250 RALLY we set out to make a motorcycle that looks like HRC’s CRF450 RALLY factory machine, is fun to ride both on and off-road for weekend adventures, comfortable to tour with and useful and practical for daily life. It brings the spirit of Rally-raid racing to every ride.”
The CRF250 RALLY uses the CRF250L as its base, and adds a wide range of changes that make it a unique proposition in the market. Styling inspiration draws fully on the HRC CRF450 RALLY race machine. At the front, the ‘floating’ screen, fairing and radiator shrouds provide wind protection, with the rest of the machine showing off minimal MX style. The asymmetric headlights are LED, as are the indicator lights.
A large fuel tank allows extensive range, and the new digital dash includes a fuel gauge and tachometer. Long travel suspension and high ground clearance enhance its long-distance off-road ability and a larger floating front disc –The engine boasts solid bottom-end torque coupled with substantial top end power thanks to changes compared to the original CRF250L, which include revised PGM-FI and throttle body, a new airbox, connector tube and lightweight exhaust.
Styling & Equipment
The CRF250 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.
From the machine’s mid-section back, the style is MX-sharp, with side panels and a seat/tank interface that help the rider move freely. A skid plate protects the machine’s underside and the gear lever features a folding tip. Seat height is 895mm, 20mm taller than the CRF250L.
The headlight is a compact, asymmetric dual LED unit while the rear light, LED indicators and number plate bracket tuck discreetly away. Cohesively laid-out, the digital dash features a speedometer, tachometer plus fuel gauge and clock.
The 10.1L (including 1.6L reserve) fuel tank delivers an approximate range of over 320km thanks to fuel consumption of about 33.3km/l (WMTC mode). The flat filler cap is hinged for rider convenience.
The CRF250 RALLY comes finished in Honda’s Extreme Red racing colour as a base, with black and white accents inspired by the HRC factory machines.
The CRF250 RALLY’s frame is constructed from steel, with twin oval-section main spars and a semi-double cradle. A wheelbase of 1,455mm is matched to a 28.1° rake with 114mm trail and ground clearance of 270mm (15mm more than the CRF250L). Wet weight is 157kg.
A new 43mm Showa inverted fork shares the same 250mm stroke as its sibling, but with 50mm extra overall length. Light weight and rigid, one side houses the spring while the other provides damping control. Both spring rate and damping have been optimized to suit the CRF250 RALLY’s adventurous long-distance aspirations. A 17mm front wheel spindle (2mm larger in diameter) improves strength and handling feel.
Pro-Link rear suspension features a 265mm axle stroke, 25mm more than the CRF250L plus a leverage ratio revised for ride comfort. The Showa shock absorber is a single tube design with 40mm diameter cylinder.
The tapered aluminum swingarm incorporates a monoblock casting that provides the correct rigidity balance and reduces un-sprung mass. Extruded aluminum is used for the chain adjustment collar.
For extra braking power a 296mm floating wave-style disc is worked by a two-piston caliper.
Stylish black Alumite aluminum rims (21-inch front/18 rear) mark the CRF250 RALLY out and wear block pattern enduro-style tires (front: 3.00-21 51P, rear: 120/80-18M/C 62P).
The CRF250 RALLY’s 250cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder DOHC engine’s performance is focused on bottom-end torque and high rpm power, plus a linear delivery. Peak power of 18.2kW is delivered @ 8,500rpm with peak torque of 22.6Nm arriving @ 6,750rpm.
The PGM-FI feeds the fuel/air mixture through a 38mm throttle body and draws air from the airbox via a direct connecting tube. The exhaust muffler has a diameter of 115mm, houses the catalyzer and uses two chambers. A large-bore downpipe helps the engine breathe and make more power.
The engine uses a compact roller/rocker arm valve train and cylinder head, with bore and stroke of 76x55mm. An offset cylinder reduces frictional losses while the piston itself incorporates a special surface material, plus a 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 bush, reducing weight, smoothing the engine and strengthening the rigidity of the case housing, minimizing the internal diameter change due to thermal expansion.
A primary balance shaft further reduces vibration and the six-speed gearbox and clutch are manufactured to cope with the extra stress of riding off-road. The 10.7 kW heat-release radiator features a thin guide-ring cooling fan to maintain even temperatures at low speeds.
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 16:43 Published in Industry News
Ducati unveils 1299 Superleggera, new Monster 797, Multistrada 950, two new Scramblers and revised Monster 1200
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 16:31 Published in Industry News