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Re: Gauging interest - CRF300L Pre-Launch test this weekend WC
« Reply #80 on: February 18, 2021, 03:16:14 am »
Brilliant; watching you go through that Rocky ‘blind’ gap at 05:45 made me WINCE briefly, lekker report,thanks for compiling it... :thumleft:
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Re: Gauging interest - CRF300L Pre-Launch test this weekend WC
« Reply #81 on: February 18, 2021, 09:07:13 am »
I really like the bike! Can't wait to see them on the Dealership floors :thumleft:
 

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Re: Gauging interest - CRF300L Pre-Launch test this weekend WC
« Reply #82 on: February 18, 2021, 09:49:09 am »
Thank you to Hardy and Honda Tygerberg for organising another successful test ride day. It was a great way to get people talking about the new bike. We rode through Kaleo because Zanie seemed quite keen on upgrading to the Honda 300L Rally, pity that they are not bringing in a 300L Rally in the initial batch or a demo.

I'll share my thoughts from the quick 8 minute spin around the fairly technical track. I immediately felt at home when climbing on, great ergonimics. There is enough power to get you up to speed in a short amount of time and deep sand is hardly a problem anymore. I would not say that it has too much more power than the 250L but that peak power you got from the 250L at 8000rpm seems to be available from around 5000rpm on the 300L so no need to wring its neck. Power delivery is more linear with noticeable low down torque which the 250L was lacking. What ever they did with the clutch is amazing because it is really difficult to stall. Even if accidentally in a too high gear when other bikes would stall the 300L refuses to stall and just kept chugging on.

Suspension was plush but not too plush like the 250Rally. I always felt connected to the ground and there was no washed out soggy feeling I find on the 250rally front when riding sand. For my weight at 76kg and my riding style I find no need to change the suspension setup. The seat was also really comfortable for a stock seat, no need for a seat concepts upgrade. The only negative thing I found about the 300L was the heat from the radiator fan would cook your right leg. I rode the 450L and 250 rally on the same sections and they ran much cooler.

Honda have done some really nice upgrades to the 250L and I believe it would be worth upgrading from a 250L. You get much more in a adventure package like this for under 100k. I wouldn't mind one in my garage if I had extra space. I still had lots of fun riding the 250 Rally while following the guys testing out the 300L even though the 250 Rally is slightly under powered and has terrible sand manners.

Here is some video of the test ride so those that weren't there can see the bike in action. There is some high way gravel and tar riding right at the end.
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/ERkS92V3Q1A" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/ERkS92V3Q1A</a>
Also agree the 250 Rally was awful in the sand not sure if it was the weight or power etc. Anyway if I buy again will be the L !
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Re: Gauging interest - CRF300L Pre-Launch test this weekend WC
« Reply #83 on: February 23, 2021, 03:41:30 pm »
Any recommendations for a frontwheel mousse on the crf300l.. :thumleft:

Edit: im gonna take this bike into the wild and dark corners of Africa! :biggrin:
« Last Edit: February 23, 2021, 03:48:20 pm by Fransw »