Honda is making ready so as to add two dual-sport fashions to it’s U.S. lineup: a CRF300LS and an XR150L. Each fashions had been listed within the newest automobile certification knowledge launched by the U.S. Environmental Safety Company and the California Air Sources Board, indicating that they are going to be added to the 2023 lineup.
The regulatory knowledge offers largely with emissions compliance, however we are able to make some inferences about each bikes based mostly on their names.
2023 Honda CRF300LS
The CRF300LS is clearly a variant on the CRF300L and CRF300L Rally, two fashions which have been in Honda’s U.S. lineup for just a few years now. American Honda has but to announce the 2023 CRF300L, however its European counterparts introduced an replace in December. For 2023, the CRF300L receives hand guards and, at the very least for Europe, a brand new Swift Grey shade choice to go along with Honda’s normal Excessive Crimson.
However what’s up with the brand new “S” variant? We suspect Honda is following Kawasaki’s playbook of introducing a S variations with decrease seat heights for the KLX230 and KLR650. The KLX230 S has a seat top of 32.7 inches (in comparison with 34.8 inches for the KLX230) whereas the KLR650S gives a 32.1 inch seat top (versus the KLR650’s 34.3-inch seat top). If our guess is correct, we are able to anticipate the CRF300LS to supply a extra manageable seat top than the CRF300L’s 34.7 inches.
We anticipate American Honda will announce the 2023 CRF300LS quickly, alongside the CRF300L and CRF300L Rally.
2023 Honda XR150L
The XR150L is likely to be new to U.S. shoppers, however the dual-sport ought to be acquainted to folks within the Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Marketed in Australia and New Zealand as an agricultural bike.
In keeping with the EPA’s knowledge, the XR150L is powered by an 149cc OHC air-cooled carbureted Single, claiming an output of 12.5 hp at 7,750 rpm. The engine is produced by Sundiro Honda, a three way partnership between Honda and Chinese language firm Sundiro, and produced in Mexico (the place the Honda Navi minibike can also be manufactured).
The engine is paired with a five-speed transmission and comes with an electrical starter and back-up kick starter.
The XR150L gives a 32.4-inch seat top, which is comparatively manageable for a twin sport. The telescopic fork gives 7.1 inches of journey whereas the rear wheel has 5.9 inches of journey. The entrance wheel is supplied with a two-piston caliper whereas the rear makes use of a drum brake.
The gasoline tank holds 3.2 gallons which is kind of giant in comparison with the CRF300L’s 2.1-gallon tank, and even the XR650L’s 2.8-gallon tank. Honda New Zealand claims a curb weight of 284 kilos.
|2023 Honda XR150L Specs|
|Engine Sort||Air-cooled OHC, Single Cylinder|
|Bore and Stroke||57.3 x 57.8 mm|
|Gas System||20mm piston valve carburetor|
|Starter||Electrical with kick starter again up|
|Entrance Suspension||Telescopic fork, 7.1 inches of axle journey|
|Rear Suspension||Single shock swing arm, 5.9 inches of axle journey|
|Entrance Brake||Twin piston caliper, 240mm disc|
|Rear Brake||Mechanical drum|
|Entrance Tire||90/90 19|
|Rear Tire||110/90 17|
|Seat Peak||32.4 inches|
|Floor Clearance||9.6 inches|
|Curb Weight||284 kilos (claimed)|
|Gas Capability||3.2 gallons|
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