CRF230L vs CRF250L mpg??

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Sub Zero, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. Sub Zero

    Sub Zero Ice Breather!

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    Ok I have a cousin who is coming off a 1991 Ninja 250 and is in the market for a dual sport now. Most of his riding will be done in Miami FL. Theres a lot of stop and go traffic out that way and the thing he is concerned about most is getting a bike with good fuel economy. He has talked about getting a CRF230L preferably brand new from Honda because he is reading stuff online about how they get some 80mpg. I'm having trouble finding a credible website or post that gives the fuel economy for the 250L. I think that he would enjoy the 250L more. its cheaper from the dealer by about 500$ and he would enjoy that bike more, and its more offroad oriented as well. Those of you with 250Ls, what kinda mpg ratings do you get?? Whats your opinion on this? every way I look at it the 250L is a better bike / buy. but I'm having trouble convincing him. unless somebody also thinks I'm wrong. post up your thoughts! :deal
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  2. sagebrushocean

    sagebrushocean Harris's hawker

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    Unless I miss my guess, any leftover (or used) CRF230Ls are going to be deeply discounted because of the availability of the 250L. Don't expect to pay more for the 230 than the 250 -- get whichever model he finds most appealing. The 230 does have some advantages, being 50 pounds lighter and simpler (carb, air cooled). It's down on power compared to the 250, of course.

    FWIW, my 230M, rejetted, gets 75mpg even when flogged mercilessly. And I only paid $2990 in 2011 for my leftover 2009 230M, brand new. The M was a poor seller, but it works for me -- knobbies for the summer backcountry riding, and street tires for the commute during the rest of the year.
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  3. Ferdinand

    Ferdinand Ride The Wind ForeverFree

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    Same here about 75 mpg crf230l sometimes a bit higher sometimes a bit lower, but 75's a good average.
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  4. grnd0

    grnd0 Been here awhile

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    Got an 08 230L for sale in Palm Bay, FL. 2,500 miles, excellent condition,
    FMF Q4 muffler, smaller LED blinkers, smaller license plate holder, new
    tires that are more offroad oriented. Have the original tires and all stock
    items that were removed. $2950 Pictures have the stock tires on.

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  5. ADVNCW

    ADVNCW Banned

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    Clean MPG.com mentions 75 MPG city.

    Any new CRF250L owners to tell us the actual MPG?
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  6. xplodee

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    I got around 70 for around town driving on my 250L before it was stolen :(
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  7. ADVNCW

    ADVNCW Banned

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    Bummer, sorry. I hope that you get paid by insurance and get another soon!

    Sounds like good mileage, similar to my 230L. I got from 63 MPG when really pushing the 230L on highway to 83 MPG steady on easy dirt road and trail.

    I am getting very interested in the 250L for the CD next year. Sounding better the more I learn!
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  8. xplodee

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    Will find out more details tomorrow since it happened Saturday. It's an awesome bike, I'll be buying another one once I get paid. I highly recommend it, modern technology, low maintenance, great looks, awesome all around bike, great in town and was fun on the trails.
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  9. rdependable

    rdependable rdependable

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    I routinely got 75 MPG on my CRF 230L. I am selling it for $2975 on ADV and Craigs LIst Nashville.
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  10. foxbrook

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    my first tank of gas on my 250l I got 61mpg, I am hearing the mpg goes up as the bike gets broken in
    this is town, dirt roads and 80km/hr roads
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  11. davidmill

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    250L 74-83 mpg
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  12. diontx

    diontx n00b

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    500 miles so far and have averaged 58 to 61mpg here
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  13. Sub Zero

    Sub Zero Ice Breather!

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    on which bike?
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  14. MEROST

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    I have 400 miles on my 250L and I get over 70 consistently. I filled up today and got 76 mpg - 220 lbs rider who rode conservatively
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  15. diontx

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