The Honda CRF has an engine that is very similar to the Hornet 2.0 and the CB200X, and the filing of this design patent indicates that the bike could be released in the United States.
Honda’s CRF190L dual-sport motorcycle recently received a design patent in India.
- Gets 19-inch/17-inch wire-spoke wheels
- Its 184cc engine is very similar to the CB200X’s
The single-cylinder air-cooled 184.4cc engine that powers the Hornet 2.0 and CB200X in India is also set to power a dual-sport motorcycle called the CRF190L overseas (in a slightly tweaked form). Honda has filed a design patent for the CRF190L in India, implying that the bike could be launched in the country soon. Given that it shares its engine with two bikes already on the market in India, this appears to be a strong possibility.
However, there is a possibility that it will be renamed. Honda trademarked the NX200 nametag in India prior to the launch of the CB200X. The NX prefix has traditionally been reserved for serious single-cylinder dual-sport machines, so the CB200X’s absence from the NX lineup makes sense. However, because the CRF is focused enough to bear the NX200 moniker, Honda may be able to use its trademark.
Underpinnings of The Honda CRF190L
While the CRF’s engine is very similar to that of the CB200X, Honda has built a far more serious motorcycle around it. Certain elements are shared with the CB200X, such as the frame’s single-downtube architecture and the swingarm’s box-section design. However, you’ll notice a massive 241mm of ground clearance, a high-mounted underseat exhaust exit, what appears to be longer travel suspension, and, most importantly, off-road wire-spoke wheels (19-inch front, 17-inch rear).
Its appearance supports this intent, with a long single-piece seat that extends quite far forward in dirt-bike fashion. A large sump guard and front windscreen, hand-guards, and a rather beefy-looking rear luggage rack are also notable features. The bike has a purposeful appearance overall, with straight lines dominating much of the bodywork. A tall stance and a beak-less front-end, similar to the Africa Twin, are distinguishing features.
On the feature front, the bike’s drawings show a fully digital instrument cluster, which will most likely be based on the Hornet and CB200X’s LCD unit. Like those two motorcycles, this one will have all-around LED lighting and single-channel ABS.
The only aspect of the engine that appears to be externally different from the Hornet’s motor is the exhaust routing. The main engine block and engine covers on both sides appear to be nearly identical to the Hornet’s, but Chinese type-approval documents for the bike appear to suggest output figures of 15.6hp and 15.7Nm, rather than the Hornet’s 17.3hp and 16.1Nm. While this engine performs admirably in the city, it lacks the smoothness of most Honda engines, and we found it gruff in the higher reaches of its tachometer. Nonetheless, the large amount of pulling power available at low RPMs should make it suitable for off-roading.
Expected Pricing for The Honda CRF190L
If it is launched in the United States, the CRF appears to be a threat to the Hero Xpulse 200 4V, which currently has a private playground as the only off-road capable motorcycle in that price range. While ADVs are all the rage in our country right now, dual-sport motorcycles like this CRF, with their single-minded focus and uncompromising approach, aren’t always popular, owing to their high seat heights and unfamiliar road manners. However, this Honda appears to have a seat height that is comparable to the Xpulse, whose perch is 825mm off the deck, which is not excessively high.
This bike should be priced similarly to the CB200X, despite the fact that it will almost certainly be more off-road capable and has a conventional front fork rather than the CB’s upside-down unit. As a result, expect it to be priced similarly to the CB200X, which currently sells for Rs 1.46 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This would put it about Rs 15,000 higher than the Xpulse 200 4V.