I have been riding big V-twin Cruisers for 14 years and recently decided to leave the cruiser scene. I first spotted the CRF230L on the showroom floor back in 2008, and I finally found a good, clean, 1 owner 2008 model just a couple months ago, June of 2012.
I am brand new to off road riding, and I have to say that this little 230 is a kick-in-the-pants! I am absolutely loving it as a commuter and on trails and logging roads.
And you just can't go wrong with Honda's quality and reliability. If you want to travel down the hiway at 55+ mph., you better get a bigger bike because this little jewel is not really designed for that.
However, I am very satisfied with my work commute at 40-45 mph. which nets me 96 mpg. As for off-roading, I do not know the full potential of this bike because as I mentioned earlier, I am brand new to trail riding, but so far the bike has served me well.
I get 74 mpg. off road. And if I do a fairly even split of on road/off road riding, I get 84 mpg.
The only complaint I have is with the terribly uncomfortable seat, but that can be changed easy enough. Overall, I love this little bike and only wish I had bought it sooner!
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