Honda CRF190L Adventure patented in India

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New Honda CRF190L
New Honda CRF190L

Honda CRF190L will be more adept at handling off-road challenges than its road-focused brother CB200X

Honda Motorcycle and Scooters India (HMSI) has been in the process of filing design patents in the country lately. The Japanese auto giant’s two-wheeler division has registered design patents for a number of models, including the NT1100 and CBR 150R in India.

The company has now filed for patents for a new motorcycle in the country, which appears to be a CRF190L. The baby adventure bike made its worldwide debut last September and is an entry-level model in Honda’s adventure range positioned above the CB150X.

Honda CRF190L Design Patents Leakage

Starting with its design, the CRF190L draws key aesthetic features from the CRF1100L Africa Twin with a rugged Dakar-esque styling. The CRF1100L’s core silhouette and riding position are eerily familiar to those of the flagship adventure bike.

It gets a similar side fairing and a flat headlamp hood with a high visor on top. Other visible highlights include a rectangular double-stack headlight and round rear-view mirrors.

Honda CRF190L patented in India
Honda CRF190L patented in India

The CRF190L comes with a large one-piece seat and pillion grab handle that is integrated with a luggage rack. Highlighting its ergonomics, the CRF1100L comes with mid-set footpegs, upright handlebars and commanding riding position that provide a comfortable riding position for everyday city rides as well as off-road adventure weekends.

Expected powertrain, hardware specs

The CRF190L is powered by a well-known 184cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that also powers the Hornet 2.0 and CB200X in the Indian market. This engine is good enough to deliver 17 hp at 8,500 rpm and maximum torque of 16.1 Nm at 6,000 rpm and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

Unlike the CB200X, which is essentially a road-oriented tourer with some extra gear around it, the CRF190L is more adept at handling rough terrain. The bike is supported by a steel cradle frame suspended at the front by upright telescopic forks and a monoshock at the rear. While it lacks the adjustable and upside-down forks like CB200X, the ones in CRF190L are expected to offer higher travel of around 180mm.

New Honda CRF190L
New Honda CRF190L

Furthermore, it gets a ground clearance of a whopping 241mm, making it quite easy to overcome any obstacle. Weighing just 145 pounds, it’s lighter than any of its closest opponents. The bike rides on 19-inch front and 17-inch rear spoked wheels shod with knobby dual-purpose tires.

Chance of launch in India?

The chances of the CRF190L actually reaching the Indian market are very high as the entry-level adventure touring segment has grown in popularity in recent years. Honda’s experiment of launching a road-biased tourer CB200X may not have worked in the company’s favor, as the sales charts indicate very modest numbers. Therefore, CRF190L could become a worthy rival to Hero Xpulse 200.