This is REALLY detailed response. Thanks a lot.I asked that same question while I was shopping for a 250. I ultimately bought the 250L Rally instead of the 250L. I am extremely happy that I did so. The Rally offers a number of features that I really appreciate.
What the Rally has over the standard 250:
1) A 0.66 gallon larger fuel tank with a much nicer hinged fuel cap. 0.66 gallons doesn’t sound like much, but the standard 2 gallon tank just wouldn’t do it for me in range. With the a Rally‘s 2.66 gallons, I can get 200 miles on the tank, so it’s real world usable for me.
2) The Rally fairing/taller windshield is frame mounted (vs handlebar mount) and the windshield and lower bodywork/fairing are pretty decent at blocking wind.
3) The Rally instrument panel sits higher for better view, vs the low mounted panel on the standard model that is partially blocked by the front brake hose.
4) The Rally has a two beam LED headlight that is very good, and better than the standard 250.
5) Wheel sizes are the same, but the Rally has black rims if that makes any difference. It doesn’t for me.
6) The Rally has about 1 inch more suspension travel and sits higher. That was actually a temporary negative for me with my 32 inch inseam. I lowered the Rally about 3/4 to 7/8 inch with links and sliding up the fork tubes. I also installed the shorter sidestand from the standard model. It fits me fine now.
7) The Rally’s front brake rotor is slightly larger.
8) The Rally comes with plastic hand guards. They block the wind at your hands, but have no metal frame for impact protection.
It depends on how you plan to use the 250, but for me the Rally was definitely the right choice.
Edit: I see now both versions have black rims. In the 2017, the standard model had bright rims. Again, no big deal there.
Advantages of the standard over the Rally:This is REALLY detailed response. Thanks a lot.
Although, is there anything that standard has advantage over Rally?