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Old 02-21-2013, 04:45 PM   #3346
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Brilliant thanks for the suggestions. I searched far and wide for something that might be suitable and never came up with the Conti TKC80 myself which are available in the UK.



Can get the front okay 300 -21 M/C 51S TT


Not the 120/80-18 for the rear. Which would be the best size option:


410 -18 M/C 66P TT reinf.
400 -18 M/C 64R TT
110/80 -18 M/C 58Q TT
120/90 -18 M/C 65R TT
140/80 -18 M/C 70R T


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I'd suggest going to Continental or other sources to get dimensions of the tires of interest and measure the CRF tire for comparison. Since the CRF tire is an 80 profile, it's going to be fairly short...sadly the 120/90 may be tall by about an inch and wider. That inch can throw off your gearing...even if you are using a 13T C/S sprocket instead of the stock 14T. My opinion is too big of a rear tire just bogs little engines like the CRF
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:49 PM   #3347
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here's a bit of Little Red Piggy stock artwork for anyone that's interested:


And here's a 3" x 4" PDF suitable for printing:

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/16386239/lrp.pdf

If I'm infringing on something someone has already done let me know, I'll happily take it down. If you want a specific size or format I can probably provide that as well.

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Old 02-21-2013, 04:49 PM   #3348
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My CRF Service manual finally arrived...nearly 10 days for it to go the 20 miles from Helm to me. Whatever..got it...happy happy!

As soon as saw your post stating they were back in stock, I ordered mine. After reading that yours came today, I went out to see if mine did but no, only my folding shift lever arrived. Oh well, that's a good days delivery.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:56 PM   #3349
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Can't get Kenda 270 in the UK? How about MEFO? When they came from the old DDR they were cheap....now after reunification they are $$$$....but they wear like iron! There is also Heidenau
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:41 PM   #3350
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CRF Service Manual Revision Pages

The Manual I just received has 5 revised pages added into the pack. Pages 1-11, 3-20, 7-18, 10-5, 10-19. Some pages have a "NEW" in big bold print....others nothing. Some are minor torque value editing...another is a whole different set of pictures Basic manual is Jun 2012 printing, these revisions are Nov 2012
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:35 PM   #3351
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can someone explain the tire situation with the crf250l. what size tires will work front and back since every different tire doesnt come in the same sizes.

and do the stock tires have tubes? if so what size tubes do you buy? i am thinking about getting some new tires but i never changed a motorcycle tire before and dont really know anything about them.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:54 PM   #3352
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On Rocket123's #3370 page 225 input he shows a pic of the tools that come with the bike in the UK. Anyone seen a part # for that wierd spark plug wrench? Nothing in the manual, Americans don't get the tool kit, and there is no part # is the service manual, and no part or $$ on the parts fiche....Rocket's pic is the first one I've seen of that plug wrench. I've got some leftover plug sockets from my XR Hondas...but nothing like that....and auto plug tools are almost always too fat to go down the hole. And is the plug a 14mm hex?

EDIT: Who has a clue what the tool just to the left of the 8/10 open end wrench does? In my leftover junk tools I have everything else..except of course the spark plug socket.

Ed@Ford screwed with this post 02-21-2013 at 08:04 PM
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:14 PM   #3353
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tool

the tool left of the 8/10 appears to be a tool I have had in bikes in the past. It is a 10 MM socket that you put a screw driver through to turn.
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:23 PM   #3354
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started making it mine

In the last couple of days I have started making my CRFL mine.

First thing was to remove the ugly rear fender extention and license light, then add a license plate bracket. .

then built a tail rack.

Added richoet bash guard.

Cycra pro bend hand guards.

Rox risers.

Tach.

13 tooth sprocket and spedo correction

removed clutch and side stand switches

12 volt outlet to power heated clothes and charge battery.

removed the seat strap.

slowly becoming mine.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:32 AM   #3355
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side stand switch

Does anyone have any photos or instruction on side stand switch removal? I'm afraid to get started and then get stuck with a bike that won't start.... Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:02 AM   #3356
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Some tool Info:
Listed in tools for a '13 CBR250R is "Wrench, Plug (16.5)" 89216-MAT-000 $9.98 Has anyone bought this and used it on their CRF?
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:08 AM   #3357
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I'd suggest going to Continental or other sources to get dimensions of the tires of interest and measure the CRF tire for comparison. Since the CRF tire is an 80 profile, it's going to be fairly short...sadly the 120/90 may be tall by about an inch and wider. That inch can throw off your gearing...even if you are using a 13T C/S sprocket instead of the stock 14T. My opinion is too big of a rear tire just bogs little engines like the CRF
Thanks for the warning. That's bad news. After speaking yesterday, i looked at one catalog (the only SA supplier i could think of that had a list online - Michelin, Pirelli...two others i can't remember) and... 120 seems quite non-standard. They were all 130, 140, and the profiles were all 90. Then if you factor in the interest in more offroad type or more onroad type, seems like it's going to be a problem - involving a compromise.
Yes, bigger tire with an engine like this...nah, i'd rather go for a 110, if that's what's available. It might look a bit skinny - the OEM one does already - but it would probably work better. And that means the speedo, too...i can see myself buying that expensive "speedo healer" thing eventually.

What's bothering me, though, is that the front tire seems really wrong on the road - around 100km/h / 65mph, it feels really skittery. Quite unusual for me. Limited experience, but my KDX full knobbies are so stable on the road, they grip amazingly, and when they are getting near the limit, i can feel it. So i must see what i can get that is more suitable for the road.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:16 AM   #3358
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Does anyone have any photos or instruction on side stand switch removal? I'm afraid to get started and then get stuck with a bike that won't start.... Thanks in advance!
Ramz instructions. http://rickramsey.net/CRF250Lmods.htm#sidestandswitch
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:53 AM   #3359
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Thanks for the warning. That's bad news. After speaking yesterday, i looked at one catalog (the only SA supplier i could think of that had a list online - Michelin, Pirelli...two others i can't remember) and... 120 seems quite non-standard. They were all 130, 140, and the profiles were all 90. Then if you factor in the interest in more offroad type or more onroad type, seems like it's going to be a problem - involving a compromise.
Yes, bigger tire with an engine like this...nah, i'd rather go for a 110, if that's what's available. It might look a bit skinny - the OEM one does already - but it would probably work better. And that means the speedo, too...i can see myself buying that expensive "speedo healer" thing eventually.

What's bothering me, though, is that the front tire seems really wrong on the road - around 100km/h / 65mph, it feels really skittery. Quite unusual for me. Limited experience, but my KDX full knobbies are so stable on the road, they grip amazingly, and when they are getting near the limit, i can feel it. So i must see what i can get that is more suitable for the road.
When I said "compare size" was to find out exact width and height of a real tire mounted and inflated from the tire company's website...not 120/90 or whatever....those dimensions don't mean squat....And your comment about skittery at road speed has been expressed by some magazine road testers, and they admitted the tires were slightly soft for offroad use....I'd suggest going 3 or 4 psi over the suggested pressure on the sticker on the frame...or if there is a rated pressure on the tire, go with that number and see how it feels at speed.....also...if the little tits aren't worn off the tire you can be sure that's the problem...cut them off with a razor blade and then use the front tire and brake pretty good...and I think it'll feel better

what kinda knobs did you have on the KDX?
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:24 AM   #3360
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I have no intention of re installing mine so instead of pulling the sub frame

bolt I just cut the wire and removed it. I did solder it back together in case

someone ever wanted it. I also did not use a jumper wire, I cut off the upper

connector and soldered the wires together. leaving enough wire on it

to reuse it if needed. don't forget to use heat shrink. ( I prefer the stuff with

glue in it.) Easy and does away with a potential problem.
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