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Old 02-21-2014, 06:32 PM   #7486
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After trailing youtube i'm yet to find some real inspiring clips with the 250L.

Does anyone have any clips of some real overland adventure touring involving the bike?

Or even some really gnarly trails so i can see what the bikes capable of..




Here ya go, some of these are buried back in this thread. Go LRP!


























Death Valley Daze from Lost Rider on Vimeo.

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Old 02-22-2014, 02:37 AM   #7487
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Tool kit

Nice vids Lost!

Came across this tool kit, for those who haven't got anything yet. I'm still working on mine. Scroll down to Union Garage Tool Roll. Wow, page 500........

http://www.bikeexif.com/new-and-noted-2
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:05 AM   #7488
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For 2015 I am planning a long ride in Eastern Europe, for 2 or 3 months.
So by the end of November 2013 I got myself a new CRF 250 L.
It is supposed to be a relative cheap bike, but at $ 9500,- OTD that is not cheap anymore.
But there was a full toolkit included and 6 owners manuals in different European languages.
That should make up for the more then $4000 price difference between here and the rest of the world.
It could also be from the high tax that is paid here on motorcycles.

Anyway there are a few issues that have to be fixed to customize the bike for my needs, while still leaving it as much stock as possible.
Suspension and some lowering, I am getting old, 67 and do not want too much acrobatics just to get on the bike.
Luggage for minimalist touring.
Engine protection, still in the planning.

The lowering was simple, a new clevis for the rear shock, 17 mm shorter then stock.
To prevent the rear wheel of hitting the rear frame when bottoming out, I shortened the stroke of the rear shock by 5/8 inch.
This was accomplished by changing the metal disk that is on top of the clevis, with a disk that is 5/8” thicker.
To get at the same time some more pre-load adjustment, ½” of the 5/8” is added on the clevis side.
At first I tried a Ό” pre-load adjustment, but that left the rear still too soft.
At the front I lowered the forks a bit.
As a mechanical engineer it is no problem to make this stuff by myself, most from stainless steel.

Some pictures of the result:


It started raining before I could finish tightening up the bolts, the red stuff around the bolts is new grease for the joints.



New disk , picture taken from the clevis side.



Side view

For the luggage a rear rack was made, I am still working on some side racks, that will be bolt on.


For my daily commute I added a top box, but for traveling I will use soft luggage.
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Old 02-22-2014, 01:05 PM   #7489
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Camelrider: EXTREMELY well done tricks to revise that shock. Rack is similarly well done...except what are those tabs on the cross bar for on the outermost sides of the rack? Looks like all stainless!
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Old 02-22-2014, 03:47 PM   #7490
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If I had your skills I would start a side business selling racks and such, looks great!!

You might want to change out the seat if that's not already on your list. I just installed my Corbin and sat on it for 10 minutes in the shop and it was like sitting on a leather couch (a firmer motorcycle seat version of a couch but still exponentially more comfortable than the stock. Pretty much any after market seat is way more comfy than the stock.

Looking forward to this ride report in '15!
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:51 AM   #7491
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Great videos Lost, some amazing videography and photography there.

Heres some not so great photography of my bike, taken with my phone camera..

List of mods are -

Renthal enduro high bars
Rox 3" risers
Progrip 714 large rally grips
'indestructible' round folding mirrors
acerbis rally pro handguards
FMF Q4, megabomb and EJK
13T sprocket
adventure spec rear rack
flatland skid plate

And the seat, made it myself. I wanted something pretty high as i'm 6ft4, only finished it today haven't had a chance to test it but it feels great.

I just chucked the luggage on to add to the effect, will be using it this summer for a 2 month trip around Europe, i'll put the stock sprocket and original exhaust back on for that as i doubt the Swiss will be fond of the FMF pipe.. After that trip i wouldn't mind the 305 kit, and the hyperpro rear shock. As long as it was still bulletproof it would make the perfect bike that no ones making.



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Old 02-23-2014, 01:05 PM   #7492
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Parts order

Got out for a ride today, 51 degrees as I went by the bank, way better than it's been here. I think the last time I started the bike was close to 2 months ago. Started right up, was on the battery tender. Then the weather tanks again, snow by morning, and not above freezing for a week.

Putting in an order for a few things at discounthondaparts, dang, $19 for a spark plug? Other bike, it was $10.50 each, but X4. Gonna get a plug, and maybe 3 each oil/air filters, and a oil filter gasket to keep on hand, in case I need it. Looking at the dealer performed maintenance, there's a 12mm washer, I'm assuming the oil drain plug, another 3.

Looking forward to the ride reports coming up 3 by my count. Steph leaves in 4 weeks, plus Camelrider.

http://www.stephmoto-adventurebikeblog.com/
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:28 AM   #7493
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Thanks for the kind reply’s, the plan is to write a ride report in 2015.

what are those tabs on the cross bar for on the outermost sides of the rack? Looks like all stainless!
That is for connecting the side rack, I am working on that. No that is rattle can aluminum paint in the pic.
Lately I had it powder coated.
Only the tabs are stainless, the pipe is 16 mm hydraulic that I had laying around.

You might want to change out the seat if that's not already on your list.
No problem with the seat so far, but I am thinking about it for the long ride.

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Old 02-25-2014, 12:48 AM   #7494
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High bars

I was thinking of putting on a set of higher bars/bar risers. Does anyone know if the existing cables will reach that extra inch or so, or will I need to replace all the cables/brake line/wiring etc as well? Thanks
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:54 AM   #7495
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I was thinking of putting on a set of higher bars/bar risers. Does anyone know if the existing cables will reach that extra inch or so, or will I need to replace all the cables/brake line/wiring etc as well? Thanks
If you click on search this thread, and type in what you are looking for, a list comes up.

http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....postcount=6970
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Old 02-25-2014, 03:53 AM   #7496
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If you click on search this thread, and type in what you are looking for, a list comes up.

http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....postcount=6970
Thanks for that, only joined site today so I was unaware of this feature.
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:07 AM   #7497
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Thanks for that, only joined site today so I was unaware of this feature.
Great info on these other theads/sites. Welcome to the zoo.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=859691

http://www.rickramsey.net/CRF250Lmods.htm#forks
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:52 AM   #7498
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Advrider's search engine is notoriously bad. The better way to search something on ADV rider is to google: "advrider "the subject your looking for"
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Old 02-25-2014, 06:05 AM   #7499
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Old 02-25-2014, 01:15 PM   #7500
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Rear shock upgrades

As someone who's so cheap it was really hard to spend $160 on the Seat Concepts kit, I've been doing a lot of research about what can be done for the rear shock (really don't want to spend money on the Race Tech shock). I've compiled my findings here: http://crf250lstuff.blogspot.com/201...n-upgrade.html

I'm either going to buy the YSS shock or the Race Tech shock here soon. I'll post a review of which ever one I buy then as well.
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