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Old 02-03-2013, 02:15 PM   #32896
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Sounds like a good plan.

My only current mods are to maybe get a set of SM wheels for weekday commuting, since they are talking about gas prices going up this year. I have the SV1000 as my street bike, but it gets better gas mileage than the truck, but the Wr250 will get even better mileage...and would be fun to commute on. If I can avoid getting raped on their cost, I'll get them....other wise it will be a 50/50 tire instead.

To each is own, but personally, I'd stay away from any big bore kits. I think you lose reliability, which is a key point of my owning this bike. The "gas and go" is really something I love about it.
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:21 PM   #32897
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Actually..along those lines....if anyone has a spare set of dirt wheels, or knows someone selling a set, let me know. May be cheaper to go that way with some 50/50 tires, and leave the full knobbies on my current wheels.
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:26 PM   #32898
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First things first, I'm going to throw up some tarps to make my work area a little more enclosed and hopefully a few degrees warmer. The weather's currently ranging from -10 to +10F, and I'm hoping I can at least get to freezing with some tarps up to block off the space and a small space heater running outside.
You probably don't want to hear that I had to mow my lawns this week.............
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:37 PM   #32899
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Well I can't seem to find the time or winter maintenance now. Found a new way to ride it.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:54 PM   #32900
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That looks like sooo much fun.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:37 PM   #32901
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god that looks fun!
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:51 PM   #32902
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:37 AM   #32903
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Misc: I'm going to strip the GPS wiring and consolidate the wiring for the FMF programmer, heated gear lead, and heated grips. I might go back to a DRC tail light instead of the stock whale tail. I'm planning to do lot more trail riding and possibly some track riding, so its time to get a set of fat bars and beefier hand guards. All of its current luggage is going away as its worn out, might get rid of the rear rack, and possibly just replace the tank bag. Its also time to replace the brake lines and brake pads, ensure the calipers are working right, etc. Also time for new clutch and throttle cables, if only for the mileage.
Skierd,

Hope you can do a photo report with the wiring mods. As for the brakes suggest the Galfer or HEL lines and Black semi-metallics 1054 compound from Galfer .
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:16 PM   #32904
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I'm taking a group out to the CO. river to go riding this weekend......one of them has a brand new CRF250L......I'll hop on board his bike and take it for a spin/report back.......I tried to steer him into a used WRR when he was on the hunt for a new set of wheels.......but he wanted to buy new, he's vertically challenged at ~5'7", and he bleeds red (coming over to dualsport from a XR400)...........couldn't sway him......he also wanted to spend the new cost difference on personal gear/bike farkles.......which is probably fairly common.....

So I'll see what kind of dog the CRF250L really is......and briefly spoil him with my 350XCF-W
CRF250L - My verdict - heavy/gutless/lower end components than WR......heavier than WR.....non adjustable suspension..........he broke off his mirrors and bent the wimpy handlebar (cheesy handlebar similar to stock WRR handlebar).....but the owner is a short/~165lb/mellow rider.....for him, the Honda works fine......he won't be pushing the suspension, the weight is low, the seat is low......the bike chugs along "good enough" for him......

He handled everything I threw at him......slowly/cautiously.....but he made it (most of the time )

Sample of my backyard single track......video shot by a buddy this past weekend:

http://youtube.googleapis.com/v/P397VJqqzzE

I'm up to ~500+ miles on the 350XCF-W now....dream machine....

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Old 02-04-2013, 01:23 PM   #32905
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Anybody want to trade for a sweet fz6?

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Old 02-04-2013, 01:50 PM   #32906
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I'm up to ~500+ miles on the 350XCF-W now....dream machine....

so that was what at least three oil changes and one valve adjustment







































I have ridden one, they are fun bikes!
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:13 PM   #32907
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stability in sand

I'm hoping to improve my stability in sand a bit. I'm wondering if doing the stock lowering on the rear, but leaving the front alone will help without messing up my handling too much. Has anyone tried this? Thoughts?

If it matters, I'm about 155 pounds (without gear) and all I've done to the suspension is set the sag and increase rebound damping.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:19 PM   #32908
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Talking

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Old 02-04-2013, 03:24 PM   #32909
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It is more about technique. The wrr has a relatively slack fork angle which is what lowering the rear does.

Lean back. Use throttle, and realise there is no stability in sand. Just get comfortable with a constant front end hunt.

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I'm hoping to improve my stability in sand a bit. I'm wondering if doing the stock lowering on the rear, but leaving the front alone will help without messing up my handling too much. Has anyone tried this? Thoughts?

If it matters, I'm about 155 pounds (without gear) and all I've done to the suspension is set the sag and increase rebound damping.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:35 PM   #32910
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Getting a WR!

Alright, I've made a down payment on an 08 WR250R with only 650 miles on it. Will pay it off this week and then wait for delivery from PA. Soon, very soon.
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