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Old 09-26-2012, 02:05 PM   #256
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Hi all,

Today I had a chance to try out the CRF250L and i was waiting to see how it fares compared to my XR400.
First comment is: I am impressed!!!

Yes its not as powerfule as the XR, but it handled the very wet lanes with ease. On road handling is fine and the tyres work ok. 6 speed box is light and precise but needs working hard if speed is what you are after....however it pulls fine away from lights and 50mph comes up quickly. 60mph is no problem as well. After that it takes time to get faster.

Here is a picture before i headed out into the lanes...nice and clean!



Than it was time for a short run on the local byways. The biggest difference to the XR are the tyres. On the XR i have propper enduro tyres and they grip much better off road than the OE tyres on the L. Fueling i found was very smooth and nice, brakes are good and suspension although basic worked fine! Being over 6ft2 the bike is a tiny bit small for me...but bar risers would sort that.

Here are a few shots on the lanes...









as you can see the bike did well and stayed even fairly clean given the wet condition out on the lanes.

Anyway, its a great tool for green laning and short commuting.
Well worth a go.

Thanks,
Lars
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:26 PM   #257
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Good for you Shooter! It's a great little bike and the more people who own one, the less BS about other junk will be in this thread.
Yeah, it seems like a real winner and will fit my needs perfectly, from what I've heard so far. Just gotta build my bankroll back up before I make the buy.
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:27 PM   #258
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See link, Chozzer's came with factory heated grips (Japan). If this is a "World Bike" then it must be plug and play with the correct part I imagine. I'll take a look at the Service Manual tonight to see if it's mentioned.

http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....&postcount=525
There is a plug that's taped off and tucked up under the front left corner of the gas tank. Not sure what it is but I wouldn't be surprised if it was a factory pto circuit for just such a use. I'm away on business right now so I can't take a pic but u should be able to find it.
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:51 PM   #259
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Didnt see any notation in the U.S. S M for heated grips. Thought at least spare wires would be on the wiring diagram but not shown. See a plug under the tank and the wiring diagram references a "Junction Box" but all wires there are terminated to ground.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:13 PM   #260
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There is a plug that's taped off and tucked up under the front left corner of the gas tank.
That's the DLC. You can connect the HDS pocket tester to the port and read out diagnostic codes. Chapter 4 in the Service Manual describes the procedure (37 pages).

The DLC port is shown at the bottom of the wiring diagram.
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:20 PM   #261
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That's the DLC. You can connect the HDS pocket tester to the port and read out diagnostic codes. Chapter 4 in the Service Manual describes the procedure (37 pages).

The DLC port is shown at the bottom of the wiring diagram.
ramz, based on everything I see in your posts about technical issues...including the current post running on the KTM Freeride...apparently you're the only one reading the manuals. Thank you, sir.
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:20 PM   #262
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That's the DLC. You can connect the HDS pocket tester to the port and read out diagnostic codes. Chapter 4 in the Service Manual describes the procedure (37 pages).

The DLC port is shown at the bottom of the wiring diagram.
Doh! Oh well, I tried.
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:31 PM   #263
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Just wondering where everyone is getting their service manuals? Dealers or is there a link to order them online, North America (Canada) preferred...Thanks
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:42 PM   #264
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Manuals - near the bottom of the page:
http://rickramsey.net/CRF250L.htm
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:27 PM   #265
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just ordered, as the bike was lying on it's side I noticed that I had cracked mine.

Mine (skidplate) is scheduled to be delivered to the house by the end of the day on the 29th. The Rev/Hours meter by Tuesday of next week. Cool. ;-)
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:15 PM   #266
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My plate will be here tomorrow. Pics tomorrow evening.
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:20 PM   #267
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Mine (skidplate) is scheduled to be delivered to the house by the end of the day on the 29th. The Rev/Hours meter by Tuesday of next week. Cool. ;-)

yeah ordered mine, not sure when it'll get here, it's usually three or four days longer than stated. Mine stock plate is now broke in two with a piece having fallen off on the trail. I think I may be pushing this bike a bit harder than it should be pushed, deep water crossings, jagged rocky hill climbs, sphincter puckering off camber descents, buried in deep deep mud, over working the suspension on washboard rock strewn trails. It's holding up real well. This is my first enduro, so I'm probably doing things that I shouldn;t be doing with it because I don't know better, the only damage so far has been aftermarket aluminum bars from a 40km/hr crash, and a lot of scratches and the cheapo plastic skid plate.

Here's the ATV high rise bars I put on, they look kinda foolish, sorta like mini apes, but it allows me to be stood up on the bike without being all hunched over, I'm 6'2" so this is a big relief. need to sort out the cross braceas the moose hand guard clamps clamp on right in the same place.

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Old 09-27-2012, 03:26 PM   #268
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yeah ordered mine, not sure when it'll get here, it's usually three or four days longer than stated. Mine stock plate is now broke in two with a piece having fallen off on the trail. I think I may be pushing this bike a bit harder than it should be pushed, deep water crossings, jagged rocky hill climbs, sphincter puckering off camber descents, buried in deep deep mud, over working the suspension on washboard rock strewn trails. It's holding up real well. This is my first enduro, so I'm probably doing things that I shouldn;t be doing with it because I don't know better, the only damage so far has been aftermarket aluminum bars from a 40km/hr crash, and a lot of scratches and the cheapo plastic skid plate.

Here's the ATV high rise bars I put on, they look kinda foolish, sorta like mini apes, but it allows me to be stood up on the bike without being all hunched over, I'm 6'2" so this is a big relief. need to sort out the cross braceas the moose hand guard clamps clamp on right in the same place.

I've been punishing mine similarly and it loves every second of it.


My stock bash plate is also wasted. I think moose is coming out with one soon
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Old 09-27-2012, 03:34 PM   #269
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Hello all this is my first post. I've been following this thread since it started and finally after much debate picked a bike up Tuesday. Only two dealerships had the bike and one doesn't want to talk to you unless you play there finance games. With economy the way it has been you would think they would tear your arm off for a cash sale lol. But back to the bike this is my first DS having only owned several gsxr's and a gen 1 vmax. I was looking for something different. I have had more fun on this little bike the last 2 days than I have on 2 wheels in a long time. I did make one mistake, I removed the spark arrestor and rode down the the road. When I got back half of the right turn signal was melted so keep this in mind if you remove it. Anyways thanks for all the info in this thread and I hope to possibly add my review of the bike once I get some more time on it.
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:12 PM   #270
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My rear rack arrived today! Bought it from a vendor here, bikerzbits.com.


Thanks. I just ordered mine. Did you order the Honda one or the aftermarket one?
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