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Old 12-05-2012, 04:06 AM   #1246
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Talking New to forum

Hi everyone,

lurked around the forum from time to time before, but now that I own my first dualsport, as you might have guessed a CRF 250 L, I thought I make myself an account and say hi. :-)

Finally decided to get a dualsport a few weeks ago, wanting something cheap (old would have been fine), and not in a hurry, because it's winter. But then my local bike shop got this CRF in with just around 500km on the clock! And I actually know the guy who owned it before, he had a 1200 GS last year and now owns a BMW K 1300. He bought the CRF and felt it was a bit weak, so he decided to sell it again and go for a KTM 200 Duke instead. So, good for me! ;-) A 9 year old XR 250, the bike I was actually looking for, would have been just around 500 Euro cheaper than what I paid now.

The other guy already installed a Renthal handlebar, Zeta handguards and luggage rack. All I did so far was changing the front sprocket, because after a test ride I felt I don't need the tall gearing (speed limit on country roads is 60kph over here) and front sprocket is so cheap. I actually got the sprocket for free from my local shop in the end.

Wanted a dualsport for the tiny streets between the rice paddies and forest roads, for exploring and "hiking". Even though there are close to no real dirt roads where I live, for those tiny, twisty and dirty paved roads I think the CRF is perfect. Much better than my CBR at least

I think I'll get a different muffler though, not for power, mostly for looks

There is quite a big choice over here already, and first I thought about going for a silent K2Tec, but my local shop recommended the FMF Q4. He said the japanese mufflers, at least the cheap ones, just don't sound good

Here is a pic from last Sunday of my bike and the region where I live and work:



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Old 12-05-2012, 04:21 AM   #1247
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.....I am still looking for details on the need or removal of the EVAP canister on the 250L. If someone could post detailed info of the need for it or the correct way to remove if it is not neaded I would appreciate it. From what I gather it does not seem necessary, so I could drop a couple of pounds if I can remove it correctly.
+1 I'm looking too.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:42 AM   #1248
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Just Bob - a little north of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Passed that place several times on rides while visiting.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:12 AM   #1249
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I am still looking for details on the need or removal of the EVAP canister on the 250L. If someone could post detailed info of the need for it or the correct way to remove if it is not neaded I would appreciate it. From what I gather it does not seem necessary, so I could drop a couple of pounds if I can remove it correctly.
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+1 I'm looking too.



Straight from ramz's site...

The Canadian CRF250L does not have an EVAP canister (it does have all other Emission Control Systems).
The Service Manual shows hose routing for the US and Canadian CRF250Ls.
The fuel tank cap does not vent.
All of these are related to the EVAP canister presence/absence.


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Old 12-05-2012, 09:06 AM   #1250
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Straight from ramz's site...

The Canadian CRF250L does not have an EVAP canister (it does have all other Emission Control Systems).
The Service Manual shows hose routing for the US and Canadian CRF250Ls.
The fuel tank cap does not vent.
All of these are related to the EVAP canister presence/absence.


Missed that - I didn't realize the service manual (which I have) showed the Canadian routing - will go look
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:23 AM   #1251
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I thought you all were just being discrete

5 pages for US (1-21 thru 1-25);
4 pages for Canada (1-26 thru 1-29).
I labeled them so I wouldn't get confused (after the initial confusion).

1-30 thru 1-34 are also helpful.





I added these comments to my web page just now...
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:34 AM   #1252
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Agreed, It is frustrating to know they could easily engineer a nice reliable FI 350cc-450cc bike that would weigh less than 300lbs with a full 3.5 gallon fuel tank.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:14 AM   #1253
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Handguards

Looks like I will be picking-up a new LRP tomorrow.

Asked for handguards as part of the deal.

What are folks finding to be a good fit for this bike?

Thanks,

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Old 12-05-2012, 10:56 AM   #1254
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LRP???

At best a LRP wannabe....

It hasn't earned the right to share that nickname...


For starters it's not a XR... (thankfully)

The BRP is lighter, way faster and almost a piglet when compared...


The little part works for the engine size at best.

It's more white them red... The red is the lipstick...

It's definately a pig(big box kinda swine)... A heavy weight for sure...

LFP - little fat pig??? More accurate by far.

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Old 12-05-2012, 11:39 AM   #1255
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I don't know, the BRP felt pretty heavy to me last time I was in Baja on it.
More power? of course, but it's not power that makes a bike faster, it's the rider.
















Me thinks the LRP that could is quite fitting nickname for this bike, but hey you can call it whatever you want when you own one, until then no need to rain on my parade.






Some photos of Nancy on the LRP that could.




















































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Old 12-05-2012, 12:19 PM   #1256
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here is my new CRF250L.






no pictures of the power 4 FMF exhaust i had put on at southern honda last weekend. when i finish clearing post here at fort knox, i will go back home to tennessee, and get some pictures up here for you guys. i love this bike more than anything i have ever owned. i love adv riding so much i sold my $14,000 2012 hayabusa!!!!!! now i have to go see Mike at tellico motorcycle outfitters and get some god klim gear! i also want to get one of those fuel cans and holders put on my bike too! also, i need to get some wolfman luggage for my bike too. i want to see some pics with your luggage on your CRF. anyone have any to share?
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:41 PM   #1257
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I don't know, the BRP felt pretty heavy to me last time I was in Baja on it.
More power? of course, but it's not power that makes a bike faster, it's the rider.

When you add that load to the BRP it's going to weighs more.

Add the same load to the CRF250L and it is still the bigger porker...

The HP to weight ratio with the BRP loaded is still over twice as high as the CRF250L's ratio is when it has no load.

Since it's not power that makes the bike go faster it's the rider, that must mean Johnny Campbell will be winning the Baja in 2013 on a CRF250L.

Right... Get a Clue...

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Old 12-05-2012, 12:58 PM   #1258
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Looks like I will be picking-up a new LRP tomorrow.

Asked for handguards as part of the deal.

What are folks finding to be a good fit for this bike?

Thanks,

Nate
I bought a new set on ebay for $30 shipped , they look just like acerbis. Have banged and bounced them hard off of a few trees without any issues .
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:13 PM   #1259
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When you add that load to the BRP it's going to weighs more.

Add the same load to the CRF250L and it is still the bigger porker...

The HP to weight ratio with the BRP loaded is still over twice as high as the CRF250L's ratio is when it has no load.

Since it's not power that makes the bike go faster it's the rider, that must mean Johnny Campbell will be winning the Baja in 2013 on a CRF250L.

Right... Get a Clue...



Not sure what your point is really, you do realize you're trying to compare a 650cc race bike to a 250cc entry level DS bike?….
Myself and anyone else that think the name fits will call it the LRP no matter your opinion.

I'm sure Johnny would be faster than either of us on a 250L when we were on any bike. So what, life is not a race.
While you were in here trolling ADV or building budget bikes for large guys, I was down riding the Baja 1000 route solo during pre-run, then pitting for the racers, bought this bike for Nancy on my ride home matter fact. While I wasn't on the LRP in Baja it would have/will be just as fun for us mear mortals in Baja or anywhere and that's the point of this bike.

Maybe someday you too can have a bike made in the last 25 years, then you can call it what you want and pat yourself on the back for being so smart and come in and troll fools who ride something different with less power than you.

Funny how this bike seems to attract narrow minded people who feel the need to voice their opinion in the Owners thread, a place where it can only be interpreted as trolling, especially when one depends on smileys instead of communicating in intelligent ways and following the thread topic of CRFL ownership.
Why don't you go have fun on you 87' XR while we enjoy our new CRFL's, there's more to a bike than stats on paper or hypothetic fantasy races, if you can't understand that then why even post about it.
You don't think my nickname is fitting, well good for you. Move along.
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:28 PM   #1260
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Just got an email back from a local Honda dealer. He said the "total out the door price, including all fees" would be $4,895 for one of these bikes.

That seems like a pretty good deal, compared to what I'm seeing other people report what they paid, no?
I paid 4700 OTD
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