Why I an XR250??? I compared gear ratios, weight, reliability, true offroad ability among the many things I concidered. Budget is also or lack of is a issue. I was finding my past XR600 and XR650 or more just too much power and weight to deal anymore. I liked the XR250R's I've had in the past so I started looking. I like the '86-'95 model years fit and egonomics the best. Whats a XR250RL? It's a '87 XR250R combined with a '95 XR250L. Then mix in some other XR600/650 and CR500 parts also. Here's the plated '87 XR250R it's based on. The bike was well cared for and in good shape. The engine had a bad timing chain tensioner and smoked some. The goal is a $1000.00 budget total after selling the exta parts and goodies... :huh So far so good... Before the tensioner broke I found the gearing to be too close for D/S and higher speed fun. I started to look for a 250L to gain the wider ratio transmission. I sold the forks and triples from it and tossed a old XR600R front end on it. I bought a '95(leftover '95) XR250L parts bike with 6800 miles on it. It was missing some parts. Inspecting the engine I found the head, cam and rockers are like new, but it had a like new 10.5 to 1 Wisco forged piston in it. The cylinder was scored slightly thou... Who knows??? It seems to be in great shape otherwise. I'll sell the 73.5mm 10.5 to 1 piston with the R's 73mm cylinder ready to bore with it. When inspected the R head, cam rockers all are in great shape. I sold the R's bottom-end and the L's fork and wheel. It's getting a the XR250L engine built with R cam and rockers. I'll bore the L's cylinder to 77mm for the extra power. The wide ratio 250L 4-6th gears with a 14/46 final is the gearing plan. I will use the 250R carb and header with a XL600R 4" SuperTrapp for now. A 34mm Mikuni flat slide may be done for added top-end and response when money permits. Other mods planned: The list will grow. XR250L swingarm and cush drive rear 2.15" wide disc brake wheel. (test fitted) '99 CR500 46mm KYB inverted front end and wheel with a billet upper triple clamp. (need spacers for xr 600 stem or emig stem) XR250L side panels for the even bulge of both sides (done) Long distance XR650L 4.0 gal tank and 1.5" over "custom cut foam" seat (done) For tight woods the XR25R seat and tank will be reinstalled. XR250L spring on a XR250R shock with a short '94 XR650L lower link (test fitted, need to measure total travel) XR250R flywheel, Ricky stator with a 12 volt AC and a 12 volt DC lighting DS conversion. A custom rear rack. and on and on... Here's a picture of it a few weeks ago in it's long distance configuration. (There's no engine in it and it has the rear suspension swap done right now) XR650L 4.0 tank, XR250L side panels, XR600R seat with a custom contoured tall/solft seat foam, XR600 forks and a BD headlight. D/S long distance seat/ tank combo It's a full size bike now fit wise with the big XR parts on. Leg room and tank profile perfect for longer rides. It has a 39" seat height and 22.5" from the pegs to the seat. It's meant for comfort with a 8" wide seating area. With a 36" inseam I can flat foot it with a slight knee bend. When set-up with the XR250R seat and tank. It has a 36.5" seat height when set-up this way and has 20" from the pegs to the seat. Woods/local use seat and tank combo I'll be listing the extra parts for sale in the flea market. PM me until then otherwise. Thanks .