CRF230L Owners Check In

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  1. muskieken

    muskieken Been here awhile

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    well I've had mine for 3 weeks now , you need to remember that this is a small bike. it will do 65 mph but the motor is at it's max...230 cc pulling a 245 pound rider.
    likes-- this bike is small,light & low. ive had it to a duel sport rally last week... bike did great. but i don't have anything to compare it to because i've never been off road before. you read about the 1 st gear is to low,,, well street riding that might be the case,,but on the trail it was GREAT , I'm learning to ride off road and that gearing was perfect. standing up on the pegs going over rocks was great. for a rookie like myself it's a great bike.. if the bike is going to be for a small person. it 's great choice.
    would i like more power sure, but this bike is what it is. a small 230 cc bike. getting 70 mpg. reason i like this bike is it's low to the ground, did a lot of leg saves rather then falling over. i know if i was on a 650 i would of ate a lot of dirt & hurt myself. plus it's a simple air cooled Honda.
    also left the key on for an hour (dead battery ) ... so i just pushed started it. rode it 30 minutes to recharge the battery and all is good.
    i think your wife would love this bike. my sister is small
    5' 2 and the bike fit's her good.. shes just learning to ride. the smile on her face was big.
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  2. no1gtkid

    no1gtkid Adventurer

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    I have a CRF230L that i got new 4 moths ago. I enjoy th bike as an around town ride as well as a camp bike. I use my Ninja for commuting.

    Things done on the CRF. I have Kendal tires, Dyno jet stage 1&2, Turbocity Skid plate with side protector, light guard, Zeta hand guard, and a rear break master protector. Soon getting a slip on exhaust and a rear rack and bags of some sort to attach my Rotopacs gas can and water can with brackets. I use on the ATVs.

    Tried to attach pics but still to large to attach.
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  3. Toddwmac

    Toddwmac ADV addict

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    Hey guys;
    I picked up a 230L for the wife after she had so much fun on the back of our 990ADV offroad (managed to get a WR250 to go with that purchase but that is another thread)
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    Anyway, she locked the front brake on a gravel road when she saw one of these comming the otherway:

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    and hit the ground hard at about 20mph. At the time, other than a sore wrist, all seemed fine. When I was putting her bike away that evening I hopped on it and found that the steering is now almost 10-15 degrees off. Nothing is obvioulsy bent, the bars are true and even the hand protector clips are still in the same place they were before the fall. There are no signs of deformation in the cast pieces either.

    The bike rides smooth and stable at speed but to go straight, you need to point the bars to the right. I've not taken anything apart yet to check for other problems so I'm looking for places to start.

    One thought is fork tube length. The dealer slid the tripple clamps down the steering tubes about an inch to shorten the ride height a bit. I'm wondering that if the tubes slid a bit w/in the clamps in the crash or maybe when I strapped the bike to the trailor, if that could cause the wierd steering.

    Any thoughts before I start tearing things apart?

    Thanks
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  4. big irish

    big irish Adventurer

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    Hey bud, yea that used top happen to us just about daily when we were kids and wreaked the hell outta our bikes all the time. Just wedge the front wheel inbetween two sturdy fixed objects(trees are what we always used) and give a good jerk on the handlebars in whatever direction you need to to correct it. If not two sturdy object you can jam you knee up against the wheel and do it that way if you got the gussto, thats how we had to do it in the middle of a motocross race. I really doubt anything is pemenantly bent, just got a little tweaked. Forks are meant to have a little bit of give to them so in some wrecks this will happen.
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  5. Toddwmac

    Toddwmac ADV addict

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    Thanks...will give it a try

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  6. grubbie

    grubbie Been here awhile

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    Hey Todd;
    Nice combo! The wife and I have the same thing. this is her first bike and she got it in May of this year. She has logged 1800 miles on it so far.

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  7. byron555

    byron555 Lame Duck Adventurer

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    My dad has one, and a wr250r.

    He got the 230 1st, then the 250.

    2 totally different bikes, well at least to me. My dad weighs about 190 lbs, and I weigh about 215 lbs. For me: the 230's suspension is its downfall, but I'm too heavy for it. I feel like I'm going to break it, but in really tight slow stuff, it is sooooo easy to use.

    The wr250r is way faster, but, due to the characteristics of the motor, really slow going is tougher than the 230.

    He is turning the 230 into more of a hunting/lone rider trail bike. The wr begs to go faster and is easy to ride fast (it's really awesome), but it could certainly get you in trouble if you are by yourself.

    The 230 is a real gem for slower technical riding, and enjoying scenery, not to mention it is nearly silent.
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  8. grubbie

    grubbie Been here awhile

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    Agreed on the 230. Depends on what kind of riding you want to do with it. A motocross bike, it ain't. In order to get a better suspension, you gotta spend a little more money. The WR on the other hand, I disagree. At first I had the same thoughts as you, but after riding it for a while, I have learned to work the clutch a little on the technichal stuff. Or,...I just go a little faster. The suspension of this bike makes it easy. You can always re-gear if it is still not low enough. The thing just rocks. I have to admit though, I still sneak out on the wifes 230 every now and then when she ain't lookin....
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  9. thumpergirl

    thumpergirl Adventurer

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    I currently own both bikes. I have 10+ years of on road riding, and have been doing more offroad in the last year... i'm selling the WRR (blasphemy, i know) for the CRF. Two totally different bikes, but I was never able to have enough control over the throttle at low speeds on the WRR and feel like it's just a matter of time before I wreck because of that. Much more control of the CRF in tight trails. Mind you - my love for the WRR is greater, but don't tell the CRF. I'm sure when we spend more time together we'll bond some more. :D
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  10. buryurfear14

    buryurfear14 Been here awhile

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    Just got my 230L a couple weekends ago. The only other bike i was looking at was the KLR at the time. I was looking for the cheapest best option and the crf fell in that slot. Plus I've always been a Honda guy! The KLR had a few perks over the CRF but I plan on passing the bike on to my wife as soon as it becomes too tame for me.

    I'm sitting just under 180 miles right now and I love it! Most of the roads I travel are 45mph so I always have enough power to get around in traffic. Off road I think it handles great. I've rode and raced quads for about 8 years and this is the first 2 wheeler i've owned and the crf made the transition very easy. Can't wait to pipe it and mod that air box a bit to pull a little more power out of it. Oh and swap the tires so the sugar sand isn't as much of a hassle.
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  11. thumpergirl

    thumpergirl Adventurer

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    My mods so far (the inexpensive ones) -

    attach a pelican case to the tail rack, thread here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=644549
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    move the clutch up so my boot can easily fit under there. 5 minute process: loosen this bolt (photo taken from underneath the bike), slide clutch lever off, and put it back on where you want it. much easier to shift with offroad boots now.
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    install a flatland racing skid plate (about $80). use an innertube and zipties to keep it from rattling:



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    Cut the clutch lever shorter so that it doesn't pinch your ring and pinky fingers when you're shifting with two fingers. I cut it with a hacksaw and then used a metal file to smooth it. this will also keep the lever from breaking when you drop the bike. because you know you will. or at least, you should. :evil

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    to do, and i will post pics soon... mount tool tube to side of pelican case. put new grips on, put handguards on, GPS mount/wiring, heated vest wiring, make and install small inexpensive ($5) smoke windshield (it will keep the bugs off my GPS).
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  12. rod1

    rod1 Old Australian Bull

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    I got my 230 L at the end of November. Rained consistently for days! Seemed like a sign not to ride for a while. Anyway, now done almost 300kms and am enjoying it more each time I take it out. 34 or 35 years since I rode Honda 250 XL and am gaining confidence each day now. 50km ride this morning on highway was scary at times but amazingly satisfying and I am ready for more. Plan on completing basic riders course over next few months.May help to increase my confidence. Have attached photo taken when I first brought new bike home and before I had ridden it. Great bike!

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  13. weoner

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    i have had my 230 for a few months now and loving in. a bit more capable than my 78 suzuki dual sport! i hit a rock with the foot peg mount and cracked the frame. had that welded up! it was the first time i wiped out that hard and it didn't hurt that bad, but my heels are still feeling it. i detailed and destickered the bike last weekend, but have yet to take pictures.

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  14. weoner

    weoner Adventurer

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    and this one

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  15. weoner

    weoner Adventurer

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    last one for now

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  16. thumpergirl

    thumpergirl Adventurer

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    Just got back from taking my CRF230L to BBRSP. It took a beating but kept on performing. It was a new bike just a few short days ago (well, new enough - 600 easy miles on it). It went down a lot. A LOT. Of course as much as I'd like to blame it on the bike, we know whose fault it is... :lol3

    Good little bike. Reliable. Took a lickin' and kept on tickin'. I've included photos of the terrain just to show what the bike did.

    Also, happy to report that the pelican case didn't move an inch. I have a thread that details how I attached it. The case is bulletproof, as is the attachment method. It took several very hard hits.

    Here are a few photos of the bike at BBRSP, and a couple of after shots. There are some 'before' photos earlier in this thread, posted just a couple of weeks ago. The Acerbis handguards were brand new for this ride - put on just days before I left for the ride.

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    My pretzeled shifter:
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  17. grubbie

    grubbie Been here awhile

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    Lol, great pics! Looks like some good country to ride in.
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  18. Trailace

    Trailace Long timer

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    Looks like fun. LOL
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  19. thumpergirl

    thumpergirl Adventurer

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    In some strange and sadistic way it was, although I might not have said that at the time. And my right thigh would argue with me.
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  20. ObiJohn

    ObiJohn Screaming Banshee

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    My '70 CT90 K2 is going to get a little less attention now that I've picked up a new CRF230L. I happened upon a brand-new 2008 with less than a mile on it (from pushing around, I guess, over the last several years) and got it for a very good price.

    I didn't get to ride it home since it's raining pretty good here in the Seattle area and I don't want my first ride on a strange bike to be on the freeway in the rain. So I put it in the back of my pickup... and getting the 230L in and out of my truck is a LOT harder than with the CT90. I picked up an Ogio step-up ramp, and used my original folding ramp as a walkway. The one thing wrong with the Ogio ram is that it's REALLY narrow.

    This is a pretty cool bike... I know it's not the fastest or has the most suspension travel, etc, but it fits me well and I'm praying for some dry weather to take it up to the local MSF-marked parking lot to get the hang of it.
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