HONDA CRF250 RALLY OWNERS

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  1. ferdiepick

    ferdiepick Been here awhile

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    Honda crf250 rally owners area. Place to post pics, write reports, chat about experiences, mods/upgrades and all things Rally.

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  2. ferdiepick

    ferdiepick Been here awhile

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    We all know the limitations of the crf250L, as with all bikes. Let's keep it fair, honest and focused!

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  3. ferdiepick

    ferdiepick Been here awhile

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    My Thailand rally review

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  4. ferdiepick

    ferdiepick Been here awhile

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    Bash plate chat...

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  5. Motomochila

    Motomochila Moto Scientist and time traveler

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    So how does it run?
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  6. ferdiepick

    ferdiepick Been here awhile

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    Does 130kmp/h or 80mph. Has nice pull between 6000 and 8000 rpm. Tractors up hills I struggled to climb on foot. Rear shock gave up on the really rough stuff, couldn't fault it. Lovely wind protection. Screen is rock solid and that plastic Bash plate is tougher than it looks. Felt light and nimble despite 157kg. Nearly dropped getting on it on tarmac as it's tall but managed to push it back up straight with my leg. A good all round small displacement travel bike!

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  7. ferdiepick

    ferdiepick Been here awhile

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    A few of my trip

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  8. Motomochila

    Motomochila Moto Scientist and time traveler

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    I hope Honda will support the small adventure bikes and eventually move up to a 450-500. It just makes sense to have a long range small bike right from the factory. Keep the thread going. Looks like you are enjoying life.
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  9. fridolin

    fridolin Been here awhile

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    Mine has arrived. Will pick it up on Monday.
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  10. Tobias95

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    [​IMG] Had my Rally for a few weeks now (Pre-ordered through my dealer, they managed to secure some bike early somehow! :D )

    Done just shy of 600 miles already, with one oil change done and a dealer service booked soon.
    What I've learned so far:
    The bike is extremely well mannered on the road. I've never ridden anything with knobblies or a noteably larger front wheel, so it's been an experience for me. It pulls well for a 250cc, loves the mid range but will happily thump along around 3/4K. Did some quick calculations and seem to be getting around 70/75mpg, but I need to test this properly.
    First changes I did to the bike were some ProTaper Contour bars (Mini High bend, Zeta riser adapters), Double Take mirrors, Heated grips and a phone mount + charger. I did also buy a Delkevic CRF250L end can in the hopes that it would fit, but the new exhaust has a much larger diameter than the old pipes. Bodywork is fairly easy to remove and I've managed to stash a dewalt bit set, Motion Pro sockets and a T handle driver in the tool case along with the standard kit and an Oxford Boss disk lock. Loads of room!
    Need to sort the exhaust out and get an EJK fuel controller for it. Still plenty to mod, but I'm extremely happy with it so far. Sure beats taking the car to work!
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  11. webbiker

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    Tobias, did you power the charger and grips straight from the battery is there perhaps now a ready made wire for accessory power?
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  12. Tobias95

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    I went straight from the battery (with in line fuses for each). However there is a plug inside the left fairing on the wiring to the headlights which could be used for accessory power. I'm not 100% sure. I went from the battery as my accessories were already wired with connectors to do so.
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  13. Daniel Bonnér

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    Where do you live Fridolin?
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    Would a 21" tube fit in the storage compartment?
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  15. webbiker

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    I've sent a query about the accessory electrics to the dealer. Let's see what they say.

    I'm picking up my bike on Monday too. Could have gotten it today, but man flu beat me into submission.
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  16. Daniel Bonnér

    Daniel Bonnér Adventurer

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    IMG_20170316_113354.jpg And I will take delivery of mine on friday. Sweden only got 5 in the first batch so I was lucky.
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    fridolin Been here awhile

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    Germany!
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  18. ferdiepick

    ferdiepick Been here awhile

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    I still have to wait 10 days.

    I have brought a sturdy rack of eBay, the one as was on my Thailand bike..... Over twice the price of Thai one I saw in a shop.... Dang.
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    I want to put power in for my phone and 12v cig socket.

    The storage box is big and has a top and bottom compartments. I thought of running power to it to charge a second phone, battery bank, rechargeable torch or even one of those lithium jump pack about the size of a pack 20 cigs. All those items combined would fit in there ha.



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  19. Ham46

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    image.jpeg Had mine a few months, but building a house so not had a lot of spare time to ride.
    Mods- fitted rack (same as standard L fittings), had light guard made.
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  20. Matt P

    Matt P Adventurer

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    I assume lead acid battery?
    Anyone running LiPo? Is this a common alternative for the Hondas in the 250 series or most just stay with lead acid.

    I went this route on my 800F after the stock died. Amazing amount of weight reduction.
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