HONDA CRF250 RALLY OWNERS

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by ferdiepick, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. Ed@Ford

    Ed@Ford Long timer

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    I'm only 5'9" but I like taller bars, and narrower. I easily accomplished this on my 2013 "L" model with plenty of cable rerouting. I have now a Rally with ABS. Cable routing is very much "locked in" because of all the efforts by Honda to cram stuff behind the fairing/windshield. There is way more crap in there. Rerouting the stock cables on the Rally for repositioned taller bars looks like a real task. I believe a tall guy will find the stock Rally ergonomics, especially standing on the bars, less than tolerable. You'll need to be creative.
  2. 1litre

    1litre In over my head

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    I think that's a lot man to put on this bike !
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  3. TheColonel

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    Thanks 1litre, I know what you mean believe me, ANY bike is small under me.
    But I have had a ride of the Rally earlier this year and I liked it. Yes it was smaller than I would like but there is nothing else like it.
    With raised seat and suspension and bars I think it would be OK.
    Another test ride is in order I think.
  4. Ed@Ford

    Ed@Ford Long timer

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    OH....I forgot...I'm only slightly lighter than you....The Rally suspension is pretty soft for anything other than casual street riding like I do at age 72....so plan on suspension work.
  5. 1litre

    1litre In over my head

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    If you've rode one then you know how far you need to take things. I'm 5'10" optimistically 185 (195-200 afraid to check) with the 2" risers I love the egronomics, I hope you can find the set up you need to make this work for you. It's a crackin bike. I love it !
  6. TheColonel

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    What about say.......fuel capacity?
  7. Ed@Ford

    Ed@Ford Long timer

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    The Rally tank is .6 gallons more....sounds ineffective...but compared to my "L" it's a definite improvement...and the Rally gets better MPG than my "L" and it's not even broken in yet. Ride a WRR....my riding buddy had one, spent $$$$ on suspension, and it still did not impress me, and he ended up selling it. My Rally is much more than a CRFL with a windshield...but all those added plastic bits and LED headlight are $$$$ to replace.
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  8. 1litre

    1litre In over my head

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    That sounds like jealousy!
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  9. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck

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    No, it's just Kyns. He got loose from the WRR Threadfest thread again. :lol3

    He's actually pretty fun once you 'get' him. We miss him so please send him back. Sorry for the inconvenience.
  10. Baja Dad

    Baja Dad Long timer

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    Yes I have road the Honda Rally with and with ABS along with many other bikes with abs
    some may like it some may Hate it ------To each there own --------- Just enjoy your ride
  11. Ed@Ford

    Ed@Ford Long timer

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    A side comment regarding ABS & rear brake on the Rally. My 2013 CRF-L and 2017 Rally started out with worthless brakes. They require many applications of brake cleaner to the rotors and the pads require many scuffings and cleaning with 80 grit emery cloth....then dedicated stops and go's. My rally has ABS... after repeated stops with rear brake only things got bedded in and I was able to FINALLY feel the ABS kick in gently and tell me the rear brake was finally able to start locking up the rear tire on good smooth pavement. The larger front brake on the Rally is very capable....significantly better than the "L". Only issue with the Rally is there is soooo much nosedive on heavy braking....but $$ at RaceTech and other providers can help cure that.
  12. jwb

    jwb Local minimum

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    I won’t even touch the front brake on all this loose dry silt we have in the west at the end of the summer drought. I actually two-finger my right thumb so I won’t reflexively grab that lever.

    The rear brake on this Honda is exemplary in both effect and feedback.

    A WRR is more expensive and not the kind of machine you cross continents with. Apples and oranges.
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  13. webbiker

    webbiker Been here awhile

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    I won't take part in the ABS debate, but I installed power steering today.
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    teebag n00b

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    What make are those?

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    Ed@Ford Long timer

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    RowBust Been here awhile

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    Put the suspension to the ultimate test yesterday, 10km steep uphill,tight switchbacks, loose gravel and corrugations probably 4 inches deep. Because it was steep and the power nature of the Rally it's necessary to keep the revs up, the result being grip -no grip and the shock unable to fully rebound leading to a fully compressed shock. With the front also compressing due to not being able to float over the corrugations, so with both ends fully compacted, ie no suspension the shuddering through the bike was enormous as well as little control. With no cush drive huge stress was put on the chain and gearbox but with no apparent affect. So in summary the suspension is ok in easy circumstances but when put to the test it is woefull. To be fair I don't think any suspension would completely cope with these conditions but it would definitely be an improvement. Now where's my credit card
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  18. rhicks

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  19. minkyhead

    minkyhead Been here awhile

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    for a big guy the wrr is far too small ..the stock suspension is woefully too soft . and the rear shock needs replacing if your contemplating luggage of any sort ... its 2bhp extra and less weight make it a bit more lively up top but it isnt exacly super smooth and fells very buzzy at 70mph ..

    i was totally undewhelmed by it ..it feels like what it is extreamly small ....crf 250l has more punch in 1st gear off the bottom revs for sure ..... it takes to long to pick up and then its off like feck power is to high up for a bike that has none ..it would be better if it took the top end revs and stuck em at 4k where its well short ...it would require some fairly radical gearing down for me to make it work off road properly

    it just too small for me pegs to handlebars is plain wrong for a big guy
  20. webbiker

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