HONDA CRF250 RALLY OWNERS

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

  1. RowBust

    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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  2. rhicks

    rhicks Been here awhile

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  3. 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
  4. webbiker

    webbiker Been here awhile

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  5. Bitingdog

    Bitingdog That's not my dog

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    You race RR?? I thought that those were merely navigation events, not real racing.

    Pretty sure that it was a guy from Finlandia who filled us in about RR's dirty little secrets. Perhaps you know him? He's often found at the parlour's, getting a hot sardinezZz oil massage from a herd of ladyboizZz :)
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  6. Ed@Ford

    Ed@Ford Long timer

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  7. wiswoodsguy

    wiswoodsguy Hickster

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    Coming from a guy who sold it after a year
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  8. webbiker

    webbiker Been here awhile

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    No, but the original spring fits

    My blog: www.honda250rally.com
  9. Ed@Ford

    Ed@Ford Long timer

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  10. Snapper

    Snapper Long timer

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    I owned a WR250X for ~2yrs/8k miles. From a street riding perspective, I much prefer the Rally. Also have/had a street bike with both - the WRX did not steal many miles from my street ride while the Rally has (~6mo/7k).

    To each his own.

    [​IMG]
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  11. webbiker

    webbiker Been here awhile

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  12. Ed@Ford

    Ed@Ford Long timer

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    The reference to "UNLIKE" is probably a protest against "made in China". Well, look at the quality of some of the stuff....some is amazing, some is junk. The romans said "Caveat Emptor"...Buyers beware....so far....not much to beware about.
  13. davesupreme

    davesupreme grand poobah

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    OH YEAH !!! this thread is awesome !!! THE WhISSeRZZZ vs. THE CRaLLeYzzz .... my $$$'zz on KyNNzzie .... :johntm
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  14. jwb

    jwb Local minimum

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    Yeah I don’t know how you can trust the metallurgy on these aftermarket parts from randos on eBay. Even established brands like renthal sometimes screw it up.
  15. N11 EXPEESS

    N11 EXPEESS Adventurer

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  16. fridolin

    fridolin Been here awhile

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    True. It can not discussed rationally if people start claiming ABS is some nice addon like a luggage rack. Unfortunately a luggage rack does not improve safety and isn't a life saver.
    No, thats not true. And it is pretty obvious why even experienced riders don't stop faster/better without abs in an emergency situation.
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  17. fridolin

    fridolin Been here awhile

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    May I quote you Baja Dad: You know SHIT about ABS on dirt. No, ABS will not throw you down on the dirt and WON'T HURT YOU! Not true.
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  18. Scoobydidler

    Scoobydidler Adventurer

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    Nice bob. I reckon you'll grow to love it

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  19. Imeall

    Imeall Adventurer

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    I assume that you are aware that there might be import duties to pay on items from 'Bikerzbits'. I ordered a part in the recent past and got a note from the courier that there was tax to be paid, before it would be delivered (in Northern Ireland).
  20. Scoobydidler

    Scoobydidler Adventurer

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    I'll pretty much go with that. Never had abs, never wanted it, given the option I'd not have on a future bike. But i don't have a major dislike of it on the rally. I've tinkered about seeing how hard it can be pressed and I'm fairly impressed how it works on loose gravel. I always turn the rear off, that's just a no brainer for me offroad.
    Interesting to hear views from over the pond raving about abs, even folks saying they wouldn't consider buying a rally if it didn't come with abs! How that is a deal breaker I'll never know but each to their own.
    I've noticed on mine though, when riding in the dirt i often get a flashing abs light, I'm thinking is it warning me that it's not working properly due to mud and shit blathered all over? Any ideas? Cheers.

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