HONDA CRF250 RALLY OWNERS

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

  1. Stefan Bathory

    Stefan Bathory Adventurer

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    Interesting. Didn’t know about such substance. Thanks.
  2. Ron Wardman

    Ron Wardman Beemerguy

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    Great...thanks
  3. rally bob

    rally bob n00b

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    Thanks Minkyhead for the reply some good solid info, Ill definitely be contacting them. I can agree and say ive not bottomed out the front or even the rear (since winding the preload on) but shes soft still but i like the balance overall. I ve thought about just a spring and 15w oil upfront, just not sure if i do the shock it will keep the right balance.
    I watched your vid with your 2 bikes... the brake test one and your rally sits really well even with luggage and your 100kg. so maybe something similar I need to go for, like i say im no off road warrior but if i have a mad 5 minutes i just want to get her and me home in one or at least 2 pieces !! Thank you.
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  4. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    I posted a couple pages back about trying to get a group buy going for a YSS shock. Only one person a 250L owner) expressed interest. I was going contact the vendor soon, does anyone else have any interest in getting a new shock? I think Ohlins and YSS are the only US options and the Ohlins is nearly twice price. The YSS at single unit price is I think $469.

    If anyone knows of an option besides Ohlins or YSS please let me know.
  5. rhicks

    rhicks Been here awhile

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    I am going for one of them (YSS or Ohlins) but it won't be until March when I have the funds. If there is a group buy at that time count me in.
  6. fridolin

    fridolin Been here awhile

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    Hyperpro.
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  7. Stefan Bathory

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    While I'm considering a B&B aluminium bash plate for my Rally next year, I also think what if I just strengthen the o/e plastic one with fiberglass and epoxy from the inside? Should be cheap and sturdy enough? The same way I could also make the cowl itself stronger. Just line it up with some fiberglass from the inside. What do you think guys, is it a rubbish idea?
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  8. minkyhead

    minkyhead Been here awhile

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    cogent dynamics have great reputation

    racetech also
  9. ben416

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    I got the B&B and love it! Fits like a glove and its already protected me from a few nasty rocks. :)

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  10. Chrisbarnes1

    Chrisbarnes1 Been here awhile

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    A quick update on my carbon/kevlar skid plate. I've just added the first glass prototype to the OE plastic bashplate ready for a trial fit and final trim. The actual skidplate will be in carbon and kevlar--and as you can see you will get a tough laminate--and just 4 bolts to attach it. Once I've finalised the trim shape a couple will be out with friends on here who I'm sure will test them thoroughly--no names mentioned.! If they hold up well then I'll be offering them for sale--just requires 4 little M6 holes in your stock plate--and there are too many in that already in my opinion-- honda bashplate dec 2017 proto (3).JPG WILL add an oil drain hole!
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  11. ferdiepick

    ferdiepick Been here awhile

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    Nice job mate, I was wondering how you were going to attach it to original. Give us a shout soon.

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  12. MewZiKat

    MewZiKat TAT-bound June 2018

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    like a squirrel gathering nuts, I will scurry around this winter putting my tools etc together while I am laid up with two torn ligaments in my knee! must ride TAT in 2018!

    thanks for the great tool info, @Snapper. I will be in touch about other Rally-specific questions as I continue to outfit my bike for the trip. at present I am considering spending some serious cash on some Mosko panniers, etc but don't want to weigh the wee 250 down too much...
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  13. Stefan Bathory

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    It was very interesting to see that bash plate from the inside! So that brace is it forged steel or what kind of material is it? The o/e bash plate has slots on each side to fixate the cowl. How is this done with the B&B plate? And one final question about paint. It has substantial orange peel for my standards. Does it look okay or fine in reality? Thank you.

    P.S. I might go with the polished aluminium version for practicality. Expect it to be scratched rather quickly.
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  14. twaldron

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    Per B&B:

    “Yes that’s the way it’s meant to look. It’s a heavy duty plastic coat. It’s really hard sometimes to show exactly what the material looks like in a photo, the material can look completely different in different lights. Powder coating is the only way to get a smooth finish we would have to send this outhouse. We find that the ppa coating is much more durable and will be longer lasting the powder coating.”
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  15. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    The importer here seems to not want anyone's money judging by their lack of responses to my recent inquiries.

    I've sent cogent an email to see what they offer.

    Racetech seems to want $700 or $800 for their shock. That's more than I am willing to spend on this bike.
  16. Jade Overland

    Jade Overland https://www.instagram.com/jade_overland/

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    Does anyone have crash bars installed that they actually recommend? I've seen a few guys post about bars they have bought from eBay and other places, but none of them seem to be very happy with them. I want something sturdy that I can trust to save the plastics and engine in the event of a crash. I already cracked the fairings in a lowish speed fall, and really don't want to break anything else.

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  17. Stefan Bathory

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    If you want to save the engine I would recommend engine case covers like the ones R&G makes (also for our engine). Crash bars can actually damage the engine when collapsed, if they are not designed correctly which often is the case with aftermarket products. To make the plastics less fragile as I suggested earlier in this thread, you could use fiberglass/carbon fiber + epoxy. I’ve seen how the crash bars behave in a 80 km/h low side on my other motorcycle, and frankly they are not good for anything other than a stand still tip over (as compared to engine case covers).
  18. Stefan Bathory

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    For those interested B&B have sent me some more images of the inside of their Rally bash plate. The design is sturdy, much better than I thought initially. It’s a tank-like solution
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  19. 1litre

    1litre In over my head

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    Any idea how much the B&B plate weighs? id does look the part! ;)
  20. Stefan Bathory

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    I don’t know. I could ask, but assuming it’s mounted at the very bottom, it’s not that important. Dakar bikes have aux tanks there. And there is no other option on the market anyhow unless you wish to cut your cowl (which destroys the Rally looks in my opinion). So you either go with this one or you don’t ride anywhere near the rocks...


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