HONDA CRF250 RALLY OWNERS

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

  1. Ed@Ford

    Ed@Ford Long timer

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    The AMP mount is very robust. I use it with RAM mount bits, but having a CRF-L I have a ball mount under my left mirror where it screws unto the clutch mount. Still looking for compact device to put a ball onto the crossbar you mention on the Rally that is looming in my future. It's important to utilize the vibration isolation of the RAM system. Go to bigdogadventures dot com to see how he mounted his GPS on his Africa Twin.....not my preference, but one possible method. An early posting here from Thailand I think shows a RAM ball that clamps to the 3/4" crossbar....check RAM's site
  2. minkyhead

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    regular ..there is no difference in wear rate ..its the sidewall stiffness and the honda doesnt need it ..the 130s are asy enought to fit and fix ..they have a reputation for being stiff but its the 140s that earn that reputation they area different animal alltogether ..monterously tight

    .....this is only my expiriance you may hate them ....id buy and stick one on at home to see how it goes ....but for all the dot knobs ive tried and ive tried a few i cant get anything remotly close to the e09 for wear rate ..the e09 front is pants so i wont mislead you on that ... get your suspension tyres luggage sorted and then give it good full braaap shakedown run on multi surfaces over a long weekend ..ride it in allsorts of rocky boggy shite and that will tell you a lot about gearing and tyres ...
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    tyres its so difficult ..very difficult ...but for a aggressive dot tyre that travels well i havnt found anything to beat the 644 and e09 .....its only since ive been using crfs ive been able to dally with full braap knobs as they last twice as long ..so its been quite libertaing in terms of tyre choice ..the kenda would do maby a1000 miles on the 450 it will go 4000 on the crf

    your aim will be to get the most grip for the most milage and id throw the e09 in the mix

    a lot of guys rate mefo explorers k60s catspaw tread tyres but they are only viable on dryer destinations ..but in proper slippy stuff they are usless .of close too it certainly your a huge percentage higher to land on your ass

    anyway good luck in your preperations ..keep us posted
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  3. BkADV

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    you the best bro but was hoping to wear out the stock tires b4 introducing something, ill try to put couple thousand miles on them...hard to get e09 in usa and the ones i find online are all tubeless designed

    ill ship my bike to london and ride to manchester to stay with family for a bit and shop around for for little things ill need to go east. I got family in europe too which ill be staying with couple nights

    also i am DEFINITELY hitting up the nurburgring on this bike haha

    what is the 644 you speak off? mitas? sorry im noob
  4. swimmer

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    I've used the powered AMP mount on several bikes. The issue with the RAM mounts, I think, is that is puts the GPS far away from the screen. I want the GPS as close to the crossbar as possible.
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  5. minkyhead

    minkyhead Been here awhile

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    the 644 is a front .....i live pretty near manchester ...so if you want tyres fitting before you set off send em to our house bob down for a pit stop and ill fit them for you
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  6. BkADV

    BkADV Been here awhile

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    Ill pm you bro once im there..will find out how long stock tires last
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  7. Ed@Ford

    Ed@Ford Long timer

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    Yes, I understand (and share) your need. I'd look at touratech mounts for the Montana I assume you have...but expect $$$$ prices
  8. Cuttlefish

    Cuttlefish Riding to disappear.

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    Hondo garage squeeze mount. Pricey but even if you drop your bike your GPS/ph isn't going anywhere. IMG_20170313_095909487.jpg
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  9. Ed@Ford

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    Cuttlefish: That bikes too DAMN clean! Nice bar setbacks! Did you have to change your flasher for those front LED turn signals?
  10. minkyhead

    minkyhead Been here awhile

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    i had one of these kicking around
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorcycle-...Hand-Bar-Mount-Bracket-DIY-Part-/282071208012

    you need to make a back plate and use spacers to attach the garmin to the plate so you can tighten the two nylocks i used ...the big nuts you can see inside are just spacers ..the little one in the centre attach to the bracket ..hope that makes sense but the main thing is it attaches very well

    [​IMG]DSC_0426[1] by minkyhead56, on Flickr
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    [​IMG]Grabbed Frame 58 by minkyhead56, on Flickr
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  11. swimmer

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    Thanks, that's close to what I am interested in. I am not finding exactly what I want so think I will make my own.
  12. Cuttlefish

    Cuttlefish Riding to disappear.

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    The mounting bracket is reversible so it can go on either the bar or the cross piece.
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  13. Cuttlefish

    Cuttlefish Riding to disappear.

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    I haven't bothered with the flash rate. They came with relays that didn't slow them down. (Duh) From bikerbitz in Thailand. Can't see them on the website now. I just let them flash...really fast.
    Not a lot of mud around here usually...more dust. Lots of dust. Can sometimes find a little bit of mud to ride through. Excuse the non rally pic fellas.

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  14. swimmer

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  15. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    BkADV, sorry for the delay in answering...I hauled my new '17 V-Strom to Happy Trail in Boise, ID, so I have been on the road for the past day or so.

    I have not put enough miles on the new Seat Concepts seat (complete seat unit....not just the cover & foam kit) to tell how it will be in the long run. However...my experience with Seat Concepts from previous dual-sport bikes, is that this seat will be 93.14159 % better than the OEM seat. The Seat Concepts seat has a wider seating surface, better foam, and seems to feel SO much more comfortable.

    For SERIOUS mileage riding, I have had 11 of the Russell Day-Long saddles, which have a built-in suspension system within the seat.

    BkADV, yes, this ScottOiler is the V-system. I install these on every chain drive motorcycle I & my wife own. How often you have to fill it depends on at what drip rate you have the metering valve set at. I tend to set all mine at level # 2....which lubricates the chain fairly well, yet doesn't leave an oily mess on the wheels/tires/or swingarm. Everyone's mileage will vary, but typically you can run 1000+ miles between fill ups of the metering reservoir.

    While the ScottOiler comes with their own oil, at some point you will need to supply your own oil, to continue filling it up. I make up my own formula of oil (it is a family secret) ha ha ha, but I can tell you that I use a small portion of ATF, and a small portion of Marvel Mystery Oil, and depending on the weather...I may add some Bar & Chain oil...designed for a chain saw.

    I also use a drive chain tensioner on "most" of my chain drive bikes...not all of them. And by using the ScottOiler...and the drive chain tensioner, I typically get 3 to 4 times the mileage out of my drive chain and sprockets that the average rider gets, on the same kind of bikes.

    But hey...that is me...and your mileage may vary.
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  16. Wind_Rider

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    Ha, we knew you wanted one. Looks like a great place to break it in.

    Enjoy the new bike.
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    minkyhead Can you share any information on the windshield extender you have on the bike. I have been looking for something just like that. Sorry if it has already been talked about just really like it. Cheers
  18. Cuttlefish

    Cuttlefish Riding to disappear.

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    That's the sort of road you want to WOT....maybe not so good for break in. :pynd:ricky
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  19. Matt P

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    Not hating here, but I just don't see how you can possibly suggest you get 3-4 times the life of the average rider. How in the world did you collect this info.
    I know you are sold on the tensioner and oiler but I suggest most riders use neither and have no issues. I am over 11000 miles on my 800 on stock chain and sprockets. And I have only used WD40. That really to help clean the chain. Oh, and only personally adjusted the chain maybe twice. For sure once. Maybe I don't ride as aggressively as you do.
    I have owned over 20 motorcycles and almost all off road only. 5 bikes in just the last 6 years. (1) WR250 the enduro and not the dual sport, (2) KTM530s, (1) GS800 and a Rally presently own and ride.
    My suggestion is do not pressure wash your chain. Avoid lubes that will attract and hold dirt/sand in your rollers and on your sprocket. What does lapping compound do?
    Get your rear wheel off the ground and use a rag while rotating your rear wheel gripped around your chain. Keep your chain clean and properly adjusted and it will last.
    You do not need a oiler or the tensioner to get excellent life from a chain and sprockets. If the oiler helps keep the chain clean and debris free than this is a good thing, but still not worth bolting this gizmo on.
    Of the guys I ride with none of us have such things nor would buy them.
    Just my opposing opinion. Not hating.
  20. BkADV

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    I like it how everything is automated but can you help me do some calculations?

    for a trip like mine I will average 500 miles every 2 to 4 days meaning replacing/refilling oil every 2-4 days

    would it be cheaper to clean/lube manually for my trip?

    i have little to no experience lubing chain so would like to see if the oiler is worth it or not(can i expand the reservoir?)