The 2012 CRF250L thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by dfhmotor, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. ggamster

    ggamster Been here awhile

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    Any news on a lowering link yet. It doesn't have the traditional dog bone but more of a U-Shaped bracket.
  2. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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    Congratulations! Please post photos and a ride report. :nod

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  3. Brtp4

    Brtp4 Powdercoat it.

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    Hmmmm...Spud.....surprised to see you over here.......do YOU have your eye on one of these?????

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  4. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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    I visit several threads, BP. :wink: As with many others, I am very interested to learn more about this bike. :nod However, I do wish the CRF250L weighed less than 320 pounds. :eek1 My XR650L weighs about 340 pounds with 4.7 gallons of fuel after I removed 22 pounds of excess weight, then added a luggage rack, skid plate, et cetera. :deal

    Spud :beer
  5. Brtp4

    Brtp4 Powdercoat it.

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    Hey Spud.

    I do not think the weight will be as big an issue as imagined, either as much as it's number would indicate, or in comparison to bikes like our XR650Ls. It ain't light, but the motor size and weight distribution are far, far more modern than the 650L, DR650, DRz, etc. Mine is lightened extensively, but compared to a WR250 mine feels MUCH heavier, vastly different. Newer bikes have much more compact motors, and thus more compact chassis.

    The motor, and the reciprocating mass, are also lighter. 650L motor is 100+ lbs, my guess is about 30 less for the CRF. The CRF is not light, but I am sure that it will be easier to manage than some of the old-tech designs with similar or even slightly less weight.

    Compared to an XR650L, I was shocked at how much lighter and easy on the upper body a WR250 is.

    It is surprising that it weighs that much. Honestly I cannot understand where it comes from. It is pretty easy to remove 20 - 30 lbs from an L, it'll be interesting to see if this bike is similar.

    BP
  6. xplodee

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    My bike is promised to come in tomorrow, keeping my fingers crossed!

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  7. G19Tony

    G19Tony Been here awhile

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    Plans changed again, so I went up this morning. Las Vegas to Orem, UT. Left at 0300 and was in the shop by 1000 and out by 1030. $4495 OTD. I'm taking it to the DMV tomorrow, where I will pay tax, title and license. I may get a short street ride out of it this week, but I'm crazy busy at work until the 24th, so I don't know when I'll get it in the dirt. I want to get at least some handguards on it before I do. I'll have more pics tomorrow.

    Sunrise at 0515, north of St. George.

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    Bike pics in the truck.

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  8. siyeh

    siyeh Lawn Nazi

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    sweet Tony sweet
  9. sunset_ryder

    sunset_ryder aka "toots"

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    Oh! How can you possibly resist rippin that thing through some dirt? You obviously demonstrate much more restraint than I could muster. Congrats and good for you. There is a lot of us lurking around, waiting to see the reviews on this little red headed step-child. Let us know how it goes.
  10. G19Tony

    G19Tony Been here awhile

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    I was fortunate to get the day off to do this. I may have an opportunity on Friday to get in the dirt for a bit. I'll post pics and impressions if I do. :D
  11. RED1

    RED1 Been here awhile

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    Here is a list of accessories available in Australia, some are from Thailand, the ones starting with A and the others from Japan, these are Australian dollars +10% tax. I don't know what is in the lowering kit yet but it must be extensive!


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  12. ggamster

    ggamster Been here awhile

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    For that much money I will have new legs sewn on my wife. It's not my fault she is short:rofl.
    All kidding aside I think that price must be for modified suspension. I know you can lower the forks about 7/8" and the bike is very similar to any other it is just that the dog bones are welded to the spacer tube between them. If anybody hears anything please post up.:ear

    I think I will have it picked up today at lunch.
  13. ramz

    ramz Professional Trail Rider

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    RED1, please check your PMs.
  14. xplodee

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    all these pics are KILLING ME!!!!! I am really hoping the dealer calls today with my bike ready to pick up. It's supposed to rain later but whatever.
  15. joec63

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    Nice to see they're finally showing up in the states. Shouldn't be long until it arrives in Ohio, no? Chomping at the bit to pick it up :1drink
  16. NoVa Rider

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    In person impressions? :ear
  17. jub jub

    jub jub frumiousbandersnatch

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    You going to post some pics when you get a chance? :evil
  18. RZRob

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    So I'm trying to lose weight right now, and expect the same of my vehicle. I've got a CRF230L now and the power-to-weight ratio makes it more of an adventure mule than a sporty toy.

    Without going back and reading the 50+ pages, have we figured out where to save weight on the CRF250? Is the engine cradle and subframe steel? How light can we go without sacrifice? Lastly, is the engine a quick revver along the lines of the 450R (as I have one, the only thing I have to compare to)?

    RZ Rob
  19. BigCanoe

    BigCanoe Been here awhile

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    Local dealer got one in today, quoted out the door:

    $5103.24

    This includes tax/title/tags and any other mystery fees here in Central, NC.

    What are other folks seeing state-side?
  20. Carmwes

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    Just picked mine up yesterday. $4495.00 OTD Cash. Shawnee Honda. That's in Oklahoma. They got in 5. So far......I like it! Sold a TW200 that was perfect too. For what I want to use it for this fits me.