The 2012 CRF250L thread

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

  1. kermitridesagain

    kermitridesagain Been here awhile

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    so the crf is a plodder and the wr is a ripper.....

    i like plodding.... its not a race
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  2. kermitridesagain

    kermitridesagain Been here awhile

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    thanks .... crf sounds perfectly adequate ....
  3. Squily

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  4. JR1

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    Yes, good description
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    Woody2627 Grey Wobbler

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    The honda struggles in headwinds because it is way overgeared. 6th gear is really an overdrive in standard trim.
  6. kermitridesagain

    kermitridesagain Been here awhile

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    what do you mean? doesnt it struggle due to lack of power more than gearing... if not what can you do to correct it?
  7. kermitridesagain

    kermitridesagain Been here awhile

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    i wanna be a ripper on the road but a plodder off it? which bike fits best...
  8. JR1

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    I'd recommend going to the dealers and trying them back to back. I did that several times. If they're not too far from each other, ride one over to the other. For me the only advantage of the WR was a little more HP. Honda seems to carry it's weight lower, so I felt the weight difference was negligible. All three of the guys I know who have WR's ended up upgrading their suspension, so I figured either bike I bought, I'd be doing that. I felt the Honda just fit me better. Some guys make a bunch of mods to get more of a ripper feel from the Honda, I found that changing the gearing and doing the suspension upgrade transformed the bike tremendously on & off road, and other than long hills or heavy headwinds, it seems to handle slab fine. Full disclosure, although I have ridden pavement as much as eight hours at a time to get back from multi day off road rides, I tend to avoid black top as much as possible. Not due to the bike, it's just not how I enjoy riding. Both are good bikes, unfortunately only you can decide which is best for you.
  9. kermitridesagain

    kermitridesagain Been here awhile

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    i d like to do that but nowhere sells the wr... to get one i d be going to europe buying an importing... hondas are sold here but still brand spanking new is a bit above what i d like to spend on a bike.... and they are relatively new to our market so may take a year or two before they start becoming more frequently available and hopefully already modded in my price range...

    so might be a honda in my future but not just yet

    the slightly heavier and lower bike may also suit my climate which is often windy... bit wary of such a light high bike considering how i ve already been blown around on a much heavier klr...
    but as you said the honda s weight sits low and it feels grounded so seems to me to be arguably the better choice for crosswinds....
  10. CaliforniaSGL

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    Plodding not a race? Nice thing about buying a new bike is picking something that will work for your perceivedand evolving needs. I purchased the 2017 Crf250l over both the WR250 and the KTM 350. Both of which are excellent capable bikes, they just didn't fit my overall needs. The biggest is size at 5'8" and 180 the CRF250L is perfect size wise. The KTM was way to tall for street and tight single track requiring a far bit of lowering for day to day use, wonderful motor. The WR was just at the upper limit and wouldn't have suffered as much as the KTM lowering it the 1/2 inch to 1 inch I'd have liked, day in day out. So the Honda fit the bill, almost. The almost was the suspension (needed on all 3 ). So just after the first service it recieved an Ohlins stx46 out back and Racetech springs and valving up front which made the bike spot on for my needs. So with the suspension changes it removes the one real negative that I had concerning the little Honda. yes there were little things to, Tusk bars, bar risers, hand guards, Cycra skid plate etc, but once again they all needed little tweaks.The 2017 with it's 2 mm larger throttle body, larger exhust and FI remap has nice usable power. I'd love the 350 KTM power but it's still very capable. So is it perfect? No. Is it junk? absolutely not. It's an incredibly capable little dual sport with very nice manners. You can push around, run it hard, take it everywhere you want and get there and back, after all it is a Honda.