The CRF250L Owners thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by joec63, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. toddol1971

    toddol1971 Adventurer

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    you can tell I post alot huh.:rofl
    I just like reading. I'll try to post more.
  2. JapanLemon

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    Can't go cross country, if you mean that. First, yes, it's a national park, and second, you'd most likely need a trial bike. It's way too steep and there are way too many big rocks, it's volcanic area after all. It might look nice and smooth on pictures, but when you get closer you see it's not smooth at all. The mountain roads are nice though, very twisty. I like heading up the old, narrow roads with the CRF, and the new, wide and sweeping ones with my CBR.

    At work we speak Japanese most of the time, which actually isn't my native language. Neither is English though :D

    Here is one of those old, twisty roads:
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  3. Krono

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    I also envy you Lost
    Not so sunny sunday here
    Went today for a ride with some quad mates :freaky
    Only thumpers here.
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    Began muddy as you can notice:huh
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    Then snowy :evil
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    Got stuck behind the first 2WD and went back
    We noticed also the second one have the rear right flat :cry
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    Well, even the 4WD didnt made it. :lol3 Evil icy steep slope :eek1
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    Happy to be back home at the end of the day :D
    The little LRP and his new rear tire (Michelin T63 120/80-18) did well :clap

    L
  4. cat

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    hi guys :-) i got mine yesterday. Most of the goodies already ordered.

    I dunno where i'm going to find 10W30 - MOTUL or Honda, i doubt whether the Honda dealers will have it, the synthetic.

    The chain - DID 520VF...is not in the DID 2012 catalog. (ok, it's the USA catalog, but...)
    google finds only a few references to it, one for the CBR250R, the rickramsey site, the owners manual, and one in Thai language.

    I want a 43 tooth sprocket, so i suppose i need 2 or 4 more links. That's my first question - 2 or 4? i guess 4 would use up most of the axle adjustment,...so would 2 more links be enough?

    So, if this chain is not listed in the catalog, then what is the alternative? And would the alternative links / master link be compatible?
    Does the chain have a clip type master link? (i don't want to go out now to check, but i guess it does - surely they wouldn't have put an endless chain / riveted chain on this bike.)

    I really don't want to use a 13 tooth front sprocket. I'd rather get the Renthal alloy sprocket and see how long it lasts.
  5. DirtyBlackIrish

    DirtyBlackIrish Been here awhile

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    All I have seen is the 10-40. So that's what I put in per dealer. You gonna run synthetic?
  6. cat

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    Yes. Of course. Or at least Motul semi-synthetic.
    I see that Motul 5100 does come in a lot of different grades - just a matter of finding it.
    10W40, i wouldn't mind.

    No, 13 tooth front sprocket is too small, causes much quicker chain wear. 14 is the limit.
  7. toddol1971

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    man that rode looks like fun. It sure is beautiful there. Is that way out in the country? If your loving lost's riding area, move on over here. we'd love to have ya.
  8. toddol1971

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    i meant road. duh
  9. toddol1971

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    All these photos remind me of where I live, Southern Illinois. Beautiful.
  10. DirtyBlackIrish

    DirtyBlackIrish Been here awhile

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    Only reason I ask is that the dealer told me it causes clutch problems.
  11. cat

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    ^^Oh. ok. i thought i'd read somewhere that it was bad for the shaft bearing.

    i wish i could sort out where to get chain links.
  12. DirtyBlackIrish

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    Something kinda funny, after I posted what the dealer had told me I did some searching on oil and holy cow it's a very controversial topic. I had no idea hahahahaha! Anyway, what I read and seamed more convincing to me was that synthetic was indeed better in the engine. Most references on thumpers not using it were in relation to extreme performance engines with excessive heat. Even then, it was at best speculative I think. So, sorry for passing on bunk info!
  13. EEKAMOUSE

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    Anyone know the triple clamp torque spec? Thx for the info in advance!
  14. trainman

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    Well it's true, oil can be quite controversial on most threads and it's not unusual to go into 100 plus post on it. I would say, anyone who wants to find out all about OIL should just go to the Search button and have at it. Oh, by the way, I use Shell Rotella T Synthetic in my bikes, why, because if I can get it a WalMart for $20.00 for four quarts its got to be good. :wink:

    John
  15. Krono

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    For 1.5 liter every 12'000km, I wouldnt bother to pay the price for the best one can buy
    As owner manual says, check it isnt "energy concerving" oil. Thats because it contains additives that may lead to clutch slipping.

    L
  16. Spud Rider

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    The following video demonstrates how the wet clutch in a motorcycle operates. As the video explains, the wet clutch in your motorcycle won't work properly with energy conserving, motor oil.

    <iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/RKzowCJG7WA?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Spud :wave
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  18. DirtyBlackIrish

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    Hahahahahaha
  19. cat

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    Let's stop before it starts. :norton

    On cbr250.net forum, there is a thread on doing the oil change, nice photos and all...it turned into a heated argument about oil, quite an absurd one too.

    btw, the rear sprocket... the Renthal sprockets listed on ebay for CRF250L, i think they are actually CRF250R sprockets - in the pic (which is not very clear and cannot be enlarged) the bolt holes appear to have the countersink (instead of the flat recess that the CRF250L sprocket should have.) And the Renthal website does not list CRF250L. The holes could be drilled out to 10 mm, if there is enough space, but WTH, why are there no sprockets available? I was a bit surprised to see that the Honda parts manual only has the stock 14 and 40 sprockets; usually you get alternative / different size OEM sprockets.

    I'm waiting for a local dealer to call me back about oil filters and gaskets - like do they have stock or how long would it take to get them. (Their system not working or something.) I explained to him that the CRF250L and the CBR250R have the same motor, so he could search it either way.
    As usual, i know more about it than the dealer. :deal:norton
  20. JapanLemon

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    "Way out" is relative, Japan is really not that big. Where I live it's something like 150 kilometers coast to coast from west to east, with mountains in the middle. So even though those pictures are countryside, it's not far away. In Japan you never have to go far to get to the countryside, and vice versa you get from countryside to cities very quick.

    And if I had the money, or the job to move where LostRider is riding his bike, I would :D Interestingly though there is a slight chance that I'll be relocation to the US for work in 2014, I was already asked if I could imagine doing so.