The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. Rider1

    Rider1 Ridin' Dave

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    Thanks Lost !

    Talk about cold....it's real cold here in Vegas, today especially with the wind.

    Dave


  2. Jinksy

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  3. EEKAMOUSE

    EEKAMOUSE Been here awhile

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    Triple clamp to fork
  4. Lost Roadie

    Lost Roadie Rider

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  5. Lost Roadie

    Lost Roadie Rider

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  6. Lost Roadie

    Lost Roadie Rider

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    Well... it did very good with no major issues except one of the many falls was right onto the perfect sized big rock that bent the shit out of the radiator. Normal wear and tear for a team Lost Rider Adventure. :evil
    Luckily no leaks on the radiator, and I'll be taking it in to a local auto shop to straighten it out.
    I'm hoping for a more stout radiator guard to become available, I'm not convinced the ones made from pressed aluminum sheets will provide enough lateral strength to survive a sideways hit as well as could be. I'm sure it would help though and I haven't seen one in person.
    Luckily Honda made the radiators out of some pretty flexible metal and it wasn't a ride killer. :evil
    Hopefully these guys will make one for the LRP:

    https://www.bulletproofdesigns.com/products/type/radiator-guards.html


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    Honda also made the shift lever nice and flexible and while it did get bent up a few times, it was easy to straighten out to keep on riding, no foldable one going on this LRP, would rather bend the lever than break the shaft instead when we hit just the right rock and there's no give.

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    We were able to run heated grips and heated socks with no issues of running out the battery, so it seems the charging system is stout enough for comfortable cold weather riding.


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    The tool tube and fender bag carrying essential spare tubes and tools for trailside repairs in places that didn't interfere with the packing of camping gear and extra fuel worked out great too.


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    The Highway Dirt Bike handgaurds took the punishment as usual in stride, transferring the hits directly to the top clamp and not breaking or bending the Protaper bars. The Flatlands tail rack was essential for securely holding a gas can with ROK straps and providing tie off points for the camping gear.
    Overall the LRP took the first of many beatings (rides) to come... Most of the way I set this bike up comes from lots of experience riding in demanding conditions, Honda has a well earned reputation for being bullet proof.... It's proving to be a perfect DS bike for the less aggressive rider and we hope to see many miles of good dirty fun out of it.
    So far it's Nancy Proof. :deal




    Here's another short video of the latest LRP ride. :evil



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  7. dirtdiver

    dirtdiver Long timer

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    Hey is the 250L a full sized frame? I have an 04 crf230f and it is about 80% full sized. I wonder where the 250L is?

    DD
  8. Rider1

    Rider1 Ridin' Dave

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  9. NesquikNinja

    NesquikNinja Long timer

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    Ive got the emperor radiator guard. Havent crash tested it but i could not get it to flex. Nor could my brother and hes a pretty strong guy. Very strong. I even told him to do his best to break it haha
  10. JRaye89

    JRaye89 Adventurer

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  11. Just Bob

    Just Bob Been There Done That

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    THIS is what a motorcycle should look like. Polish is for your teeth. :D

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  12. giap

    giap n00b

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    Hi guys!
    interesting thread to follow, even if I don't have a CRF :cry

    subscribed!
  13. DirtyBlackIrish

    DirtyBlackIrish Been here awhile

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    Welcome!
  14. Ed@Ford

    Ed@Ford Long timer

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    FYI

    Called Helm Inc 1-888-292-5393. CRF Service Manual is currently sold out. They'll take your email and contact you when it's available again.
  15. izzyblue

    izzyblue Adventurer

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    Isn't she beautiful?:raabia
  16. giap

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    Thanks!
  17. foxbrook

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    CRF only has them in stock, I ordered one and it was here promptly (to Canada too!) Shipping was a bit much but I emailed and asked them to ship it cheaper and they did.

    I also noticed Lost Rider's pic about the shift lever. I ordered a RFX Forged Gear Shift Lever from a company on ebay, it bends on impact and looks well made. Was only $30 or so... Didn't get to try it out "yet" lol
  18. kiwi5

    kiwi5 Been here awhile

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    We bought a CRF250L for work and I got to take it out on a fantastic three hour gravel road blast around the back roads of Raglan. I thought it was amazingly easy to ride, stock IRC tires were perfect for the dry gravel roads and the seat height was perfect for my 5'9" height. Love the fuel gauge, clutch is silky smooth. A bit slow on the road (compared to my KLR650!) and the seat is a bit hard (no big deal on either issue of course). HOWEVER, at around the 230km mark when I was slowing down coming into a stop (behind a line of cars), the bike stopped running. I was in first and had the clutch held in. I immediately hit the starter button and it came back to life. I assumed I did something wrong (?) and thought nothing more of it. About 60 odd kms later, as I slowed down to turn into my driveway the same thing happened again in the exact same manner. The next day, the Boss at work had the bike stall (shut off) three times on him while slowing down, in first gear, with the clutch in. So the dreaded "stall" issue has reared it's ugly head over here as well!! Really sucks because I am about to buy one for myself!!! I will wait to see if the dealer can fix the issue before I pull the trigger. From all I have read it is a fuel injection issue that WILL happen to SOME bikes. No known fix yet. Any advice or "secret tricks" to fix it would help because I'll bet our dealer will not have the slightest idea what is wrong. :cry :cry :cry
  19. Lost Roadie

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    There's many things that could cause that stalling and it might very well not be FI related.
    Has the bike had it's first service and inspection yet?
    The fact that it started right back up would lead me to believe it's not one of the more common FI related issues like a clogged injector or failed fuel pump. (not that I've been hearing much about these Honda's having those issues other bikes have)

    It's under warranty, let the dealer figure it out and post up some real data instead of hearsay or speculation.
    Not buying your own LRP because of this issue doesn't make sense to me but to each their own, plenty of trouble free owners in here, and many more CBR250 owners with many trouble free miles on the same motor, this isn't a new untested engine we have here.

    Good luck!

    My 2ยข
  20. kiwi5

    kiwi5 Been here awhile

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    Steady on there Captain! I am posting real info that is happening to our CRF250L. IF you read through the posts you will see that it is not an isolated incident (take a look at the CBR250 stalling issues if you want to read about a million pages of agony). I actually like the CRF, and as I stated- it does not happen to all bikes and IS clearly happening to some. Do not worry, I will certainly post updates as we try to figure out why the stalling/stopping is happening to a new motorcycle. Forums are not only for posting the good things that happen with our bikes, but also as a way to inform others of issues and hopefully rectify them. :wink: