The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. SAPB

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    I sat on one, was put off by the seat height, I'm 5' 9", and can nearly flat foot both on the CRF.
  2. trainman

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    Funny story, a guy riding a WR250 came by to see me last week and look at my CRF250L. He was about your height (5'9") and when he left my house he pushed his WR over to a big rock by the driveway so he could get on. I chuckled to myself and wondered if he always needed to find a rock to get on, I thought you just used the footpeg.

    John
  3. SAPB

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    Yeah, I know all that suspension travel is really nice running over roots, and stuff, but I need to stop once in a while. Sat on a Husqvarna at the motorcycle show @ the Javits center 3 year ago, and couldn't believe how high it was. At the time, it was slim pickings for dual sports. Wanting to let my daughter take my CRF for a ride, but if she does, it's going to have to be off road, where she can ride out, then back where we can "catch" her. She's 5' even, and has an ER-6n lowered, and seat shaved, which she's OK on with the added height of boots.
  4. JRaye89

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    Does anybody know where i can find white plastics or the silver seat that comes on the overseas model?
    Thanks
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    Oh good they're finally out!

    Best all around performance upgrade a person can do IMHO.

    From much better on-road handling, less head shake, etc to dirtier adventures where hitting rocks, ruts, logs, sand, riding on loose gravel, etc a damper WILL make a noticeable different for any rider and help reduce fatigue. A damper has undoubtably saved me countless times on other bikes, and can't wait for Nancy to feel the improvement.

    Too bad our winter budget is totally blown already, going to another bike of ours that got sick pretty bad and had to get fixed up. :cry

    ASAP I will be getting one for the LRP. Scotts told me I'll still be able to run the ROX risers/bar adaptors with a ProTaper and HDB guards above the damper with their setup.
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    Otherwise, riding a decently modded, more modern DS bike of certain models allow great trips out west in the mountains and deserts with almost guaranteed reliability and durability over many years with most service concerns involving oil changes, the occasional valve clearance check, and replacing worn tires.[/QUOTE]

    TNC, I lurked on the KLX forum, and saw you did the Tubliss conversion. I have both front and rear here, waiting for the weather to be too bad for riding, before bringing the wheels in the house for conversion. Any tips that you would like to share would be much appreciated, one guy (not sure which tread) said he sloshed the crap out of it with tire conditioner, and did it all by hand, to avoid pinching the inner tube. Thinking to do it, check the pressure, then wait overnight, check pressure again before slapping the wheels back on. The video on the Tubliss site is pretty informative. Slime both inner, and in the tire? Thanks.
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    ASAP I will be getting one for the LRP. Scotts told me I'll still be able to run the ROX risers/bar adaptors with a ProTaper and HDB guards above the damper with their setup.[/QUOTE]

    I'm sure you will let us know when the Scotts is available.
  9. Lost Rider

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    It is available now, if you follow the link gnath provided... :deal






  10. SAPB

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    Thanks, now I can "jump start the economy" all the better.
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    Looking forward to seeing them on the LRP as I watch with envy until it fits in our budget.
    You will need to remove the top triple clamp to install the post, a service manual seems like it will be needed to DIY. You probably already know that, just a reminder for anyone.

    Damn new counter shaft and new cush drive wheel... :ear
  12. gnath9

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    That will be a nice looking set up.
    I also want to order the HDB guards with new bars but have not figured out the right combo yet. It has been 25 years since I rode dirt bikes and am just now getting back into it with my son Noah who is 11. I got him a 2008 CRF80F and we ride mostly at a nearby OHV park with lots of single track woods and a small MX track.
    I got my CRF250L late in the year and here in Nebraska its been real cold. Only have 300 miles on it so far but it looks like tomorrow I will be able to get it out for a putt. 50+ degrees maybe.
    I also plan on buying the Race Tech rear shock and the FMF full exhaust with programmer. 13/45 gearing.

    Do you have any suggestions as to the right type of bars for me to order ?
    I like the fact that the bars from HDB come drilled.
  13. Ed@Ford

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    I put a significant amount of road miles on a WRR....just did not care for the suspension even after it was lowered, had a better seat. Just tall, skittish, and felt like it was running on it's tiptoes all the time. BUT, our german riding friend on it and my buddy on a 685 KLR did some EXTREME paved switchbacks, very fast gravel roads, and other great roads in VA & WV always 1 or 2 bike lengths apart, for miles and miles, at speeds I only dream of in my wildest fantasy.....and they love those 2 bikes. But, those 2 crazy bastards have 20 years of riding chasing each other at insane speeds thru the alps....go figure!
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    Someone on this thread bought all those bits...out of Thailand....keep looking....maybe a couple weeks back...it is really sweet looking...I don't think those bits are available out of europe....keep scrolling back..he had a picture....ran him a couple hundred bucks
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    Well, we have the Protaper KX High bars, have had that bend on 3 bikes now and it suits me (us). They are some of the tallest bars Protaper makes and HDB offers without getting into ATV bars. We want lots of rise for a comfortable standing position. The sweep and bend works well for standing and sitting, for us. It's all a matter of personal preference really, but those bars work well. Check out pro taper's site for all the info on the various models and specs, cross referencing against what HDB offers if you want pre drilled bars from them.

    There's other options out there for riser/adaptor combos so you can run 1 1/8 bars, Scotts says the setup we have will work with their top clamp mounted damper so the ROX risers all I can recommend. Maybe call them with questions about other options, they are very helpful on the phone. They could probably give you the bolt pattern specs of their top clamp to help ordering the correct one from HDB, at least for the side to side, the top to bottom measurement will be determined by the ROX risers, something that ROX should be able to give you too.
    I don't want to give you my clamp specs as they don't fit perfectly, coming off of a 650GS, I just made them work using what I had, but there's probably a better way to do it if buying all the parts at the same time.


    Good luck, and welcome back to riding in the dirt! Probably pretty cool to be taking your son out riding.
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    Go back to page 121 and read on from there on the white plastics.
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    Yoshimura has the RS-4 slip on and full system for the 250L available on their website for anyone interested. Too bad they didn't incorporate a plate onto the muffler so the right side cover could be used like FMF did.

    http://www.yoshimura-rd.com/s-2135-2013.aspx
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    Thanks for your thoughts ....

    And yes it is cool to ride with my son and to tell you the truth, I should have got us bikes a long time ago. But I needed to pay off the car first and really did not want to buy old stuff. But he seems to be coming along fairly well even tho he is still a little scared I think. I don't push him to hard and got a feeling this year he will have a lot more confidence.

    Also you have inspired us to try to make are own little film this spring. Santa brought us a GoPro for Christmas !!!
  19. amtz.zero

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    Where any of you guys in Moreno Valley CA recently? I saw one of these bikes parked in front of a Jack in the box for quite a while today. Maybe you work there? I just thought it was cool to see one of these bikes out in the wild and not in a dealership. My wife is dying to sell her dr200 and get one of these.
  20. Bob80

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    :rofl....Congrats, Ed@Ford on the new purchase, glad to see ya now have CRFL of your own to give us your "hands-on" expertise as well...Did ya get to test one out before ya bought it? Look forward to reading a ride report and your first impressions as a new owner.....:1drink