The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. cat

    cat Long timer

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    Yes, you know how it is with weight reduction - "diminishing returns" - more expensive for smaller reductions. :)

    Yes, helmet lock will come off.

    Yes, i have been spending so much time investigating about the sprocket. Eventually found out that XR650L is right. (And various old XR250, same.) I will probably go with Renthal or PBI alloy, never mind the wear, i will see later if it is a problem for me)...even if i add weight with a rack.

    The battery,..yes, i was meaning to speak to you about that.
    I have some A123 cells (ex-drill pack) that i bought from someone on cpf forum, around 4 years ago. I think i cannot trust them now, so...either i find more, do it like you, or just spend the money for Anti-Gravity battery.
  2. Unclejimmy1

    Unclejimmy1 Adventurer

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    Cycle racks makes a great rack for the LRP...it's is pricy but serves me well. I have had two of their racks and they are well engineered and very easily installed.....No pics ,,I just ride,,,,,uncle jimmy:clap:clap
  3. Vspec

    Vspec Been here awhile

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    250L lurking in a corner of Spoon Sports headquarters in Japan

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  4. billfires

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    Thanks for your reply. I think the price is good, especially when you consider that is the delivered price. Bill C
  5. cat

    cat Long timer

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    ^^What comes next? The suspense is killing me...
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    Are they going to make hot parts for us? :evil:lurk
  6. cat

    cat Long timer

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    Do the brakes really get better after a while? My rear brake is useless - after about 70km.
    So i searched for alternative pads, EBC, Ferodo...as usual, nothing listed, yet. Searching the part numbers turns up only CRF250L - same as with the sprockets. So it seems no use trying to find what parts are used on other Hondas, because they have different part numbers even when they're the same thing.
    I did find it listed by Vesrah (front pads only)...
    http://catalog.vesrah.co.jp/index_dirt_f.html

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  7. gnath9

    gnath9 Been here awhile

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    I think all your need to improve your brakes are the steel braided lines.
    CRF's Only shows them as well as Best DualSport Bikes.

    Its been cold here and I really have not had the chance to see if they will break in properly But, I agree they do seem a little weak.
  8. DirtyBlackIrish

    DirtyBlackIrish Been here awhile

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    Mine shows between the marks in the glass when the bike is held straight up off it's kickstand. That is what the manual says and that is how I've been checking mine. Hasn't had a problem going through oil at all. Even during break in but I rode soft then.
  9. bobfab

    bobfab Long timer

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    Got the original link, id like to see what Spoon's shop looks like these days. I havent seen photos since the days when the B16 reigned as king!
  10. SAPB

    SAPB Long timer

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  11. 'Flagger

    'Flagger ..this space for rent..

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    This has been my experience as well. Be patient, ride careful and they'll be better after some material transfers to the rotor.
  12. 'Flagger

    'Flagger ..this space for rent..

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  13. Harcomo

    Harcomo Been here awhile

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    How did you accomplish this while still holding the allen wrench in the head of the bolt to keep it from turning? I tried loosening mine awhile ago and while I could turn the nut and rotate the entire nut and bolt assembly with the 17mm wrench, I couldn't apply enough holding force to keep the allen wrench on the bolt head and keep it from turning also. I probably need a socket wrench with allen key attachment for more leverage while I turn the nut on the backside. Why can't anything just be simple! Any tips welcomed.
  14. bungie4

    bungie4 Frostback

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    Beat me to it. The brakes on the CRFL are marginal for those accustomed to BRAKES. After I got my CRFL and noticing how soft they were I took the bike out and did pretty much what was suggested. Much better. They're still not what I would call decent brakes, but much better.

    On the plus side, they work great offroad where you can give them a good squeeze and not have to worry about locking them up.
  15. itrack

    itrack Been here awhile

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    I believe that was me. After riding the bike for 100 miles or so I bedded in the brakes using the carbotech instructions fort rave car and they have performed fine ever since. Honda probably speced an aggressive pad due to the weight combined with street use.
  16. Krono

    Krono Speed Junkie

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    Yup.. forgot to say i had the allen key prevented to rotate by a block of wood beside the sprocket :deal

    L
  17. Krono

    Krono Speed Junkie

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    My rear brake didnt woked at all, or almost when i took the bike from the shop. I figured out that the rear wheel was misaligned. After a fix, it went to brake a little, but hardly.

    Then i tried a beddin process, but that mostly rubbed the rear tire.

    Finally, after 6000km, i must say they are working good.

    Maybe thats me who comes used to

    The good news is they probably will last the whole bike's lifespan :D

    L
  18. SAPB

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    Yes, just went out to look, since I'm thinking of doing the 13/42 soon. Looks like you could put something (another wrench) in the slot in the rear sprocket, which would stop the allen from turning. I noticed KRONO has translated by google, so something may have gotten lost in translation. By ring wrench, I would say offset box wrench. I took several socket wrenches out to see, and there doesn't seem to be enough room to get it in there, have to be a box wrench. Funny, too cold to ride now here. The temperature here tonight is going to 9° F (-12.7°C). Every time I think I've got all the tools needed to do the job, coming back to get more. Maybe if my toolbox didn't weigh so much, it would be easier to take the whole thing.
  19. Harcomo

    Harcomo Been here awhile

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    Great idea!:thumb
  20. Vspec

    Vspec Been here awhile

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    That is it, no more. Spoon Sports only deals with cars, now what an engineer/mechanic does in his free time with the shop's equipment ....

    Mugen is the Honda tuner that has also dwelled into bike tuning and guess what ... they have CRF250L parts: Slip-on and license plate mount

    Ask and ye shall receive. Also keep digging around the speedhunters, pretty sure there is a feature about Dino's last visit there.

    Sorry for the grossly OT nature of this post.