The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. positron007

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    If you don't own a crf250l you are not allowed to ask questions about it here. FFS get with the prograam
  2. Spud Rider

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    :rofl

    Spud :lol3
  3. Jimmy the Heater

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    And you aren't allowed to post anything and be taken seriously unless you can spell correctly. FFS use spell check :rofl
  4. positron007

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    OK fucker, lesson learned. I must use the fucken spell checker.
    Can I apply for an exemption on the use of "fucken"?
  5. Crafty_D

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    Now come on gents. I was trolling this thread before I got mine. :) I love my CRF250L, all I would like is a little more power but that im sorting really soon :)
  6. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Tilting the Horizon

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    I figured the best place to ask a question about the 250L would be in a thread where people actually owned them. I agree, lets keep with the friendly forums and save the swearing for Jo Momma. :deal
  7. positron007

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    Well that might sound sensible on the surface but may I refer you to post #2800, and #2804.
  8. Ed@Ford

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    FWIW: Put braided lines on my KLR650 but had to fatten them up in spots so the stock brackets will hold them in place. They were a significant improvement...I like what RamZ did to get rid that big dumb loop of hose going up over the speedo...but he doesn't share pix of where the "slack" for wheel movement ends up being. I THINK I saw doodads somewhere to put on the lines for this purpose...CRF's only MAYBE

    BUT YES, all road tests I've seen they give the CRF poor marks on the front brakes....one speculated that the pads are probably VERY hard....but be cautious in swapping pads...I put some aftermarket pads on my XR400R...yeah they worked good...but they ATE the $$$$ front rotor....

    Lost Rider: You got an opinion on this? Your recent ride looks like it mighta included some significant front brake usage
  9. Ed@Ford

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    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=20608116&postcount=32813

    I know it's a sin for us to visit the WR250R mega site, but the above are pix of another road test of Kawi, Yammie and CRF......their sour grapes were"Honda won because it's cheap"

    Whatever gents...lets move on...let them enjoy their blue toys

    Get the whole enchalada here: http://www.cyclenews.com/articles/bike-tests/2013/01/29/dual-sport-shootout-battle-of-the-250s/

    WTF...I can't get it all there either! Maybe that's why CycleNews is no longer a print magazine!

    Well, ya gotta have some MS Outlook Web App to read it...screw them
  10. goondock

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    Thanks for the info, much appreciated.
  11. Telemarktumalo

    Telemarktumalo Go Red Sox!

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    I've noticed the brakes require a good bit of lever effort, especially on fast downhill runs. I seem to have read here somewhere that the brakes get better with miles. Another reason to keep riding.

    I am searching for alternatives to the OEM chrome gas cap. It looks a bit hokey and almost seems an afterthought on our red/white/black beauties. I can't believe it is not hinged! Anybody found a good alternative? I'd still like to use the ignition key for security. I suppose I could get the OEM cap powdercoated.... hmmm.
  12. goondock

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    Thanks, I have 900 miles so far and the brakes work decent enough. just wondering if the braided lines are worth it or not.

    I second that.. I hate that freaking chrome cap with a passion . I know I know, just ride the bike and forget about what it looks like, or with mud on the cap you cant see what it looks like anyway.. bla bla, but I ride and I get it dirty.. I still hate chrome ha ha ha.. I dont even care if it locks. I considered painting it, maybe a vinyl wrap?
  13. MentalGuru

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    The gas cap might be the same as the XR650L one. If it is there is a black powercoated version.


    Braided lines are well worth it. They expand less which improves feel and braking power.

    One of the keys to having good brakes is breaking(bedding) them in properly.


    Here is a link that explains how to proper /break bed in new brakes. It is for a car just use 45mph instead of 60mph unless hard race type pads are used..

    http://zeckhausen.com/bedding_in_brakes.htm

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  14. MentalGuru

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    I added the Abbev. Table from the Helm manual there also, noticed you said you thought it was a PROM PCM rather then an EEPROM, however the table says EEPROM, weather this is better or worse, I'll leave it in your hands (when ya find a typer...:D) to go into more detail

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  16. goondock

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    Thanks Mental
  17. MentalGuru

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    I saw your post. Thanks, it will cross references the terms I'm using as needed for anyone that needs it.

    I'll be adding more info but hope to keep the post on topic. If it does I can fix it thou....


    Here's the difference.

    PROM is programable read only memory type controller.

    EEPROM is eletronicly erasable programable read only memory type controller. This means can be reprogramed/flash programed.

    Does the book specifiy which type of memory Honda is using??? I haven't found that out yet.

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  18. Lost Rider

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    I think the stock and slightly softer, but the consistent, predictable brakes are just fine as they are on this bike for us, being setup for dirt riding with knobby tires. Now that they are worn in there's more than enough braking power for the available traction aggressive knobbies provide on pavement, and for Nancy not having touchy brakes that would lock up easily on dirt is mo better and safer IMO. The higher performance anything is on a bike, the easier it is for a (new) rider to make mistakes that could be costly. I've seen Nancy crash on my Berg' that has very powerful and sensitive Brembo brakes from locking the front wheel up on gravel, that incident resulted in 5 stitches, same thing with more power on tap that can easily cause a crash when it gets away from you.
    The LRP is just right, having enough braking and power to get the job done (having fun) without being too sensitive all around, for us at least. When you're talking about riding dirt, better tires will help more than any brake mods IMO, if there's no traction, then how powerful the brakes are becomes irrelevant.
  19. MentalGuru

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    You hit the nail square on the head. :thumb

    They are built/designed to be forgiving on the brakes. That is why with good traction they lack some power, it's that power that gets new riders in trouble.

    Knobby tires and good brakes will get you into trouble quick if your not careful... Trust me I know... :kurt

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  20. Lost Rider

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    Thanks!

    That's why folks should take what the reviewers in MC mags write with a grain of salt as most times they are good riders and while not saying so, they are comparing the bike against higher performance bikes, failing to review bikes like the LRP in a perspective as to who will be buying it or it's true intended design. Less can be more in many situations.

    The LRP is perfect for what it is designed to be, not too hot, not too cold, the porridge is just right on this one. When Nancy develops enough skills and has better control, we'll buy a higher performance bike with better brakes, more power, better suspension, etc. because at the end of the day no matter how many upgrades you do to it, it's still a LRP. No sense in building up a $7000, 320+ pound, 25hp dirt bike, for us at least. And basically stock it's just perfect for some time to come and many (s)miles for us. I've never tried to travel on a 250 before, and 'get it' now.... it's a fun bike as it is.




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