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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by joec63, Sep 4, 2012.
So, when i got this bike I had so little experience I actually had concerns riding home from the dealer. It went so darned well that I rode another hour or so that evening but had to leave for a flight out so I put it up. All I could think about for the next week was getting back on it.
I did some riding on dirt roads on base and some trails but at the time was really conservative not knowing what to expect. Lucky for me I have a buddy that has a CRF250R and he took me trail riding several times into the capitol forest here in Washington.
I still have many skills to work on and vast room for improvement on those skills but this bike definitely inspires confidence in a new rider. Getting on the highways was really weird at first and it still isn't my preference if it can realistically be avoided.
It's winter here now and although mild still not very hospitable for riding. I decided to get over my fear of riding in the rain and cold with this bike and it was very easy to accomplish. The bike was really more sure footed than I had imagined it would be. That is until I took a wild ride on some ice. I didn't go down or anything but it was close and at about 35mph. Thank God I have been trained to remain calm in high stress environments or who knows what the potential outcome could have been. Now I am more conservative again on what weather and conditions I will ride in.
I must be close if not over the 2000 mile mark so far. Currently it is partially disassembled while I am making some of the mods I have discussed with many of you so far. I am really thankful for this forum and all the contributors that have made so much of this information easier to find and all the advice I have already received that would have taken me a lifetime to acquire on my own. There is just no substitute that could have gotten me to where I am currently with this adventure without you all.
This has definitely been the best purchase of my life!!!!
Snow was forcasted here today, but instead we had a nice sunny mudbath with friends in the woods today
Me and friend recently road our bikes to Mazatlan. Here is a picture of the 250L all loaded as I had it set up on the trip. it performed perfectly as we went over 3000 miles...the biggest issue was probably the rear shock in that it does not have much rebound. With the load, I had to always make sure i was on a slope or had kickstand in a hole.
One of my favorite pictures. I have more pics and information if anyone would like.
Thanks bigbluecreek, great pics . Please share with us more pics and how CRF works as a long distance traveler and what modifications you have done to your bike, I am sure this is something that many CRF owners (including me) are wondering when we are planning our upcoming adventures.
best post ever.
and makes a BIG statement about the new Honda. Someone bust out a trip to Alaska, and the Arctic Circle.
Poor cell phone pics,sorry. I LOVE the new Yoshimura pipe. I went with the full stainless system and carbon end cap. Craftsmanship is amazing. As good as airplane parts I've seen. Not loud at all. I think it puts out just about the right amount of sound. There is a removable insert in the end cap but I'm happy with it. I'd had much louder pipes before. It could be the highest quality part on the bike.
Running the EJK fuel controller and so far no hiccups. I put 3 ea. 1" vent buttons in the airbox lid. I've touched nothing else in the engine and systems, I have left the backfire screen on the air filter. I was thinking about the physical support it offers the paper element but also the complete smoothing effect the grill contributes. Also on pressure pulses back through the airbox; the sieve effect the grill produces works both ways.
(I'm professionally resistant to think I can out-engineer any thing they've done, even with 40 years riding and building bikes. Nothing about intakes, textures, shapes, materials, mixtures... I always remember that Honda didn't make a "best guess" about any of it. These are all figured to the T. For the good but also the bad. On a Honda, you must always be careful to not over-torque any fastener in the engine castings.)
The pipe diameter would work fine on a 500 cc engine. A huge difference over stock.
No restrictions in this one.
My 1982 Honda FT500 didn't have the flow of this large diameter tubing.
I ride nearly everything on the street or in dry country here and the other places I go are also dry country, so I'm sacrificing the little bit of deep water crossing and it's possible issues.
3 buttons in the lid for try-out. May go back stock on this. I'm more concerned with rain protection because when we do get rain, it's usually in huge Great Plains thunderstorms. I've had to ride home in rain coming down 1" hour.
They don't make any more intake roar as far as I can tell.
And finally, I put this little windshield on there, mostly just for looks.
I will do my best to try and remember all i have done and added. I am not that tall so first of all i added the Kouba Lowering Link and lowered the front shocks about 3/4".
Added Hand guards.
Windshield and front rack is from TCI Products.
Back Rack and bags are from TCI products also. The pelican case mounts to a removable bracket all from TCI Products.
Mounted the extra gas tank to the top of Pelican Case. The other mount on the pelican case is my SPOT Connect tracking device.
On the handle bars I had a RAM Mount for GPS with XM Satellite and also had a RAM mount for my phone. I direct wired the GPS but added a 12v charger to plug in cell phone...cheap from Walmart but best one i have found and has spring loaded cover.
I also had connection for my heated gear that i used everyday and the battery held up just fine. Once i was getting gas and forgot to turn off for about 20 minutes and the bike wouldnt start. We let it set for 30 mins and it started right up. I had Gerbing heated gloves, socks, pants, and jacket and it all worked at the same time on high for very long periods at a time. Never once thought it affected the bike.
Wolmann tank bag also.
This is probably the main list of items i added or changed.
Again the bike performed unbelievably great!! We rode in wind with gust over 50 MPH, snow, ice, rain, and some of the worst fog i have ever been in. The bike struggled going into strong winds and uphill. A few times it would drop down to 50-55mph and i would have to shift down to maintain.....a little extra power on the top end would have been nice a few times but i was loaded down also.
Hope i am not boring everyone, I can add more details if wanted.
FYI...Bike is in shop getting new back tire. I had 650 miles on when we left and now about 3700 miles. Tire wasnt completly worn out but i didnt want to trust it anymore. The tire was the factory IRC and i am replacing with the Kenda.
I'll add some pics...
Pics of bikes at friends house in Mazatlan....my friend was riding a Yamaha WR250R.
Bikes in Hotel Catedral Lobby Durango.
I have more pics of the bike but i am uploading them. If you want more pics let me know and i will post. Just didnt want to post to many if this isnt the best forum/place to post them in.
Looks like an awesome trip, weather too cold, head south........was that a 1.75 gal. Rotopax?
the gas can is Kolpin, got it from TCI products also...its 1.5 gallons.
I just "sacraficed" an air filter element by removing the screen and the perforated metal (a backfire control device). There is about 2mm gap between the perforated metal + 2 layer screen backfire control element and the folder paper filter media. I will revise my comments (concerns) above about removing this air flow restriction. I no longer believe the backfire screen subassembly provides any support for the paper filter media. I will save the screen for a future experiment on the stock spark arrestor.
I was looking at that as well, The stock paper sure feels strong to me.
I am about to purchase HDB hand gaurds and bar set up.
Does anybody know what Top Clamp I should order ? I'm thinking 100X38/40mm
link to site...
I am also having trouble finding the stock bar measurements
Look what showed up yesterday
holy credit card balance!
nice job, now git to work!
lol ... I have been saving up for this. What you don't see is the Race Tech shock, the Corbin seat and the HDB bars and gaurds set up. I also am pretty sure I will get a Scotts Damper as well.
I am 50 yrs old and it was either this or a Harley .... so I think I am money ahead !!!
like I tell my wife, a grand here, a grand there, who cares it's only money
blah blah blah
it keeps me out of the taverns I tell her!
I am a single full time Dad so we do what we want. I got him a CRF80F and we are going to build some memories this summer for sure. He just started to get the hang of it last year. Hopefully next year I can upgrade him to a 150 :eek1
I'm curious if you have inspected your subframe yet..after the trip?
I really like theem fit and finish.
top clamp 100x33/35mm bolt pattern
Go to page 52 in this topic and read post number #778-#780
I printed out the templates and did some matching up and then went with this set up ...
Build Your Own Handguards 1 1/8" Bars
Choose Your Top Clamp Bolt Pattern: 106x38/40mm Bolt Pattern.
Upgrade Your Top Clamp: SX Top Clamp
Add New ProTaper Contour Fat Bars: Carmichael Bend Black
Add a Lower Clamp: None
Add Black Anodize: Add Black Anodize, Set W/Guards
Add a Mirror: Two Mirrors.
I hope I got the size right. Also have ROX risers for the fat bars.
they sure look good on your bike.