The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. Charleston

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    The oil is still original equipment since I only have a couple hundred miles so far (most of it was in 1<SUP>st</SUP> and 2<SUP>nd</SUP> gear so maybe it is time for an oil change but that’s a different subject). I thought that maybe if the clutch freeplay came from the factory too tight the slipping could have caused the clutch to glaze (if that is even possible) but I’m pretty sure that I noticed the slipping as soon as it started because it was only when I nailed the gas on pavement with the clutch out. I may take the bike in under warrantee if this slipping is not normal for a CRF250L like other bikes with the judder springs.
  2. Ed@Ford

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    The important thing to remember, the way a US Forest Ranger checks for a functional spark arrestor is he shoves a semi flexible rod up your tailpipe, and he expects it to only go in about a foot or so...and if you haven't looked, you can see the "USFS Approval" stamped into the 4 bolt flange that holds it in place...see pg 56-57 of the owner's manual. Getting caught without this is about a $500 fine and/or bike impound.

    EDIT: If you look at the picture of the spark arrestor on RamZ' site you can see the end that is the windows with screen over it...the screen catches the "sparks" that might come out as glowing embers to start forest fires. VERY primitive design...but it is the "law"...without a lot of work, windows cant be enlarged. see also pg 56-57

    If you do take all this apart to look/see...reassemble with anti sieze on all threads
  3. Lost Rider

    Lost Rider Roadie

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    It would be just horrible to have someone shove a semi flexible object up your tail pipe AND then get a ticket to boot. :ymca :lol3




    That's the main reason I don't mess with modding OEM exhaust, there are plenty of guys with badges who like to try and stick it to you out here, but wildfires are rightfully a major concern in this area.
  4. Ed@Ford

    Ed@Ford Long timer

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    and NO K-Y either!!
  5. Charleston

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    Quite is nice, I have to be in stealth mode for some of the riding I do. But other places I ride I have to pick my bike up pretty often and it would be nice to lose the weight high up like that. Did you weigh the two to see the weight difference? I seem to remember someone saying it was a really big difference like 10lbs.

    A quiet and light option would be great if someone comes up with one.
  6. Charleston

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    OK quite, light and with legal spark arrester. And how about cheap and adds a bunch of power too.
  7. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer Been here awhile

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    Owners manual states 1.6 qts when changing the filter. I added that amount, started the bike to let it warm up, shut it off, let the oil drain down and nothing shows on the sight glass. Ended up putting in two qts to get it to half way up the sight glass. The bike was on the rack in an upright position, not on the side stand. What gives? Manual wrong? Thanks
  8. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer Been here awhile

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    I was waiting for them to notify me via email but you're much quicker. Thanks, it's on it's way.
  9. SAPB

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    Oops, I didn't mean doing anything with the SA, just taking that off, and enlarging the holes in the tube underneath. Seems like if you went a little at a time, you could unleash a little more power, without the sound level getting nasty.
  10. Bob80

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    service manual states " if the level is below the lower level line....fill the crankcase with the recommended oil up to the upper level line

    and your correct, this is in an upright position....huh?? strange- 1.8 liters (1.9 US qt) at engine diassembly????

    You'd think this should be the ultimate MAX..maybe their both wrong (owner's and service manual)

    or you've got a leak!!
  11. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer Been here awhile

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    That's all I remember and it hasn't fallen off yet. :1drink
  12. trainman

    trainman Been here awhile

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    I use Diesel Truck Oil in all my bikes, Rotella T Synthetic, I've only had to replace two engines, 8 clutches, 3 pistons, and a few valves, do you think it's the oil. :D
    John
  13. SAPB

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    Oil is heavy. Running no oil would reduce weight.
  14. Larry Ferguson

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    Can you order one from Honda?
  15. Charleston

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    Ah ha that’s why my Harley is so heavy, I use heavy weight oil. Thanks
  16. Ed@Ford

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    Yeah, I told her I was on the waiting list. She sounded like her brain was saying WTF "waiting list". Got the order in...done...2 miles from where I used to work. I'm thrilled also...but had to pay MI sales tax.
  17. Ed@Ford

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    GAAN: The emission sticker is on the tip of the fender. Mine says it is Federal and CARB certified...and it's a Michigan bike.

    EDIT: The 3 stickers that are on the rear fender are shown in the parts book picture, but are not listed with a part # or price.

    I could take a picture of the sticker and email the picture to you...would that make the inspector happy?
  18. SAPB

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    Uh oh, not sure it's OK to talk about a Harley on the owners thread. I know it's OK to post pics of BMW's, and Husabergs, though.
  19. Spud Rider

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    :rofl

    Spud :lol3
  20. Bob80

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    X2 :rofl:rofl