The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. Lost Rider

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    This of course might be accurate, if your main goal is comfort when in the seated position. For us comfort and stability is most important when in the standing position, where anyone should be most of the time when riding a DS bike off Tarmac. This procedure also could be subjective based on how fast a given rider is going and therefore how leaned forward to achieve perfect balance for where is most comfortable for them. Then you have different helmets and so on with more variables.
    There is no one all process to finding the perfect position for everyone, mostly perfect balance and comfort cannot be achieved with anything less than personal experience thru trial and error IMO. MC riding is all about balance, once you learn that, then you know where your controls need to be for you, something not done in your garage, methinks.






    Send me a PM, we live in Ventura and can work out you borrowing our fender, glad to help out. Going to be riding in the Malibu canyons this weekend...


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  2. cat

    cat Long timer

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    Yes, so most people pick a CR-Hi handlebar, rotate it forward enough to suit them for standing, and get used to whatever pull-back it has. If you use the adaptors to convert to fat bars, that adds more height than any of the typical bends other than the trials bars.

    With a road bike, you need to avoid the bars that are much wider than stock, to avoid problems with the length of the clutch and throttle cables and wiring.

    Getting the pull-back to suit you...the usual idea is to sit on the and hold out your arms to a sort of natural position and see how your wrists are, how straight or angled your wrists are. If they're quite angled, you want more pullback (many people do) then you have to look at that when comparing the handlebar specs.
    When you look at the specs, comparing the different pull-backs, you see...trials bars typically very straight, less pull-back, because straighter better for standing, with more forward balance; then MX bars, then enduro bars and supermoto bars, more pull-back.

    ZETA website has handlebar "simulator" that illustrates it very nicely. You select the bike (and they have the CRF250L), it displays a diagram showing the standard bar, then you select one of the ZETA bars and it superimposes the diagram for that one so you can compare.
    You can see that the CRF250L bars would be quite good for most people - medium high, more pull-back than most.
  3. TNC

    TNC Candyass Camper

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    Depending on how you intend to use the trailer, you can add some options that will expand your hauling capabilities and make camping while you're out with your bike a lot more comfortable. I have a 5X8 homebuilt trailer I made in the 80's. I have the motorcycle offset to the left side and have two diamondplate truck boxes attached to the trailer on the right side in an end-to-end configuration. I call it a kind of "adventure" trailer. I strap a propane bottle to the front end of the trailer and cook off of a Coleman stove on the truck boxes. You can carry a good deal of gear and equipment in the boxes, and it's pretty darned secure in those locked boxes. I camp out in BLM and forest lands for free with my minivan, trailer, solar shower, and portapot in relative comfort. Bring along one of the more modern, efficient ice chests, and you can set up a base camp for 3-5 days and ride out an area on the bike and then move on when complete. Camping is great when you can bring enough stuff, not sleep on the ground, and cook decent food for your meals. These little trailers can make life much nicer out in the boondocks.

    On the 12" tires that are available for these trailers, they basically suck. They don't last long at highway speeds. On my trailer, I found a used 13" car wheel with the same 4-bolt pattern...and if you have a 5-bolt pattern you can do the same. I then got a pair of the smallest 13" radial car tires that were a 1.55 or such. This wheel/tire is only slightly taller and fits under the fender of most 12" trailers with no issue. You can run a lower pressure of around 32psi for a better ride, and you get a tire that might rot off the wheel way before you wear it out. If you can, get rid of the 12" setup.
  4. bdolnik

    bdolnik Been here awhile

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    Hi everyone, first time posting on the board. Have had the CRF250L for a couple weeks now and first thing I bought for it was the Fender Eliminator Kit from Yoshimura. Just got it installed today and thought I would post a couple pics, it was pretty easy to put on, and I really like the way it looks.

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  5. Lost Rider

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    That's a clean looking tail, and very nice photos bdolnik!

    Welcome to the party! :freaky
  6. trainman

    trainman Been here awhile

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    Bdolnik, your LED rear lamp kit looks great on the bike, did the holes match up on the mounting bracket, or did you have to re-drill the bracket or the bike frame to make the fit. The turn signals look like they clear the stock exhaust ok and no heat or exhausted gas should affect the turn signal. I've used the DRC LED tail lamp kit sold be Wheeling Supply on my DRZ400, but was not totally happy with the way the turn signal brackets mounded to the bracket, your bracket looks like the turn signal ears are made on the bracket. Heads up on any of the above would be appreciated, thanks, John
  7. bdolnik

    bdolnik Been here awhile

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    Wow, any compliment from you on photos Lost is pretty special, I'm constantly drooling over yours!

    Trainman, there was no drilling, everything matched up perfectly. Simply unbolt the old one and bolt on the new one. The hardest part was cutting the existing wires, just because cutting is scary :)

    The directions that come with it are very good also, step by step... was really easy to do. Here is what the factory bracket looks like when you get the fender off.

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  8. DirtyBlackIrish

    DirtyBlackIrish Been here awhile

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    I used that to check out bar bends when i was looking. It really helped me understand how to visualize different bends. :D
  9. LiquidYogi

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    Just got back from the dealer. $5,113 for a used LRP with 87 miles on it. Couldn't be happier its got plenty of pull on the freeways for me.
  10. Ed@Ford

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    You know, now that I think of it, CARB has to be pretty stupid. Here in MI, the insurance companies know what motorcycles are "born" street legal, as well as emission legal. California and CARB are dumb enough to depend on some frikkin' sticker on the rear fender.....just another sad beaurocratic pissoff.
  11. SAPB

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    Oh crap, I hope you aren't insinuating the the big C state isn't real................
  12. Ed@Ford

    Ed@Ford Long timer

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    New topic...CRF windshields....I've seen at least one inmate here using the TCI Products Windscreen and brackets....Has anyone bought the brackets and made their own windscreen? To me the TCI windscreen is a little bit tall and dorky. I've made unique windscreens for my KLR, BMW Dakar, and V Strom, but used existing attachment points...but there's nothing to start from on the CRF.
  13. kb7tgr

    kb7tgr Adventurer

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    I have the windshield coming from CRF only, it will be here on wed. will let ya know how I like it.
  14. siyeh

    siyeh Lawn Nazi

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    not a windscreen but a buddy and I are making a fairing out of fiberglass

    first experiment was a failure working on #2 right now

    I might paint it next week so I will take a pic if it is worthy
  15. Kankujoe

    Kankujoe Adventure Traveller

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    I'm also interested in a smallish type touring shield (like the Jimbo shield that many of us TW200 owners have installed)... Something that extends up about 12-14" above the headlight fairing/bezel.
  16. trainman

    trainman Been here awhile

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    I have two new windshield that are takeoff from the two new 650 V-Strom I purchased. I did hold one up to the CRF250L and it looks like it would work with the correct mounting brackets. OK now I have to just find the right brackets.

    John
  17. Mk5mike

    Mk5mike Been here awhile

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    Well it's official owner of a crf250l and on the way back to duty station to off load it and start riding.
  18. DirtyBlackIrish

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    Congrats!!!!:clap:clap:clap:clap
  19. CRFSoCal

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    Is that the best dual sport crf? It looks good. The muffler looks a little darker then the one i have more or a grey then a silver.
  20. Spud Rider

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    Good for you! :D Did you buy the bike in Ellensburg? :deal

    Spud :beer