The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. AZDavis

    AZDavis n00b

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    I know that a few people have asked for "after" pics and I am now the unfortunate owner of a couple. The radiator guard performed very well, I can only assume that is because as the bike cartwheeled it came down fully on the skid plate which is bent to 'heck' in a pile of bowling ball and larger rocks. I am happy to report however that the wreck was Wednesday, the bike was ridden for another hour out of the woods and the real damage wasn't discovered until today when I was performing an oil change and had to get a pry bar out to move the skid plate enough to have access to the oil filter. All I can think is that had the plate NOT been installed that the bike would have come down full force on either the engine cradle or the bottom of the engine case, either of which would likely have been catastrophic, in more ways than one. Judging by the cracking paint on the frame it may be a little bent now anyway... I'll post the pics in the morning in the shared google folder I have created. More good news, Pro Taper KX High bars were installed at the same time as the skid plate (without hand guards as yet since they are larger) survived well and un-injured. I have to believe that these bars are as tough as everyone says now. :eek1

    Just in case anyone knows, I was trying to take the short 5 mile version of Srvc rd 393 from the Beeline highway down to Bartlett Lake in the Tonto NF. The 20 mile long version of that road which starts at the top of Mt Ord looks great and certainly pedestrian (and more enjoyable!) compared to where we last week. I'll let you know in a couple weeks!
  2. Demar39

    Demar39 Been here awhile

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    Did you need to install a relay when you added these lights?
  3. DirtyBlackIrish

    DirtyBlackIrish Been here awhile

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    WOW! Good thing you had it on there. Good thing your alive. I had mine out today just running in the rain. It's finally warming up some up here. Can't wait for the pics.
  4. CRFSoCal

    CRFSoCal Adventurer

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    Nice!! I am located in Glendora.
  5. cat

    cat Long timer

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    hi :) Please show us more pics. :) What bracket did you use? How did you do the wiring?
    Model 44, is that "spot" or "flood"?
  6. Avi8tor

    Avi8tor ADV Poser

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    I can take a few pics, but I just used the stock light bracket, that came with the lights with longer bolts in the top two bolt holes of the headlight shroud. It was a simple installation. I also had to buy another flanged nut for the left side...it does not have one in the stock form.

    The Model 44s are floods.

    I did. Eastern Beaver 3CS that also powers heated grips and two Powerlets.
  7. LillaMan

    LillaMan n00b is okay by me.

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    I am so excited... I have found the bike I have been looking for since I started riding in the late 70s... Honda CRF250L.

    [​IMG]
  8. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    they are great bikes and great price too!
  9. Wallachian Spikes

    Wallachian Spikes Long timer

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    I'm sure this has been beaten to death but, how much can the 250 L be lowered. I'm thinking about getting one for my 16 year old daughter. It doesn't look like much foam can be cut from the seat.
  10. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer Been here awhile

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    Koubalink.com sells a 1 3/4 lowering link and Seat Concepts has a one inch lower seat.
  11. klondike300

    klondike300 Been here awhile

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    Looking at putting on my Trackside 12 volt outlet. Was wondering though if getting a plug that matches my tender plug and just use it when needed is smarter. Seems like the one on my KLX drained the battery quicker.

    Also, would it be smart to add a fuse inline or just bolt straight to the battery?
  12. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    I would be hesitant to drop it more than an inch, otherwise you risk the rear wheel bottoming into the fender. A revised rear shock, once available, can be set to limited travel so you can drop it more, but until then...

    On my KLX250S, I did the 1" drop with lowering links, and got the rest of it by having a custom seat made. I got easily 2" (maybe 3) from that.

    Rob
  13. AZDavis

    AZDavis n00b

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  14. Lapchik

    Lapchik Tinkeritis posterboy

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    I'm kinda new to dirtbikes. Have owned fourwheelers, but none had the big front brake line loop like the CRF250L. Just wondering what the purpose of that is.....other than catching tree branches.
  15. hicRhodus

    hicRhodus Adventurer

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    Just tried the lowering route with my CRF250L to see if it could fit the wife but even with the Kouba link and 'low' version of the seat concepts seat it was still too tall for her (she's 5'1").

    In any case, as far as shaving/lowering the seat just be aware that it effects the seat to foot pegs ratio and knee/hip angle - not for the better in my opinion. I rode the bike for a while this weekend with only the 'low' seat concepts seat installed and didn't care for the cramped feeling in my legs/hips (I'm 5'8"). Obviously someone else might be fine with it...just something to keep in mind.
    ;-)


    P.S. Anyone want to buy a brand new (less than 10 miles) Kouba link for the CRF250L? :-D
  16. Charleston

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    I use the Trackside 12V outlet direct to the battery without a fuse. The wire looks good for anything the battery/alteranator can deliver. See post 2876 for a mounting option http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=20614815&postcount=2876

    I charge this bike through the outlet.
  17. NesquikNinja

    NesquikNinja Been here awhile

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    Im by no means an electrician, but thats just bad practice. Why no fuse...? It makes no sense.
  18. Telemarktumalo

    Telemarktumalo Go Red Sox!

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    I'd hate to steer anyone away from the Honda, but for comparison sake, take a look at the Yamaha XT250. The seat height must be a full two inches lower than the Honda and feels even lower. My girlfriend is 5'1" and rides the Yamaha. She can't flat foot on it, but is much more comfortable on this. She has taken a few spins on my CRF and finds the height intimidating. BTW, she is a good rider with lots of experience with over 35,000 miles on a lowered G650GS.
  19. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer Been here awhile

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    Like you said, others may feel different. I put on 760 miles last weekend going to a dual sport event in south Texas and had no problem with the low seat either in leg cramping or seat comfort. I did have a problem with a deep rutted water hole and decided to stop in the middle and wash me and the bike. :clap:lol3
  20. mxbundy

    mxbundy Been here awhile

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    Hic,

    At 5'8" you should be on the standard height seat.:deal If you feel you need the low seat for touching the ground, maybe you need to look into lowering the footpegs to get a better position for your legs.

    Bundy