The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Yeah, but we are talking about someone that is only 5'4" to begin with. I don't think her seat to peg distance is all that great on the XT225.

    I saw about drilling the rear shock, but from what I saw you can never lower the front enough to match so you end up with a bike that has a higher front and that means it always pushing in the turns. If you load it down with a bunch of gear for a long trip which squats the rear even more, it probably gets way worse in the handling. My wife is pretty aggressive on the XT, so I want to try to leave her as much suspension as possible. That was one of the reason for moving to the CRF is to get a bit more suspension under her, but of course the trade off is always a taller bike. For the most part, I'm not a fan of lowering bikes if you start dramatically changing the geometry.

    If this doesn't work out, we'll just sell the CRF and actually put some money into the suspension on the XT225.
  2. Charleston

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  3. Gypsyangel

    Gypsyangel Been here awhile

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    Besides all that, I stand up for 90% of my off road riding. It's how I was taught with motocross/trails and it's how I ride. So not much problem with leg cramps here. But thanks for the input as this may affect others reading this thread.:ear
  4. CRFSoCal

    CRFSoCal Adventurer

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    I just lowered the front forks about a 1/4 inch and I can tip toe only one foot. I am only 5'4" as well. I took some preload out of the spring to since I don't weigh that much. It's manageable now.
  5. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    She's got both her toes down in sneakers. She hasn't tried with her dirt bike boots yet. We plan on leaving the pre load pretty soft as she isn't that heavy either
  6. Lost Rider

    Lost Rider Roadie

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    Tank bags.

    The Giant Loop fandango and other larger GL bag on fit the LRP nicely, are easy to remove for quick fueling, and don't interfere with standing.

    Down side is mine have not been even close to waterproof, and they are pricey.

    There's photos of them back a ways here or in the crf adv travelers thread.




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  7. SAPB

    SAPB Long timer

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    The mid sized Wolfman tankbags need to be set back a bit, otherwise the bar will touch at full lock, so that at least means you don't have to take it off to gas up. I'm going to the hardware store to get an S hook to attach to one of those plastic rings on top, so I'll have someplace to hang my gas cap while gassing up. The key c-ring should go right over it.

    Wondering if the new IMS tank, or the Clarke will utilize the original gas cap, which comes right off, as opposed to the flip top caps I've had on recent bikes.
  8. Gypsyangel

    Gypsyangel Been here awhile

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    Just to add as an afternote to anyone reading this thread, The CRF really does have a tight seating position. Much more like a sportbike than a Dualsport. I had been on it briefly before and never noted this,but after my ride tonight,really took notice. It's tighter than even the XT. Still not bad for me,but for the average height rider,this may even be an issue with the stock seat. One may have to look for a lower peg that may work on this bike.
  9. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    GypsyAngel and I just got a chance to go out on the bikes although they were all road miles. Depending on my gear and rev's, Sarah can out pull me with her on the CRF and me on the WRR. The CRF definitely pulls better down low, but the WRR keeps revving when the CRF runs out of steam. I just have to make sure I'm in the right gear when she decides to put on the heat! :lol3

    There is definitely extra height and weight to the CRF over the XT for Sarah so that will be the true test off road how well she handles it. There is something to be said about being able to get your feet down in tricky situations and be comfortable holding the bike up.

    Sarah actually let me switch with her while she rode the WRR and I got to ride the CRF. It's so funny seeing her doing ballerina moves on the WRR. The motor on the CRF is so smooth and quiet and it does pull better down low than the WRR which I think for Sarah's riding style will work better. The CRF cockpit is also more cramped and fits a smaller framed rider better and the seat to peg height is pretty short. Even compared to the WRR, I can feel the extra weight on the CRF. I guess in order to meet that price point, Honda had to skimp somewhere and the more porky bike was the outcome, but its still not terrible. The CRF does have more suspension than the XT and definitely more power and runs smoother when wound out going down the road.

    I'm really looking forward to more rides and seeing how she adapts to the bike.
  10. Telemarktumalo

    Telemarktumalo Go Red Sox!

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    I scored a good deal on a pair of Alpinestars Tech 8 boots. The fit and condition are quite good. My only issue with these is that the toe is quite large and it is a bit difficult to get underneath the shift lever. I've missed a bunch of upshifts. I'm wondering if I can tweak the OEM lever. Can it be rotated upward on the shaft splines? Also thinking about one of the aftermarket folding levers.

    Does anybody know if this shift lever will work on the LRP?

    http://www.hdmoto.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=CRF250SLb
  11. gnath9

    gnath9 Been here awhile

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    according to this site ..... it will not.
  12. gnath9

    gnath9 Been here awhile

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    I have been collecting parts all winter and since this is the time of the year I make my money .... this is what I have gotten so far. :1drink

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  13. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Since we just picked up our CRF250L, I can't say for sure, but I have yet to see a dual sport type bike where you couldn't adjust the shifter on the splines to give you some more room.

    I generally find this is the case when you move to big MX boots, that you have to adjust the shifter to give your foot some more room.

    I also learned recently a new trick that some boots have on them. Some boots have a small lip on their heal that is specifically there to allow you to stick your foot in front of the shifter and use your heal to up shift. It takes a bit of practice to get used to though.

    My buddy has a pair like this and he does this a lot.
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  14. Lapchik

    Lapchik Tinkeritis posterboy

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    Just picked my bike up today . . . . .where the hell is the owner's manual and the rest of the tool kit!!! There are two allen wrenches and a fuse puller in the tool kit. AND I CAN'T FIND THE OWNERS MANUAL it may be under the seat but I don't know how to remove that. Need the manual for that.
  15. gnath9

    gnath9 Been here awhile

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    that's all the tools you get :rofl
    remove the two tie down looking bolts at the rear of the seat and slide the seat back towards the rear and lift to remove.
  16. Gilerd

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  17. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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    Wow! :eek1 That's quite a stash! :thumb

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  18. gnath9

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    Yes it is ... I'm getting there :clap
  19. Irish769

    Irish769 Adventurer

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    I hope you're installing some o' them goodies during this fine NE weather! My scooter is in the basement and I put that stuff on when it hits my doorstep!
  20. gaw777

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    Was out riding the other day in some pretty good whoops and the front forks bottomed out, a bit of a pucker moment :eek1
    Has any one re-valved the front shocks?
    Would there be a problem to re-valve the front with out changing the rear shock at this point?