The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. siyeh

    siyeh unproductive

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    If you want a wider tire Dunlop D606

    Otherwise I may go with a Michelin T63 in stock size

    I have 700 miles on my CRF rear is over half gone
  2. NesquikNinja

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    I thought that same thing at aroun 8-900, but at 1600 miles it looks the same as it did then. I ride almost exclusively pavement because of my commute, and its too cold for fun riding at the moment.
  3. siyeh

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    I sure hope I can get 1600 out of my rear but it's not looking good right now. I will have to put one on before my three week Colorado trip for sure. Not doing the mountains without fresh skins!
  4. Mk5mike

    Mk5mike Been here awhile

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    I am at over 1600 miles and still looks like a good tire so far
  5. gnath9

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    I am having my bike completely gone thru as I read this is something all new bike owners should do regardless of make or model.

    good post as this is little known knowledge ...
  6. gnath9

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    I chose to go with IRC TR8 Battle Rallys
    They are a lot like a D606 but a tad more aggressive. And cheaper too !!!
  7. opticalmace

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    Thank you.
  8. kiwi5

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    Another interesting observation: the maintenance schedule for the suspension is at 12,000 kms! Having said that, after reading heaps of dirt bike websites it is standard practice for any dirtbike owner to immediately grease a new bikes linkage/swingarm/steering bearings as they always come under-greased from the factory. If you just commuted to work and did a very little dry gravel you might not notice the rust and stiffness till a year or so. By then the damage is done of course! I've spoken with the NZ Honda head office and the guy I spoke with said that the bikes should come with more grease & my bike was (hopefully) an exception. I will be checking our work bike (another crf250L) to see......I couldn't resist pulling out the swingarm bolt on my bike and was happy to see some sort of light oil on it (definately NOT grease) so I cleaned that off and greased it up. I still want my dealer to do the swingarm and steering bearings as a point of principle....or because I'm not that skilled yet!:D
  9. SAPB

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    Kind of surprised to see the torque figure on the front sprocket is only 7 lbf/ft.
  10. Ed@Ford

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    The sprocket retainer "clip" has 2 M6 bolts...they are soft and cheap non rated bolts...any more will twist them right off...and blue locktite is a good idea...I will probably replace them with 8.8 or 10.9 flange head bolts when my 13 tooth sprocket gets installed
  11. SAPB

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    Just thought I'd throw this out there.

    The 13t sprocket I got from CRF's only, was $18.95+Fedex (no other choice) $10.77.

    The KTM mirrors I got from Moto-Science were $84 (for both)+$12.30 USPS.

    Both items came from California, the mirrors ordered Friday, shipped Saturday, in hands Monday. The sproket was ordered on a Wednesday, and didn't come until today, the following Tuesday. Fedex site said it was coming Saturday, so I hung around all day waiting, and never showed. Many things I get on Amazon, mc related or not come USPS, always inexpensive, and fast.
  12. Rob.G

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    An alternative to the KTM mirrors are the Double Take mirrors (http://www.doubletakemirror.com/)... I run these on my KLX and DR and LOVE them. Maybe not quite as "fancy" as the KTMs but enormously functional.

    I wish the KLX had an easy to change front sprocket.. it uses a giant 27mm nut that's peened to stay put. My DR650 is like the CRF, though... three M6 bolts that are easy to deal with.

    BTW, I saw a CRF this weekend at my Dirt Bike Instructor training class. We were teaching an actual class of real students, and a young guy showed up on a shiny new one. It was technically his mom's, but it sure is a pretty bike in person. With the stock exhaust, it was almost silent. Much quieter even than the KLX (we had a stock KLX there too).

    Rob
  13. SAPB

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    I lurked on the KLX forum, and read the horror stories of the front sprocket. I'd like to hear a CRF ride by, only heard what it sounds like while riding. WTF, it's snowing again!
  14. Rob.G

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    Oh it gets even better. The stock chain is so short (it's a 106) that you can't actually get the sprocket off without removing the rear wheel, or at least, unbolting the rear sprocket. When my chain wears out and I go up to a 45T rear sprocket (42 stock) I'm gonna see if a 110 will fit so I have a little more room to play with.

    When you see one ride by, pay CLOSE attention. It's so quiet that any other ambient noise will block it out. It's really that quiet! :)

    Rob
  15. Spud Rider

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    There is not a lot of lateral force exerted on the countershaft sprocket. Many C/S sprockets are retained with circlips and allowed some lateral movement on the countershaft. Seven foot-pounds of torque is just enough to snug the bolts so they wont vibrate loose.

    Spud :beer
  16. Spud Rider

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    I hate to say it, but a shipping charge of $18.95 for a C/S sprocket is a rip off. :(:

    The Primary Drive C/S sprockets sold by Rocky Mountain ATV/MC are very good sprockets, and only cost $8.99.

    http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/44/54/226/957/618/2105/Primary-Drive-Front-Sprocket

    UPS shipping from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC costs only $7 for orders under $99, and is free for orders over $99. Customer service from RM ATV/MC is excellent; orders placed by 5 PM are shipped out the same day. Since I live in an adjacent state, any in-stock items I order from Monday through Thursday are received the very next afternoon. :D

    If anyone is contemplating using either a 45T or 48T rear sprocket on his CRF250L, I highly recommend the Primary Drive rear sprockets for the XR650L, which cost $19.99. :deal

    http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/48/77/226/957/8729/2192/Primary-Drive-Rear-Steel-Sprocket

    I use these rear sprockets on my 2005 XR650L, and they are excellent. :D The torque from the 650cc engine is very hard on rear sprockets, especially since the XR650L lacks a cush drive on the rear wheel. My PD rear sprockets always last the life of the drive chain. These sprockets are an excellent value. :deal

    Spud :beer
  17. SAPB

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    No, shipping was $10.77, the sprocket was $18.95. If I do decide to go with a 42t rear, probably use Rocky Mountain.
  18. SAPB

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    Rocky Mountain doesn't seem to have a 42t to fit the CRF. The 13/42 means not messing with different chain chain/links. Not sure if anyone knows what rear sprocket from a popular other dirt/dualsport will bolt on. Ramz says a Sprocket Center 42 is bolt on. I think Sugardust said she was sent the wrong one, which they replaced, but can't remember the source. I just saw Sprocket Center has a JT 42t, which is $32 + $10 for custom drilling to fit CRF. Not sure of ship coast. Hey, that's $1 a tooth!
  19. pandamanprod

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    Few weeks ago, I got new brake lines installed, so that could be the issue Maybe installed to tight, with not enough clearance? (Don't think so but I never checked my tail light after the install)

    About a week later I also disconnected and removed my front blinkers. Rear blinkers flash erratically, but I did not mind, So that could be the issue. Thoughts on either?
  20. SAPB

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    If you look at the rear brake pedal (not in the back, about the mid-way point), you'll see another spring that goes up to the brake light switch. There's a hole in the plastic plate thing which allows access to adjustment. Not sure which way the adjust has to go, just wing it.