The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. SAPB

    SAPB Long timer

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    Haven't looked at the front brake switch, to see if there's adjustment, more likely to be the back, I've not removed turn signals, maybe someone else has.....
  2. emreturkeli

    emreturkeli "Ruzgarin Tersine"

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    I took my bike to offroad for the first time last sunday. Everything was great except one downside..

    That thing is really not an easy one to pick up when fall aside.. :eek1
  3. roundtripping

    roundtripping Adventourist

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    I guess everything is relative, when you come from picking up a KTM 990 a few times the CRF feels like lifting air :deal
  4. kiwi5

    kiwi5 Been here awhile

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    Any damage? Did you bend/brake any levers/shifters? Interested to hear how it handled the fall.
  5. emreturkeli

    emreturkeli "Ruzgarin Tersine"

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    Of course... :D

    Seriously bent stock handlebar.. (this stuff is really peace of s*it!)
    Bent the brake pedal (deciding what to do with it, any update? if yes, to what?)

    But everything was rebendable.. at least to ride back to the service for proper reshaping :rofl
  6. cat

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    Yes. The same applies to international shipping...and is even worse because Fedex and UPS turn into "3rd world" this side. (No matter how much you pay when you order. How about paying $25 or so more when they deliver it.) It's such a sore point with me, i don't even want to say anything more. Some of the most unpleasant experiences i've had in life have been when i found out after i'd ordered, that they shipped it by some courier service.
  7. kiwi5

    kiwi5 Been here awhile

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    I've already replaced my stock handlebar and I'm going to order a brake snake immediately. I hope you didn't suffer any damages either! I always think about the bike first.....:evil
  8. cat

    cat Long timer

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    HONDA XR650L. XR400, many years...but never mind, all you need to do is look for is XR650L rear sprockets.


    The big nuts for holding sprockets on...are for holding them on, the nut screws on to the countershaft. The Honda way, of two 6mm bolts holding a retaining plate, is a good way - much better than the circlips like on KDX. So, the bolts are not holding on the sprocket, they are holding the retaining plate in place.
  9. 240nekkid

    240nekkid Adventurer

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    I just rebent mine back to something resembling stock shape and carried on!
  10. D-Real

    D-Real n00b

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    It seems so obvious now... Yeah it works fine hen I turn th handlebars all the way to the left. Thanks for your patience.

    I too have an appointment for a "new bike greasing". I'm glad I found out sooner then later.
  11. siyeh

    siyeh unproductive

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    ahhhhh

    Winter is finally loosening it's grip here in Wisconsin

    it feels great to get out now that the snow is melting

    going off road last night I got stuck in a mudhole

    so I best stick to the roads for a bit

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  12. Wargasm

    Wargasm Been here awhile

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    This thread got huge......I've had the CRF out a bit through the winter, now that the snow is disappearing it should get some more miles. I can;t get over how much stuff there is in the aftermarket now. But, I'm really not going to spend a fifth of the bikes initial cost on go fast parts. I'll keep it simple, works good for me.
  13. carlclaflin

    carlclaflin Been here awhile

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    howdy,
    all you new crf250l owners. while out enjoying your toy, riding some dirt. which of yous have fallen and damaged your radiator? I'm comparing the new 2013 crf250l and 2013 xt250 - yamaha. my skill is level is 1, so i differently anticipate in dropping it...alot. i currently have a 1994 yamaha xt225, which i dropped quite a bit last summer flinging some mud around. I have a nice NEW scare on my shin. :p3rry
  14. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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    The XR650R, CRF250X/R, CRF450X/R, et cetera, motorcycles have rear sprockets (JTR210) very similar to the CRF250L/XR650L/XR600R/CBR250R/XR250R (JTR301) motorcycles. Compare the diagram of the XR650R/CRF JTR210 sprocket on the left, with the diagram of the CRF250L/XR650L JTR301 sprocket on the right.

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    The major difference is the XR650R/CRF sprocket employs an 8.5mm flat head bolt which fits a countersunk bolt hole. The CRF250L/XR650L sprocket employs a 10mm shoulder bolt which fits a counterbored hole. :deal Compare the XR650R/CRF bolts on the right with the CRF250L/XR650L bolts on the left in the photograph below, provided by the courtesy of Rick Ramsey. Thank you, Rick. :D

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    The XR650R/CRF sprockets are available in sizes 38T to 53T. These sprockets will fit the rear wheel of the CRF250L if you carefully ream out the 8.5mm hole to 13/32-inch (10mm). Then purchase six, M10-1.5x35mm, flat head bolts with washers and locking nuts to secure the modified sprocket to the rear wheel of the CRF250L. :wink: Many XR650L owners use this method to fit XR650R sprockets to the rear wheel of the XR650L. :deal

    Spud :beer
  15. Boismj03

    Boismj03 Been here awhile

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    Finally got around to getting the bars done...
    installed some grip heaters as well. Pretty easy just tapping into the hot wire for the headlight so as not to mistakenly drain the battery.
    The new Bars make a world of difference in the riding position comfort. Standing now feels alot more natural. I am not working the bars with my fingertips. Sweet! I stole Lost Riders bar setup minus the rox risers...I went with a 3/4 inch rise Tusk riser from 7/8 bars to 1-1/8 KX high- Pro Tapers. Put the pillow tops on hiding the grip heaters! Those are nice and warm even on the low setting. Other things are the 13 tooth primary, Cycra Probends, Ricochet skid plate, SR Moto tail rack, Giant Loop fandango tank bag, GL original moto bag and the tail light kit from 12 oclock labs. I am liking this bike more every day.
    I did a 205 mile round trip from Boise to some of my hunting spots to check the snow levels on last Sunday....anything from highway for 50+ miles, 100 miles of dirtroads, to a little single track. Averaged 54 mpg. I carried two extra gallons in an MSR Dromedary 10 liter bag. It rides really well in the original GL tail bag. Filled up at the 110mile mark (gps) and and filled up near my house at the conclusion..great day for 4 gallons of fuel! Beside freezing my ass off...about 39 deg. all day...gotta love Carhart coveralls!!!
    Ill try to get pics on next Sundays ride...just got a new camera!
    Here it is all cleaned up...kinda


    Bar set up
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    Polished up
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    The grip heater switch on the right side above the CRF sticker.
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    Ill try to get pics on next Sundays ride...just got a new camera!
    Cheers safe riding
  16. trainman

    trainman Been here awhile

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    Yesterday I did it, I went out and rode a WR250R thinking that I might add this bike to my stable, but not to replace the Honda CRF250L, but after a short ride I could find very little that I liked that much over my CRF250L. First I didn't like the height of the bike, too tall for me (yes it can be lowered), but I like my bikes to fit me in the stock manufactured setup of the bike. Second I didn't like the power band, it just came on all at once (bike did have a aftermarket exhaust on it) but from what I have read this is the way the bike runs, third, just didn't think it was worth the difference in price over the Honda for what it offered as an all around bike for me. At 68 I'm really happy with the Honda and think it was the best choice for me, obviously others think the same way. Since I have always ridden, KLR's, DR's, and BMW 650's as they run somewhat the same in their own power-band (smoother) that's probably why I like the Honda better.

    John
  17. Lapchik

    Lapchik Tinkeritis posterboy

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    Anyone have a solution for the brake pedal? I fell at about 10mph and this happened. Are there folding brake pedals designed like the folding shift pedals?
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  18. emreturkeli

    emreturkeli "Ruzgarin Tersine"

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    same here... looking for a solution, any help is much appreciated! :clap
  19. SugarDust

    SugarDust Kulia i ka nu'u

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    try using a brake snake -
  20. ccooper

    ccooper Adventurer

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    Good looking bike...I'm thinking seriously about buying one of these bikes for my wife and 17 year old son to share and ride with me. Of course I'll also use it for stuff too "off-road" for my F800GS. Who makes the fender eliminator kit/tag mount you have? Also who makes the rear luggage rack? Thanks