The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. 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
  2. Irish769

    Irish769 In Principio Erat Verbum

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    I've always wondered about these. Not having any off road experience I was not familiar with the concept. I'm having a hard time envisioning how these can help keep the pedal from being pushed inward. Clearly there has to be enough slack in the cable to allow the pedal to travel up and down so how does it help otherwise? Seems a guy could buy some coated cable and fittings at Home Depot and build one for a few bucks.
  3. SugarDust

    SugarDust Kulia i ka nu'u

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    Check it out

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  4. NesquikNinja

    NesquikNinja Long timer

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    Alright guys, I am about to make an order and have a few questions.

    First, I am getting a 13t front sprocket. I have NEVER replaced a single sprocket without replacing both sprockets and the chain...at 1,600 miles is it both acceptable and possible to install a 13t sprocket and keep the factory chain and rear?

    Second, a service manual is $50...is that about right price wise?

    Then a magnetic drain plug. No questions here haha

    Thanks!
  5. Kevinsterner

    Kevinsterner Been here awhile

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    I would rather have it bend than break off. You can always beat it back into shape.
  6. Kevinsterner

    Kevinsterner Been here awhile

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    Irish, you are correct. I built mine from some cable from HOme Depot. it is mainly to keep branches from wedging between the cases and that pedal. It won't keep the pedal from getting smashed in.
  7. Charleston

    Charleston Been here awhile

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    Mine ended up in the exact same shape, and I wasn't even sure what I hit. The metal is pretty soft, but that might keep other stuff from breaking. It turned out to be easy to bend back to the original shape but I had to take it off the bike to do it.
  8. Irish769

    Irish769 In Principio Erat Verbum

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    Thanks Kevin, that makes sense. I thought I was missing something. Is there a pedal that folds up like the shifter to possibly alleviate some of the bending?
  9. Boismj03

    Boismj03 Been here awhile

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    taillight
    http://soloracer.com/crf250ledge.html

    rack
    http://soloracer.com/crf250lcargo.html
    I cut one of the rear spacers in half to mount with the tail light kit....it fits perfect
  10. SAPB

    SAPB Long timer

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    Thanks to everyone who gave information on sprockets. I'm heading to Home Depot or some such place to see about getting what I need to make both a brake, and shift snake, probably attach to the Ricochet.

    Weather finally gave me a chance to get 80 miles on the bike yesterday, mostly back roads, but some nice offroad where I had never been which included a small stream crossing, and plenty of mud. It seemed to take it all in stride. Probably be better with a D606, but I'll wear the original out first, which shouldn't take long, if the weather holds out. I'm at nearly 900 miles now.
  11. billfires

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    Has anyone mounted a removeable top box yet? I am going to start riding the bike to work and need secure, waterproof storage, but I would like it to be easily removeable when not needed. I don't need a lot of capacity (change of clothes, lunch, and my portable radio). Thanks, Bill
  12. SAPB

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    Just thought of the route I'm going with the snake brake/shifter. Go to where they sell single guitar strings, the kind with a eyelet on the end. Put the end through loop to make a hangman's knot. Pull it tight over the shifter, and secure it with bailing wire (the kind we used to put where the spokes crossed, or similar), to make sure it can't back off. Drill a hole somewhere on your skid plate, nut and bolt from hardware store/Locktite, trim off excess. On the brake side, I'll drill a hole through the lever. Hey, if you know someone who plays, it's free, they're going to trash them anyway, except for the hardware. Leave a little slack, you won't even need a tuning fork. Hey, the blue bike guys have tuning forks on the tank.
  13. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    If you are looking to keep the price down these knock off Givi trunks can be found in various places on the net and they come with their own mounting plate. Looks like Amazon has the best prices. The only thing you need on your bike is some sort of rear rack to attach their mounting plate too. You can easily take the bog off and just have the mounting plate there which isn't that intrusive.

    I can tell you from experience on these cheap ones, don't ever slam the case down on the locking mechanism without actually unlocking it and pushing in the button. You can do it with the Givi's, but I actually broke the lock mechanism on one of these some years back.

    Amazon has the smaller one for under $30 - http://www.amazon.com/Universal-Detachable-Motorcycle-Davidson-Motocross/dp/B008OIUQXG

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    Here's another one even a bit larger and cheaper - http://www.amazon.com/Universal-Motorcycle-Scooter-Touring-Luggage/dp/B004IAC3ZS
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    One more - http://www.amazon.com/Universal-Motorcycle-Scooter-Luggage-Helmets/dp/B006THWK06/ref=pd_sbs_auto_2

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    Another smaller one - http://www.amazon.com/Motorcycle-Scooter-Trunk-Luggage-807/dp/B004TLFZX8/ref=pd_sim_sbs_sg_1
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  14. trainman

    trainman Been here awhile

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    For those that installed the DRC 12 o'clock Labs LED Tail Lamp, was it a plug and play, or did you have to tap into the factory wiring harness with connectors that were not factory plug and play. Thanks for any info on this.

    John
  15. billfires

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    BlueLghtning, thank you for the links, I never even considered Amazon. I just have to figure out if a flat rack is the way to go to mount it on. Thanks again, Bill C
  16. Trollisfed

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    It's not a plug and play.

    I'm installing mine on Saturday, I'm sure others will let you know, but my quick read of the destructions it states you cut the bikes wires about 6" from the harness and connect them with the supplied connectors. It looks like they give you at least 12 connectors... I'm guessing crimp on & male/female???

    I was suprised mine came with the separate 12 o'clock labs circut board that you have to install into the DRC light. Not a huge deal, but I wished it would have come preinstalled into the light, those screws are small! I guess I will have a back up circut board if the fancy one ever dies.

    Did everyones come separately, or did I get a "rush job" do-it-yourself kit.
  17. SAPB

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    Destructions, I like that. Do the directional lights just unplug, or you snip the wires?
  18. emreturkeli

    emreturkeli "Ruzgarin Tersine"

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    Yes you have to cut the original end of the stock tail to use its socket...

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  19. Dago52

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    I just did this mod and it was very simple. Don't forget to add electric grease on your connections. This will help to prevent any corrosion.


    thanks
  20. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Most of those appear to come with what I call the wavy clamp that basically grabs onto the bottom of a bar type rack. So in that case, I would think a bar type rear rack would work better, but even if you got one of the more solid flat ones, I think you'd figure out a way to attach the base. The thing I like about the bar type ones is they are pretty stout.

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