The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. G19Tony

    G19Tony Been here awhile

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  2. SAPB

    SAPB Long timer

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    Thanks! So it's the longer of the two?
  3. G19Tony

    G19Tony Been here awhile

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    No, it's the shorter. It's worked fine for me. I don't see my shoulders at all.
  4. Wargasm

    Wargasm Been here awhile

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  5. itrack

    itrack Been here awhile

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    Asked my boss if I could get off 30min early to run an "errand". Hit up the new single track spot. Made it home at the usual time :)

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  6. SugarDust

    SugarDust Kulia i ka nu'u

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    With winter coming....Has anyone tried to run any heated gear yet? Will the bike handle something small like a heated vest? I am hpoing yes, because (so I've heard/read) that there are heated grips available as an option from honda as well, so it may do fine running a vest instead.
  7. frog13

    frog13 Long timer

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    Even if my 30 inch inseam (unable to flat foot) would allow me to have one of these 250L's....8k on oil!....NEVER.
  8. SAPB

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    The output wattage is 337, but most of the suppliers say right on their sites that vests should be wired right to the battery. While I'm still waiting on delivery of my CRFL, I ride my other bike with heated gear. This morning it was 47 degrees here. I have a vest, and gloves that i got here: http://www.powerlet.com/products.php?mid=1&gclid=CNT_9s2f77ICFURxQgodQA4Alg

    The gloves plug into the vest, but I found that to get the gloves warm enough, the vest was frying me. Then I picked up the dual controller, so I can run them independently. Now I hardly ever use the vest (not this morning), a warm jacket seems to do the trick. As the day warms, you can turn them down. I have the controller clipped to the side of my Chase Harper magnetic tank bag, which should work with the CRF also. I rode to another dealer yesterday, and scoped out the bike, first time I've seen on in person, sweet. Might have to make a little notch in the battery cover so the wire doesn't get pinched, or snake the wire to come out in front of the tank, like I've got on my other bike.
  9. G19Tony

    G19Tony Been here awhile

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    I installed the Wolfman tank panniers last night, and did a test ride today. I'm not sure I like them. They impede my legs from getting close to the tank. I'm going to try and move them forward some, but then, they might block the airflow through the radiator. I'll try repositioning them. They would make great saddlebags too. :wink:

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  10. G19Tony

    G19Tony Been here awhile

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    I ran the tank until it started flashing. It took 1.49gal. I had 89.3 on the trip meter for 59.9MPG. I'm 220 and not on the throttle hard. What have you guys been getting. :pynd
  11. joec63

    joec63 Been here awhile

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    I've been averaging around 71 mpg. Had 57 miles on the trip and added .80 gal yesterday. I'm lighter than you by 50lbs.
  12. andrew1101

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    I'm really interested in this bike. My nearby dealer has offered it for $5500 out the door here in southern California, this price seems high. Any thoughts on how far down he'll likely go?

    I'm really interested in getting this bike as a short commute bike to my local community college and back home. I live in a small town out in the desert, the country roads out here are asphalt with a 55mph speed limit. Since we're an agriculture community, alot of the off-road driving nearby is restricted to ditchbanks lining the canals and field service roads. The consistency of which is generally that of an unpaved road.

    I am 6'4" and weigh 175lbs (think tall and skinny). I'm new to motorcycles, completed the MSF course about 3 months ago. I've sat on the bike, and it seems to have a pretty good fit for me. I'm interested in buying new, I want to have fun without the maintenance of an old bike and most of the used bikes around these parts are very large-bore designed for the sand in Arizona or aren't street legal. I'm not a power freak, I just want something that can handle 55mph roads, able to go into town for short trips to friend's houses and such, and is able to get me along the unpaved roads out near the fields.

    Just an fyi: My original thought was a suzuki tu250x, but seeing as it's not available in California...well anyways. The dealer also has a used 2009 KLR 650 (with only 1k miles) going for $4300 OTD. The next closest dealer to me is about 2 hours drive away.

    Any thoughts?
  13. Downstater

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    KLR's r tanks and from my experience are aweful off road. Ide go with the crfl. I wouldnt pay more than 5k otd with taxes prep and all the other BS fees.
  14. Wargasm

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    I'm getting a little less but I weigh 240lb and am very throttle happy.
  15. roundtripping

    roundtripping Adventourist

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    I paid $5.5K OTD for mine, and if I hadn't the guy standing behind me would have. Not saying it's impossible to get one in SoCal for $5K, but it's gonna take a lot more time and patience ( neither of which I had :D ) for that to happen than walking in the door and offering it.
  16. SAPB

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    $5,279 OTD, and they deal with registration. The first one they had was gone, so I put 10% down to get the next one.
  17. Bake

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    I paid $4914 to the dealer & this state's government rip off came to another $400
    I'm at 90 miles and still showing 2 bars on the fuel gauge. Since it's new, I'm shifting between 4-5 k rpm,
    ( after a lot less in the first 20 miles.)
    I'm running the works connection tach/hour meter, and its working very well.

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    I'm always using a tank bag instead of other forms of luggage, and the Wolfman Explorer standard size works perfectly for me. You can see here also the 1/8" aluminum skidplate I'm developing for the CRF250L
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  18. bungie4

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  19. jimhaleyscomet

    jimhaleyscomet Adventurer

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    Can anyone help me find my owner's manual? In the excitement of bringing home my new CRF230L I misplaced it............................................

    I have a 30 year old XL250r I bought new in 1983 and just brought home the new CRF Thursday the 4th. This bike is way better in so many ways! The fuel injection and electric start are sublime. I think the two Honda's will make nice stable mates.

    Just kidding about the requested manual assistance even though I did misplace it. I have about 200 miles on my new Honda with a mixture of highway (40-55mph), dirt (farm roads), and rocky roads/single track. I guess I will have to stop riding long enough to find the manual.... not likely!
  20. joec63

    joec63 Been here awhile

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    Here ya go!

    http://www.honda.co.jp/ownersmanual...3/english/32KZZB010.html?v=f126t400&m=crf250l