The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. gnath9

    gnath9 Been here awhile

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  2. jjustj

    jjustj cum petris et choris

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    I think so
  3. Oldtimer

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    I watched your video and you have put a lot of time and thought, not to mention money, in your bike. Looking good. Now if you'd hurry up and get the Scott Damper, I'd like to hear how you like it.:clap
  4. Oldtimer

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    I'm with you. The stock power with a 13 tooth sprocket seems quite adequate to me also. I've thought about a different exhaust system and the reduced weight would be great but I like the quietness of the bike. I rode a buddies bike with the FMF system and controller and it didn't excite me enough with the extra power (?) to wish I had it. He did have a windshield from CRF'sOnly that I really liked and immediately ordered it. I've read every post and I have got a wealth of info that I digest and either retain or disregard. When someone posts a question that I think is really silly, I think back when I first got into riding around 1950 and imagine I'd probably post something similar. But when Lost Rider for instance posts a photo of Nancy's smashed radiator, I realize that a radiator guard is a good investment. As is a skid plate, folding gear shift, better handlebars, a different seat and after much thought and over 1000 miles, a lowering link. All those things I have decided on from reading this board and it's been quite helpful. Now I have to decide on new tires as I have a 2000 mile TAT ride leaving from Longview,TX and riding to the start in Jellico, TN. then continuing through MS and AR and I like to start long rides with fresh tires. I like the 606 and also the TKC 80 but they don't come in stock size so I'm contemplating the Michelin T63 which has good reviews. I'm already challenged for inseam so I don't want to raise the bike anymore if I don't have to. I really enjoy this board and appreciate all the vast amount of information it provides.
  5. gnath9

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    Thank you !!!

    I have never once thought about "looks" but it has came together very well.
    I think I have the Damper figured out ... now it's just a matter of buying the parts and having a fabricator install it.
    The video you saw was just something quick and targeted towards the folks that have followed what I have been doing and I really did not mention a lot of stuff that has also been done that they all know about.
    What I have done to this bike really is specific to my particular needs and wants. The damper is more of a safety issue than anything else. But, just like the suspension ... I am sure there are many more benefits that I have yet to realize.

    Hopefully the park is open tomorrow !!!
  6. kiwi5

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    I just installed the Emperor Racing skidplate and I much prefer it over the B&B skidplate (I put a B&B on the CRF250L we have at work). Nothing terribly wrong with the B&B, but the Emperor is a much better fit compared to the B&B. Plus, the Emperor has multiple drain vents in the back and some vents/holes on the sides that will help reduce weight and assist in blasting out mud/debris that get in. While the B&B relies on the existing tabs to mount the front bolts, the Emperor has a tricked out alloy bar that slides between the frame and bolts on with three screws, not two like the B&B. You won't go wrong with either, but the Emperor is a much better looking and functional design. I will be weighing both, but I believe the Emperor is lighter, while still being tough enough to take the hits. Next step? Install the Emperor Racing Rad guard.....we already have that on the work bike and it is very solid--highly recommended.
  7. Copperhead88

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    Can anyone give me some tips on installing my bar end mounted hand guards? Im not sure what to do with the throttle side. I read one review where the guy messes up his throttle when installing his guards but I didnt really understand why that happened.

    Also, can I just slap on my old rox risers or do I need to modify the throttle and clutch cable setup in some way?
  8. NesquikNinja

    NesquikNinja Been here awhile

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    The stupid ass throttle tube extends out and over the end of the bar. I just dremmeled it off and did not have issues.
  9. ausspo

    ausspo Adventurer

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    How much are the Emperor skid plates and rad guards?
    Did you get them from a dealer in NZ?
    What do you think of their luggage rack?
    Thanks in advance
  10. cat

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    no, yes, :> i meant i'd cleaned the spokes with WD-40 and had it on my hands, and the cloth trailing around, so i needed to clean the disc anyway. - with alcohol.
  11. trainman

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    Hay, Oldtimer, glad to see you made it over here, I'm with you on how you ride your bike and just adding the needed accessories that make the bike setup for both off road and highway riding for us older guy's. I'd do the TAT and never give it a second thought about riding this bike. Good Luck on your rides.

    John
  12. Oldtimer

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    As it should be!
  13. gnath9

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    I am getting to be an Old Timer myself .... turn 51 next month :1drink
  14. kiwi5

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    Yes, got them from "OffRoad Imports" here in NZ. The radiator guard ended up costing $140 all up. I need to check on the bash plate but from memory the price was nearly identical to the B&B one (including shipping). I've got a Smith luggage rack (I think it's a NZ make?) and it is really good, haven't seen the Emperor luggage rack.....
  15. Lost Rider

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    Take a look at this thread, I documented what it takes to do what you're asking:

    The Honda CRF250L Adventure Traveler Thread


    good luck!
  16. Copperhead88

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    Thanks lost. I read down through to the part where you did the valve adjustment but I think my issue is a little different. As you guys will learn, I am extremely mechanically handicapped and completely lack all common sense in relation the subject.

    That being said, Ive already made my first mistake. I ordered these not realizing they are not full wrap arounds. Im assuming these are not really gonna cut it right?

    Next, Im either really dense or I also ordered the wrong inserts for the bars. I dremmeled out the end of my throttle to the diameter of my bars, put the mounts in the bars, tightened them down and they just fall out. Do you think I just need to order larger insert things or should I just sell these guards and start over considering the arent full wraps?
  17. Ed@Ford

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    LOST RIDER...RE: Multiple Master Links. I wouldn't worry about multiple masterlinks if installed properly. Most of the new clip style masterlinks almost need a press to get the side plate on. After the clip is on properly, put a very slight bit of press...but in the opposite direction to PINCH the clip tight in it's groove. Then add a bit of 0.025" SS safety wire around the narrow part of the side plate and the clip. It won't come loose any time soon!
  18. Lost Rider

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    Fair enough. :D

    I would say ditch those half guards and get some full coverage ones as they aren't going to last very long if you drop your bike much and probably wont protect your levers.

    did you cut the throttle tube off like what's in the photos in my thread or just cut a hole on the end? hard to tell by your description.

    If spending a little more money isn't an issue you could get Highway dirt bike guards, with new bars with threaded inserts already installed, chances are you'll never bend those guards or bars. The OEM bars are pretty soft and do bend easily and with the bars bending you can break mounts on typical guards like probend. BTDT.
    I know folks like to recommend what they have, I've learned that more often than not it's cheaper in the long run to get the good stuff from the beginning instead of working your way up to getting it after breaking less strong things.
    Bars and hand guards take the most beating on a DS bike IMO and if there'a a weak point it will break if you're dropping the bike or crashing very often. Now if you're not going to be doing much off tarmac riding then maybe investing in strong stuff isn't needed.

    good luck
  19. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    My wife has those guards on her XT225 and they really don't do much to protect your levers. They do protect your hands from small branches, but that's about it. She's already bent up a clutch lever when she dropped it and the guard just bent out of the way.
  20. Copperhead88

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    Thanks guys, I guess I wont bother mounting them then. They are for sale if anyone wants them, if not Ill take them over to an ATV forum maybe.

    I did not cut the end off of the throttle I just more or less drilled out the end cap to the same diameter as the ID of my bars. Im pretty sure they are the wrong size inserts