The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. Lost Rider

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    sounds good in theory, I do know how to install one, but the issue I've had is with putting lots of miles on a chain, in just one trip I've worn out the clips from them rubbing on the chain guides/sliders and then had them come off. A safety wire around a chain link wouldn't last on my bike. I've lost a clip-on a couple times, once while in the Yukon which wasn't very convenient.

    We all have our ways and opinions, while having a clip on master link come off isn't a major concern, I've run tens of thousands of miles with them, failure has happened and for me using a crimp on makes most sense - there's zero chance of that link coming apart or wearing out. I treat my bikes as a racer would because of the frequent far from civilization places I like to ride. You won't see a race bike with clip on master links, ever.
    Chances are for most folks if installed right there will be no problem, but like I said by running 2 you're doubling your chances of some that either by being installed wring, or wearing out, or when just the right rock hits in just the right spot can fail.

    For someone on the east coast where it's nearly impossible to get too far from help, sure, go for it and run two master links, carry a spare and don't worry about it, chances are it will be fine, I just wont tke that chance anymore based on my experience. I understand wanting to experiment with gearing, go for it, I just have to share my opinion with the dangers I see from what I've seen instead of blindly telling people something is OK to do. You are right, I wouldn't worry about it too much if installed properly.
  2. Lost Rider

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    OK, you'll need to trim the throttle tube something like in my photos to use any handgaurd on the bike, the insert/bolt is going to pull the guard against the bars, that's where the strength comes from. You need the throttle tube to rotate freely and not touch the guards. Good luck and feel free to ask more questions when you get soem new guards, if I can help I will.



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  3. NesquikNinja

    NesquikNinja Been here awhile

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    Serviced my shock linkage and swing arm today. Pleasantly surprised by the condition of everything inside and how easy it was with the manual.
  4. Okie03

    Okie03 n00b

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    Another question for you gentlemen, have any of you found rear & front disc brake guards? A buddy of mine ordered some off of CRFSonly, but they ended up not fitting correctly. Appreciate the help!
  5. Copperhead88

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    ok, that makes sense. Id rather not buy new bars right way, what are some other options for good looking handguards? I have a really big issue with the majority of run of the mill handguards in terms of looks.

    What about the zeta handguards with the turn signals in them. Are they any good. Will I sacrifice my visibility to other drivers at all?
  6. Lost Rider

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    I'll defer to others about brands I haven't used, I will say that i understand the need to like the looks of stuff you're buying, but for me function/protection over form takes precedence, there's nothing cool looking about a bike that is broken and immobile on the trail so try to get something to serve it purpose first and might look pleasing to you.

    Barkbusters and Cycra probends are brands I've used in the past, and broken.

    good luck.
  7. billfires

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    Auto-X, Lost, Ed, thanks for your thoughts. Initially I think I will try the 13 tooth counter sprocket with the stock chain and stock rear 40 tooth sprocket. I am trying to figure out what I will go to when they need to be replaced. I still only have about 500 miles on and have only done about 10% of those as two lane dirt. My only other experience with a chain on a full size dual sport was back in the early 1980's on a Honda SL350. Again, I reallt appreciate everyone's thoughts and hope to put some miles on as the weather warms up. Bill C
  8. Ed@Ford

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    LOST & Others: My experience with chains is 99.9% with Honda XRs. Side wear/clip wear from the chain guide friction is quite rare, and the safety wire lasts for a year at a time (I re-do it annually). Since I had a freak chain fracture a few years back when a stick jammed in it....and all the associated towing/walking/pushing/shit cell phone service hassles...I now carry all the associated tools and hardware for chain repair. That total "kit" weight/complexity would certainly be no different with tools to do a pressed link over a clip link....so take your choice...either is good

    carry
  9. dsn11487

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    Yesterday I just completed half of my valve adjustment. As in now I need to go get shims to put it back together. My question is, both of the exhaust measurements were good, and were the same. However my intake clearance check gave me one valve that was super loose and one that was within the allowed tolerance. Is this normal? Should I be worried? I just found it odd and was curious as to other peoples experiences.
  10. Lapchik

    Lapchik Tinkeritis posterboy

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i37CdTGQ294

    I broke my throttle tube. I put a new throttle tube in, and cut the end cap off while it was still off the bike.
  11. ausspo

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    Yep bought the Emperor plate and radiator guard, really good quality stuff. Price was right too. Better fit and finish than any aussie gear out there right now.
  12. willbeoutdoors

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    i am going to grease the suspension linkages due to the comments about them not being lubed well. I have never done it before and hopefully wont run into problems. I am wondering about the swingarm bearings though, do they need to be greased right away too? taking the swingarm off seems like a lot to take apart and I don't want to do more harm than good. anyone?
  13. gnath9

    gnath9 Been here awhile

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    I took my bike to a local race mechanic and he did what was called new bike prep. He did the steering tube bearings and both axle and wheel bearings the swing arm and suspension linkage for $125.00

    I felt that was very reasonable considering how long it would have taken me to do all that.
  14. pandamanprod

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    Looking for any performance results or issues, did a search on this forum, could only pull up brief posts from last year, and some comments on rick site. Apologies if I just skipped over this.

    Thanks!
  15. kiwi5

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    Yes, do the swingarm bearings as well. Pretty easy to do the swingarm bearings- I had our mechanic show me when he did this on our CRF250L at work. Basically the steps are: Remove chainguard (and mudguard covering rear shock if you want to see what is going on but not necessary), unscrew rear brake hose from swingarm to give you some play, take out top dogbone bolt and bolt that attached to bottom of shock (this will allow the swingarm to drop down), then remove the swingarm pivot bolt, at this point push the rear wheel and swingarm forward- this will give you the slack to remove chain, now pull rear wheel and swingarm back, the swingarm now drops down and you can wipe out the non-grease that is in there and pack in new grease. Re-assemble in reverse order and don't forget to grease the swingarm bolt. He did all of this in a matter of minutes. I will do mine this weekend. The linkages are pretty easy to do as well. Hope this makes sense.....now you have to figure out how to do the steering bearings! I'm going to have a mechanic do the steering bearings on mine...might be a step to far for me! NOTE: You will need some sort of bike stand to do this.
  16. Copperhead88

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    [​IMG]Just installed my FMF Q4 today. Really enjoying the power gains so far. Got about +2MPH with the spark arrester in and about +5 with it out. Ill be adding the the 13 tooth tomorrow.

    Tried out a new route to school today (90mile round trip). I found out I can avoid about 60% of the high ways without going anywhere posted and it only takes me an extra 10 minutes maybe even less now that I know my way. Ill be taking the scenic route from here on out

    damnit, how do I add pics
  17. G19Tony

    G19Tony Been here awhile

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    I installed the Wolfman side racks today. $289 shipped, from ebay, drop shipped from Wolfman.

    What comes in the box.

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    You had to remove the battery box to frame bolt, and pry the box back a bit to replace the pin in the passenger footrest with a bolt. This is what you get. I didn't think about protecting it with something. :bluduh

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    It was said that I would lose the use of my Manracks Rotopax rack. That is not the case. I got longer bolts for the seat attach point, used the Manracks spacers against the frame and the Wolfman spacers against the top rack. It worked out well. I also replaced the Wolfman supplied hex cap bolts with flanged bolts. I had replaced the Manracks supplied rear attach bolts with flanged bolts, and I reused these for the rear attachment for the sideracks to the top rack.

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    Everything else went together with little problem. Directions were adequate for the task. I will be using the Monarch Pass bags. With the Rotopax mount, I have three Rotopax options now.

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  18. Chris S

    Chris S Been here awhile

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    Nice looking rack. I'm testing a prototype Jesse Luggage 'MonoArm' rack on mine. Uncharacteristically hefty for a Jesse mount - the finished ones will be lighter (the tail rack was on the bike - an Alphathree - but mounts without it).

    Doesn't have the back brace but it's designed to pivot a bit and so far has survived a couple of hundred miles in and around Death Valley fully loaded with my Magadans.

    Best thing is it's a platform or 'ledge' rack which I believe is the way to do it; the weight rests rather than hangs. The MonoArm can take anything hard or soft.

    Pics got lost but I've chosen to mount the bags semi-permanently to the plate which slots into the lower MonoArm mount and bolts (or later, locks with a QRDP) to the tail rack. Takes 5 mins to remove or fit and means more weight to carry into motel rooms, unless camping or a place feels secure enough to just lift out the Magadan liners to take indoors.

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  19. cat

    cat Long timer

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    Please take a photo of yours sometime, just so we can see exactly how you do it. 0.025", i must convert that to mm and get some.
    hmm, that reminds me, i've been waiting for the shop where i got a DID 520 VX2 chain to get spare masterlinks. i had thought, from something i read, that the OEM chain had a clip masterlink, and i thought that i hadn't been able to see it because it was too dark in the garage, and i thought ...250...clip masterlink will be ok, i just need some spare clips (because i think they get a bit messed up when you take them off and put them on)...and then i found that the OEM chain on my bike did not have a masterlink, it is "continuous".
  20. SAPB

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    Looks good Tony. I was going to go with the E-12, but now I'm going to take a ride to where I can see the options side by side. Hey the weather is getting better for that here finally, 2 1/2 hour ride. Can you get at the "tool kit" door open enough the access? I've got a Wolfman tank bag already, and really like it. Thanks.