The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. Lapchik

    Lapchik Tinkeritis posterboy

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  2. sundey_rider

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    Hi guys, I have another question for you. I just found out that the CRF250M (the supermoto version) can already be bought here in Switzerland - I was expecting it only next year (and this is why I got the L in the first place otherwise I would have waited). Now I am not sure what to do... I never go off-road with my L, I got the bike as a affordable and fun urban commuter. I could exchange my L for an M (losing some money in the process), but I am not sure whether it will be worth it. Once I get more street-like tires for my L (there is not much choice, alas, currently looking at Michelin Sirac), will the difference to the supermoto version with its 17" wheels and taller gearing be still significant enough to justify an exchange like that?

    Thanks for your expert input!
  3. SAPB

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    Price of street tires probably is way less than the $ you loose on price of new bike minus trade in/sell $ of the L. Way more street tire choices for 17", as you pointed out. Just get the SM, ride both for a while, then either keep both of em, or sell the one you don't like as much............
  4. p0diabl0

    p0diabl0 Been here awhile

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    I really want the CRF250M to be announced for the U.S. soon. I have a deposit down on a Grom 125 but i'd much rather have the 250.
  5. sundey_rider

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    Na, if I had the money I would have got a NC700X in the first place ;) I can't afford owning two bikes or getting a new one in the first place. I am just wondering whether the difference between a supormoto M and the L with street tires is really that big. Somehow I would thing not...
  6. p0diabl0

    p0diabl0 Been here awhile

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    Riding on the street I doubt you'll notice much, especially since the 17s aren't sized for "real" sport rubber. (110 front and 130 rear vs 120 front and 150+ rear).

    I've chased supermoto bikes up a mountain just fine on a 21/18 setup on my DRZ. I was really happy to have pilot powers on 17s when i went to the track though.
  7. Nesquik

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    I was going to order the Shinko 705, but I cant get it in a 130

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  8. Nesquik

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    The answer is in your own perspective. To Rossi, 38 PSI and 33 PSI are night and day.

    To me...well every bike I have ever owned handles the same :rofl
  9. Lost Roadie

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  10. Ed@Ford

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    I have a 130-17 705 on my MUCH HEAVIER and 2x the power KLR650 with a 21 " 705 on the front...plenty of tire for that big dog....my riding bud has just converted to 705's on his KLR....and he rides WAAAAAY faster/harder than I do....and he loves them...including on fairly loose gravel roads....just remember...avoid sand and mud on 705's
  11. Ed@Ford

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    I use 705's on my KLR650...I think 705's in appropriate sizes for the 21/18's on the CRF-L will amaze you....hopefully you can find them in europe at the very reasonable $$ we get them in the usa...like $120 or less for both! Could you drive to Andorra to buy them? I remember a huge duty free bike store down there....years back though (1993).....
  12. Lapchik

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  13. sundey_rider

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    It doesn't seem like you can get 705's at all in Switzerland/Germany/France/Austria. But I am sure I will be able to find some nice all-weather street tires... good thing that in Switzerland we can basically put anything which fits and it will be legal. Not so in Germany, where you have to follow the list of approved tires...

    P.S. The stock is absolutely adequate for my use in the city, but they are really uncomfortable during the short trips on the freeway, even if the weather is optimal. Past 90kmh the bike wobbles extremely. I mean, it gets you to the destination, but its not something you are looking forward to...
  14. Auto-X Fil

    Auto-X Fil Been here awhile

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    I ride 120kmph on the freeway with stock tires regularly, and have no stability issues. Perhaps something else is going on?
  15. Bighouse

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    I don't find the stock tires wobble at high speeds either.
  16. callison

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    I've got about 700 miles on the Kenda 270. Overall I would say I'm happy with the tire, it does well on the pavement and dirt roads. I've run them in Pizgah Nation Forrest on the fire roads two up with my daughter and was pleased with the performance.

    I went to PA to ride with my brother this past weekend. He rides mostly four wheelers, Friday evening I was taking one last ride around his property before heading out and clipped a piece of concrete, tore the side wall of the tire and pinched the tube. I was able to patch tube and get the bike back on the road for the next day when we went down on a friend's farm to ride some trails. Aside from being pretty impressed that the sidewall of the tire held up, the performance on the trail was rather poor. We were in a tight area and wasn't much room to build momentum to push through to the top. Once the tire started to slip the tread packed in and it was pretty much useless.

    Eventually my brother and another friend were able to get the vegetation cleared out, I was able to start getting a bite. Below there's a quick video of the trail conditions as a reference for what I was riding. I know, the 270 isn't meant for this type of environment, I couldn't help but think I'd have been having more fun earlier instead of picking the LRP up repeatedly had I went with a 606. I was able to roost both my brother and our friend on my last run through for the day. Serves them right for laughing at me when I was getting the bike off the ground for the 100th time earlier.

    As an aside, I'm impressed with the difference the EJK has made. With the area being so tight there was barely enough room to catch second gear before heading up hill. The LRP would pull up through second nicely without having to dip the clutch to bring up the RPMs to keep from stalling.

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  17. jtbek

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    Has anyone found a better gas cap yet? :) One that doesn't look like a reject from a cruiser?
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  19. callison

    callison Been here awhile

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    good catch, thank you, I corrected the mistake.
  20. SAPB

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    Still waiting for someone to post about the IMS 3 gallon tank. Why not get rid of the whole tank, cap and all?