The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. Ed@Ford

    Ed@Ford Long timer

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    I dearly love my CRF250L.....but I might have to learn to love KTM...what? Well I was reading an issue of Motorcycle Travel & Leisure at Barnes & Noble. It had a discussion with a top level exec of KTM about the 390 naked bike they are making in their Indian facility. He was totally up front saying there is a "Dual Sport" version of the 390 (actually 375cc) IN PROCESS! The 390 that comes to the USA in October is 44 horsepower....so...imagine a CRF-like bike...a whole bunch lighter...with TWICE the horsepower.....hmmmm sounds tasty
  2. SAPB

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    For what it's worth. I lurked on the KLX forum for quite a while, before deciding to go with the red bike. One guy over there who had a KTM, said that his bike conked out in the middle of nowhere. You can imagine the difficulty of getting it to where you could put it in a truck. The dealer couldn't figure it out, and had a tech fly over here from Europe. He couldn't figure it out either, and took the engine back to Austria. In the end, they just gave him another motor. Some of those, not sure the models, need the oil changed after every ride. Yeah, more power, less weight, but basically a street legal race bike. Do more research, ask around more. Probably has way better suspension right of the showroom floor, but you are paying a premium price. Just saying............

    Edit: I have a pretty good memory, this is the last post by Ricky on the KLX forum. Not going to go through and find his post about the orange bike, ask him about orange: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=21789739&postcount=8072
  3. Dago52

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    I agree with the price, but you get what you pay for. I purchased my CRF for 5,000 OTD and have sunk around 1500 into mods. If I add suspension and possibly a big bore, you are looking at 8500-9000 total. Even with all the mods this bike will never have the power of the KTM. But you are correct about reliability. I also know that once you start doing engine mods to the CRF it will start to have maintanence issues as well. It all depends on how you are using the bike. I trailer my bike when we go ride and my max pavement trip is around 35 miles on some back roads. Otherwise I ride it up the street 3 miles and hit the trails.
  4. dalehazelton

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    Friend was going to buy a Husqvarna dual sport because prices were slashed onthem. Then he read they require a valve check every 600 miles. Bought a WR250 instead.
  5. AeroCRF

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    Hi, riders,

    Here is another good option for windscreen. it´s a real improvement for daily conmuting trips on the motorway.

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  6. nhrallyL

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    Just picked up a 2014 today!
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  7. SAPB

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    Who makes that shield?
  8. cat

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    Normal. The only comparable bike that comes with a big tank is the Suzuki DR200.

    Yes. But, like others have said. these brake pads take some time to bed in. And you can get braided steel brake lines, a common mod.

    Well...who doesn't replace grips with aftermarket ones - just a few bucks.
  9. cat

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    Good work on the windscreens, guys! Very good.


    NB: KTM 390 is not one of the KTM race/competition engines, with low oil capacity and light valves and so on. It is based on the 200 engine, and there have been no reports of issues with the 200's. i know several people in India with them, no problems at all, more than a year since they got them. The 390 is a Duke - all road bikes, like the original Duke with the LC4 motor - also used in the 640 Adventure,...the 990. So the 390 Enduro is in the same range as those.
  10. TNC

    TNC Candyass Camper

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    Well, having a well modded KLX, I'm obviously not in the orange camp...but...I ride with lots of guys who do have them and some who've had them for a very long time. They frequently go into the hinterlands on big rides that are tough as heck. I don't see KTM's dropping like flies out there when I go on similar rides. Most of these guys do their own service, and the bikes require a more frequent service regimen than mine, but not to a night/day level. I think that we may sometimes sing the praises a little too loudly about our KLX's, WRR's, and 250L's, and perhaps we condemn the KTM's a little too strongly on their service intervals. Many of the riders on these forums...WRR, 250L, KLX, etc...don't really need/want a KTM-level bike, but there are many of us who would enjoy one.

    That said, while we're throwing out popular KTM ideas, I think that engine in the new 350 Freeride may have some of the greatest potential for an outstanding DS bike. That is an understressed, lower hp, higher torque engine that looks perfect for DS use. Currently it's in a chassis that might be a little too light for overall DS use, but that could be rectified by KTM if they went for that market. A pipe dream for sure, but I like what they did with that engine.
  11. Ed@Ford

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    Sad that the USA never got a sniff of the Freeride
  12. SAPB

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    I'll be lucky if I don't kill myself on the CRF, I would have been toast by now if I had a KTM. Heck, if I had my C14 when I was 18, we wouldn't be posting back and forth at this time. I don't/can't ride like I used to any more, or maybe I should say I choose not to. Back when we were in our late teens/early 20's we were convinced we were invincible. I'm 60 now, so I'm using my lifelong experience to NOT crash. I'd rather live to ride tomorrow..........
  13. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    New in this thread fellas. What's the CRF source for after market stuff and goodies if there is one ?

    Thanks
    Frank
  14. SAPB

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  15. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Thanks, and in short, you fellas giving the CRF/L a thumbs up ? No big issues ? My boy is about to buy one.
    Its a Honda right ?
  16. r6realtor

    r6realtor Been here awhile

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    Big thumbs up from me! I love mine and feel like I have a pretty good bike to compare it to(2012wr250r), Im having a blast on it.
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  17. SAPB

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    The brakes evidently have some sort of stuff sprayed on the disc, so that they won't rust on the way over here from Thailand. I knew this before hand. If I hadn't it probably would have rear ended someone on the way home. They get way better after getting scrubbed in.
  18. EEKAMOUSE

    EEKAMOUSE Been here awhile

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    Very disappointed with the pig today low speed drop resulted in frame peg mounts denting in frame and cracking evident at the area. I hope Honda has a solution for this or all I can say is don't take these turds off roading! Anyone else have similar problems?
  19. dalehazelton

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    "Normal. The only comparable bike that comes with a big tank is the Suzuki DR200."

    That's the dual sport bike I had before this. 3.5 gallon tank is awesome, and I was getting mileage in the 90s (my best was 99 per gallon) after I changed front sprocket to one more tooth. But it was slow. The front fork was kind of springy. And I can't imagine that it would have the longevity of a water cooled bike without a rebuild or two. But it was a blast to ride if you weren't in any hurry. And insurance was dirt cheap!
  20. Turk

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    got to test the suspension today :evil


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