The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. SAPB

    SAPB Long timer

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    Pretty sure they are talking about the tire rubbing on the fender thing near the front of the swing arm, or the swing arm itself, confusing to me also. Gear swap brings the tire forward, unless you go with more chain, to bring it more to the rear. I could be wrong, not gone there yet.........
  2. jjustj

    jjustj cum petris et choris

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  3. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    FWIW my KLX250 subframe looked just like that. Bikes and parts here in Malaysia are big bucks but welding is good and cheap. They ended up taking about 3" of rolled steel that was slightly larger inner diameter than the subframe and grinding it down till it just barely fit and welded it back with that reinforcement in the center. Then they added cantilever type flat pieces of steel under the frame.
    I've almost always got a heavy Givi box on the back of my bike and that weld job held up for thousands of miles. Going thru Thailand, Myanmar, Laos on a 6K KM trip that was at least 25% washboardy type off road I weighed the box and it was 17 kg or 37 lbs!

    My guess is at most it only added 3 lbs to the subframe... probably less.
  4. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    It does look like you had lots of fun though! Thanks for being willing to share your stories for our entertainment! :)

    The series of DVD's here is really, really good for learning to ride in the dirt:

    http://www.dualsportriding.com/

    Ned has a way of making his points simple, easy to remember. It's short but you should watch it several times; watch the whole thing once then re watch the first section then go out and practice it for several hours.
  5. SAPB

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  6. kiwi5

    kiwi5 Been here awhile

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    I went out on a day long back gravel road "adventure" after I swapped the OEM tires with a Moto Z Tractionator IT front and a (110/80-18) Michelin t63 rear- what a HUGE improvement over the factory tires. I was able to negotiate all sorts of shitty back farm roads with WAY more confidence then before. The MotoZ front is about 200% better than the OEM front- no longer was the front tire trying to tuck up underneath me. I should have changed the front tire immediately after getting the bike. Lesson learned! I have done this route before on a KLR650, DR650 and a TTR250. The CRF250L smoked 'em all, easier to ride, way more fun- all around this is my favourite bike yet. :clap:clap
  7. kirbi69

    kirbi69 Been here awhile

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    so I went to the dealership today and they had a 2013 CRF 250 L , $4,900 out the door.
    then I went across the street to the Yamaha dealership and they had a 2013 WR 250 R, for$8000 out the door. both prices are after tax title license shipping , all that good stuff.
    there's just no way that the Yamaha is worth $3000 more . I just can't see it!
  8. kiwi5

    kiwi5 Been here awhile

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    You are 100% correct with your assessment. Get the CRF250L, swap out the front sprocket with a 13T and start having fun!
  9. EEKAMOUSE

    EEKAMOUSE Been here awhile

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    Having both I'd have to say the wrr is worth every extra cent. JMO! You should be able to get the wrr for about 7 otd both prices are High shop around. The crf is a great bike just not anywhere near the bike the wrr is.
  10. streaks77

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    Hey r6, after seeing them on your bike, I bought the mirrors. One thing I can't figure out is what you did to mount them in the stock mirror slots? What exactly were your modifications to make them fit?

    Thanks!
  11. r6realtor

    r6realtor Been here awhile

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    you need two M10x1.25x75 bolts and two steel metal sleeves that will cover about 75% of those bolts, drill out the mirrors to the appropriate sizes to put the bolt through, slide the sleeves over the bolts and tighten down.
    about half way down this thread you can get a better idea(notice: the wording I used to describe the sleeve in this picture is the "little plastic thingy" which is not correct it is the steel sleeve.
    http://wr250rforum.forumotion.com/t8790-new-exhaust-delta-barrel-4
  12. streaks77

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    Awesome, I'll give it a try!
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    r6realtor Been here awhile

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    no problem, good luck with it, its not a bad process at all.
  14. nomadicgreg

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    I'd love to pick one of these up, but so far all i've found near me is $ 5400 out the door, title, tags, and taxes included. Will probably wait until winter when the sales guys get hungry.
  15. SAPB

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    Well, I hope that works out for you. Two dealers in this area who sell multi-brands, all the CRF's are gone, and they have deeply discounted the Kawi KLX250S's to the tune of $700-$800 off.
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    Ah yes, the eternal discussion surrounding whether more expensive bikes are better performing than the reasonably priced CRF250L. They very well might be, but even if money were no object I would still go with the CRF250L, it's just so easy to ride!
  17. bracky72

    bracky72 Been here awhile

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    For me the choice was simple. I got put on a waiting list a few months ago for a crf at msrp. I got tired of waiting and bought a leftover 2012 wr250r for $5675. So it seems to me the price difference isn't so great. I sure would have loved to try the Honda though.
  18. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    Whats the speedometer error with the 13t countersprocket? Say at 70 indicated?

    Just put one on yesterday and it really does transform the bike:clap
  19. rgon

    rgon explore cordilleras

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    at 13/40 gearing you'll get approx 65kph @70 indiication on the speedo :D
  20. BigIron805

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    Is the F.I. reprogrammable on this bike? On totalmotorcycle.com they say its programmable but I see several people on this thread talking about the EJK.