The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. gnath9

    gnath9 Been here awhile

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    I think I get better mpg's with the 305 just putting around town and the amount of shifting has been reduced to so little it's crazy. I have 13/42's on it and can drop to 35mph in top gear and back up to whatever all without downshifting all with a 1/4 turn of the throttle. I think about 59mpg may have been my high and 47 was my worst. Also, I also do not try to get good mpg's I just ride it so I think if I really wanted to ... 65 mpg would be pretty easy to obtain.
  2. gnath9

    gnath9 Been here awhile

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    I had it installed in November and I live in Nebraska so ... I only have a little over 200 miles on it I think ... maybe 300 because I did get to ride it twice last month. For me this bike is for fun not transportation so It has to be above 35 and dry roads before I take it out.
    I have had no issues with it and as the miles rack up it feels better with every ride.
    I will say it is not as smooth as it was stock and the new cylinder is steel not aluminum. Don't take this as it runs rough or anything odd ... it is just not butter like it was and I can feel a slight vibration. I do not think it will last as long as a stock engine would but ... I think it may go 25,000 miles before needing some new rings or whatever. this is all just a guess tho as I have not a clue. I know a guy that has 4,700 miles without a single issue as well. So my hopes are high and confident. But, this thing can lift the front tire with ease in second gear now. I have a new wheel set coming and I am going with 14/48 gearing since I do not ride highways or commute with the bike. I am hoping for 3rd gear wheelies and if that does not work then the 13T will go back on it.
  3. New2Moto

    New2Moto Been here awhile

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    I was at the shop this mornin putting on the rest of the stuff I received. All that is left is the hand guards which were waiting when I got home :lol3

    I will be riding Tuesday to test everything out!

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  4. Kray

    Kray Long timer

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    Thanks to Fytclub for the Wolfman tail bag!

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    edit: better photo
  5. kiwi5

    kiwi5 Been here awhile

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    Oh man I can't wait to have this set up on my bike....:evil:evil:evil
  6. Lost Rider

    Lost Rider Roadie

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    Here ya go, some of these are buried back in this thread. Go LRP!


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  7. SAPB

    SAPB Long timer

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    Nice vids Lost!

    Came across this tool kit, for those who haven't got anything yet. I'm still working on mine. Scroll down to Union Garage Tool Roll. Wow, page 500........

    http://www.bikeexif.com/new-and-noted-2
  8. Camelrider

    Camelrider wondering wanderer

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    So by the end of November 2013 I got myself a new CRF 250 L.
    It is supposed to be a relative cheap bike, but at $ 9500,- OTD that is not cheap anymore.
    But there was a full toolkit included and 6 owners manuals in different European languages.
    That should make up for the more then $4000 price difference between here and the rest of the world.
    It could also be from the high tax that is paid here on motorcycles.

    Anyway there are a few issues that have to be fixed to customize the bike for my needs, while still leaving it as much stock as possible.
    Suspension and some lowering, I am getting old, 67 and do not want too much acrobatics just to get on the bike.
    Luggage for minimalist touring.
    Engine protection, still in the planning.

    The lowering was simple, a new clevis for the rear shock, 17 mm shorter then stock.
    To prevent the rear wheel of hitting the rear frame when bottoming out, I shortened the stroke of the rear shock by 5/8 inch.
    This was accomplished by changing the metal disk that is on top of the clevis, with a disk that is 5/8” thicker.
    To get at the same time some more pre-load adjustment, ½” of the 5/8” is added on the clevis side.
    At first I tried a ¼” pre-load adjustment, but that left the rear still too soft.
    At the front I lowered the forks a bit.
    As a mechanical engineer it is no problem to make this stuff by myself, most from stainless steel.

    Some pictures of the result:

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    It started raining before I could finish tightening up the bolts, the red stuff around the bolts is new grease for the joints.


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    New disk , picture taken from the clevis side.


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    Side view

    For the luggage a rear rack was made, I am still working on some side racks, that will be bolt on.

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    For my daily commute I added a top box, but for traveling I will use soft luggage.
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  9. Ed@Ford

    Ed@Ford Long timer

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    Camelrider: EXTREMELY well done tricks to revise that shock. Rack is similarly well done...except what are those tabs on the cross bar for on the outermost sides of the rack? Looks like all stainless!
  10. New2Moto

    New2Moto Been here awhile

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    If I had your skills I would start a side business selling racks and such, looks great!!

    You might want to change out the seat if that's not already on your list. I just installed my Corbin and sat on it for 10 minutes in the shop and it was like sitting on a leather couch (a firmer motorcycle seat version of a couch but still exponentially more comfortable than the stock. Pretty much any after market seat is way more comfy than the stock.

    Looking forward to this ride report in '15!
  11. archhangel

    archhangel Adventurer

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    Great videos Lost, some amazing videography and photography there.

    Heres some not so great photography of my bike, taken with my phone camera..

    List of mods are -

    Renthal enduro high bars
    Rox 3" risers
    Progrip 714 large rally grips
    'indestructible' round folding mirrors
    acerbis rally pro handguards
    FMF Q4, megabomb and EJK
    13T sprocket
    adventure spec rear rack
    flatland skid plate

    And the seat, made it myself. I wanted something pretty high as i'm 6ft4, only finished it today haven't had a chance to test it but it feels great.

    I just chucked the luggage on to add to the effect, will be using it this summer for a 2 month trip around Europe, i'll put the stock sprocket and original exhaust back on for that as i doubt the Swiss will be fond of the FMF pipe.. After that trip i wouldn't mind the 305 kit, and the hyperpro rear shock. As long as it was still bulletproof it would make the perfect bike that no ones making.

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  12. SAPB

    SAPB Long timer

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    Location:
    Rhode Island
    Got out for a ride today, 51 degrees as I went by the bank, way better than it's been here. I think the last time I started the bike was close to 2 months ago. Started right up, was on the battery tender. Then the weather tanks again, snow by morning, and not above freezing for a week.

    Putting in an order for a few things at discounthondaparts, dang, $19 for a spark plug? Other bike, it was $10.50 each, but X4. Gonna get a plug, and maybe 3 each oil/air filters, and a oil filter gasket to keep on hand, in case I need it. Looking at the dealer performed maintenance, there's a 12mm washer, I'm assuming the oil drain plug, another 3.

    Looking forward to the ride reports coming up 3 by my count. Steph leaves in 4 weeks, plus Camelrider.

    http://www.stephmoto-adventurebikeblog.com/
  13. Camelrider

    Camelrider wondering wanderer

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2007
    Oddometer:
    31
    Location:
    on the road
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    what are those tabs on the cross bar for on the outermost sides of the rack? Looks like all stainless!
    That is for connecting the side rack, I am working on that. No that is rattle can aluminum paint in the pic.
    Lately I had it powder coated.
    Only the tabs are stainless, the pipe is 16 mm hydraulic that I had laying around.

    You might want to change out the seat if that's not already on your list.
    No problem with the seat so far, but I am thinking about it for the long ride.

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  14. GlosBoy45

    GlosBoy45 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2014
    Oddometer:
    25
    Location:
    Gloucester, England
    I was thinking of putting on a set of higher bars/bar risers. Does anyone know if the existing cables will reach that extra inch or so, or will I need to replace all the cables/brake line/wiring etc as well? Thanks:eek1
  15. SAPB

    SAPB Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2012
    Oddometer:
    1,692
    Location:
    Rhode Island
    If you click on search this thread, and type in what you are looking for, a list comes up.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=23115089&postcount=6970
  16. GlosBoy45

    GlosBoy45 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2014
    Oddometer:
    25
    Location:
    Gloucester, England
  17. SAPB

    SAPB Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2012
    Oddometer:
    1,692
    Location:
    Rhode Island
  18. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2004
    Oddometer:
    10,067
    Location:
    Andover, N.J.
    Advrider's search engine is notoriously bad. The better way to search something on ADV rider is to google: "advrider "the subject your looking for"
    Enter.
    Way better.



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  19. Fytclub

    Fytclub Adventurer

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2012
    Oddometer:
    17
    Thank you!

  20. Epy

    Epy Hen-teaser

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2013
    Oddometer:
    350
    Location:
    Bakersfield, CA
    As someone who's so cheap it was really hard to spend $160 on the Seat Concepts kit, I've been doing a lot of research about what can be done for the rear shock (really don't want to spend money on the Race Tech shock). I've compiled my findings here: http://crf250lstuff.blogspot.com/2014/02/crf250l-rear-shocksuspension-upgrade.html

    I'm either going to buy the YSS shock or the Race Tech shock here soon. I'll post a review of which ever one I buy then as well.