The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. Vzuke

    Vzuke Been here awhile

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    It's funny that you mentioned the heat gun, I did the same thing with mine. Well with my wife's. Since I lowered it I don't get to ride it much. "I look like circus bear." It's a 250cc Grom.

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    I put some Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa's on the CRF. I doubt that my wife will find the limits of this tire. And while she has ridden in the rain (got caught out in it a few times) she wasn't slipping and sliding.

    I have Conti Trail Attack Dual-Sport Tires (80% road - 20% dirt) on my DRZ SuperMoto (100% road). Again I'm not out there trying to find the limits of the tires in the rain but I wouldn't say I was as cautious as the misses.
  2. SAPB

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  3. longhaul747

    longhaul747 Been here awhile

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    I have owned my CRF250L for about 3 weeks now and have about 150 miles on the clock. Not much but shortly after delivery we had a tremendous amount of rain and I did not ride much during those times.

    So far its breaking in nicely and its far more capable then its size suggest. Also seems to use fuel very wisely witch is totally cool.

    The only problem I have discovered is on my 3rd ride I started smelling coolant. I could not find any evidence of leakage and my levels were good. A bit concerned smelling coolant on a brand new bike I googled "CRF250L coolant leak" and sure enough found a very common problem of coolant coming out of the weep hole on the bottom of the engine. Pretty common on the CBR250R as well. So I went out and had a closer look and sure enough I could see a few drops of white crusty residue from that area.

    Supposedly for most this problem goes away after the seals have an opportunity to properly seat from a set number of heat cycles. So for now I am just keeping an eye on it. For many the problem has not gone away but so minor you never loose any noticeable amount of coolant. Some have managed to get the seals replaced under warranty only to have the same problem again.

    As long as it never gets worse I guess its not a real problem. However I am kind of shocked that here in this day and age you can have an odd problem like this. Also coolant stinks even just a drop or two so I kind of find it mildly annoying.

    At the 600 mile service I will have it noted and documented and if it does not go away after the first 1,000 miles probably try and open a claim with Honda but that might be a lost cause. Nature of the beast. Total pump failure is very rare but has happened to a few people.
  4. battlecattle

    battlecattle Been here awhile

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    I won't worry to much about it. The smell goes away with time, and so doesn't the weep. Mine did the same but now at 6500mi nothing and she runs like a top
  5. SAPB

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    Mine never did that (that I knew of), but had the oil drip, which was actually just chain lube that spit off.
  6. r6realtor

    r6realtor Been here awhile

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    mine and a buddies both do it, we also both had the seals fixed under warranty only to have them leak immediately after. I spoke the head mechanic at my local dealer and said they would at least make a note of it in case there is a future issue. It seems like such a tiny amount and I'm honestly not that worried about it but it is super annoying!
  7. longhaul747

    longhaul747 Been here awhile

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    Yeah at that point I am not worried much about it. The smell is kind of annoying and worrisome though. However it would not be the first bike I own that burps coolant on occasion.

    I will Just double check the coolant level with 2 eyes during inspection periods to make sure the coolant level is still where it should be. Might pop the radiator cap just to make sure the radiator has sufficient coolant in it as well as occasionally it will not pull from the reserve bottle. An issue on some bikes.

    Looking at the leak it looks like maybe 1 or 2 drops of coolant so not much. No oily residue witch I would think it would be a different and larger issue as its likely coolant would be finding its way into the oil.

    In my overall opinion though in this environmentally friendly world we live in this should not be happening and Honda should issue a fix and TSB for those that have the issue (witch sounds like just about all of them). I think they went really thin on the gasket material thinking the high fit and finish of the engine would keep it from being a problem but as it turns out it kind of is. Worst case in most situations is just a tiny weep but I still don't think it should really do that. Until they do I will not worry much about it unless its coming out enough to loose a meaningful amount of coolant.
  8. blrfjr

    blrfjr Been here awhile

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    Ive been lurking on here for a while now looking at a lot of bikes for sale. I havnt ridin a DS in 25 years or so and had no idea what to get. Well Saturday I finally decided the crf250 was the best bang for my fifty year old buck, so here she is (like youve not seen one of these before)
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    Let the farkling begin......:clap
  9. Fishyhead

    Fishyhead Eremikophobic

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  10. roundtripping

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  11. isalas16

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    She is officialy mine now :D asuka is home

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    And a few mods already in shipping xD will post after pics once I received and install them.

    I do not have any manual I was wondering what are the options on the speedo? I was able to reset the time, trip A and B, is there anything else??

    Also has anyone fitted shinko 705 on stock rims??
  12. Romy

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    Looking good! I have the same jack. Did you look under the seat? That's where the manual should be. I'm pretty sure you can download the owners manual if not. If you hold down both buttons at the same time you can scroll through changing the readout of miles/KMs and the clock.

    cheers!
  13. Jorgeo65

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    I have just purchased a crf also, very similar to u, I am 49, haven't ridden for over 30years and could not decide between the KLX250 or CRF250,in the end went for the crf value, with the $1000 I saved it can go on mods. loving riding again, haven't done any track riding yet, I want to run bike in on the road . [​IMG]
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  14. Jorgeo65

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    hi, I have been thinking about buying a bike for a while and after reading up on the new dual sport bikes decided to buy a CRF250L, it was a toss up over the KLX & CRF, I went with the CRF because of the price, figured I can spend the savings on mods if I found the CRF to tame for me.
    I haven't ridden in over 20 years and was a bit nervous about getting tested before I could get my learner's permit, when I last road u didn't need a bike licence, u went to the rta answered a few multi choice questions and away u went, now u have to do a 2 day course. anyway I put a deposit on the bike did the course over the weekend and picked up my bike on Monday. the ride from the dealer to home was great, it put a huge smile on my face, the bike felt great, it was running a bit hot but it was a hot day,
    all was going good until I got the bike home and discovered there was no coolant in it, the smile was wiped off immediately:becca. I couldn't believe it, the pre delivery booklet claimed coolant had been checked so it might of leaked. bike was taken back to dealer and pressure tested for leaks, in the end they said coolant had not been toped up and they where sorry for the inconvenience.
    I was angry and it was lucky I only road the bike for 30 mins before I noticed, could of been riding for a week until I noticed:baldy.
    this totally ruined the experience of buying a new bike, even though I was assured the radiator had fluid in it and no damage was done, I still have that doubt.
    what do u guys think, could it have damaged anything or am I worrying about nothing:confused.
    I have noticed the gears are notchy and a bit hard to change but is this normal for a new bike.
    any input will b appreciated.

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  15. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Idiots.
    They made their incompetence your potential problem. Most likely not, but enough to make you now focus on that instead of just enjoying your new bike. At least get those clowns to admit it in writing.


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  16. Jorgeo65

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    thanks, I have to take the dealers word that it had some coolant, engine temp didn't come on, but someone told me if the radiator was bone dry temp light want work, it takes its reading from steam which want b produced if radiator was bone dry. I don't know if that's true, maybe someone can comment on that.
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  18. Jorgeo65

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    exactly what I tried to explain to Honda Australia, its always on the back of my mind, it feels like I have thrown $6000 away.
    they have given me the 1st service free, but I don't trust the monkeys at that dealer. this is the email I received from Honda-

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    Thank you for your enquiry.<o:p></o:p>
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    We can advise that after your unit was picked up and the dealer inspected the bike, which had 36klms on it, and found that the radiator required about 200cc to fill it back up. The coolant capacity is 1020cc. <o:p></o:p>
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    With this small amount of fluid missing. the engine would get hot and cause the fan to come on, which protects the engine by providing cool air to the radiator, but would not cause engine damage. <o:p></o:p>
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    We contacted the dealer principal who explained they arranged for the bike to be picked up, the coolant added, and that the dealer has offered the first service for free. <o:p></o:p>
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    We feel the dealer has done everything to rectify the issue which was an oversight by their technician. <o:p></o:p>
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    We appreciate your taking the time to contact us with regards to the issue.<o:p></o:p>
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    Kind Regards,<o:p></o:p>
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    Customer Relations Team<o:p></o:p>
    Honda Australia MPE Pty Ltd<o:p></o:p>
  19. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Normally engines are test run at the factory and come to the dealer filled with coolant. The dealer was probably just supposed to top it up enough to show in the overflow reservoir, which is usually just a small amount.
  20. pigjockey

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    I think I'd get on the horn with corporate and explain the deal and tell them you want a new bike. That's bs, it was there lack of responsibility to add the coolant and they FAILED. the bike is not meant to operate that way (dry). Good luck, Insist on a new one!!!!!!