The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. siyeh

    siyeh Lawn Nazi

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    Congrats! I only have about 400 miles on mine so far. Around 100 off road. Loving this lil thumper!
  2. Brk4moose

    Brk4moose Could save your life

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    I know my wife is gonna hit it pulling her car in. Just a matter of time. The suspension travel leans the bike over in my garage more than my last bike. Besides maintenance is easier on a centerstand. To each their own I guess.
  3. bungie4

    bungie4 Frostback

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    I just use the rear stand I bought for my CBR250R. It has 'paddles' that lever the swing-arm up instead of using bobbins. I think it was $65 new.
  4. TNC

    TNC Candyass Camper

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    I don't know...depending on how the bike will be used, a centerstand won't stop the earth's rotation. Looking at what bikes he listed in his profile, it didn't appear that he's seriously into more aggressive dirt riding. If the application isn't a dual sport to be ridden on a real trail occasionally, the fitment of a centerstand shouldn't be a problem. I'd never put one on my KLX, but I ride it in terrain quite frequently that would cause a serious problem for a centerstand...and me. People are different, and if you're not going to ride trails or terrain where a centerstand might be dangerous, then it's doable. KLR650's have/had aftermarket centerstands, and they work pretty well for those who don't try to really ride them like full dirt bikes.
  5. Crafty_D

    Crafty_D Adventurer

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    YAY! Finally got mine last week.. loving the bike!
    Fitted 7/8 pro taper bars, had to re-adjust my clutch afterwards though.
    Next weekend my assassin hand guards with custom CRF250L logos.
    Sunny South Africa :)

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  6. CRFSoCal

    CRFSoCal Adventurer

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    Hey I'm still new to the whole dual sport and riding. Is there any hand guards that work with stick bars? If not what are some good bars that are not to far from the way the stock ones are. Thanks in advance.
  7. goondock

    goondock Adventurer

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    Nice I like the red bars, congrats on the bike it is a lot of fun. GO SPRINGBOKS!
  8. joec63

    joec63 Been here awhile

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    Use this tool to get the dimensions on the stock bars. Choose CRF250L from the drop down box. Then shop for bars that are close. I went with Pro Taper CR HIGH but others will work also. The stock bars are flimsy, bent very easy in a dismount :D

    I preferred drilling the three holes for the switchgear versus filing down the nubs so keep the stockers for the hole measurements if you go that route.

    http://www.zeta-racing.com/handlebar/players/sim.html<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>

    As far as handguards I was using Cycra pro bend on the stockers with a little adjustment.
  9. MentalGuru

    MentalGuru Crazy Diamond

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    I guess I'm just old school and am happy with a block of wood under the kickstand...

    :beer
  10. p0diabl0

    p0diabl0 Been here awhile

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    Same. Also he could just turn it around so it leans away from the car...
  11. Brk4moose

    Brk4moose Could save your life

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    So I had today of and I re-arranged some stuff in the garage. Bike fits perfect now, should be good to go. I used a block of wood and now it lives on the other side. Was able to go out for a chilly but quick little toot. That bikes awesome, fingers are crossed for a warm winter....
  12. SugarDust

    SugarDust Kulia i ka nu'u

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    I finally had a chance to install the Dobeck Fuel Controller today. Took the bike for about a 20 mile ride (wish I could have gotten more time but not today) - I can say without a doubt it is worth the money! wow, what a difference. :DWith 13/42 gearing and just the FI controller it's like it different bike; even with the stock exhaust it really makes a difference.
  13. TNC

    TNC Candyass Camper

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    That's good to hear. Shouldn't be surprising for a good FI bike. I have two acquaintances with WR250R's, and their bikes experienced notable performance and driveability improvements with a controller.
  14. SugarDust

    SugarDust Kulia i ka nu'u

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    given the improvement, I may put off the FMF exhaust and instead improve the suspension with the race tech components mentioned in the DB article...
  15. 'Flagger

    'Flagger ..this space for rent..

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    Speaking of which .... I wonder who the other two people were that called them about the article on the same day I did. :rofl

    I learned the following:
    -Their custom shock for the CRF250L is ~$750. It's an Internal Floating Piston model with adjustable rebound damping and adjustable preload (non-remote). The packaging space at the upper end of the shock prevents piggyback models or remote preload adjust.

    - For the front they want you to send the forks in to be reworked. For ~$450-$500 (not willing to give a firm quote until they get the forks in hand), they'll install a gold valve and modify the front spring to stiffen the rate. They've found that there is a limit to how far they can go. He said the rates (both stock and max), but I was unable to write that down. He did say that the rate the BDSB dude wanted was higher than they could deliver. They haven't looked into having a custom spring wound for the bike but will if there is enough demand.

    So ... if anyone here is at all interested, give them a call and give them the impetus to make those springs!
  16. CRFSoCal

    CRFSoCal Adventurer

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    Thank you for the advice I appreciate it a lot.
  17. Crafty_D

    Crafty_D Adventurer

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    Thanks man. Will post some pics once my hand guards are on. Still contemplating cutting a whole in the side of the throttle... grrrr.. Already had to nub the pins for the handlebars.

    *sigh* choices choices.
  18. Crafty_D

    Crafty_D Adventurer

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    Hahah I need ideas how to make $850 thats allot of cash in South African RAND geeez. I want the bestdualsport stage 1 kit ... :(: Unfair, all the cool stuff from other country's.

    But we have awesome trails and animals. I will take some elephant pics next time. They dont seem too bothered by the bike :) But im NOT getting off, will take pic from the seat. Also saw some gazelle last weekend while riding.
  19. goondock

    goondock Adventurer

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    I am also saving up for that kit, looks good and i talked to the owner and he seems pretty legit.

    as for your hand guard question if you check out page 52 you will see I posted pictures of the ones I have installed they arent the cheapest when you include the mirrors but they are solid. Lots of guys seem to like the Cycra hand guards.
  20. Wargasm

    Wargasm Been here awhile

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    Didn't I read somewhere that the CRF250L forks have the same external dimesnsions as the CRF250X and CRF450X, making a swap easy. wondering if anyone has acces to all three bikes to so a comparo. There'd be a few used stock forks out there off MX bikes that converted to fancy schmancy gear, wouldn't there?