The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. nbrooks

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    A few mods on the new CRF250L. Best Dual Sport Stage 1 mod with the Q4 exhaust. I opened up the air box with the Uni Filter air box vents as well. Plasti Dip was used for the rear and around the head light area. The Plasti Dip was used as a temp in case I did not like it, but I do. It is more durable that I thought it would be (about 6 coats). If I have issues with the Plasti Dip in the future, I will hit it with some flat black Fusion paint. I trimmed up the back license plate holder by getting rid of some of the excess. I was able to remove the big license plate light. I took the clear lense off the license plate light. I driled two holes into the bottom black plastic of the tail light, the used apoxy to attach the clear plastic piece from the license plate light over the two holes. This allows the light from the tail light to shine onto the license plate. If you do this, make sure to drill the holes as far forward as you can. The light coming out of the tail light shines straight down, so if you license plate is vertical the light may not hit it without bending your plate out. As you can see, I learned this lesson because my plate is bent out. I am aware Best Dual Sport is making a new foam filter for the bike, but charging $100 for them and they are not quite done yet. In the meantime, and for much less money, I am going to try and make my own. I have ordered bulk foam from Uni Filter. I am going to take a stock CRF250L filter and cut out the paper. Then glue the Uni Filter foam in place of it. I will let you know how that adventure goes. The bulk foam was only $12. I am still looking for details on the need or removal of the EVAP canister on the 250L. If someone could post detailed info of the need for it or the correct way to remove if it is not neaded I would appreciate it. From what I gather it does not seem necessary, so I could drop a couple of pounds if I can remove it correctly.
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  2. The Letter J

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    on the topic of shifters, another bit of insurance is to use a "brake snake" to prevent branches/rocks/etc from getting in between the shifter and the case which causes it to bend outwards. Combine that with a folding tip and that is about all that you can reasonably do to keep it intact. If you do replace the stocker, hose clamp/zip tie the old one to the frame as a spare.

    Obviously not a crf250l, but you get the idea:

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  3. Ed@Ford

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    DUH! Forgot all about "Brake Snake".......
  4. Fattirerider

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    Hey, new member here.

    I've been lurking for a while and thought it was time to register. I really appreciate all the great information on this site!

    I bought my 250 in September and have had a blast on it. Most of my 2 wheel experience comes from pedal bikes. A bit of road biking but mostly mountain biking. My only other motorcycle experience is on my '84 Honda Trail 110. It was my Dads but he hadn't run it in 20 some years when I took notice of it. I got it running after a couple years of on again off again working on it. Once running reliably I was hooked! Short rides around town turned into all day adventures. The top speed of 45 mph limited the roads and the size (me being 6'2") made long days in the saddle rough. I still managed to do some 100+ mile rides on the lil guy. I had looked at bigger bikes in the past like the 230 but wasn't that impressed, then I saw the 250 and knew I had to have one!

    I called around the local Honda dealers and found one not too far away and brought it home that day. I need to get some proper riding gear and a rack still. I'm looking forward to summertime, I would like to do some over nighters around the Olympic peninsula and the rest of Washington.

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  5. byron555

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    I think you are the type of buyer Honda was aiming at with this new bike. Congrats on your new purchase, Welcome, and I think you will enjoy your new ride

    Nice Postie by the way. My dad has an 81 model.
  6. Leoffensive

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    has anyone turned one of these into a supermoto yet?
  7. Tommyrg

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    Newbie here hope every one is having great success with there bikes...ive had a few issues. I got the bike to travel my 75 mile round trip everyday to college and work and its a blast in the city. Just to warn you if the bike falls on the right side it will bend the brake lever in half bust the mirror crack the exhaust cover and last but not least, bend the brake petal into the oil filter cover and leave you stranded but no worrys all new parts including an oil change 60 bucks...not bad. Im use to riding 2s motocross bikes this was a few years ago before I hit the real world(18 now). Anyhoo umm another issue I went out ona 100 mile adventure this weekend 40 miles of offroad pleasure and noticed a huge puddle of fork oil in my barn after I returned I was wondering if anyone has encountered this ye:cryt? Seems like these fork wipers are no where close to par :cry
  8. STANIMAL

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    Yes.
  9. G19Tony

    G19Tony Been here awhile

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    Let's hear it! Pics too, please. :D
  10. STANIMAL

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  11. Leoffensive

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    i hope theres a write up.

    id like to have the supermoto wheels for days i feel like being on the street
  12. STANIMAL

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  13. STANIMAL

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    Thats easy , Motostrano should have a setup or you can buy hoops and build one yourself.
  14. Wargasm

    Wargasm Been here awhile

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    I know I've worked the forks over good, no tabletops or anything, but weighing in at nearly 240lbs and riding this thing hard hasn't made the forks weep yet.
  15. Tommyrg

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    I been to the motorcross track a time or two with it nothing major no jumps just busting the Berms a bit I think it has something to do with the wipers and having almost 4000 miles...i really dont know just gonna replace the left seal and put some 30 wt fork oil from belray to slow down the compression a bit.
  16. Guerillah

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    Turns out Honda is backordered on some of the parts for the shifter lever so i'll be trying out the one on bestdualsportbikes.com ... I'll let you guys know how it goes.

    On another note... any impressions from someone who went from a 13T front sprocket/stock 40T rear to a 13T/43T? I am considering getting a 43T rear. Rick Ramsey notes that it helped out the response nicely but am interested in opinions/experiences of others if any are out there. Sometimes I have to hit short sections of highway to get to trails so I am a bit scared of its impact on my top speed (need to be able to go 75mph).

    Cheers
  17. Guerillah

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    Be sure to let us know how it goes, $100 for a filter is a little much IMO, will wait for manufacturers to release an air filter.
  18. Ed@Ford

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    With regards to air filter, I'd be tempted to wait for quality manufacturers like TwinAir, a world class provider in the Netherlands, to come up with a foam filter for the CRF250L, as they already make one for the street going CBR250R. And yes, I cross referenced part #'s....they don't fit....and are barely similar.
  19. RonZacapa

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    Took delivery of my 250L last week Thursday. Mileage is currently sitting at +600km. Fantastic little bike the 250L with a few shortcomings though. On a gnarly trailride on Sunday the limits of the rear shock were soon confirmed. Weighing 220 in my gear could be that all that's required is to turn up the preload at the back a tad. Access to the shock seems very limited so my question is have any of you been able to successfully get at the rear shock, either by stripping parts around it to gain access or by removing the shock altogether?
    Not looking at spending much money on the bike as I have a 650L that is good and sorted for the more demanding stuff.
    Overall very happy with my purchase, I can see myself keeping this bike for a while
  20. cherrywaves

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    Greatest thread ever. Wen I get home on leave I am going to go through and read every post. Love y'all's pictures of these great machines. I'll get a few of mine up. I put on one of the fmf pipes at southern Honda last weekend.