The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. callison

    callison Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the warm welcome, here's a pic of my bike:

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    I got mine from the Honda dealership here in Winston-Salem, NC. They put the FMF muffler on it. Aside from that, it's pretty much a stock bike. Eventually I'd like to clean up the tail end, all that crap hanging down off the back fender is kind of janky looking. Racks for day/weekend trippin' are in my future as well. Since I haven't ridden in so long I've got to get the basics before I can really start planning bigger upgrades. First on the list is a good pair of cold weather gloves, it was cold out there this morning (38 degrees) on my ride to work.

    I figure I should post a pic now, a guy I work with has 80 acres near Pilot Mountain. I'm heading up to ride with him this weekend, I will probably dump the bike at some point. It won't be shiny and new after happens...

    I have a technical question:
    When I'm riding 50+mph the bike doesn't seem all that stable, the front end feels fairly loose. Would this be due to the the knobby front tire and relatively small size of the bike? Right now, I don't know if I'd be comfortable getting on the interstate. All of the street riding I've done in the past has been on bigger bikes, CBR600's and what not, so I don't have a frame of reference as for what to expect. I realize it's not going to ride like a street bike and I don't plan on doing any significant highway riding so it's not a huge issue, mainly just my own curiosity.
    thanks,

    Cory
  2. MentalGuru

    MentalGuru Crazy Diamond

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    Did the dealer set the rear suspension sag correctly? It will cause instability if its not set correctly. Tire pressure? Setting ride(race) sag and static sag would be my first area I would check. This should be done when you get the bike. These measurements will also help determine if the spring rate is correct for your weight.

    Otherwise it's kind of the nature of the beast.

    :beer
  3. SAPB

    SAPB Long timer

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  4. Lost Roadie

    Lost Roadie Rider

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    Cory,

    A steering damper will greatly help with that head shake or high speed stability, along with off Tarmac handling even more so from my experience.
    Scott's Performance will have a kit for the LRP in a few weeks I'm told. It will be a clamp on post type, not weld on, and use a top clamp mount for the damper. It should be the same price as similar kits they have listed for other bikes with same mounts. $400 some odd bucks. Best money spent for any bike IMHO.

    That's next our our list.




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  5. Leoffensive

    Leoffensive Adventurer

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  6. SAPB

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  7. outdoornate65

    outdoornate65 Adventurer

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    Picked-up my new CRF250L today.

    Been around the block a few times.

    Feels like Christmas...
  8. trainman

    trainman Been here awhile

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  9. Leoffensive

    Leoffensive Adventurer

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  10. joec63

    joec63 Been here awhile

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    Didn't check if this was posted. Another resource for accessories. Stock photo


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  11. Leoffensive

    Leoffensive Adventurer

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    that is a nice ass skid plate
  12. jglow

    jglow Two wheeled traveler

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    Thanks for posting that... I just ordered a radiator guard for the wife's crf250l. She ate it pretty good on a gnarly little downhill section of some trails we were riding and the radiator got all sorts of smooshed, bent, and tweaked (no leaks though).

    Hey Finn, I'm surprised Nancy hasn't bent hers yet. A couple of those pics you posted looked like it could of taken a hit.



    jordan
  13. 13Moose-man

    13Moose-man Adventurer

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    Very nice. I know what I'm getting the little Honda for Christmas!:D
  14. Leoffensive

    Leoffensive Adventurer

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    me 2
  15. ramz

    ramz Professional Trail Rider

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    Santa,

    Put me down for a radiator frame and the lightweight skidplate.

    :ricky
  16. 'Flagger

    'Flagger ..this space for rent..

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    Hold on! Don't you already have the polymer skidplate from AXP? Wouldn't that be lighter?
  17. bungie4

    bungie4 Frostback

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    Dammit!

    I just ordered a Richochet skid plate, had I had known, I would've ordered both the skidplate and rad guard from a bunch of good Cdn boys.

    Oh well. Order coming for a rad guard!
  18. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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  19. clfarren5944

    clfarren5944 Adventurer

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    Bought myself a 250L yesterday for a 70th birthday present. Dual sport bikes are my favorite rides, many thousands of miles on KLR's, XR650L, 450EXC, and the DR650 that I still have. I feel the Honda is a fun bike if one accepts what it is and isn't. My KTM was magic, but way overkill for dual sport riding. I tend to build a bike in to exactly what I want than sell it!
    Only mods so far are hookups for heated gear. Eventually, higher bars to make standing more comfy.
    Now, to sell my new Harley. Another bad decision!

    Chris
  20. creamcheese

    creamcheese n00b

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    The mounting bracket is the same as we use for the DRZ400 Edge kit. Just added two 8mm holes in the bracket,two 8mm bolts,two aluminum spacers and the 12 O'clock Labs controller.
    Fg


    http://www.wheelingcyclesupply.com/shop/52/24/1400.shtml