The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. macinthailand

    macinthailand n00b

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    Hello,
    I am new to this site and have had this 250L since March (in Thailand). I was wondering if anyone has located a service manual for it yet? I have had leaking fork seals since almost new and had a friend bring me some new seals back from the states. I would like to service the forks and replace the seals but am hesitant to try without a service manual. Even stock parts are almost non existent here. Mine is made in Thailand and customer support sucks. I tried Honda in Japan but they keep referring me to Honda of Thailand. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!!:clap
  2. koh kood

    koh kood Been here awhile

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    This might help a bit. Would Honda Big Wing in BKK not assist you? I'd like to get hold of a service manual too.[​IMG]
  3. JapanLemon

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    Been out again, and I think I want a bashplate. I don't find the seat too uncomfortable, though I haven't done more than 200km on it yet in a day (yesterday about 60km in maybe two hours).

    Anyways, is there any video up with a CRF 250 L and FMF Q4 exhaust, to check what it sounds like?

    [​IMG]
  4. Red_dog

    Red_dog Adventurer

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    Warranty! dont touch it! get the dealership to fix it.
  5. Red_dog

    Red_dog Adventurer

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    Ricochet ATV Armour is your friend in regards to the bashplate. Best Dual Sport Bikes have a video on their site in regards to the Q4 pipe.
  6. Willard

    Willard Adventurer

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    Just lift it off, real easy.
  7. Bob80

    Bob80 Adventurer

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    X3 ...on the Joe Rocket Manta, a bit small but seems to fit nice and looks decent
  8. Rider1

    Rider1 Ridin' Dave

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    Go here: http://rickramsey.net/CRF250L.htm

    On the introduction page (link above takes you there) about 2/3rds of the way down you'll find info on service manual etc.

    Thanks Rick for taking the considerable time to post lot's of great info on this bike along with the work you've done !!

    Dave
  9. Tommyrg

    Tommyrg Adventurer

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    If im not mistaken its 23.2 us ounces for the left side and 22.3 for the right side
  10. nbrooks

    nbrooks Adventurer

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    One more pic of the filter installed on the bike. If you click on the pic it will take you to my photobucket page where you can view the full pic and use the zoom feature if you would like. I have not found a better was to post pics off my camera onto the forum. So if anyone has a better suggestion, please let me know. I did add an aditional bead of siliconearound the edges of the outside of the filter to add a bit more confidence in the filter. I had also ordered an additional stock filter prior to cutting up the one I had, just in case things went wrong, I would still have a filter to use. Overall I am happy with the way the filter turned out. I thought it was quite entertaining for someone to assume I photoshopped the filter, just did not anticipate that one. What would be in that for me? Besides I am not that good with a computer. I came up with an idea due to lack of an aftermarket filter, I tried it, and then shared my results. That's what forums are for. I may be a Noob to this site, but I have had Motorcycles and ATVs for the the past 25 yrs. I always find myself taking things appart to see how they work or to "improve" them . Sometimes it works in my favor and sometimes I end up creating a lot more work for myself. I have put 1000 miles on my CRF in the last two months, mostly riding in the desert of Utah and Arizona. I have really enjoyed the bike and the mods I have made have really opened the bike up. FYI the bulk foam from Uni was about $12 and came with enough foam to cover this filter area about four times, so plenty.
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  11. Lost Roadie

    Lost Roadie Rider

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    I think it's innovative and a great Get Er' Done attitude shown here and for one appreciate your efforts to share. To me the number of someone's posts don't mean shit especially when showing real deal ADVrider spirit and contributing to the pool for all of us.
    I don't think I'll be spending $100 for an air filter for this bike, even if it's made with unabtanium, but that's just me.
    We'll see what else comes out, but could just as easily go with a DIY solution, especially with the low cost involved. It just needs to be serviceable while on the road.
    Once it's about time to replace the OEM filter I'll know, but a cleanable foam filter that can have removable skins on it is important to me for what we will be doing with this bike. A little improvement in performance won't hurt either.

    Thanks for posting.



    -Finn
  12. Goon310

    Goon310 Adventurer

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    I'm really diggin' this bike.
    Hoping to get a new bike in 2013, and the CRF is heavily on my mind.

    How many of you are riding highway/freeway frequently?
    To get to a lot of places I'd like to ride I'd need to be able to ride pretty far.
    I know the bike can do it, but I'd just like to hear from others.

    I am really liking this bike for the simple facts that it is: Cheap, Reliable, Good on gas.
    It seems like all that I need and nothing I don't.
  13. foxbrook

    foxbrook Adventurer

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    The bike can certainly do highway speeds but not MUCH more. I'm sure it would get a bit redundant riding far on the highway. I'm not a highway person anyways, I like the back 2ndary roads. I've had mine doing 115-120km/hr comfortably.
  14. siyeh

    siyeh unproductive

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    I just hit the 600 mile mark on my CRF. 100 dirt, 500 riding to work at 55 to 60 mph. It goes 60 in comfort. I have yet to interstate it and prolly won't.

    Changed the oil yesterday and reused the filter cover gasket as the dealer did not have any in stock. :eek1
    Anybody else just reuse the gasket? It does not leak so I should be ok?
  15. Tommyrg

    Tommyrg Adventurer

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    When I got mine serviced the dealer himself used the same gasket and I started having an oil drip after a week. I guess its from where the indention on the gasket had been smashed the first time. Needless to say he replaced free of charge
  16. siyeh

    siyeh unproductive

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    Thanks. I will have to keep a close eye on it then.

    Keep buying these bikes guys, maybe the dealers will start stocking some freaking parts!!!!!!!!
  17. Tommyrg

    Tommyrg Adventurer

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    Yeah buy the way the brake levers are backordered well into next year...i work for ronayers.com and still no luck
  18. foxbrook

    foxbrook Adventurer

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    guess I'll have to watch it when I drop mine lol :lol3
  19. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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    Thanks for posting the nice video, Rick. I read your review; the RaceTech shock seems like money well spent. :D

    <iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5xKnI-WhrpI?feature=player_detailpage" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    To imbed the video in a web page, just right-click on the video and choose "Copy embed html" from the menu that appears. Then paste the contents into your post. :deal

    Spud :beer:
  20. macinthailand

    macinthailand n00b

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    If you lived here you'd see why you would never let the dealer touch your bike. I asked them to take the rear sprocket off because I did not want to round out the allen head bolt holes. Well they rounded them out for me and that was it. They gave up. I am using mine for serious off road only so I am sure the warranty would be void anyway. I knew I was going to be on my own when I bought this anyway because of language barrier and where and how I ride it. I currently have an FMF (copy) slip on, took off a lot of plastic, 45 tooth rear and 13 tooth front. Power programmer on it's way.