The XR250R Thread...

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by sixer, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. Tachedoutoffroad

    Tachedoutoffroad Mr. Parrish

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    My 250/300 fukin rocks!!! :freaky

    Reminds me more of my Husky 310 than my XR400 :huh

    Suspension, suspension, suspension! Revalved, steering dampener, and new triple tree makes it sooooo much easier to go faster:deal less bearing me up and more traction makes for more fun :D Just an amazing woods bike :freaky:freaky
  2. fiep

    fiep Long timer

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    just picked up a 94 XR250L
    it has been sitting for years - owner can not say how long
    poor thing looked pretty trashy on 1st sight,
    but cleanded up it is not really bad
    the usual: air filter rotted, chain slider rotted, rear tire toast, seat cover rotted ...

    I have a new, aftermarket slider for an oilsump XR250R
    according to Honda OEM part numbers it is the same as XR250L
    yet, it does not really fit, a tad long
    ???

    what is the best source for air filters?
    need more than one

    anyone have a good seat cover or a good idea how to get or make one?
    I'd love to have the '250L' decal on the cover, too
    help me the bike is a 94, the tank decor and the darker blue number plate stickers conform, but the seat decor looks like 91?
    correct?

    thanks

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    do you recognize this muffler?

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  3. gvthnks

    gvthnks Been here awhile

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    Looks like an older Cobra exhaust to me.
  4. STANIMAL

    STANIMAL SUPPORT THE SECOND

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    where did you get the 300 kit ? Did you up size the carb ?
  5. cjbiker

    cjbiker Nobody's Robot

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    Any details on the revalve? I've read that not much can be done with the 250's cartridge, most upgrade to the 400 forks for a better starting point. Also, what's the upgraded triple all about?
  6. Tachedoutoffroad

    Tachedoutoffroad Mr. Parrish

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    Sorry?? Thought I was subscribed??

    The story is this was one of six bikes built by a amature Honda team for Baja 1000. They raced KTMs and didn't finish :deal and then the next year dumped $$$ into building a KTMish Honda and finished :clap
    This one never got raced, the guy just kept it and moved it around the country with him the last 10 years. The others are still down there with like a tour guideish thing of Baja.

    XRsonly either did the work?? Or got most of the parts there.

    I can't compare it to a stock one :huh I can tell you that the power is super snappy, not waaammmmmm waaammmm, more like Wakawwww Wakawwww :D it has 93% of the torque of my 400 and just keeps on revving. It a mix between the Husky 310 and XR400.

    i don't know if it is one part of the front end that does it, but my 400 and 600 just bounced around a lot and I felt like I just holding on. This feels like my Husky 310--> it stays where I put it and rolls with me (... That's what she said :D ) I know it weighs less, but 15lbs of the 400 is not the only difference. The 400 and 600 probably have the 1996 original fork oil :D.

    Not sure if that helps or not :super

    About to go ride......
  7. bluebox

    bluebox Been here awhile

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    Well I just got back from a three day ride on my 250. I will post pictures when they become available. Everyone else were on Huskies, Burgs and WRs. The first narly hill we came to I rode past 4bikes all stuck. The xr tractored past them all. But that was about its only claim to fame. It did OK everywhere and went about it all quietly. Its quite heavy to pick up but I am out of practice. Only probs with the bike were the chain was lanced off by a branch and first up I found I had overfilled the oil. I was caught out by the dry sump. Anyway its all good. I highly recommend Coffs Harbour Detour. Awesome riding.
  8. yater

    yater Long timer

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    I love the xr250. Mine was set up with a Clarke tank, Baja kit, and moto billet rack. It'd do 50mph all day on gravel and backroads and climb anything I cared to try. It's a ridiculously easy bike to ride. I prefer it everywhere over the dr350 (and I've had 4 of those). It feels MUCH lighter and snappier but has that long skirted piston feel when cruising.
  9. bluebox

    bluebox Been here awhile

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    Photo's as promised:
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  10. Washpa

    Washpa Been here awhile

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    I bought a 96 XR250R last month. After sorting out the jets, putting the unbaffled stock muffler back on, removing the snorkle and most importantly replacing the shorted kill switch it is now running solid. Cleaned it up a bit and now she is ready to get dirty.

    Still have some items to sort out. Subframe has a couple cracks on the cross members and three tabs are broke off of the airbox. Both are related to being flipped that also trashed the original rear fender. I also need to take another stab at adjusting the valves, ticking more than I'd like.

    I have about $1050 in it as it sits now.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/91000613@N07/
  11. t.read

    t.read Adventurer

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    I have a '95 that I got last year for $800. I've beat the hell out of it and it just keeps going. I don't really think it's that heavy though, if you look at the specs for it, it weighs less than a brand new CRF250 or a KTM 350. I don't have much experience with newer bikes though, so maybe they just carry the weight better. I'm used to old bikes so this thing feels like riding a Cadillac.

    I'm planning on putting a dual sport kit on it(it doesn't have a tail light at the moment) and trying to get a registration for it. Apparently it's not that difficult in TN as long as the fair market value is less than $3k or it's 30+ years old.
  12. Tachedoutoffroad

    Tachedoutoffroad Mr. Parrish

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    Please let me know if you find out something else--- parts C1-C4 changed recently (this year?) says you can't anymore.

    USED too be able to get it inspected with added mirror, horn, and brake light and you would get a real title, but doesn't seem the case anymore :cry



    Title 55 Motor and Other Vehicles
    Chapter 3 Certificates of Title
    Part 1 General Provisions


    Tenn. Code Ann. § 55-3-101 (2012)

    55-3-101. Motor vehicles subject to registration and certificate of title provisions -- Exceptions -- Definition of off-highway motor vehicle.

    (a) Every motor vehicle or motorized bicycle, as defined in chapter 8 of this title, and every trailer, semi-trailer, and pole trailer, when driven or moved upon a highway, and every mobile home or house trailer, when occupied, shall be subject to the registration and certificate of title provisions of chapters 1-6 of this title, except:

    (1) Vehicles driven or moved upon a highway in conformance with chapters 1-6 of this title relating to manufacturers, transporters, dealers, lienholders, or nonresidents;

    (2) Vehicles that are driven or moved upon a highway only for the purpose of crossing the highway from one (1) property to another;

    (3) Any implement of husbandry;

    (4) Any special mobile equipment;

    (5) No certificate of title need be obtained for any vehicle of a type subject to registration owned by the government of the United States;

    (6) No certificate of title need be obtained for a foreign vehicle that is subject to the registration provisions of this state, if the nonresident owner has a valid foreign certificate of title and certificate of registration and if the vehicle is to remain registered in the foreign state as well as in this state;

    (7) Subject to the approval of the commissioner, no certificate of title need be obtained for a vehicle that is part of a proportionally registered fleet in this state if the owner has a valid certificate of title in another state and the vehicle is engaged in interstate commerce;

    (8) Motorized bicycles, except when voluntarily registered under § 55-4-101; and

    (9) No certificate of title need be obtained or maintained where the manufactured home is affixed to real property in accordance with § 55-3-138.

    (b) The owner of a vehicle excepted in subsection (a) from the requirement for titling and registering may, subject to the approval of the commissioner, apply for a certificate of title without applying for its registration. The commissioner shall by regulation provide for the manner in which single applications are to be made and the conditions under which they may be allowed; however, this subsection (b) shall not be construed as granting authority to issue certificates of ownership on any basis other than upon documentation or summary of ownership as required in this chapter.

    (c) (1) Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, off-highway motor vehicles purchased after June 1, 1983, shall be subject to the certificate of title and special identification device provisions of this chapter and § 55-6-101, when the off-highway motor vehicles are operated on lands, other than a highway, in this state.

    (2) For the purposes of this title, an off-highway motor vehicle is a vehicle that is not driven or moved on the public highway and is limited to:

    (A) Any motorcycle commonly referred to as a dirt bike;

    (B) Any snowmobile or other vehicle designed to travel exclusively over snow or ice;

    (C) Any motor vehicle commonly referred to as a sand buggy, dune buggy, or all terrain vehicle; or

    (D) Similar types of motor vehicles designed primarily for off-highway use.

    (3) The department shall issue to the owner of an off-highway motor vehicle purchased after June 1, 1983, if not registered under chapter 4 of this title, a special identification device to be affixed to the vehicle as evidence that a certificate of title has been issued for the vehicle. The device may be either a plate or a sticker, whichever is determined by the department to be the most appropriate. The device shall be nonrenewable and nontransferable and shall become invalid when the vehicle for which it was issued is sold, or the ownership of the vehicle is transferred or the vehicle is dismantled.

    (4) Off-highway motor vehicles purchased prior to July 1, 1982, may also be issued a certificate of title and special identification device upon application of the owner, if evidence of ownership is properly provided to the department. Off-highway motor vehicles purchased after June 30, 1982, and prior to June 1, 1983, may be issued a special identification device upon application of the owner and presentation of the certificate of title previously issued for the vehicle.
  13. Tachedoutoffroad

    Tachedoutoffroad Mr. Parrish

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  14. t.read

    t.read Adventurer

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    http://www.tn.gov/revenue/forms/titlereg/f1310401Fill-in.pdf

    Not that it would work in Bama, but this is what I've found. Some guys I know up here in Nashville have had some success with this for old street bikes. Haven't tried for a dirt bike though. At the very least, I'm going to try it to get a title for the bike since it didn't come with one. Try and get it tagged after that.
  15. gt_pedaler

    gt_pedaler uber newbie

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    What is the best source for air filters? K+N

    anyone have a good seat cover or a good idea how to get or make one?
    I'd love to have the '250L' decal on the cover, too
    help me the bike is a 94, the tank decor and the darker blue number plate stickers conform, but the seat decor looks like 91?
    Contact: oem.replica@gmail.com he sells the seat covers on E-bay. If he has the correct logo stencil it will cost you around $45. If he doesn't have the one you want, like my 1986, he will make one for free if you give him a stencil that he doesn't have.[/QUOTE]
  16. MentalGuru

    MentalGuru Crazy Diamond

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    UNI or No-toil if you ride offroad. Stock paper or K&N for street use.
  17. fiep

    fiep Long timer

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  18. BSW

    BSW Been here awhile

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    Just back from a 78 kilometer trail ride ,first ride after fitting a Giannelli can ,I also ground the internal welds on the header pipes.the bike still has standard air filter with the snorkel removed.
    I fitted 135 main .48 pilot jet.
    The Bike needs lots of choke when cold,starts ok when hot .
    Today after 15 minutes in slippy tight wet woods .bike very hot it refused to start only when i applied choke,
    I will do a plug check tomorrow
    any suggestions.
  19. cjbiker

    cjbiker Nobody's Robot

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    Any air leaks in the intake boot or airbox boot? What's your idle mixture screw set at?

    I just set mine up with a 135 main and 48 pilot. It's got an FMF pipe and no snorkel. It runs great and starts easily after I adjusted the idle mixture and bumped up the idle speed a bit.
  20. STANIMAL

    STANIMAL SUPPORT THE SECOND

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    Is the pilot jet new ? Clean ?