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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by sixer, Feb 4, 2009.
So I'm getting this 2001 XR250R I bought ready to go for my nephew. Today I changed the oil. Drained the frame reservoir, no big deal. Pulled the drain plug for the motor and out came the oil. A lot of oil. When it was over I had drained a full gallon of oil out of the bike. Gotta love the dry sump motors. Now I know why I found so much old oil dumped on the frame & motor.
What kind of problems would this much oil create? Strangely enough when I was running the bike to warm up the motor no oil came out of the breather hose even though I was running the motor at a fairly high RPM.
Also this being a 2001 model, the end cap doesn't lend itself well for modifying for better flow. in fact I think the S/A piece is pinned/welded to the cap by Honda. Any suggestions?
I'm going to be replacing the oil and seals in my forks next week..
i don't have a seal driver but have seen people use a piece of PVC pipe successfully, I'm wondering though does anyone know the dimensions of the special tool required to hold the inner fork cartridge? you need to hold the cartidge from rotating in order to undo the compression bolt from the bottom of the fork.
When I got my XR250R and did the first oil change my jaw dropped. I drained out 5 liters! The kid obviously had no idea how to check the oil. Surprisingly there was no damage and the bike runs like a good ol' XR should. If it gives you any piece of mind you can check out the ride report in my signature line. That trip was 1300 miles and I'm sure I have put about 3k miles on the bike total with no problems. Make sure the valves are adjusted and go!
So I have a nice Devol skid plate that I'm not going to be needing.. It's used but in great shape, few dings and scratches from normal use but nothing out of the ordinary. I will snap a few pics later to show it but figured I'd post now in case anyone is interested.. Looking to get about $90 and I'll cover the shipping. This is much nicer than the generic moose/utah/msr plate.. and mounts up very easily as well.
Some pics from when it was new...
You guys are killing me with all the pics and stories of those great looking XR-250R's.
I got rid of mine about 5 years ago to buy my DR-650 and while I do get to ride a lot more, I really really really miss my XR.
My 1996 had the 280 kit, Scotts rear disc guard, aluminum bars, Thumper Racing bar risers, wide pegs and a bunch of other mods I can't even remember.
I really miss trail riding and am going to start looking for another one.
Here is a short trip down memory lane. Look closely and you can probably see my tears.
Gotta gloat..... 96 XR250R, could use new levers and grips, seat cover, few odds n ends. But for $300? And it runs great!
This makes two 250s, one for Mrs1911fan and one for me!
Finally got my latest updates done. Just waiting on the bonded title in my name and I can go get my plates. I did the minimum that was required for Texas.
Here is the list and cost of items I did:
$165.00 - TTL
$100.00 - Bonded Title
$55.00 - Polisport MMX Headlight White
$26.00 - Tusk Hydraulic Brake Switch Nissin Brakes X2
$30.00 - Tusk Enduro Lighting Kit Replacement Wire Harness
$7.00 - Tusk Universal Horn
$30.00 - Power Patrol SLA1000 Battery or UB1208 battery
$10.00 - AIC Universal L.E.D. stobes to enhance braking awareness in traffic
$30.00 - Zefal Spy Bicycle Mirrors X2 -> Write up: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=873710
$35.00 - CRF450R Clutch Perch and Lever Cable Hot Start to free up handlebar room for the left side function switch
$70.00 - Motion Pro Special Order clutch and decompression cable to work with CRF Perch
$106.00 - Trail Tech Vapor Computer Kit (not installed yet)
$12.00 - 12V Regulator Rectifier Lifan
$16.50 - Universal Motorcycle or Car White 12V LED License Plate Light
$12.00 - Function Switch Left Side
$3.50 - Universal On/Off switch for turning power on to the electrical system
$93.00 - Dunlop D606 Dual Purpose Tires -Rear
$90.00 - Pirelli MT 21 Motorcycle Tire - Front
$15.00 - Tubes X2
$947.00 ~ Total, sure I missed some odds and ends
Went a little overboard on a few things but whatever.
Big thanks to my friend JT for helping me sort out the wiring. In hind sight, I should have just bought a bunch of colored wire and ran everything individually instead of using the Tusk wiring kit. I didn't wire up the turn signals and it took a while to sort out what is what because Tusk doesn't give you a color coded diagram of which wires are which because they assume you are buying the whole kit and not just the harness. Added another connection inside the tail light so you have running light and brake light.
BTW, I currently don't have a key for the bike. I plan to just carry a heavy duty bike lock. We also isolated the wiring to the spark plug from everything else so if I get a short, I should be able to still ride the bike.
Ready to start work. Laptop in the background.
Before adding the wiring harness:
After adding the wiring harness and rectifier
Tail light mod
Nice job tjrockit! I had the same plans for my XR until I got sidetracked by a deal I couldn't pass up on a WR250R.
Why didn't you end up going with the WPS combo tail/brake/plate light?
this is my '03 model.
17,000km's on the odometer and going strong, rebuilt the forks today, new HD tubes, sprockets, x-ring chain, oil change, valve clearances checked, brake fluid flushed and she'll be ready for a 3 week long 3,500km trip i'm doing.
I have a WPS on my XR650L. Unless it comes in a different size that I couldn't find, it is a smaller casing so I didn't like the look of it. Plus I just liked modifying the other one to work.
4strokesonly.com has a replacement lens but I've tried contacting them with no response so I don't even know if they are still in business.
I also considered the Acerbis Dual Sport Tail Light, but the price went WAY up on it, so I blew it off. I also didn't know if it would fit under my rack.
I'm not sure I understand. Does the WPS 650L combo light fit the 250?
it's not a direct fit. The square area of the base is smaller than the stock tail light.
Ah, thanks. I don't know why, but I was under the impression it was a direct swap.
the yeller tailbag thingy :huh
and where did all the stickers go?
I have yet to find a nice sticker set for the old XR. And the yeller bag may not be the pretiest but it stronger than stock and waterproof... and it was cheap.