XR250L owners check in

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by slip, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Clarke makes a 4 gallon tank specific for the 250 L...
  2. JohnPainter

    JohnPainter XRing

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    Yup, that's the ticket!
  3. JohnPainter

    JohnPainter XRing

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    Sort of bored not being able to ride during the winter, but since I do snowboard here's a couple of dopey pics at Lost Valley, here in Maine. Well groomed trails, not many people out, just the way I like!
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    Nothing like just letting the moment sink in.

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  4. Rangerman

    Rangerman "1987"

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    Hey,
    I have a really nice 1992 XR250L that I bought a few years ago and am enjoying it quite a bit. I have had a few motorcycles through the years and one of my favorites was a 1982 XL250R that I had when I was younger. The only one that is it's equal and fast becoming my all time favorite is my new 2011 KLR650, but I still enjoy my XR though. Having two Dual Sports a 250&650 is ideal depending on what it is that I am looking to accomplish. That said I would like to post some pix of the XR but am having trouble. It is not as easy as just clicking and dragging into this message box is it? Any help would be appreciated.
  5. JohnPainter

    JohnPainter XRing

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    One more winter doldrums activity to talk about, I finally replaced my aging Fox riding pants with some JT Racing ones, pretty impressive weight difference. The Fox's feel like my snowboarding pants but these JT's feel like my jeans. Overall I'm liking them, with just a little concern for how flexible that plastic belt strap is, seems like it should be a lot stiffer like on the Fox's but the JT plastic is more like leather flex so I don't know how well that will hold up. Anyone else have a pair of these? How well do they hold up? I've read plenty of reviews good/bad, but I don't know anyone who actually has a pair around here, it's all Fox and Thor.

    Well I'm sure someone will ultimately call me out WTFYFF, there's a reason everyone else has Fox and Thor, man up and get some Thor! :baldy

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  6. JohnPainter

    JohnPainter XRing

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    Rangerman, wow awesome selection of bikes! Both are my personal favorites too, though I downsized to the 250 just for the fun off road in the tight crap here in Maine.

    Any way, to add photos you'll need to host them off site on someplace like Photobucket, Flickr, etc. Once you have some photos hosted there, you use the "Direct link" option to get the URL you need to copy into the "Add image icon" in ADV rider, it's that yellow icon just above the text when your typing that sort of looks like a mountain on a yellow post card. Anyway here's a couple images to try to explain too.

    Good luck, can't wait to see what you got for photos! Back to the Ravens right now though! :1drink

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  7. Rangerman

    Rangerman "1987"

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    Thanks for the instructions, let's see if I can figure this out! [​IMG][/IMG]]
  8. Rangerman

    Rangerman "1987"

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    Here's another.
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  9. JohnPainter

    JohnPainter XRing

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    Holy crap! Did that thing just roll off the assembly line?

    Looks like a California model. Very pristine, I almost never see any with a seat that still has the strap on it, I always figured its because everyone who tries to double-up just falls off the back and takes the strap with them, process of elimination. :lol3 My son is 10 and he complains there's not enough room. The only thing that doesn't look stock is the Pro Moto billet rack. That's a mighty fine XR specimen you've got there.
  10. Rangerman

    Rangerman "1987"

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    Thanks, I am the second owner. When I bought this it only had1,200 miles on it and that was in the 20 years that the original owner had it. Definitely a rare find. Also came with the original red tail/ tool bag. I am thankful to God for nice things to enjoy and make use of!
  11. Rangerman

    Rangerman "1987"

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    Hey I am getting ready to put new Dual Purpose tires on. What are you using and/or recommend? 80% road 20% dirt is most of my riding.
  12. johnyrrr

    johnyrrr Been here awhile

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  13. Rangerman

    Rangerman "1987"

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    How about Shinko's? I have read some favorable recommendations on the 700 series dual sports? Cost seems reasonable. Quality?
  14. JohnPainter

    JohnPainter XRing

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    Shinko's in general are pretty cheap tires, people seem to either like them or hate them. I have the Shinko 705 (more of a street tread than 700's, but still DS) on my XR and they have been reliable on both road and trail including loose gravel, hayfield, and wood chips - the powerlines around here are loaded with chips from when the crews cut back the tree line. I do think they are best on the road and hard pack trail. Predictably they suck in mud or anything approaching mud consistency, they also suck in sand. I was a bit surprised though that they are fine in rocks, far from being trials tires, they are rather soft rubber so they get some grip. When they are new their cornering is horrible, so take your time if you happen to get some 705's, to make sure they are broken in before taking corners at speed. I was somewhat impressed that when I was riding in a lot of high winds last year, getting strong gusts from the side on open road, they kept the bike up and tracking where I wanted, the top of my bike wobbles because it's tall and light, but the wheels did feel like magnets stuck to the road. Overall for the price I am happy, though I will probably move towards a more 50/50 tread when I get tire next so the 700's are going in the right direction for that. Good luck on your search!
  15. Rangerman

    Rangerman "1987"

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    I went ahead with the 700's, they are on order. I did some research from other sources and for the price and considering the positive opinions from those who have had or still do have them, I figured I would give them a try?
  16. Slipinn

    Slipinn DevilDogMarine

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    I am new here and just joined. I really enjoy the sharing of tips on the xr's and have a 1996 xr250l I bought new in 96. It has been stored and only has 1100 miles on it. I just got it in shape this week for the road again. I installed a windshield on it for touring and did a few basic mod's. it is sensitive when it comes to starting but works a lot better now with the decomp unhooked and the accellerator pump adjusted. Not a great deal of xr250 owners out there so it's nice to have a place to share information. Look forward to your post and glad to help anyone with info I have as well.
  17. Rangerman

    Rangerman "1987"

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    Hey slipinn, welcome.
    Do you have any pictures of your 96XR250L?
  18. Slipinn

    Slipinn DevilDogMarine

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    Hey Rangerman,

    Yes, I took some on my phone and will try to figure out how to post them. I am new to the forums so might take me a few times working on it. I don't have them on any web site and not sure if they can be embedded on here or attached.
    I installed a 8000k blue white headlight in it today. Got a two pack off ebay for 19 bucks. I don't have a welder but I would like to figure out how to build my own front and rear rack's if I can. I was thinking about it some last night and sems to me that you could use aluminum, bolt it together and use some super strong glue,lock nuts and loctite. Have no seen any like that on here yet. Did see where one clever guy turned a milk crate upside down and made a rear rack by cutting it down to just enough for side bracing and the bottom of the crate acting as the surface of his rack.
  19. Slipinn

    Slipinn DevilDogMarine

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    I also bought a seat pad and a set of tank saddle bags off amazon today. Hit a deal on them and the coleman pad was 17 bucks and the saddle bags 17 bucks.
  20. ramotorcycle

    ramotorcycle Trail Rider

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    Greetings:

    I've hung around ADV threads for some time now, and was delighted when the XR250L thread started up. Haven't introduced myself.

    I pick up and unload bikes from time to time, working on them in between. Have determined that the XR250L is just about the best dual-sport for what I'm looking for. Light, nimble, decent power (with potential for more with mods). It is also a very easy starter (I've installed a slightly larger pilot jet, which made starting and roll-on power dramatically improve).

    My only problems with the 1996 that I have is that it smokes just a bit on start-up at times (not always), and that it has a vibration at mid-range RPMs. Otherwise, it's a nearly pristine bike. I'd like to think fuel mixture, but am afraid it may be piston slap. Would love to have someone else suggest a simpler reason for vibration. It is smooth on the lower end, and can push through the vibration at higher RPMs.

    I'm not sure I'm willing to bore out the bike if I determine that it is piston slap, though for a bike that otherwise fits so well, I probably should.

    Any comments welcome.

    Andrew