2017 250 EXC-F -- any opinions yet?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by KnowFear, Feb 12, 2017.

  1. KnowFear

    KnowFear Adventurer

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    I'm considering this for my next plated trail bike. Not much info yet - let's hear from the new owners.
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  2. two trackin fool

    two trackin fool Long timer

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    I wish I would have known before I had the dealer search me up a 2016 CRF250L

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  3. davesupreme

    davesupreme grand poobah

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    sorry, but a 2016 CRF250L is not even in the same league.....
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  4. two trackin fool

    two trackin fool Long timer

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    That is my point .
    I didn't know ktm was going to offer one this year .........A plate able 250 that is .

    Sorry I should add the 250 is a second bike for my daughter ..........


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  5. GR0NK

    GR0NK Got some screws loose!

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    It draws it's heritage directly from the 250 XCFw so it's basically a race bike. It's VERY effective in the trails, no matter how gnarly. Much more powerful than any of the Japanese factory DS bikes and much lighter as well.



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  6. mknj671

    mknj671 Been here awhile

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    Have not ridden one but a guy in our group was riding a brand new 250EXCF last weekend, it was remapped but that was it. Talked to him briefly and he was coming off a 450, he loved the bike and was doing real well on the tight sandy stuff we ride. Commented that the motor was more than enough and he could ride it faster and longer without it wearing him out.
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  7. Adanac rider

    Adanac rider O.S.T.R. 62 Supporter

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    I wonder what the service recommendations and oil capacity are ? The 400 + ex's have gotten more capacity of late .
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  8. armstrong473

    armstrong473 Totally gnarly adventurer

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  9. davesupreme

    davesupreme grand poobah

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    my bud just bought a 250 XCF maybe 6 months ago....... i rode it a little.... those air forks are pretty sweet, i would definitely have them..... i ain't tinkerbell, 6'1", 210, and i got long arms and legs, so...... i'd have to do some stuff to make it fit me, it felt pretty cramped.... those new triples only have one mount position, and it's pretty far back, and i'm pretty much blaming that.... my bud likes it, so..... the motor had plenty of azz, and once you wound it up, maybe TOO MUCH azz.... it wants to get wound up, and then it's FAST.... feels really light.... it's really making me think about the 150XCW....
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  10. KnowFear

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    Is there a good reason to buy this bike instead of the 350 EXC-F ?
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  11. jcat5503

    jcat5503 Been here awhile

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    How is it on pavement stretches? Could you ride it 100 miles or so?
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    Is it too late to back out? That thing weighs 320 pounds right?
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  13. OrangeYZ

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    It costs about a thousand dollars less.
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  14. s4awd

    s4awd Anywhere but here.

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    Uhh no. I have a '17 500 EXC and had to ride over a 100 miles back from the dealer. Scary and miserable experience on the highway to say the least. I can't even imagine doing it on a 250. I ride my bike on various trails including super tight woods. It's a great do it all bike and the 250 must be an absolute weapon on tight single track but that is not the bike you want to be riding out on the highway.
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  15. jcat5503

    jcat5503 Been here awhile

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    Really? It seems like many guys make lightweight adventure bikes out of the 500...
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  16. s4awd

    s4awd Anywhere but here.

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    That's just crazy talk :) I'm sure you can add a bigger tank and get some wolfman bags and ride local and dirt roads for miles. But when everyone is doing 80mph + on the interstate, and you have 2+ hours of that shit, it's gonna suck. It belongs in the mud, over rocks and in the woods. :D

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  17. Carlos Thomas

    Carlos Thomas Fast not Furious

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    Can you be specific? Was it the rock hard stock seat that made it "miserable"? Was it the vibration or wheels potentially not being properly balanced from the dealer? I ask this, because the seat and potential high speed wobble can be corrected. Just thinking out loud, I would think the overall vibrations might be a challenge...but I never rode the new KTM 500 on the highways.

    Any insight would be much appreciated.
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  18. two trackin fool

    two trackin fool Long timer

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    Yeah it's heavy . Long story

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  19. Harder1

    Harder1 braaaap!

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    Not to take the 250 thread off topic, but my '17 500 EXC-F is fine on the highway. Balancing the wheels and putting a Seat Concepts Seat were the biggest improvements for slab use. I wouldn't hesitate to take it on a 50 -100 miles of highway. I sometimes ride from home to the trails 50 miles and rip the woods all day and slab home another 50. It's not an issue.
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  20. s4awd

    s4awd Anywhere but here.

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    Once you pass 80mph, the drag the radiator guards and fender create start to overcome the motor and at speed, cross winds from traffic affect steering. It's an uneasy feeling when you just want to keep up with traffic. Zero wind protection and wind blast add to all of it. You can definitely ride up to 90mph and hold it for a few min but for hours, it's not fun. All of this on a motor that's not meant to do any of it adds to the uneasiness.

    I have a 1200 gs which is just lovely on the pavement and absolutely a blast in the dirt as well :) that's why they sell so many.

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