CRF300L/Rally Owners

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  1. mcmann

    mcmann Adventure Rider Junkie Supporter

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    Picked my Rally ABS up Wednesday 4/28 (NE GA Dealer).
    Nice smooth engine. Very good wind protection (5’ 11” w/32” inseam).

    Added BikerzBits rear rack and skid guard.

    6th gear OD helps keep the revs down a bit. Pulls very well the entire RPM range.
    6th: 5,000 RPM = 50 mph, 6K = 60 mph & 7K = 70 mph (all indicated) not gps checked.
    5th: 6,000 RPM = 50 mph

    My stock rear shock was set near max pre-load from the factory. It seemed a bit soft for my 200 lbs.

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  2. valvecrusher

    valvecrusher tractus pro pensio™

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    I can't wait to pick mine up! Nice thread!
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  3. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    congrats.....:clap


    let the farkling begins!
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  4. mcmann

    mcmann Adventure Rider Junkie Supporter

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    https://cdn.powersports.honda.com/documentum/MWOM/ml.remawmom.2021_31k1tc00_crf300l_rally.pdf

    Break-in Period: Ride conservatively.
    During the first 300 miles (500 km) of running, follow these guidelines to ensure your vehicle's future reliability and performance.
    ● Avoid full-throttle starts and rapid acceleration.
    ● Avoid hard braking and rapid down-shifts.

    Low maintenance bike: I plan on annual/4,000 mile oil changes
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    First Accessories:
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    Chain lube accessory:
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  5. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    Tell us about the display of the weight being measured on the scale? 3.2 lbs and 3.8 lbs correct?
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  6. Blackshirt

    Blackshirt Long timer

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    I believe the scale measures ounces. A little less than 4.5 lbs...
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  7. mcmann

    mcmann Adventure Rider Junkie Supporter

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    Yes, 7 lbs total extra weight. Plus, the small rear bag. I double-checked the weight when holding the accessories while weighing myself.

    When I get home from my trip . . . I will weigh the removed plastic bottom cowl dust guard (item #2). . . It can not weigh much.

    I will probably add my sheepskin pad to improve the seat comfort. The seat foam is softer than my T7 seat foam.

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    The reason I chose the Rally ABS over the standard 300L was mainly for the extra gas capacity, wind protection, hand guards, larger front rotor, and a bit wider seat. From what I understand, the std 300L rotor stops just fine.

    “Comfort has been improved for the 2021 Honda CRF300L Rally.
    The long-distance runner has weights inside the handlebar for less vibration to the hands, and rubber inserts into the footpegs to isolate the feet from vibration.”

    I am 1.5 hours from popular dual sport trails (TWO, Suches, GA). 3 hours round trip on my 69 year old body. Comfort has become an important feature.

    The bodywork comes off very easy.
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  8. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    I've found electronic fish scales being an asset when weighing parts less than 30 lbs.. vs the standard scale which doesn't always capture accurate weight for light odd shaped items but probably isn't necessary for your efforts. Thanks for the clarity on
    the scale display.
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  9. Vark

    Vark Long timer

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    Congrats!

    Subscribed. Hoping to add a 300 Rally to the stable in the next year or so for BDRs and similar riding.
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  10. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Supporter

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    Subscribed! Can't wait to contribute when my Rally arrives! :beer
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  11. Cuttlefish

    Cuttlefish Riding to disappear.

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    Hi Mcmann, since you're into mtb riding don't forget a thickly padded pair of cycling knicks worn under your pants improves the comfort of your stock seat immensely. Because you're not peddling you could even go with the ones that have gel inserts. :kat:ricky
    Small correction on one of your pics: the preload would have been set in the Thai factory. The crf is built there.
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  12. YodaJediMaster

    YodaJediMaster Adventurer

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    Subscribed today.
    Last reply from dealer is that my Rally is due first week of May - still waiting patiently since ordering in February.

    Already have received my Coyote Mojavi soft panniers, and PivotPegz.

    Will wait to get tail rack, barkbusters, bash plate, and suspension upgrade if required.
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  13. wisbadger

    wisbadger Adventurer

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    I've also been looking at the Giant Loop Mojavi bag. PivotPegs look pretty nice too.
    Not sure if I should order now or wait until my bike is a reality. Could be a month or two until I actually get my hands on it.
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  14. wisbadger

    wisbadger Adventurer

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    This is my situation as well. Do you think your mountain biking skills helped at all with the CRF, or is it a whole different game?

    Which reminds me ... I'd really like a way to haul my mtb on the CRF. Have to look into that ... :)
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  15. jroberts427

    jroberts427 Adventurer

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    McMann,
    How is the power delivery? I'm sure it's not broken in yet but so far do you find it adequate? Do you find yourself wanting more? How about the weight? Does it feel light to handle?

    Thanks,
    Justin
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  16. canadius_maximus

    canadius_maximus Quaere verum

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    It’s an amazing piece of kit. I have one of the very early generations-it’s my standard setup for all rides except multi-day, at which point the Coyote gets mounted up instead. The former is perfect for day rides-tools, lunch, and spare light shell.

    Here it is on my Berg on today’s ride.

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    It’ll be the same with the 300 Rally. I have no plans at this point for luggage racks, save perhaps that little $50 GL mounting plate I saw in a video a day or two back. That would save wear on the rear plastics and be a more positive mounting system. Beyond that, soft and light all the way.

    PS-congrats @mcmann on the new arrival. Hoping to not be more than a month behind you.
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  17. Myrks

    Myrks Adventurer

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    Are you sure that T7 spring has enough stroke? Doesn't look enough to me.
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  18. Griff2

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    I will give one answer to that as I now have almost 2000kms on my L. The motor is freer revving than my former standard 2016 250. There is stronger pull straight up to 7000rpm +. There is significantly more torque and it is possible to ride the bike briskly with less rider effort/input. It now pulls reasonably well up some long road hills in top where I would have had to drop into 5th on the 250. The lower gearing in the first 5 gears is better for offroading but the top gear is still good for normal cruising speeds on main roads. For me normal would be 100/110kph. Of course it will sing straight up to 120kph but it will be revving 7000/7250 at that speed and I prefer to keep mine to 6500 max when out on the open road cruising.

    At the moment the only place I would find it wanting is on long steep uphills on the road in top gear. However that would be the position with any similar small capacity engine.

    Overall this is a good motor that has been significantly improved over its 250 predecessor. Imho that has been achieved by a combination of gearing, fuelling, valve timing, exhaust and not just the modest increase in CC which is probably consumed anyway by the Euro 5 regs over here.
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  19. adger

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    Question for McMann (or any other newly minted Rally owner) - have you noticed any heat coming from the right side of the bike? There was talk of the L dumping enough heat from the radiator to be uncomfortable at low speed, I hadn't heard that about the Rally and I'm wondering if the extra cowling is helping it here.
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  20. Myrks

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    The T7 has less rear suspension. I don't know the ratio if it's link though. However your replacement spring has to have as least as much stroke as the original spring, or you'll destroy something on a heavy impact. The T7 spring locks like it has less stroke to me?
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