CRF500L V2.0

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  1. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Long timer

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    all done.

    spent the entire day tuning the drd speedo healer, and testing fuel economy. these offroad tire suck down the gasoline hard, i was barely getting 3.5L/100km average (67mpg us). with the old shinko 244 i was constantly getting below 3l/100km.



    im very disappointed. :(:

    final weigh in 326lb's wet, full tank of gas......... damn. i guess 300lb's wet is just not possible with a 500 twin. sigh.


    on the plus side tho, bike looks sick. and due to the diet a total wheelie machine:
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  2. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Long timer

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    gotta say, been riding around all week up in kanasaki and i really, really miss the windscreen. so exposed now. so much colder on the highways, really gotta bundle up.

    as for the bike, the low weight and high hp/TQ (relative) make this machine a rooster tailing dragon, and a total wheelie machine. the lower (44t) gearing helps too. 1st and 2nd wheelies are easy, and 3rd gear wheelies are possible but challenging. the louder exhaust is alittle annoying too, but most people i talk to say my bike is pretty quiet. i must just be getting old haha.

    hit some big rocks, skid plate is solid. the added ground clearance is much appreciated. dropped the bike a few times too, the plastic case protectors got a few medium hits on semi-sharp rocks and held up just fine, very impressed with them actually.

    no windscreen may be bad on the highway , but off roading its very nice to be able to see what the front wheel is going over.

    fuel economy took a hit for sure. averaging right around 3.3-3.2L/100km combined now instead of my usual under-3L/100km, but that was to be expected.

    next week im going be test riding the new crf450L, back to back with my friend with my CRF500L. should be interesting considering both bikes have similar hp/tq, similar weight, and similar ergo's.
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    tuscan Been here awhile

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    Awesome result - can you make me one please....
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    I can see the need for the wind screen in Canada But, here in Tennessee day time temps have been high 60's/low70's. I always thought I'd like your build better with the CRF250L style headlight shroud. I always seem to bang my head on tall wind screens while riding off road.
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    How did you remove this rust? I am faced with the same issue at the moment...

    I am totally enjoying the thread. Thank you very much for sharing.
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  6. michaelkozera

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    Is that a fiber wheel of some sort, or metal? I just don't know if the clamps are coated.
    This is what I got to deal with

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    Thanks again :beer
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    i used metal brush.


    they are not coated, if they were then they wouldnt have rusted haha.
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    little things like that would make me really tempted to swap decent suspension on. I know it's minor but it just shows the extreme price point.
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    climberevan planning the next journey

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    The lower triple is cast aluminum, like most of them (aside from the trick CNC ones like on my Beta). The fork outers are also aluminim. The funk there is not rust: it's just aluminum oxide and dirt. And, yes, that little wheel will do a nice job of cleaning it up.
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    They upper is aluminum.
    The lower clamp is most certainly steel. Cuz last i checked aluminum is not magnetic but steel is........ its just painted to look like aluminum.
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    Wow. I was at one point intrigued by the 250l, but not anymore. That piece could double as a boat anchor. If Honda cares that little about weight and suspension, I'll stay away. Even the GPX 250 has aluminium triples (CNC, actually).
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    Well , the crf250l is a budget dual sport. They go for 8g out the door which is really cheap for any bike. Gotta save on costs somewhere......so im not suprised at all.
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    It took a while by hand, but cleaned up OK. How to protect it against rusting again? Before and after:
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    Im just using a spray-able rust converter/inhibitor. The dry-able kind so the forks dont slip out.
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    Really got a chance to hammer the bike this week in the snow/mountains.

    2,000kms of offroad heaven.

    Will do more photos when i get back from the cabin.
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    You lucky bastard... In the nicest possible way....

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    tuscan Been here awhile

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    Or as my better half puts it....
    An orgasm of riding pleasure......
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    skid plate got one hell of a work out.

    im happy to report it worked flawless. kept most of the mud out, took big hits, little vibration, and those holes provided good noise dampening , and also good cooling.

    plastic engine protectors worked amazing too. took a few good hits, im so impressed with them.

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    sorry about the video, i had the camera aimed abit low, will make a new vid later this week.




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