HONDA CRF250 RALLY OWNERS

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by ferdiepick, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. NewB!

    NewB! Adventurer

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    Funny, I looked into this yesterday. I have been using WD40 gel lubricant and it works great. However I learned that o-ring chains do not require lubrication.
  2. Neil_The_Wheel

    Neil_The_Wheel Long timer

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    CAMELTANK FUEL RANGE

    For those wondering about CamelTank Fuel Range, and to compare to BigDogs post about the IMS tank fuel range, I ran through a fuel load on the CamelTank and took some fuel guage pics.

    At about 145 miles it comes off of Full on the guage:

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    At about 200 miles there are 3 bars remaining.

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    At around 241 miles it went to the final bar... I did not push it to run out but the tribe here probably knows the distance from final bar to walking.

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    This fuel load was a mix of dirt roads, a tiny bit of trails, some city riding, some two lane twisty highway and about 40 miles of high speed freeway up to 75 MPH so it was a pretty good mix.

    I think it safe safe to say that the stock tank + CamelTank can deliver around 250-275 miles of real world fuel range and that makes this mini Adventure bike more useful here in the Western US where there can be a whole lot of emptiness and distance between fuel stations.
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  3. Neil_The_Wheel

    Neil_The_Wheel Long timer

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    Honda Rally + CamelTank + DirtRacks + Giant Loop MotoTrekk Panniers

    I wanted to setup my Rally initially for BDR style touring or weekend adventures. Here in the Western US it is not uncommon to have routes that span 200+ miles between fuel stops so I installed the CamelTank for extended fuel range.

    I wanted some flexible luggage system that could easily change from 10 liters to 60 liters so after futzing around with it for a while I came up with this solution from Dirt Racks, Skaggs Moto Designs, and Giant Loop. The MotoTrekk panniers are just over 20 liters and fit the Honda nicely. With the panniers installed and full the max width at the back is 34" which is a couple of inches narrower than the handlebars. The panniers can quickly come off if not needed.

    For a tail bag I am running the GL Klamath and it is mounted far enough back to allow for a Mosko Moto Stinger 20 or other similar sized dry bag to be strapped on the passenger seat and still allow adequate room for the rider.

    The dirt racks are pretty light, easy to remove with just a couple of bolts, and well built. I like the position of the panniers on these racks: the weight of the pannier contents is low and forward.

    Here are some pictures of the whole setup installed.

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  4. rocksterman

    rocksterman adventure duffer

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    Good stuff! I Run the IMS tank for the same reasons. I prefer to maintain the OE storage compartment to hold my mini-compressor. Also using GL but the Mojavi and Possibles pouch.
  5. rocksterman

    rocksterman adventure duffer

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    Trail tested my new lighting and tail tidy today. Lighting held up well in a couple drops. License plate mounting may need to be relocated, though what I really need is a proper suspension setup.... IMG_0397.jpg IMG_0399.jpg
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  6. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter Supporter

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    Did about 1,200 miles doing the Trans Ohio Trail just a few days ago.
    If your interested-----the story, with pics and video's are at this link.
    http://www.bigdogadventures.com/TOT.htm

    A friend joined my on his WR250R and it has 125,000 miles on it. Can't wait to see if the rally will do that.

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  7. popohun

    popohun Been here awhile

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    WD40 chain lubricant?
    I realized there is a family of motorcycle cleaner lubricant etc under the name of WD40.

    Somebody use the classic old WD40 for lubing the chain. If yes how often to use.
    Guess it disappears very quickly from the chain
  8. Fanbiker

    Fanbiker Adventurer

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    Thanks for sharing bigdogadventures well worth a visit to the like you supplied. Looks like awesome ride.
  9. chestnut1969

    chestnut1969 Adventurer

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    I use WD40 every few weeks to clean chain (or as required) and gear oil to lube once a week
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  10. docgonzo

    docgonzo Old Gadfly

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    When I saw your initial photos, I figured that license plate would hit your tire on complete compression of the rear suspension. Looks like I was right!
    Otherwise nice set up.
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  11. gscoaster

    gscoaster Adventurer

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    Those led lights look great.. I assume you had go use the led flasher relay also?
  12. Imlime

    Imlime Been here awhile

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    It appears the running lights remain operational. Is that the case?
  13. rocksterman

    rocksterman adventure duffer

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    No relay. I like hyper-flashing! I did lose the front running lights, though. The only 3 wire lights I can find are too expensive.
  14. rocksterman

    rocksterman adventure duffer

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    Yeah, I’ll have to relocate the bracket and angle it rearward a bit. Easy fix!
  15. rocksterman

    rocksterman adventure duffer

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    No. Just two wires. I had the flashers going.
  16. Crotch Rocket

    Crotch Rocket "if you get off the couch, shit happens"

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    I replaced the stock with Tuff Lites. The Tuff Lites have 2 wires and the stock has 3. The green on stock is ground, the black on Tuff Lites. I wired the other two stock wires together ( I forget the colors) with the brown on Tuff Lites. I also wired in new flasher. The faster flash was OK but I had the new flasher already. Came with the Universal Tuff Lite kit.
    I now have running lights and turn signals running independently.
    The only drawback for me is the two green light on dash for turn signals are always on.
    Kind of bugs me but we’ll see if I can’t live with it. Trying to remember wether front or back wears original running lights.
  17. rocksterman

    rocksterman adventure duffer

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    I am thinking to mount some small driving lights on the front reflector brackets and not really concerned about retaining the OE running lights.
  18. Phmode

    Phmode Most of the gear, little idea!

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    The Euro bike has the permanent running lights at the front.
  19. NewB!

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    Here are the products I use 20190421_191328.jpg
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  20. givitsum

    givitsum Scottish Adventurer

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    Hi NewB! Nice pic if a bit minimalistic. We've got gardening twine to tie up the bits that are falling off - I prefer cable ties mesel. A WD40 spray - as my African firrers used to say to me back in the day - 'Give me instant maintainance Master'. It worked for them then and probably still works now. WD40 degreaser - the main problem I have with degreasers is that it can seep in where you don't want it to seep in and degreases bits you would rather not degrease. Pristine kitchen roll - I do like that. Duct tape - almost as useful as zip ties to stick damaged fairings and bits together for the last race of the day, Scrutineering took place this morning so who cares if it's safe or not.

    Almost forgot the can of Zippo - lighter fuel I guess as it's over there beside the welding gauntlets for the big fire when everything gets too much. Just make sure your insurance is up-to-date.

    Is that a packet of aspirins front left? You will need em when this lot goes BOOM!

    Sorry NewB! Just taking a break from gardening - we are having a Heat Wave and it's not sumthin we are accustomed to in the Western Isles :jack
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