HONDA CRF250 RALLY OWNERS

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

  1. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    This started out after a Grom to buzz around town but I was concerned about maintaining freeway speeds in a large city. Then this Rally presented itself.
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  2. Hamamelis

    Hamamelis Inmate

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    The Rally is an absolute peach at just about any posted speed limit you're ever gonna find in Canada. It doesn't start getting really buzzy until about 125 kph, and even then the motor and frame are sturdy enough to handle that.

    Disclaimer: I'm also 26 and more masochistic than some, your mileage may vary
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  3. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    We're the first large Canadian city with a freeway "ring road". The Grom isn't up to 70 mph. The CRF 250 R seems so much more logical. I don't even need the knobbies. It would be a city errand burner and grocery getter parked on sidewalks. Has anyone put street tires on one?
  4. Ed@Ford

    Ed@Ford Long timer

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    Got a Shinko 705 on the rear. Great on pavement and gravel as long as it isn't too loose. Waiting for the stock front to wear out and a 705 will go on there.
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  5. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Thanks. I'm not forseeing trails or woods. This would be an urban bomber. If 50 or 100-mile highway adventures called it could do it.
  6. Hamamelis

    Hamamelis Inmate

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    I'm buying Shinko 705s pretty soon, but the stock tires are perfectly fine for city use though (especially if you've got potholes!)

    The longest day I've yet done on the Rally is 310 miles, but on my weekend trips I average about 100-125 miles per day. It's a grand bike for that!
  7. RockyDS

    RockyDS Lost in the wilderness

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    Yes, no problem. I'm south west of you and rode mine 3,941 kilometres to Telegraph Creek and back in 2018.

    https://dualsportblog.wordpress.com/2018-telegraph-creek/
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  8. Hamamelis

    Hamamelis Inmate

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    Hm, that's 3600 miles/5800km or so from me, but I'll put it on my map
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  9. powderpig

    powderpig Been here awhile Supporter

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    At that price, it's hard to go wrong. The Rally really is a fun machine, although I would categorize it as a street bike with trail capabilities vs. my KTM 350 EXC which is a dirt bike with street capabilities.
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  10. Wisconsinkris

    Wisconsinkris Been here awhile

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    Sharing my rack install. I went with the Happy Trails rack. I had to play with the spacers a bit to satisfy my OCD but it should work well. I did cut and insert a stainless dowel down in the lower mount on the tool box side so I can still use the tool box for less necessary items. I can also still use the passenger pegs. B0192EE8-6804-4172-8838-FEE0BFBEF5AE.jpeg
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  11. mrmushman

    mrmushman Adventurer

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    I had a 2018 250 Rally for 9 months and it was decent for the most part. I finally sold it this fall for a 2019 XR650L. For me the down fall of the 250 was hill climbs. Too many shifts to lower gears, rev to redline, etc trying impossibly to maintain speed. A good grocery-getter was what my neighbor called it.
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  12. DylanGeorgeField

    DylanGeorgeField Adventure | AU

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    I'm going to chop mine to make way for the external tank. They can be an inch tighter toward the bike on each side.
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  13. PRN

    PRN Adventurer

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    Stock cables, no real adjustments at all other than moving them outside the cable retainers on the forks. The bend on the bar is "medium" I think. I had no clue what I was doing when looking for bars. I just measured the length of the existing bars as a guide, and took a ton of photos of them to compare when I was shopping. The medium bend is very similar to the OEM ones.
  14. AnAverageExplorer

    AnAverageExplorer Been here awhile

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    Okay....I've been out of the loop for a while on advrider (but still riding the crap out of my Rally)

    Are you guys mounting hard boxes on these racks?
  15. LiquidSilver

    LiquidSilver Mild Adventure Seeker

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    I have some old hard cases from a previous ride and alternate with Nelson Rigg soft bags on the Tusk plates. I like the Tusk quick release setup. Hard bags are for in-town where theft is likely. Soft bags are for everywhere else.
  16. xl250k0

    xl250k0 Adventurer

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    How do you like the Nelson Rigg bags?
  17. smack doogle

    smack doogle Been here awhile

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    For anyone looking for deals on a Rally, there are two dealers in the Mid-Atlantic area that each have one non-abs, new leftover 2018 for $3999. The dealer in Crofton, MD is known for adding "fees". OTD would probably close to MSRP. The dealer in PA though, they normally only add a $100 fee. I've bought from them before long distance, in and out in 60 min.

    https://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally-5010335361

    https://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2018-Honda-CRF250L-Rally-5002301537

    If someone buys these up it'll keep me from doing something stupid.
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  18. simplemind

    simplemind Been here awhile Supporter

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    Well...there goes the “used” market!
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  19. thms

    thms Adventurer

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    Hi, everyone. Found a used 2017 Rally nearby (with all the accessoires I need already included, also has new service done, new tyres + chain, …), but it has 23,000 km on it. The price for new Rallys here in Austria is around 6,000 Euros, this one costs 4,300€. What do you think?
  20. Phmode

    Phmode Most of the gear, little idea!

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    If its in good condition and has been looked after and not bashed around, then I would snap it up. These soft motors can probably go round the clock with little effort and a rebore, new piston and rings (in 100,000 km time) would cost less than getting all the bits you want.

    No brainer if the condition is right...:-)
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