The CRF250L Owners thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by joec63, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. Johny Brando

    Johny Brando n00b

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    Hi guys , I,m new to this CRF250 L site & would like to draw on your pooled knowledge based experiences please . I'm off in 10 weeks time to Nth Thailand & possibly into Laos too on a hopefully approx 60% off road 4 week trip on my own . I'm using a rental CRF250L which will likely be 2-4 years old ?? & no doubt seen some prior action !!!! Having never ridden one of these before I'm after general advise on what to mechanically specifically look out for as weak links
    ( that could bite me & potentially ruin my trip ) these CRF250L's seem to have a reasonably good reputation & off course I don't mean the obvious look outs like -Tires / Chains & Sprockets / Brakes etc ...... but like most bikes probably there will be the odd specific weak links & bugs that I'd like to be pre-warned off & know what to look out for on the day when I'm introduced to my specific Rental mount - maybe say .....duff auto cam chain tensioners or reg / rectifier gremlins or jump out of lower gears etc etc etc . I'm just trying to head the Indians off at the Pass so to speak !
    If I have prior potential awareness & know what to look out for it would be a really GREAT HELP . I am as usual taking my own tools & gear etc & I'm quite mechanically savvy & have made numerous prior similar long solo camping trips like this in Asia, so I'm aware of general look outs and the dealer culture & mindset & I do understand it from their side too . If I have a genuine" watch out - cause for concern on the rental day" well at least I can then raise my concerns & maybe try and ask to take a specific spare or 2 just in case I'm on top of a mountain in Hellarwee & a known weak link lets go on me !!!!!!! Thanks in advance to any one kind enough to reach out to me on this .
    Cheers , Johny B P.S . Don't know if I'm breaching protocol here ! but if it's any easier for you please P M ' Private Message ' me ....or email me direct on leeshelford1@gmail.com
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  2. Ellrico

    Ellrico n00b

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    Hello here,
    I'm looking for a second pair of whell (one for commuting, one for fun !) but here there's no CRF250L wheel one second hand market here.
    Maybe some of you already find compatible wheel form other model ?
  3. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Long timer

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    been trying to sell them for last few months lol

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/crf250l-wheels.1413271/

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  4. kebrider

    kebrider Been here awhile

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  5. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Long timer

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    i hope so. i have them up for a pretty good/cheap price (i think so haha)


    i use to ride alot of hardcore off road with the crf500L so i had two sets of wheels, one with knobbies and one with 50/50 of them for the street/ commute. but ever since i got my crf1000l i used the ATAS for highway mainly and the crf500L i find i only use it for off road only. so ive got these extra set of wheels kicking around. someone else can use them as they are just building dust, shame really.
  6. frenchman81

    frenchman81 n00b

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    il y une épave de CRFL chez un casseur du bon coin; les roues sont disponibles...Mais il faut faire vite...
    https://www.leboncoin.fr/equipement_moto/1640086201.htm/
  7. Ellrico

    Ellrico n00b

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    Bien vue ! elle ne ressort pas dans mes recherches, je contacte le vendeur, merci

    thanks but I think the shipping cost to france will be a bit expensive ;)
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  8. Lapchik

    Lapchik Tinkeritis posterboy

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    I used some advanced manufacturing techniques to prototype a petrochemical reservoir chamber to increase the run time ability of my mobile all terrain refined hydrocarbon recycler.

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    And before you say just buy a camel tank, those are expensive, and the scrap metal in my garage didn't cost anything.
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  9. td63

    td63 Been here awhile Supporter

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    simplemind Been here awhile Supporter

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    Great lighting...professional!
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  11. Griff2

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  12. Ellrico

    Ellrico n00b

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  13. frenchman81

    frenchman81 n00b

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    A charge de revanche; dommage que tu habites si loin...; A ma connaissance il n'existe pas de forum en Français pour la LRP...
  14. SloRonStinkypants

    SloRonStinkypants Without nipples Tits are pointless.

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    What in the faque?
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  15. Ellrico

    Ellrico n00b

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    Et c'est bien dommage !

    Sorry for ours non-French speakers inmate, we will continue in English.
    frenchman81 give me a good link for secondhand wheel in France and they will be mine soon !!!
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  16. canthai

    canthai Adventurer

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    I dom't know how much you weigh, but the CRF is set up from the factory for about a 50kg rider. Rear stock suspension is the worst, once you add touring gear.
    Crank up the spring preload and you have only a few inches suspension travel, so take care on rough roads / off road
    OTT - roads beautiful. Rain more or less over, still green, morning getting cool - well, Thai cool
  17. breakm

    breakm Been here awhile

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    I'm 75kg without gear and its about 35% of travel used when I sit down dressed for the ride, about 3 turns left on the preload adjuster, all stock. Should just do the 3 turns someday..

    btw, I'm not sure that adjusting preload changes total suspension travel, it only changes the rating of the spring a bit, the oily bits still can travel the same length, or actually even more if there is a bigger guy sitting on it using half the travel just by sitting, and you adjust the preload correctly, he will gain useable rear travel.
  18. breakm

    breakm Been here awhile

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    Some pics from today

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  19. Skellington

    Skellington Pro Coffee Drinker

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    That looks like it was a great ride. Thanks for the pics .
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  20. Bugchewer

    Bugchewer Piece of Work

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    Beautiful country to ride in!
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