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Old 12-03-2012, 10:31 PM   #1231
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i hope theres a write up.

id like to have the supermoto wheels for days i feel like being on the street
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:31 PM   #1232
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:33 PM   #1233
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i hope theres a write up.

id like to have the supermoto wheels for days i feel like being on the street
Thats easy , Motostrano should have a setup or you can buy hoops and build one yourself.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:41 PM   #1234
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I know I've worked the forks over good, no tabletops or anything, but weighing in at nearly 240lbs and riding this thing hard hasn't made the forks weep yet.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:54 PM   #1235
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Bit of a poor luck there...
I've crashed hard on every sides but I had hand-guards and a saddlebag at the time.
Right side: No damage. Guards saved the levers. Some scuffs on the plastics.
Left side: Shifter was bent 90 degrees, but it was easily bent back. Plastic bracket that holds the storage compartment broke so I removed it. Scuffs on the plastics.
Nose dive: Broken headlight, bracket, front mask and a mirror. Key damaged the display panel. About 200-300$ damage.

My conclusion is that this bike will take quite a few knocks and ride away from it.
Radiator is a bit vulnerable, though.


Do you think the fork leak could be related to the crash? As far as I've seen you're the first to report this. Do you think a new seal will fix it?
I been to the motorcross track a time or two with it nothing major no jumps just busting the Berms a bit I think it has something to do with the wipers and having almost 4000 miles...i really dont know just gonna replace the left seal and put some 30 wt fork oil from belray to slow down the compression a bit.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:56 PM   #1236
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Turns out Honda is backordered on some of the parts for the shifter lever so i'll be trying out the one on bestdualsportbikes.com ... I'll let you guys know how it goes.

On another note... any impressions from someone who went from a 13T front sprocket/stock 40T rear to a 13T/43T? I am considering getting a 43T rear. Rick Ramsey notes that it helped out the response nicely but am interested in opinions/experiences of others if any are out there. Sometimes I have to hit short sections of highway to get to trails so I am a bit scared of its impact on my top speed (need to be able to go 75mph).

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Old 12-04-2012, 06:31 PM   #1237
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A few mods on the new CRF250L. Best Dual Sport Stage 1 mod with the Q4 exhaust. I opened up the air box with the Uni Filter air box vents as well. Plasti Dip was used for the rear and around the head light area. The Plasti Dip was used as a temp in case I did not like it, but I do. It is more durable that I thought it would be (about 6 coats). If I have issues with the Plasti Dip in the future, I will hit it with some flat black Fusion paint. I trimmed up the back license plate holder by getting rid of some of the excess. I was able to remove the big license plate light. I took the clear lense off the license plate light. I driled two holes into the bottom black plastic of the tail light, the used apoxy to attach the clear plastic piece from the license plate light over the two holes. This allows the light from the tail light to shine onto the license plate. If you do this, make sure to drill the holes as far forward as you can. The light coming out of the tail light shines straight down, so if you license plate is vertical the light may not hit it without bending your plate out. As you can see, I learned this lesson because my plate is bent out. I am aware Best Dual Sport is making a new foam filter for the bike, but charging $100 for them and they are not quite done yet. In the meantime, and for much less money, I am going to try and make my own. I have ordered bulk foam from Uni Filter. I am going to take a stock CRF250L filter and cut out the paper. Then glue the Uni Filter foam in place of it. I will let you know how that adventure goes. The bulk foam was only $12. I am still looking for details on the need or removal of the EVAP canister on the 250L. If someone could post detailed info of the need for it or the correct way to remove if it is not neaded I would appreciate it. From what I gather it does not seem necessary, so I could drop a couple of pounds if I can remove it correctly.
Be sure to let us know how it goes, $100 for a filter is a little much IMO, will wait for manufacturers to release an air filter.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:31 PM   #1238
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With regards to air filter, I'd be tempted to wait for quality manufacturers like TwinAir, a world class provider in the Netherlands, to come up with a foam filter for the CRF250L, as they already make one for the street going CBR250R. And yes, I cross referenced part #'s....they don't fit....and are barely similar.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:57 PM   #1239
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Took delivery of my 250L last week Thursday. Mileage is currently sitting at +600km. Fantastic little bike the 250L with a few shortcomings though. On a gnarly trailride on Sunday the limits of the rear shock were soon confirmed. Weighing 220 in my gear could be that all that's required is to turn up the preload at the back a tad. Access to the shock seems very limited so my question is have any of you been able to successfully get at the rear shock, either by stripping parts around it to gain access or by removing the shock altogether?
Not looking at spending much money on the bike as I have a 650L that is good and sorted for the more demanding stuff.
Overall very happy with my purchase, I can see myself keeping this bike for a while
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:02 PM   #1240
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Greatest thread ever. Wen I get home on leave I am going to go through and read every post. Love y'all's pictures of these great machines. I'll get a few of mine up. I put on one of the fmf pipes at southern Honda last weekend.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:45 PM   #1241
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:58 AM   #1242
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Just Bob - a little north of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Passed that place several times on rides while visiting.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:06 AM   #1243
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Hi everyone,

lurked around the forum from time to time before, but now that I own my first dualsport, as you might have guessed a CRF 250 L, I thought I make myself an account and say hi. :-)

Finally decided to get a dualsport a few weeks ago, wanting something cheap (old would have been fine), and not in a hurry, because it's winter. But then my local bike shop got this CRF in with just around 500km on the clock! And I actually know the guy who owned it before, he had a 1200 GS last year and now owns a BMW K 1300. He bought the CRF and felt it was a bit weak, so he decided to sell it again and go for a KTM 200 Duke instead. So, good for me! ;-) A 9 year old XR 250, the bike I was actually looking for, would have been just around 500 Euro cheaper than what I paid now.

The other guy already installed a Renthal handlebar, Zeta handguards and luggage rack. All I did so far was changing the front sprocket, because after a test ride I felt I don't need the tall gearing (speed limit on country roads is 60kph over here) and front sprocket is so cheap. I actually got the sprocket for free from my local shop in the end.

Wanted a dualsport for the tiny streets between the rice paddies and forest roads, for exploring and "hiking". Even though there are close to no real dirt roads where I live, for those tiny, twisty and dirty paved roads I think the CRF is perfect. Much better than my CBR at least

I think I'll get a different muffler though, not for power, mostly for looks

There is quite a big choice over here already, and first I thought about going for a silent K2Tec, but my local shop recommended the FMF Q4. He said the japanese mufflers, at least the cheap ones, just don't sound good

Here is a pic from last Sunday of my bike and the region where I live and work:



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Old 12-05-2012, 04:21 AM   #1244
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.....I am still looking for details on the need or removal of the EVAP canister on the 250L. If someone could post detailed info of the need for it or the correct way to remove if it is not neaded I would appreciate it. From what I gather it does not seem necessary, so I could drop a couple of pounds if I can remove it correctly.
+1 I'm looking too.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:42 AM   #1245
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Just Bob - a little north of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Passed that place several times on rides while visiting.
Dinga ding ding ding! We have a winner. Called X-Center. I think it was also featured on the TV show, Amazing Race.
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