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Old 07-07-2013, 04:28 AM   #60466
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Thanks.
I'm only going to sell it if I can avoid taking too much of a loss. It was an impulse move because my Sertao was having a few minor issues and I went bipolar about it and bought the XR to replace it. I'm keeping the beemer so I think the XR might be a little too close in some areas in comparison, so I'd like to go with the "less is more" idea and get the new CRF250L as my commuter/dirt explorer.
We'll see.
You might do well to find someone that got the CRF250L and decided its not enough bike for them. I bet that is the case for some purchasers. Go hit them up on the CRF250L section.

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Old 07-07-2013, 04:47 AM   #60467
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So I'm obsessed with resolving the burning-pant-leg-on-the-pipe issue (I still can't believe this isn't epidemic) and am envisioning a stamped/bent & vented/louvered piece of sheet aluminum similar to the Works frame guard just to keep my leg off the pipe. I think something tidy could look really trick. it could attach using the side cover and then near the reservoir.

I also want an 'under fender' front fender support for my Moose fender bag.

Any ideas?

The supplied shield looks like a generic afterthought.

You could go to cone engineering and get a bend of stainless steel of the proper variety in a larger diameter and cut out a shield shaped piece from it. I think the bends might have a long anough stright section and you could probably make a special order if needed.

http://www.coneeng.com/conical_products.html

I would also email the manufacture about the issue as for the cost of the product that is an unreasonable issue to be stuck with. I would be wanting some perks out of the deal from them myself, like some new riding pants.

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Old 07-07-2013, 04:57 AM   #60468
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So I'm obsessed with resolving the burning-pant-leg-on-the-pipe issue (I still can't believe this isn't epidemic) and am envisioning a stamped/bent & vented/louvered piece of sheet aluminum similar to the Works frame guard just to keep my leg off the pipe. I think something tidy could look really trick. it could attach using the side cover and then near the reservoir.

I also want an 'under fender' front fender support for my Moose fender bag.

Any ideas?


Here ya go. Act quickly. E-Bay Item number: 290937580528
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:06 AM   #60469
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Hey guys, can I ask someone to share a short primer on how to air up the front shocks? I've not ever done it but after a hard and long trip in E Africa it seems like they have become really soft. Is there a document or a writeup already on this? I have no idea how much pressure they are supposed to take, how often to check, etc. Thanks for the advice.

And now for a little XR porn...

Spotted this at the Nairobi stop-over point for all the people overlanding Cape to Cairo.


A little mishap we had while on adventure in E Africa...
6 PSI max. Use a hand pump.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:44 AM   #60470
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Hey guys, can I ask someone to share a short primer on how to air up the front shocks? I've not ever done it but after a hard and long trip in E Africa it seems like they have become really soft. Is there a document or a writeup already on this? I have no idea how much pressure they are supposed to take, how often to check, etc. Thanks for the advice.

And now for a little XR porn...

Spotted this at the Nairobi stop-over point for all the people overlanding Cape to Cairo.


A little mishap we had while on adventure in E Africa...
After a trip like I can imagine S. Africa would be, your springs probably just settled or worn a bit.

Like Joe said but you need an air pump to adjust the air pressure in your forks but you need one that has a zero loss connector. This is because the air volume and pressures are low. There are hand air pumps made for suspension that have these types of valves. I would think a bicycle pump for skinny road tires would also have this type of connector.

Another thing to check is the oil level in your forks. In addition to the spring there is an air spring. This is called air gap. Basically the higher the column of oil in the fork leg the smaller the air gap and the stiffer the fork. The air spring is felt mostly at mid to the end of stroke.

To set the air gap ( oil column height ) the springs must be removed from the forks , the dampeners fully bleed, and the forks collapsed. Then simply measure the height of the oil level in the forks ( 100 to 145MM).

If you plan to make many trips with a fully loaded bike you should consider the proper spring for the loads you are carrying.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:59 AM   #60471
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My FCR-MX tuning:

Turns out I had my sensor too close to the muffler and was getting clean air pulses giving me false readings. To remove the issue I moved the sensor adapter between the header and midpipe, it fits surprisingly well there and has smoothed my readings to gradual shifts. Now mid range shows to be within reason and the richness I suspected before I got the sensor in place is very apparent. Idle circuit readings remain good mid a tad rich as well as the main jet now but not by much.
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:08 AM   #60472
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Hey Fritz! Been riding lately?
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:47 AM   #60473
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After a trip like I can imagine S. Africa would be, your springs probably just settled or worn a bit.

Like Joe said but you need an air pump to adjust the air pressure in your forks but you need one that has a zero loss connector. This is because the air volume and pressures are low. There are hand air pumps made for suspension that have these types of valves. I would think a bicycle pump for skinny road tires would also have this type of connector.

Another thing to check is the oil level in your forks. In addition to the spring there is an air spring. This is called air gap. Basically the higher the column of oil in the fork leg the smaller the air gap and the stiffer the fork. The air spring is felt mostly at mid to the end of stroke.

To set the air gap ( oil column height ) the springs must be removed from the forks , the dampeners fully bleed, and the forks collapsed. Then simply measure the height of the oil level in the forks ( 100 to 145MM).

If you plan to make many trips with a fully loaded bike you should consider the proper spring for the loads you are carrying.
Wow, that's for all of that. I have done a decent amount of riding in Kenya off-road with this bike, but never with this much weight (and this is not as much as I plan to do for longer trips later this year). This is why I've been working so hard lately in slimming the bike down (taking parts off and battery relocation). So while the shock was certainly getting a workout, it was doing it with a lot more weight than in the past. The rear shock seems unaffected. I have a quality bike pump and I will check the pressure in the front shock. I need to find my low-pressure gauge. I plan to drop the bike off with my local service guy who does all the really expensive BMW/KTMs that go Cape to Cairo. he really knows what he's doing. If I need to do this re-oiling, I'll see if he can handle that.

I was also running a bit hot on the hwy but I have the oil cooler kit, so hope that will bring it to a manageable temp. I am running 15/48 and when I was holding at 65-70mph it would creep over 250 F.

I will say I really love my Dunlop 908 on the rear and it's huge. But going to try the 606 soon. Hoping for better gas milage but wondering if I've been spoiled with the handling of the 908. We'll see. It certainly has lasted MANY miles, around 6k I think.
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:47 AM   #60474
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WTB Petcock

A long time ago when I installed by Clarke tank, I jacked up the reserve stopper inside of the tube that extends up from the petcock into the tank.

Anyone got one of these I can buy? Any idea what that part is called? Is it usually just included with the petcock? Is it considered a part of the petcock or a separate part. Thanks all!
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:22 PM   #60475
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A long time ago when I installed by Clarke tank, I jacked up the reserve stopper inside of the tube that extends up from the petcock into the tank.

Anyone got one of these I can buy? Any idea what that part is called? Is it usually just included with the petcock? Is it considered a part of the petcock or a separate part. Thanks all!
There is one brass tube coming out of the petcock. This is the main gas feed and the reserve is supplied by a hole next to this tube. There is a plastic strainer tube covering the brass tube. It's called Fuel Strainer Screen Set and is available separately.
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:56 PM   #60476
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Tail light

I need a new taillight, the one I have keeps burning out lights, is pretty bulky and doesn't put out that much light. I would like for it to be above the rear fender and led if possible. Anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 07-07-2013, 01:00 PM   #60477
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Install a LED bulb!
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Install a LED bulb!
The PO installed an after market cover that doesn't seal the bulb correctly so water and dust get in there all the time. After a quick 5 minute search it seems that most of the options are for below the fender and this one looks pretty decent and is cheap enough so that the next time I loop out I can just buy another one. Anyone had any experience with tusk products?

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/...t-Under-Fender
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Old 07-07-2013, 01:28 PM   #60479
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The PO installed an after market cover that doesn't seal the bulb correctly so water and dust get in there all the time. After a quick 5 minute search it seems that most of the options are for below the fender and this one looks pretty decent and is cheap enough so that the next time I loop out I can just buy another one. Anyone had any experience with tusk products?

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/...t-Under-Fender
I like the Tusk products. However, you might consider installing a Trail Tech LED bulb in your tail light.

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/...20tail%20light



I have the Trail Tech LED bulb installed in my Western Power Sports tail light; I like this combination.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...il-Light.aspx?



You might also consider the Polisport LED Tail Light.

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/...20tail%20light



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Old 07-07-2013, 01:47 PM   #60480
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I like the Tusk products. However, you might consider installing a Trail Tech LED bulb in your tail light.

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/...20tail%20light



I have the Trail Tech LED bulb installed in my Western Power Sports tail light; I like this combination.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...il-Light.aspx?



You might also consider the Polisport LED Tail Light.

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/...20tail%20light



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That first combo looks like a winner to me. Gotta go deposit the pay check on Monday then light and cover Monday night.

Do they make a led replacement front bulb?
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