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Old 03-11-2009, 06:06 PM   #61
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The Honda XR's used to be the ducks guts for trail bikes... though I have to say that the Yamaha WRF's and the KTM four bangers have well and truly taken the mantle.

Sadly it appears that everyone wants bang for their bucks, in doing so they appear to have lost the reliability side of bikes. Lets face it the XR was no lightweight, but it was reliable as all get out! They were ridden by everyone from first timers through to gaining first place in the Australian Safari and everything in between.

There are fewer and fewer around these days, which is a shame. But those that are around appear to be used by first timers.

Top thread fella's!
The new 4 strokes are sweet machines but I love the slim aircooled dirtbikes. I want to Supermotard a XR600 when I get back on my feet.
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Old 03-12-2009, 06:57 PM   #62
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Come on,i said i'd try to keep this thread going!!!
Theres gotta be more XR250 riders out there.I know this thread will never be the DR650 thread,but we'll give it a shot!
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Old 03-14-2009, 07:02 PM   #63
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I decided today that I'm going to embark on a new mod for my '86 250R...A little searching revealed that a pair of USD (inverted) forks from a post '89 CR250R or post '90 CR125 (and several other pre 2004 Honda's) is an easy swap onto an XR. So I purchased a set on Ebay and I'll let you know how it goes. The bike's almost due for a top end rebuild so I figure I'll do everything at once. It'll be interesting to see how it handles.
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Old 03-14-2009, 07:30 PM   #64
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I decided today that I'm going to embark on a new mod for my '86 250R...A little searching revealed that a pair of USD (inverted) forks from a post '89 CR250R or post '90 CR125 (and several other pre 2004 Honda's) is an easy swap onto an XR. So I purchased a set on Ebay and I'll let you know how it goes. The bike's almost due for a top end rebuild so I figure I'll do everything at once. It'll be interesting to see how it handles.
Sounds cool. Make sure to take pictures and post them here. I'm assuming the 96 and newer 250's aren't the same (suspension) as the older model?
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Old 03-14-2009, 09:06 PM   #65
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The Honda XR's used to be the ducks guts for trail bikes... though I have to say that the Yamaha WRF's and the KTM four bangers have well and truly taken the mantle.
I think Honda is right there with the CRF-X bikes (well the 450 anyway I've seen 2 250s blown up). A guy here has a SuperMoto'd 450x and he rides the piss out of that bike with no issues so far (well okay his kickstand bolt vibrated out on a 90mile slab ride from Baton Rouge to New Orleans).

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Old 03-15-2009, 10:43 PM   #66
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I decided today that I'm going to embark on a new mod for my '86 250R...A little searching revealed that a pair of USD (inverted) forks from a post '89 CR250R or post '90 CR125 (and several other pre 2004 Honda's) is an easy swap onto an XR. So I purchased a set on Ebay and I'll let you know how it goes. The bike's almost due for a top end rebuild so I figure I'll do everything at once. It'll be interesting to see how it handles.
Swheeet!

I was think'n of the same thing.I'll let you work out the bugs for the rest of us.
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Old 03-16-2009, 02:41 PM   #67
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Touring setup?

Great thread! Planning my first extended tour on the XR, through the Eastern Sierras from Tahoe to Death Valley, and possibly back up through Northern Nevada. Mostly fireroads, some single track, and minimal freeway.

I'm sure some of you must tour on this bike. I need idears. Lemme see some pics loaded with camping gear, extra fuel, etc. Any other pointers on must have spares, etc. are appreciated.

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Old 03-17-2009, 07:41 PM   #68
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Great thread! Planning my first extended tour on the XR, through the Eastern Sierras from Tahoe to Death Valley, and possibly back up through Northern Nevada. Mostly fireroads, some single track, and minimal freeway.

I'm sure some of you must tour on this bike. I need idears. Lemme see some pics loaded with camping gear, extra fuel, etc. Any other pointers on must have spares, etc. are appreciated.

Gary
Sounds like a cool trip. Make sure to share a link or pictures here when your done. I don't have anything to share about ideas for your trip, but I am interested to hear what you find out.
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Old 03-17-2009, 09:13 PM   #69
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so whos got a bigger bore on their 96 on model? What size and how does it work?
My buddy had a 280 kit on his '99. (Thumper Racing kit I think) He also had a Hot Cams stage 2 cam and a pumper carb. I want to say the carb was from a mid 80s XL350 but I am not sure. It was very easy to start cold, very hard to start hot but that was likely a carb issue. The bike ran very well though. He had put a set of CR500 USD forks on it and he liked how well it handled trails.

I rode the bike a few times and I was rather unimpressed. But you have to understand that coming off a KTM 525 and then riding almost anything will do that to you. Basically I just held the throttle wide open and rowed through the gears.


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Old 03-19-2009, 09:11 AM   #70
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My buddy had a 280 kit on his '99. (Thumper Racing kit I think) He also had a Hot Cams stage 2 cam and a pumper carb. I want to say the carb was from a mid 80s XL350 but I am not sure. It was very easy to start cold, very hard to start hot but that was likely a carb issue. The bike ran very well though. He had put a set of CR500 USD forks on it and he liked how well it handled trails.

I rode the bike a few times and I was rather unimpressed. But you have to understand that coming off a KTM 525 and then riding almost anything will do that to you. Basically I just held the throttle wide open and rowed through the gears.


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Old 03-19-2009, 03:45 PM   #71
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Ya but he was doing the same thing!

Now he has a KTM 400 EXC...................with a 453 kit. He still pins it and rows through the gears to keep up to me.

Ironically, we just met the new owner of his old XR. We moved to a new house last fall and we are still meeting our neighbors. We met the girl a few houses down and she said she was into bikes and started describing her XR to us. Not a lot of XR250s with USD forks around here so I knew exactly which bike she was talking about. My wife was all excited because she is always looking for female riders to hang out with. The funny part is that OMR, the old owner, was actually in my garage when we met the new neighbor. I went in and told him that I always knew his XR250 was a girl's bike!


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Old 03-19-2009, 05:58 PM   #72
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So you posted on the XR250R thread to just tell everyone,a,,,,,,,You think a XR250R is a girls bike and theres nothing faster then your KTM 525???

I think you got us mixed up with the XR650R guys.
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Old 03-20-2009, 01:58 PM   #73
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So you posted on the XR250R thread to just tell everyone,a,,,,,,,You think a XR250R is a girls bike and theres nothing faster then your KTM 525???

I think you got us mixed up with the XR650R guys.
No I posted in response to a question asked. Your smilie suggested that you were less than satisfied with what I wrote. I just wanted to add some comic relief so as not to upset anyone. My anecdote about telling him his bike was a girl's bike was some friendly ribbing in jest. To tell you the truth, I do not think that XR250s are girls bikes. But since we are being honest, yes that XR280 and his 453EXC are slower than my 525.


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Old 03-20-2009, 03:17 PM   #74
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Paint for Subframe

XRs rule, especially 250s. THere is nothing like running with the "big boys" (i.e. CRFs, KTM 525s, etc) and giving them a run for their money on the venerable 250.

Quick question, does anyone know what paint spray can (manufacturer and paint code) works best to recoat/match a 1998 xr subframe? Thanks! Mario
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Old 03-20-2009, 05:19 PM   #75
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XRs rule, especially 250s. THere is nothing like running with the "big boys" (i.e. CRFs, KTM 525s, etc) and giving them a run for their money on the venerable 250.

Quick question, does anyone know what paint spray can (manufacturer and paint code) works best to recoat/match a 1998 xr subframe? Thanks! Mario
If your frame is "shasta white" rustoleum white is a pretty good match. I've used it on 1990-1999 bike and you can't see the difference.
And yeah, there's many times when I've ridden a XR250 and kept up with people on faster bikes. I used to ride with a guy on a XR600 (that was probably faster than a 525) all the time. He could loose me in easy sections, but I'd catch up as soon as we hit the tight single track.
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