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Old 08-18-2012, 10:49 PM   #871
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Lowering Link

I'll probably be picking up on Monday. My girlfriend, who is about 5-03, wants one really bad. The bike was a bit too tall for her when she sat on it on the showroom floor. Anyone know of any lowering link kits available yet?
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:57 AM   #872
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True.. thats how I pick em up too but....

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You'll probably tear it off if you try that.

Under the fender to lift or get a tugger strap for that task.
but the straps are tougher than they look... and on my old XR they bolted right to the frame, and quite solidly... and make the seat unbearable,

Maybe I Should Start a new thread on the subject?
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:48 AM   #873
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Interesting developments ongoing in Thailand:

Honda 250 CRF L: Adjusting (lowering) the rear shock
http://www.rideasia.net/motorcycle-f...ear-shock.html

CRF Mods and Improvements
http://www.rideasia.net/motorcycle-f...rovements.html

CRF Chiang Mai: Honda CRF Club meeting in CNX on Saturday evenings.
http://www.rideasia.net/motorcycle-f...-evenings.html

Would like to get one of those shirts worn by "Khun Ae (hottie!) from Nat Honda."
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:33 AM   #874
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Interesting developments ongoing in Thailand:

Honda 250 CRF L: Adjusting (lowering) the rear shock
http://www.rideasia.net/motorcycle-f...ear-shock.html

CRF Mods and Improvements
http://www.rideasia.net/motorcycle-f...rovements.html

CRF Chiang Mai: Honda CRF Club meeting in CNX on Saturday evenings.
http://www.rideasia.net/motorcycle-f...-evenings.html

Would like to get one of those shirts worn by "Khun Ae (hottie!) from Nat Honda."



Just found out that the genuine Honda lowering kit has a new side stand, new rear shock and complete new front forks!!
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:23 AM   #875
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I've been eyeballing this model, and was quite intrigued initially. The wifey who has just started to ride has been staring over at my side of the garage. Her intro bike, a 1994 XT225, kinda pales in comparison to all my goodies. She's started making comments about wanting something new and shiny.

However, the more I look at this model - the more I'm leaning towards the new XT250. Sure, it's $500 more and at first glance, seemingly technically inferior. But the design of the XT250 seems much more new rider friendly, especially now that it's fuel injected as well.

The XT: Significantly less weight. Almost 3" lower seat height, with higher ground clearance and not much less suspension travel - less than 1/2" difference up front. 0.6 gallons more fuel capacity - which on these high MPG bikes adds quite a bit of range. Air cooled - simpler/less maintenance, with no radiator to worry about when it goes down. And, while the Honda will certainly catch up assuming it sells well - there's quite a bit more farkles currently for the XT.

I'll keep an open mind as the reviews come in, but so far I'm leaning towards the "meh" camp...

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Old 08-20-2012, 12:16 PM   #876
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I'll keep an open mind as the reviews come in, but so far I'm leaning towards the "meh" camp...
Yep Honda seemed to answer a question no one had asked. They most likely want to replace the old air cooled lump with a new modern power plant that is shared with another model. It's About the same as the other softer 250's in performance. It's a good thing long term as they'll keep their costs down and join the 21st century [liguid cooling, fuel injection etc] But hey it's a Honda it should run for ever.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:25 PM   #877
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Just found out that the genuine Honda lowering kit has a new side stand, new rear shock and complete new front forks!!
no wonder that lowering kit price was unreal expensive.
very dumb of honda to sell it this way when the bike itself is affordable.
my guess is they'll sell none.

hopefully you can buy the sidestand alone as Kouba http://www.koubalink.com/ or others will no doubt offer lowering links and you can just drop the forks in the triple clamp. if honda bundles that side stand only then soon enough there will be some one who cutting and welding the stock one.

drilling a hole in the shock lower knuckle is simple enough and honda should have done that from the factory.
suzuki DR650 shock has that from the factory and the WR250R has an adjustment nut to accomplish the same.

how is the quality of the rear shock? decent or bottom shelf? i'd expect shock rebuilders eager to tear into one plus companies like Ricor and Progressive ready to make a replacement.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:38 PM   #878
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Has anyone pulled and weighed their muffler? Wondering how much can be stripped down on this heavy bike? I'm sure Zeta
http://www.zeta-racing.com/ is working on a lightweight replacement rear brake / turn signal assy. Replace bars with alum? Shorai battery to save 4lbs. Anyone contact Ricochet so they can measure for a real skid plate? http://www.utahsportcycle.com/
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:20 PM   #879
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Has anyone pulled and weighed their muffler? Wondering how much can be stripped down on this heavy bike? I'm sure Zeta
http://www.zeta-racing.com/ is working on a lightweight replacement rear brake / turn signal assy. Replace bars with alum? Shorai battery to save 4lbs. Anyone contact Ricochet so they can measure for a real skid plate? http://www.utahsportcycle.com/

Sent Utahsports an email. The muffler does look massive. Will be looking to replace as soon as aftermarket gets rolling.
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:24 PM   #880
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:26 PM   #881
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Anyone contact Ricochet so they can measure for a real skid plate?
A REAL skid plate would be an AXP; the WR250R version fits with just a tweak.
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:29 PM   #882
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Have you pondered the reason for the two rods obstructing the fuel filler hole? Annoying to say the least.
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:49 PM   #883
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We have been told in Oz that we will be able to source a larger capacity dual sport, do not know what size or when!
The CRF250L engine is the same as the one in the CBR250R, so when a CBR400R is rumored, we expect to see a CRF400L...

Rumors from Japan: a Honda CBR400R
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:12 PM   #884
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Finally. I was wondering when Honda was going to bring out a competitor to the Yamaha FZR400.
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:23 PM   #885
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Have you pondered the reason for the two rods obstructing the fuel filler hole? Annoying to say the least.
My Triumph 800xc has the same 2 rod across to the filler hole, it protects the fuel pump from being hit by the
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