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Old 02-28-2013, 08:20 AM   #3481
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Hi Everyone,

Picked up my CRF250L 2 weeks ago and loving it! Glad I found this place as it's a wealth of information. Only problem I can find is the lack of accessories here in the UK - Honda UK only lists a work mat and motocross tent ffs. Anyway, managed to get this ordered from France today, as Arrow UK don't stock it.

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Old 02-28-2013, 08:36 AM   #3482
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lccpmj, welcome to the forum, when I first got my bike there were several places in the UK that sold items for your bike, but never bought from any of them. Type in CRF's Only, they are here in the US and carry a large number of items for your new bike, don't know about shipping to the UK cost, but it will give you a good idea on what's out there for your bike. Good Luck and welcome again to this forum, there are others on this forum from the UK so someone should be able to help.

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Old 02-28-2013, 10:46 AM   #3483
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Break-In Techniques

Yeah, I know it's a debatable subject but does anyone pay attention to "carefully" breaking in the LRP during the first 1000K, or do you just ensure to vary the speed and thrash it?
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:51 AM   #3484
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Got a question. To fill the tank, it looks like the zipper unzips from the front left, down the side, then at the rear unzips further from L to R allowing the tank bag to flop to the left for gas cap access. If the bike is on the sidestand, does the tankbag want to flop back into place while filling the tank? Since the CRF has those silly bars across the fill hole, I use 2 hands on the gas filler to make sure the gas flows into the tank and not all over everything. Any commentary on your experiences fueling with this tank bag?
I have this bag on my DR650 (and use it on my KLX250S). It's awesome. I just unzip it partially and flop it over. It doesn't want to flop back over at all.. hang hangs down pretty low, and with the stuff IN the bag, it adds "ballast." I would expect it'd be just as good for the LRP.

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Old 02-28-2013, 11:10 AM   #3485
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Yeah, I know it's a debatable subject but does anyone pay attention to "carefully" breaking in the LRP during the first 1000K, or do you just ensure to vary the speed and thrash it?
Everybody is all over the place on this subject, but it has been pointed out that Honda knows a thing or two about small engines. Might not be a bad idea to follow the break in period advice on page 10 of the owner's manual. Just my 2
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:07 PM   #3486
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Ok this may have already been covered, forgive me. I'm 6ft and 250lbs, anyone here that size with one? How does it do, or buy a bigger bike? I should be back in the 200 range before I purchase but if the right deal came up I'd buy now.

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Old 02-28-2013, 01:18 PM   #3487
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Do you think it's possible to combine Cycra and Highway Handguards parts this way?

- Buying the Center Reach Bar version of Cycra HandGuards
- and mounting it to the Fancy TopClamp of Highway Handguards?

Because I really like the bar and the plastic guard design of Cycra, but hate the idea of clamps in the center of my handlebar, on the other hand I again love the topclamp idea of Highway hand guards...

I hope somebody will confirm this..

PS: by the way I'm about to get offended by not getting any reply for my big first message...
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:48 PM   #3488
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So in a previous post I noted that my new Lrp was having excessive head shake. Well the bike has accumulated 1400 miles and I am posting to say the problem is getting worse. I've checked the tire pressure but found that it is within spec. And at this point I'm not sure what to check. One thing I do want to note is that the headshake only happens when there is a car n front of me and I'm in their "backdraft". The bigger the vehicle the worse the shaking. If there is no one in front of me the bike rides smooth. I'm thinking maybe I should take it to the dealer I bought it from.
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:08 PM   #3489
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So in a previous post I noted that my new Lrp was having excessive head shake. Well the bike has accumulated 1400 miles and I am posting to say the problem is getting worse. I've checked the tire pressure but found that it is within spec. And at this point I'm not sure what to check. One thing I do want to note is that the headshake only happens when there is a car n front of me and I'm in their "backdraft". The bigger the vehicle the worse the shaking. If there is no one in front of me the bike rides smooth. I'm thinking maybe I should take it to the dealer I bought it from.
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I'd suggest reading over chapter 16 of the service manual regarding proper tightening of the fork legs, front axle and the steering bearings...on page 16-27 they discuss steering bearing pre-load....never seen that in other service manuals of bikes I have owned....they seem to want the head bearings pretty snug
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:09 PM   #3490
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Ok this may have already been covered, forgive me. I'm 6ft and 250lbs, anyone here that size with one? How does it do, or buy a bigger bike? I should be back in the 200 range before I purchase but if the right deal came up I'd buy now.

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I weigh in at about 195 and my boy is about 110 and he rides with me all the time. The bike pulls just fine with both of us on it.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:02 PM   #3491
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So in a previous post I noted that my new Lrp was having excessive head shake. Well the bike has accumulated 1400 miles and I am posting to say the problem is getting worse. I've checked the tire pressure but found that it is within spec. And at this point I'm not sure what to check. One thing I do want to note is that the headshake only happens when there is a car n front of me and I'm in their "backdraft". The bigger the vehicle the worse the shaking. If there is no one in front of me the bike rides smooth. I'm thinking maybe I should take it to the dealer I bought it from.
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Is this your first bike? What your describing seems pretty normal to me.

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Old 02-28-2013, 03:50 PM   #3492
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So in a previous post I noted that my new Lrp was having excessive head shake. Well the bike has accumulated 1400 miles and I am posting to say the problem is getting worse. I've checked the tire pressure but found that it is within spec. And at this point I'm not sure what to check. One thing I do want to note is that the headshake only happens when there is a car n front of me and I'm in their "backdraft". The bigger the vehicle the worse the shaking. If there is no one in front of me the bike rides smooth. I'm thinking maybe I should take it to the dealer I bought it from.
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My KLR's were notorious for approaching "tankslapper" conditions. Easiest fix I found was to either loosen your grip on the bars or take one hand off. Always worked for me.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:32 PM   #3493
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Ok this may have already been covered, forgive me. I'm 6ft and 250lbs, anyone here that size with one? How does it do, or buy a bigger bike? I should be back in the 200 range before I purchase but if the right deal came up I'd buy now.

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I'm 6'4"/250lbs and my ride is the WR250R, but we have a CRF250L for my wife. Weight wise, there's no issues; the 250's handle that just fine. The CRF is a "smaller cockpit" though compared to the WRR with a much smaller seat to footpeg height and of course lower to the ground. I could set up the CRF to fit me with some bar risers, but the biggest issue for me would be the seat to footpeg height which feels very cramped.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:34 PM   #3494
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So in a previous post I noted that my new Lrp was having excessive head shake. Well the bike has accumulated 1400 miles and I am posting to say the problem is getting worse. I've checked the tire pressure but found that it is within spec. And at this point I'm not sure what to check. One thing I do want to note is that the headshake only happens when there is a car n front of me and I'm in their "backdraft". The bigger the vehicle the worse the shaking. If there is no one in front of me the bike rides smooth. I'm thinking maybe I should take it to the dealer I bought it from.
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My KLR's were notorious for approaching "tankslapper" conditions. Easiest fix I found was to either loosen your grip on the bars or take one hand off. Always worked for me.
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I would wonder too if you are just "holding on too tight" and allowing the wind buffeting from being behind a vehicle to pass through you and into the bike. If you are only getting it while behind a vehicle, it boils down to something in the wind that is affecting the bike. If you don't have a windshield and don't have big luggage, then its you.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:37 PM   #3495
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I've tried loosening my grip n it makes no diff. I'm gonna check out the Manuel out n see If nything needs adjustment.
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