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Old 06-11-2013, 04:13 PM   #4966
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Hi J - Glad you like your CRF! And to all the Colorado LRP owners, we should hook up this summer and do some riding!
Are flat landers welcome? I got three weeks to explore your state in August. Must spoon new tires on my CRF250L first.
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:26 PM   #4967
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So I have narrowed it down to 2 bikes. This Honda CRF250L or the Yamaha XT250, both fuel injected. How does the Honda handle single tracks?? Is it to heavy for them or if I do mods can I lower the weight to be able to do them. This bike seems very solid and I se can run a quick trip on the highway which I like a lot. But if here was a way to get this to not be to heavy and able to ride single track I would be sold!!! Thank You for all your help!!!
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:41 PM   #4968
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The weight is a non-issue. If you rode a CRF and I told you it weighed 280, you'd believe me. The gearing and tires are not the best for gnarly single track, but that's easily remedied:

Put on an MT43 rear and MT21 front, with rim-locks. ($200)
Gear it down to 13/42. ($150 if you get the speedo corrector)
Handguards are always a good idea to protect controls and fingers. ($100-200)

Done. That's a great single-track ride, and it'll still do 75mph on the highway. People ride single track on the KLR and DR650 - this is hugely lighter. I ride single track on a stock LRP, and I am not a great dirt rider. If I can do it, anyone can. The above mods make it easier and more fun.
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Old 06-13-2013, 04:08 AM   #4969
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Are flat landers welcome? I got three weeks to explore your state in August. Must spoon new tires on my CRF250L first.

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Old 06-13-2013, 04:10 AM   #4970
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The weight is a non-issue. If you rode a CRF and I told you it weighed 280, you'd believe me. The gearing and tires are not the best for gnarly single track, but that's easily remedied:

Put on an MT43 rear and MT21 front, with rim-locks. ($200)
Gear it down to 13/42. ($150 if you get the speedo corrector)
Handguards are always a good idea to protect controls and fingers. ($100-200)

Done. That's a great single-track ride, and it'll still do 75mph on the highway. People ride single track on the KLR and DR650 - this is hugely lighter. I ride single track on a stock LRP, and I am not a great dirt rider. If I can do it, anyone can. The above mods make it easier and more fun.


I agree with the mods (except I went the Dunlop 606 route on the tires) I ride mine on easy single track and jeep roads and its fine.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:42 AM   #4971
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DIY Valve adjustment for the LRP.
Well, that's the right way to do it... I discovered that it's possible to do it the quick and dirty way, if you're used to working in cramped quarters.

1) Pull the plug wire and crankcase vent hose, and stick them out of the way.
2) Unbolt the valve cover and wiggle it out of the frame.
3) Position the cams correctly, reach in there, and check the clearance from the left side of the bike.
4) Shim if needed

It's little bit more of a pain to actually get the measurements and swap shims, but a heck of a lot faster overall!
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:10 PM   #4972
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So I have narrowed it down to 2 bikes. This Honda CRF250L or the Yamaha XT250, both fuel injected. How does the Honda handle single tracks?? Is it to heavy for them or if I do mods can I lower the weight to be able to do them. This bike seems very solid and I se can run a quick trip on the highway which I like a lot. But if here was a way to get this to not be to heavy and able to ride single track I would be sold!!! Thank You for all your help!!!
If the extra height of the CRF250L over the XT250 isn't a big issue for you, then the small weight difference won't be a problem. Both bikes are DS bikes and a compromise when it comes to single track, but both are very capable.

Even though CRF suspension isn't all that great, its definitely a step up from the XT suspension and single track usually isn't smooth. Like others have said, in stock form it will be gearing, tires, and other things that hinder you and not the slight weight difference between the two bikes.

The CRF is turning out to a great bike for my wife moving up from her XT225. The CRF is on the taller side for her, so that was a bit of a struggle early on, but she's picked up so much speed and confidence and she's still on the crappy stock tires and stock gearing.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:29 PM   #4973
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I want to say thank you guys!!! You all have me sold on getting the Honda CRF250L. Now I just got to find a place in NY that is selling the bike!!!
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:02 PM   #4974
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I want to say thank you guys!!! You all have me sold on getting the Honda CRF250L. Now I just got to find a place in NY that is selling the bike!!!
Try here, (btw, it's guys and gals) or update by zipcode: http://www.cycletrader.com/Honda-Crf...=featured:desc
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:10 PM   #4975
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I want to say thank you guys!!! You all have me sold on getting the Honda CRF250L. Now I just got to find a place in NY that is selling the bike!!!
I had to go to Corning. They are kinda hard to find, but if you're willing to drive you can get one now, and for MSRP.
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Old 06-14-2013, 02:57 PM   #4976
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Single track is fine on the LRP, as stated it hides it's weight well... though at the price of some clearance which can make things tough at times.













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Old 06-14-2013, 03:58 PM   #4977
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Hey guys

I need to order a new rear tire because I picked up a nail. I do mostly commuting, I like to ride light offroad, but due to riding to work I spend 90% or more of my time on pavement. As a compromise, I am looking for some 80/20 or 70/30 street/dirt tires. All the recommendations I have seen for this bike have been for more offroad biased tires...I have been fairly happy with the performance of my stock tires on road, and would like for the performance on pavement to be at least that of stock.

I have looked at possible a stock replacement, Shinko 705, Pirelli MT90....just so many options, I am having trouble.
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:28 PM   #4978
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Why replace tire due to nail? Just replace the tube.

Shinko 705 is hard to beat for a commuting tire, cheap, good handling and wears like iron. Similar off tarmac performance as any similar, but more expensive tires. Tourance, battlewing, anakee, etc. On the LRP it should last a long time. Air down off tarmac and don't get too crazy with it as any "street" DS tire like that can slide out when pushed.
If you keep a more knobby type tire up front you'll have a good compromise for your situation. Shinko 700 front is also a good compromise tire both on and off tarmac, but I stay away from the rear.
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:46 PM   #4979
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Why replace tire due to nail? Just replace the tube.

Shinko 705 is hard to beat for a commuting tire, cheap, good handling and wears like iron. Similar off tarmac performance as any similar, but more expensive tires. Tourance, battlewing, anakee, etc. On the LRP it should last a long time. Air down off tarmac and don't get too crazy with it as any "street" DS tire like that can slide out when pushed.
If you keep a more knobby type tire up front you'll have a good compromise for your situation. Shinko 700 front is also a good compromise tire both on and off tarmac, but I stay away from the rear.
Funny you say that- it didnt even puncture the tube. Still holding air. I know I could still ride it. I just choose not to.
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Old 06-14-2013, 05:39 PM   #4980
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Funny you say that- it didnt even puncture the tube. Still holding air. I know I could still ride it. I just choose not to.
Still holding air after pulling the nail out? Not sure who's on here running Slime (or similar) sealant in the tube, and it seems like some of us (me, at least) have bicycles, also, and run Slime. I'll be swapping out my rear for a D606 next week, and doing the TUbliss conversion, with Slime. Front converted to TUbliss already, no problems. Slime seems to work kinda like dynabeads, as far as balancing, since the rim lock weight will throw it off. I didn't have crimp on weights on hand when I did the front, and it seemed to fix itself as far a balancing with the Slime.
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