Wild Dog Adventure Riding

Technical Section => Make / Model Specific Discussions => Honda CR / CRF / Africa Twin 1000 => Topic started by: teebag on December 25, 2017, 11:31:22 am

Title: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on December 25, 2017, 11:31:22 am
Been looking for a lighter bike to play in the dirt since I sold the 800GSA. I enjoyed the GS but realised that it was best at being average at everything it does,  my riding skills are about the same ;)  I found for the type of gravel weekend riding I was doing I was not enjoying the GS, was getting myself into more technical terrain and then worrying about dropping the thing instead of having fun.  So the GS made way for a proper road bike and the dirt travel was put on hold for a bit.

But the itch is strong and I wanted to get back onto the gravel backroads for the occasional weekend escapes.

My criteria.

- < 180kg
- < R100k
- Low cost of ownership
- Reliable
- Fun

Test rode a few bikes, including the Rally and thought it a bit pap.  Read reviews and watched videos on YouTube. Waited for EICMA to see if they would announce something - but no.

So mid November I ordered the Rally. 
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: skydiver on December 25, 2017, 01:41:08 pm
And???.......is the second impression different to the first impression?
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on December 25, 2017, 01:57:32 pm
A couple of weeks later it was time for an overnight dirt trip in the Overberg region, so I met up with a couple of mates and headed out of town in a howling SE, which almost had me turn around and go straight home.  One of the advantages of a heavy bike is it is more stable in the wind.

Made it to Theewaterskloof and the 1st dirt for the new stead. spent the afternoon meandering the back roads to Bot River, The old pass, Caledon, to the campsite just outside Grayton (+-140km)

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The following morning I left the others, went into Riviersonderend for breakfast and then made my way back towards CT on the dirt.

Cons:
- not as steady in the wind as a bigger bike
- overtaking at highway speeds, require planning
- cant take as much stuff as I normally would
- stock tyres are not the best

Pros:
- light and agile
- fun in the dirt
- goes wherever you point it
- cant take as much stuff as I normally would
- sips fuel
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on December 27, 2017, 08:49:59 pm
The weekend trip took the bike over 1000km so I called to book the check up - 5th of Jan is the soonest we can see you hmm...

Check the fluids, all good, remove the airbox snorkel, change the front sprocket from the stock 14 to a 13 to shorten the gearing and head out again to find some more dirt roads.

The plan was to take a few days to tour back roads and clear the head - but in hindsight maybe heading towards the garden route the week before christmas wasn't the best choice.

Anyway left home and headed on familiar gravel roads towards Swellendam, the 13 sprocket definitely livens the bike up a bit where it counts and makes dirt road cruising a blast. On the tar I can easily maintain 115km/h (GPS) and can get to 130 if needs be.

After Swellendam, I took the Tradouw pass to Barrydale and a quick bite at Diesel and Creme.

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Heading out of town towards Ladismith I took the back roads to Van Wyksdorp where I intended to camp for the night.

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The campsite indicated on T4A looked deserted and it was still early, so I pushed on, over the amazing Rooiberg pass to Calizdorp.

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Day 1: 385km with a consumption of 31.9km/l for the 169km from Barrydale to Calizdorp.

I got an early start the next morning and headed out of town on the Kruisrivierpoort pad, all I can say is the riding within a few km of Calizdorp is some of the best available.

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Before I knew it I was halfway up the Swartberg pass

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And in a blink of an eye was down the other side - I kept telling myself to stop more to take in the scenery and take more pictures, but that would break my rhythm on the bike and it was all flowing so effortlessly.  A quick refuel in Prince Albert and I am crossing the Swartberg again via the tarred Meiringspoort.

Back to gravel again on the Kammanassie pad all the way to Uniondale

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Even stopping to take selfies I find myself again too early at my planned stop over for the night so I pushed on over the Prince Alfred pass, passed Angies G-spot where in hindsight I should have stopped for the day but it was only 14:00 and I still was enjoying riding too much.

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I turned down the Kom se Pad road with the intention of avoiding Knynsa, but ended up stopping at Oldies for a plate of well earned ribs.

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While I ate I charged my phone and began calling around to find a camping spot for the night - nothing, nada, nix - well there was one, and they wanted R1000 for the night - phuck-em they were only missing the gun and the mask.

I scrap my plans to take the 7 passes road to George and find a hotel room at the bargain price of R1950 for the night, phuck that too - Mossel Bay (mist), Riversdale no answer at the B&B bugger lets just push for home, Heidelberg, Swellendam (rain), Riviersonderend (Coffee), Caledon, Somerset West, Cape Town - home at 23:00 on the dot 17 hours on the go - my ass hurts.

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1107km in one day...

Total trip distance 1492km, best consumption 34.9km/l

Cons:
- saddle not the best for long distance
- side-stand too long
- grips too hard
- stock tyres still kak

Pros:
- easy riding
- LED lights bright and clear
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: katana on December 27, 2017, 08:59:07 pm
Good consumption.  It should still improve a bit.  I wish my 250 could match that.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: MaxThePanda on December 27, 2017, 09:34:06 pm
I must say that 250 rally just looks right! Itís one of the nicest looking stock bikes on the market in my book. Iím sure a pipe and a few miles will add a bit of power too. Consumption is amazing - keep posting, I think there are lots of people who will be interested once they get over the 250 thing.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: drewdza on December 27, 2017, 10:08:18 pm
I must say that 250 rally just looks right! Itís one of the nicest looking stock bikes on the market in my book. Iím sure a pipe and a few miles will add a bit of power too. Consumption is amazing - keep posting, I think there are lots of people who will be interested once they get over the 250 thing.

Must agree there. Damn good looking bike 👍🏻  Crazy distance for 1 day. Respect
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: LanC on December 28, 2017, 09:09:46 am
Thanks for the write up  :thumleft: This should have gone in the RR section.
Glad to know you can survive >1000km in one day on that seat.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Edgar on January 03, 2018, 10:06:23 am
Nice pictures !  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Kamanya on January 03, 2018, 07:14:45 pm
That's exactly why this is a great little bike, it takes you back to the whole point of it.

It's fun, gets you anywhere you point it and it's frugal.

And it looks great!
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Lou1 on January 04, 2018, 09:54:26 am
 :ricky:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on January 04, 2018, 10:54:23 am
Fantastic, thanks for the report.

Having some experience with long dual purpose days and a 250, I think this bike will be miles better at it than a TTR.

If I had to buy a "road" bike now, this would be it. It just looks right!
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: andrew5336 on January 09, 2018, 01:09:32 pm
Very, very nice.

I've seen a pic (attached I hope) where the owner removed all of the plastics around the engine.

If you do that, better tyres (tubeless to save weight), Yoshi or FMF header and exhaust, lighter, higher bars and a tail tidy you'll drop 5 kg at least and up the power while keeping it fairly stock.

I reckon that's the sweet spot.

I'm likely to either do the above or Supermoto a CRF 250 L (divergent ideas much?) when the $$$ allows.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sidetrack on January 09, 2018, 01:14:59 pm
Very, very nice.

I've seen a pic (attached I hope) where the owner removed all of the plastics around the engine.

If you do that, better tyres (tubeless to save weight), Yoshi or FMF header and exhaust, lighter, higher bars and a tail tidy you'll drop 5 kg at least and up the power while keeping it fairly stock.

I reckon that's the sweet spot.

I'm likely to either do the above or Supermoto a CRF 250 L (divergent ideas much?) when the $$$ allows.
That is Minkyheads bike from the UK, the aftermarket pipe looks nice but it is not worth the power gains. He also installed a 300cc head and the dyno increase was minimal. 21HP at the wheel.


Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on January 09, 2018, 01:20:48 pm
Yes Minkyheads bike - CBR300RA motor

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Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on January 09, 2018, 02:40:30 pm
Teebag - there is an American thread/topic about a sidestand 'fix' - are you aware, I can try dig it up if you have not seen it?
Chris
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on January 09, 2018, 02:46:14 pm
Thanks Chris - they seem to be fitting the stand from the 2017 CRF250-L (50530-KZZ-D20) which is shorter.

Will probably just cut and weld mine ;)
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on January 09, 2018, 02:55:29 pm


Quote from: teebag on Today at 02:46:14 pm (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=218937.msg3976571#msg3976571)>Thanks Chris - they seem to be fitting the stand from the 2017 CRF250-L (50530-KZZ-D20) which is shorter.

Will probably just cut and weld mine ;)

yes, that's what they are doing, cheers!  :thumleft:


Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Constantinople on January 12, 2018, 08:24:10 am
Thanks Chris - they seem to be fitting the stand from the 2017 CRF250-L (50530-KZZ-D20) which is shorter.

Will probably just cut and weld mine ;)

Try increasing preload first. This sorted the getting on while site-stand down issue and general sagging rear end issues.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on January 12, 2018, 08:27:25 am
 Max already, there may be a replacement shock in my future - waiting to see what the options are
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on February 13, 2018, 09:48:01 am
At around 5000km I reckon it's run in now - braaap(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180213/3c927aafe52ee5ce920b8b81be9104a5.jpg)

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Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on February 13, 2018, 10:21:19 am
Such a lekker bike....

Enjoy!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sidetrack on February 13, 2018, 02:32:26 pm
Very nice  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sparro on February 13, 2018, 08:55:25 pm
Tee bag, does the fmf make it a bit more nippy?  I changed to 13t up front and that made a helluva difference, mine runs at 120kmh quite comfortably now.

What's the part number on that slipon, and price if I may ask?

Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on February 13, 2018, 11:13:13 pm
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the bike is not faster the gauge speed is less accurate.  I also have the 13 which makes acceleration a little quicker than stock, but you will lose a little from the top speed.  Using the GPS the speedo seems to be about 10-15% out at 120 so you need to be going about 132-136 to be doing 120 actual.

Did you pull the snorkel from the airbox yet?

I tried the FMF without the spark arrestor today - loads of noise and it seemed to lack top end. With the arrestor in it is quieter and feels a bit more free in the mid range over stock.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on February 14, 2018, 09:56:38 am
Is the stock front sprocket 12t?

What rpm's does it do at 120 kph with the 12t and 13t?
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on February 14, 2018, 01:22:27 pm
Stock is 14t

Will take some numbers with the 13 on the weekend using the GPS
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on February 18, 2018, 10:01:29 am
60 on the clock 52 GPS
100-88
120-106
136-120

I am one tooth down from stock to 13 and am running taller tyres D606

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Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on February 18, 2018, 02:53:47 pm
Ok, thanks, and rpm's y any chance? Does it have a tacho?
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on February 18, 2018, 02:55:19 pm
Yes has a tach, didn't look 🤣

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Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on February 26, 2018, 12:18:34 pm
Had a little fun this weekend

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Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on February 28, 2018, 10:34:42 am
One more
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Omninorm on February 28, 2018, 11:03:24 am
Great pics and a great ride on a lekker bike. (Please don't let 2SD see this)
Fantastic consumption. I think the main reason for the pipe is a little bit throatier sound and the loss of weight.
Love the look of the other pic from the other bike with those engine plastics off.

Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Omninorm on February 28, 2018, 12:04:15 pm
Oh and looking at your pictures.
Honda announced a new color scheme for 2018 :)

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Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on February 28, 2018, 12:05:28 pm
Prefer the original
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: wilfwalk on February 28, 2018, 12:57:23 pm
Hi teebag, thanks for your nice trip report and the great photos, monochrome works so well doesn't it !
Some questions about your choice of the 250 rally as opposed to the 250L - I'm in the market for a similar sized bike.
1. What made you choose the Rally as opposed to the L ? I know the Rally has a bigger fuel capacity, higher seat height and a bit more ground clearance
2. Are the differences between the 2 bikes worth the higher Rally price, in your opinion ?

Thanks a lot.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on February 28, 2018, 02:25:51 pm
2. Are the differences between the 2 bikes worth the higher Rally price, in your opinion ?

Just the looks are worth it IMHO....
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: wilfwalk on February 28, 2018, 02:29:34 pm
2. Are the differences between the 2 bikes worth the higher Rally price, in your opinion ?

Just the looks are worth it IMHO....
I agree the Rally looks great, is the seat height adjustable for shorter riders, do you know ?
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on February 28, 2018, 03:27:34 pm
1. What made you choose the Rally as opposed to the L ? I know the Rally has a bigger fuel capacity, higher seat height and a bit more ground clearance
2. Are the differences between the 2 bikes worth the higher Rally price, in your opinion ?

1. all that - mostly height, screen + wind protection, better lights + LED indicators - and the look (I at least want to look like I am going 200 even if I am not) ;)
2. with discount the difference in price was not that much.

If you just want a plaything and have no intention of longer trips then get the L

is the seat height adjustable for shorter riders, do you know ?

No, would have to lower the suspension.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: wilfwalk on February 28, 2018, 04:03:03 pm
Thanks teebag, that sure helps. Will pop in to the local dealer in Bloem and see what they can do for me.
Appreciated.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on March 01, 2018, 07:53:54 am
You can learn to ride a taller bike. I've never had a bike where I can put both feet flat on the ground.

Tippie toe tippie toe.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: wilfwalk on March 01, 2018, 12:47:59 pm
The deal is done, will take delivery once its registered. They pushed the front forks upwards by about 10 - 12 mm. The profile of the top end of the forks seems to allow for this adjustment as there is a smoothed surface at the top of the forks. It didn't make much of a difference for me though, so will see how it works. Hope that as the seat softens and possibly the rear suspension beds down a little, it might be more comfortable.

Thanks in a large part your trip report teebag, it tipped me over the edge !! The local dealer is most thankful ! And I'm sure I'm going to enjoy it immensely too. Photos only after delivery.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on March 01, 2018, 12:51:23 pm
The local dealer is most thankful !

Tell him to send me some HRC stickers
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: wilfwalk on March 01, 2018, 01:20:31 pm
 Will give it a try  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on March 01, 2018, 02:08:46 pm
I want one too!

I wonder what kind of commuting km's one can get out of one of these before a rebuild.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sidetrack on March 01, 2018, 08:53:03 pm
I want one too!

I wonder what kind of commuting km's one can get out of one of these before a rebuild.
What a CRF Rally ? Will be lots, 80000km plus easily I reckon. It's not a high strung motor. Even my DRZ did 50 000km before it started using some oil.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sidetrack on March 01, 2018, 08:55:15 pm
I see Honda Menlyn has R10000 discount on the 250 Rally
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on March 02, 2018, 09:21:53 am
What a CRF Rally ? Will be lots, 80000km plus easily I reckon. It's not a high strung motor. Even my DRZ did 50 000km before it started using some oil.

Very few DRZ's see 50k km's without blowing up.

I have much higher hopes for the Honda 250.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on March 02, 2018, 09:37:45 am
Pros:
- dropped the Rally in some fairly thick sand (I stood in the wrong queue - I thought it said "riding god" only when I got to the front did I see it was "dog") - what a pleasure to pick up

Cons:
- whoops, suspension and higher speeds do not mix, by the 3rd or 4th bump the suspension is confused - maybe the 95kg rider does not help matters.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sidetrack on March 02, 2018, 10:53:26 am
What a CRF Rally ? Will be lots, 80000km plus easily I reckon. It's not a high strung motor. Even my DRZ did 50 000km before it started using some oil.

Very few DRZ's see 50k km's without blowing up.

I have much higher hopes for the Honda 250.
Last time I saw my old bike it was on 86000km original bottom end. I replaced the barrel and piston at 50000km with an Athena kit. The stock barrel was still 100% I could have just added a new Suzuki piston and it would have also worked. The DRZ puts out around 45HP with the kit (Hotcam stage 2 and Athena big bore with FCR and 3 x 3 mod) and weighed 135kg

Hijack off
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: wilfwalk on March 02, 2018, 10:56:01 am
I want one too!

I wonder what kind of commuting km's one can get out of one of these before a rebuild.

If you google Rhonda the Honda you'll see that a 250L was used on a round the world trip (she was also featured on Carte Blanche) and this bike did over 100 000 km without problems.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Edgar on March 02, 2018, 11:19:00 am
The deal is done, will take delivery once its registered. They pushed the front forks upwards by about 10 - 12 mm. The profile of the top end of the forks seems to allow for this adjustment as there is a smoothed surface at the top of the forks. It didn't make much of a difference for me though, so will see how it works. Hope that as the seat softens and possibly the rear suspension beds down a little, it might be more comfortable.

Thanks in a large part your trip report teebag, it tipped me over the edge !! The local dealer is most thankful ! And I'm sure I'm going to enjoy it immensely too. Photos only after delivery.

Congratulations! Enjoy it! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on March 02, 2018, 01:04:51 pm
Last time I saw my old bike it was on 86000km original bottom end. I replaced the barrel and piston at 50000km with an Athena kit. The stock barrel was still 100% I could have just added a new Suzuki piston and it would have also worked. The DRZ puts out around 45HP with the kit (Hotcam stage 2 and Athena big bore with FCR and 3 x 3 mod) and weighed 135kg

I do not dispute your bike's history, but as far as DRZ's go I think that is quite rare. They were not known for lasting top ends.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: wilfwalk on March 07, 2018, 03:08:37 pm
The deal is done, will take delivery once its registered. They pushed the front forks upwards by about 10 - 12 mm. The profile of the top end of the forks seems to allow for this adjustment as there is a smoothed surface at the top of the forks. It didn't make much of a difference for me though, so will see how it works. Hope that as the seat softens and possibly the rear suspension beds down a little, it might be more comfortable.

Thanks in a large part your trip report teebag, it tipped me over the edge !! The local dealer is most thankful ! And I'm sure I'm going to enjoy it immensely too. Photos only after delivery.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: wilfwalk on March 07, 2018, 03:15:36 pm
The deal is done, will take delivery once its registered. They pushed the front forks upwards by about 10 - 12 mm. The profile of the top end of the forks seems to allow for this adjustment as there is a smoothed surface at the top of the forks. It didn't make much of a difference for me though, so will see how it works. Hope that as the seat softens and possibly the rear suspension beds down a little, it might be more comfortable.

Thanks in a large part your trip report teebag, it tipped me over the edge !! The local dealer is most thankful ! And I'm sure I'm going to enjoy it immensely too. Photos only after delivery.

Added photos to my earlier input. First ride was 154 km last Sunday morning, west of Bloem. Nice and cool and damp after a light shower on Saturday night. Very happy with the bike so far. Glad I didn't decide on the Africa Twin to start with as I need to "re-connect" with biking and see if this adventure riding will "grab" me. So far, so good !
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on March 07, 2018, 03:18:30 pm
You can probably set/reduce the preload on the rear shock, which will drop the rear a bit.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: wilfwalk on March 07, 2018, 04:18:29 pm
Thanks LoopSoosStroop, the dealership told me its already on its softest setting. Once sitting on the bike my toes (not just tips) make good contact with mother earth. Because the bike is a lot lighter than the Africa Twin I test rode, I can let it lean a bit further to get one foot flat on the ground. With the AT, it was a bit more risky, especially on a slope !. I'm okay with the Rally on a slope, as long as its not 30 degrees !!
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Omninorm on March 07, 2018, 04:29:19 pm
Thanks LoopSoosStroop, the dealership told me its already on its softest setting. Once sitting on the bike my toes (not just tips) make good contact with mother earth. Because the bike is a lot lighter than the Africa Twin I test rode, I can let it lean a bit further to get one foot flat on the ground. With the AT, it was a bit more risky, especially on a slope !. I'm okay with the Rally on a slope, as long as its not 30 degrees !!

Nice! and Congrats. I think your choice of bike is excellent.
I like power and speed as much as the next guy but I think will become more skilled and a better rider with this bike, and embarrass a lot of bigger bikes offroad than you would have if you got an AT out the gate.


Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on March 07, 2018, 05:21:39 pm
Congratulations,  looks good
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sidetrack on March 07, 2018, 09:03:33 pm
The deal is done, will take delivery once its registered. They pushed the front forks upwards by about 10 - 12 mm. The profile of the top end of the forks seems to allow for this adjustment as there is a smoothed surface at the top of the forks. It didn't make much of a difference for me though, so will see how it works. Hope that as the seat softens and possibly the rear suspension beds down a little, it might be more comfortable.

Thanks in a large part your trip report teebag, it tipped me over the edge !! The local dealer is most thankful ! And I'm sure I'm going to enjoy it immensely too. Photos only after delivery.
Looks like a nice area to ride, nice and green  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on March 08, 2018, 01:24:16 pm
The only time you really need power is when riding sand, for everything else including touring a modern FI 250 is good enough.

My TTR could go anywhere, but some dunes it just did not have the oempf for.

Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on March 08, 2018, 03:02:45 pm
Some geezer having fun

Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on April 09, 2018, 08:04:57 am
8,000km - it's probably run in.

Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: RobLH on April 09, 2018, 08:09:57 am
Still on your original rear tyre? If so, how long do you expect it to last?
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on April 09, 2018, 08:11:28 am
No I replaced the IRC's early on with Dunlop 606's

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Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: adv on April 09, 2018, 08:27:59 am
Great thread!

there is definitely an advantage owning to owning either a gravel spaceship (KTM / BMW / STEN) and one of these more simplistic smaller cc bikes.

The only place I miss my spaceship is in heavy wind, when riding with bigger bikes and when I'm in a hurry to get home.

2 out of those 3 can be avoided. And lately, I ride solo anyways.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: 0012 on April 09, 2018, 02:42:14 pm
8,000km - it's probably run in.

nice pic, love the styling of these  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on April 09, 2018, 03:46:11 pm
Very envious of that setup teebag... enjoy!
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Zanie on April 10, 2018, 07:16:44 pm
8,000km - it's probably run in.

:thumleft: These are addictive little bikes. I've already clocked up 2500 km on mine in a month. My old 650GS feels slow and clunky in comparison and while it was being serviced I got a 1200GS as a loan bike (800s and 750s were all out). I felt like I was riding Battlestar Galactica! How do people take those things off-road? I was too nervous to even tackle a little sandy 5m shortcut to my home.

I love all your pics. Are there more?
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Offshore on April 10, 2018, 07:38:27 pm
I rode one today in George, what a sweet Ride. (250 L)
Does the R have more Power?
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Zanie on April 10, 2018, 08:03:11 pm
I don't think so, but the experts can give their opinion. As far as I know the Rally has the same engine, but is heavier, so probably less power to weight? Yet I'm glad I had it when we were caught out by time in Tankwa and ended up riding in the dark: nice super-bright LED headlight! I think another difference is longer suspension travel in the Rally.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Offshore on April 10, 2018, 08:14:18 pm
I don't think so, but the experts can give their opinion. As far as I know the Rally has the same engine, but is heavier, so probably less power to weight? Yet I'm glad I had it when we were caught out by time in Tankwa and ended up riding in the dark: nice super-bright LED headlight! I think another difference is longer suspension travel in the Rally.
My Thoughts too, 10 kg heavier, R10k more  :patch: but the Fairing will definately help with a Tailwind, should give at least another 10 km/hr on TS.
I am seriously considering the L, great little Bike
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on April 10, 2018, 08:21:35 pm
Think the current L and Rally are the same when it comes to engine output.

For a plaything I would take the L,  for something more suitable for touring the Rally.

Agree the lights are excellent.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on April 10, 2018, 08:41:21 pm
Different suspension travel Rally vs L and donít forget the fuel range.

See post #82 for my layman comparison: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=209495.80

PS - Nice thread teebag.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Offshore on April 10, 2018, 08:48:13 pm
Different suspension travel Rally vs L and donít forget the fuel range.

See post #82 for my layman comparison: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=209495.80

PS - Nice thread teebag.  :thumleft:
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Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Zanie on April 10, 2018, 08:52:31 pm
I forgot about the fuel range. It's absolutely spectacular if not doing highway speeds. Anything around 6-7k revs (up to 110 km/h) = 30 km/lit (300km/tank). Highway (110 km/h and up) = 8k revs and higher = 23 km/lit (230 km/tank). Big difference.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: zacapa on April 10, 2018, 08:53:12 pm
If Honda sorts out the undersprung rear suspension anytime soon this may turn out to be a decent 250. If not it's just - meh!
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on April 10, 2018, 09:04:53 pm
Don't think Honda will change anything,  but plenty of aftermarket options becoming available.

In this video they replaced the springs and oil in the front but don't mention the rear

https://youtu.be/_vixg_VMLBU

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Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on April 23, 2018, 09:34:25 am
Ever have the feeling you are being watched?
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on April 23, 2018, 12:39:41 pm
Honda CRF 250 Rally rear racks back in stock.


Chris & Team
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on April 23, 2018, 02:05:43 pm
I already have your rack, I see the design has changed a little.

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Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on April 23, 2018, 02:58:58 pm
yes, teebag, the manufacturer made a small design change to keep it further away from plastics, I think; otherwise it is essentially identical.


thanks for your support!
Chris & Team
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on May 06, 2018, 12:17:43 pm
Took the Monday between the weekend and the public holiday and went for a ride around the block - why not.

Headed out of town via the tunnel to Worcester,  gravel on the Overhex road to Robertson , top up in Montague before hitting the real dirt for the day.

Up and over Ouberg (the other one) pass, turn towards Ladysmith south of Anysberg. I arrive at the Sanbona gate, sign says road closed but the guard assures me I can pass - apparently the presence of large carnivores requires I have an escort, so they send a vehicle to follow me between the gates.  Surprising a lone Oryx in the dry riverbed I start to plan what I might do should I come across something a little more grumpy, syncerus caffer perhaps.

Leaving the reserve,  I made my way towards the R62 and turn right towards Barrydale, the left onto the gravel just before the town. About 15km down the intersection with Gysmanshoek - another road closed sign,  this time on the side of the road.  There are signs the road is in regular use so I decide to see how far I can go and continue up the track, I reach the Cape Nature gate which is open and has no indication that entry is prohibited. Before I know it I am up and over the mountain,  riding the valley on the southern  side. 

Empty farm roads all the way to Suurbrak, before slabbing (can you slab a 250?) all the way back to CT via the N2.

700km of soul food. 300km on a tank (Montague to Riversonderend) 33km/l(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180506/fe8cf6eb6bf6d2ee1d3176e3363b221f.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180506/674d20da3bffe942d8153ea5c65bf1d1.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180506/5ab0f6daf73ae2e3d4c36f32012a3234.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180506/2da41d34ed0ba7a260764bef009769a3.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180506/69e4584b650f508eb1562aa42eb7409b.jpg)
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on May 06, 2018, 12:32:55 pm
Beautiful photos Teebag. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sidetrack on May 06, 2018, 02:50:46 pm
Teebag that FMF looks fantastic, how much louder than stock ? Single blapping away on long stretches is not pleasant. I guess you went 120 on the 606 rear. The IRC stock looks very narrow on the back. Wonder if 130's will fit ?
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on May 06, 2018, 03:36:09 pm
It's not too loud, it is the Q4 with the spark arrestor fitted. The base powercore will be louder.

I like the tone but wear earplugs on the long tar sections anyway.

I think the yoshi may be quieter, but I haven't heard one in person.

The 130 is a tight fit and will hit the toolbox under compression.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Intense on May 16, 2018, 10:55:09 am
Still on your original rear tyre? If so, how long do you expect it to last?
I am on 10 000km and they still good for another 4000km I guess
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on May 16, 2018, 11:13:18 am
Looks like the stock tyres can go the distance.

Also just clocked 10k this week,  the front D606 lasted around 5k and needed replacing, the rear should get to around 8

Love these tyres on this bike.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180516/986276185ed7c0ef84791d4f34705945.jpg)
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: K9dog on June 15, 2018, 06:36:51 am
I forgot about the fuel range. It's absolutely spectacular if not doing highway speeds. Anything around 6-7k revs (up to 110 km/h) = 30 km/lit (300km/tank). Highway (110 km/h and up) = 8k revs and higher = 23 km/lit (230 km/tank). Big difference.
I have a 2015 Crf 250 L, which only gets about 160 km per tank, mostly used on the farm. What should I be checking which causes this high fuel consumption?


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Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on June 15, 2018, 07:54:15 am
Your right hand
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: K9dog on June 15, 2018, 07:55:28 am
Your right hand


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Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on June 15, 2018, 07:57:38 am
Seriously, you should be getting better than that,  unless you are racing all over the farm. Check your air filter is not blocked up, that causes higher consumption. Remember the rally has a larger tank than the L
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on June 15, 2018, 08:32:51 am
160km on the L is about right.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: K9dog on June 15, 2018, 09:28:22 am
Will check the filter, just called the dealer in Port Elizabeth and they asking R600 for a replacement one!!


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Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on June 15, 2018, 10:21:52 am
Yeah they ain't cheap
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Zanie on June 15, 2018, 07:18:58 pm
I forgot about the fuel range. It's absolutely spectacular if not doing highway speeds. Anything around 6-7k revs (up to 110 km/h) = 30 km/lit (300km/tank). Highway (110 km/h and up) = 8k revs and higher = 23 km/lit (230 km/tank). Big difference.
I have a 2015 Crf 250 L, which only gets about 160 km per tank, mostly used on the farm. What should I be checking which causes this high fuel consumption?

I think the plain L has a 7 lit tank. If you have similar fuel consumption as I do (30 km/lit), then you could expect an absolute maximum of 210 km out of a tank. Ride it a bit harder and you could easily get down to 160-170 km/tank. So it sounds about right.

Fuelly (http://www.fuelly.com/motorcycle/honda/crf250l (http://www.fuelly.com/motorcycle/honda/crf250l)) shows that most would get a maximum of 170-200 km (but usually you fill up before you run out).
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on June 15, 2018, 07:31:48 pm
160km on the L is about right.   :thumleft:

Reply #82 - http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=209495.80

There is nothing wrong with your bike K9dog.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Fransw on June 17, 2018, 03:05:34 pm
Yeah they ain't cheap

Nice thread Teebag! I follow it with interest! :thumleft:

What about suspension upgrade, front spring and back shock upgrade, do you know of guys that can do it!

Lekker all rounder bike this!..
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: K9dog on June 17, 2018, 09:18:05 pm
160km on the L is about right.   :thumleft:

Reply #82 - http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=209495.80

There is nothing wrong with your bike K9dog.  :thumleft:
Glad to hear that itís normal and that Iím not too much overweight



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Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on July 07, 2018, 06:26:30 pm
Time for the 12k service, but 1st a ride(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180707/0bbc553ef8a5c914a5a33b180fa478c6.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180707/0cff8c3a6d4b144b21e8c36f7826f4a3.jpg)
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Fransw on July 07, 2018, 06:42:20 pm
Hi Teebag, when did you buy your bike?
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on July 07, 2018, 06:44:32 pm
End November
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Fransw on July 07, 2018, 06:47:54 pm
End November

Good mileage for 7 months!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on July 09, 2018, 08:16:36 am
Service done R941 - oil, filter, gasket and air filter and a good wash

FYI PN 17220 KZZ 900 fits and is R411.36(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180709/e7a7e98f4941bb27d18104c0aee1f53e.jpg)
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sidetrack on July 09, 2018, 10:40:28 am
Service done R941 - oil, filter, gasket and air filter and a good wash

FYI PN 17220 KZZ 900 fits and is R411.36(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180709/e7a7e98f4941bb27d18104c0aee1f53e.jpg)
Did you buy the oil from Honda too ? What do they use ?
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Fransw on July 09, 2018, 10:48:36 am
Did you do the service yourself Teebag? What about the warranty?..
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on July 09, 2018, 11:47:43 am
No I used Motul, I recon Honda don't make oil
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sidetrack on July 09, 2018, 12:53:12 pm
No I used Motul, I recon Honda don't make oil
Another Rally rider bought this
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sidetrack on July 09, 2018, 01:28:55 pm
Maybe a worry for nothing but I still want to know if synthetic is needed or not. I would say no, and this Honda oil looks like something that would work in a mower as well  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on July 09, 2018, 01:40:06 pm
 :biggrin:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sidetrack on July 09, 2018, 01:42:05 pm
:biggrin:
Hopefully it includes Marquez riding skills !
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on August 20, 2018, 06:25:55 pm
15,400km time for an update.

Took a weekend ride with friends to the Klein Karoo and Overberg, tried to take the most indirect route possible to the overnight spot in Swellendam, I would say that taking 5 hours we were somewhat successful :ricky:

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We only left Cape Town late afternoon so arrived after dark, this did however give me the opportunity to ride gravel in the dark, which confirmed that the stock Rally headlight is one of the best I have used, secondly I am faster in the dark ;)

The next morning we headed for the Suurbraak to Gysmanshoek pass, over to Barrydale for lunch. My rear 606 is a little tired with nearly 10k km on it and that in combination with under-sprung rear shock caused the rear to struggle to maintain traction on the more uneven climbs, meaning I had to tap off to prevent the wheel skipping over the rougher parts.

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After lunch we headed through Sanbona to Montague via the dirt roads south of Anysberg

We again arrived back in Swellendam after dark, but comparing consumption figures it was interesting to note the Rally used less by some margin when compared to the other bikes in the group - TTR250, Yamaha 600 and a Suzuki 650

The next day we headed back to CT via Malgas and the gravel roads of the Overberg.

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The Rally didn't have any trouble running with the 2 600's and in some cases was actually faster.

Two weeks later and after fitting some fresh rubber (another 606 on the rear and this time a TKC on the front) I find myself riding part of the same route, but this time with a faster bunch.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/8814QGx7i6mgW4gcyqdimVyxiq7y_uiEIDmK0bsHZFGgwuBK3hYQXMw654MQo8YYXO0KZyQ1OTd8nhKyibi2htG4MNdzO_b4Xn0xbNSkMpu_cPB1Af4a21Pz-KiwFC-f5kR2uKVEAFYFFbabCMZHD2yGxsxMNjUvNa9eFnUlNVVl3UfirS2f47-3i-IcqbeR_1D8vB0NWAOcwbZoWD9RJFU_rqqbsr-cJF8ylHkgwoOylE7-6PexMN_hVvS9h9_aUg4Cq-ijMZWDoQRd9ebxhBakSRqdg3BMD9Z6ptY-Mi7IjjhKSohErE0PJRL9DY9Y-bjT331kIAXjZwPeS3ANIn7_lHz1TduWM81ONZYOPgLBp1jj3Z_WfdDGxNiuG8WC_jTOjAaZDx97zX_5kLHfMM-xfVcrqVwekoidi12Y3y9yvuk5odCfTOnFc-PSZlln-C6C68ICcQK-kq0MKo6HP_MB51ouxPHRK7toTVe9aWUGMdwQ_DEE3QZ42I5Fx59IzvATCJtIMSWoV5fv8Ya--wCu0XYETVuOiUu9HsuE8nbNbnpMRFPSdScF-1d4Pr0aoJ1HivlL8kuSDX3RZ5USNNEa8290j6kz6AZ6dZgkJ5sCdnMel9UjGYW6zmF1Fu3pLciydWI6VPnMfSgIPxfHqEyarV9yUtCn=s800-no)

I had no chance of keeping up with this

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/x0SdSWTp8vXuRNu4_XPQTSCIScRnIRP35dkF3ovl3aFpJaMW4kMhTFT1lZP3B2DsP4A3ENW-Pzz3YGXYY6b6pbt7Xn7YSlVHJhcnroqLIx0mzCmw6q5Fi149FaV9GkoDDy40ThUQ4tmdwQhdRqrelEgtgAJUoUv0oq7C7rCEXS7eSyi7yCvPFtsM-2o54vF7SJ1tHF47R-5xmXPg1l8xlx6LzhzVgvZ918WvMUJavZjY_d9sPZW8Q7Xwy4J4V2LMxqRN-dnNTB3q7tXdUrG6ecQaJSJeQehN52esUPli5l7wZ786WuXhbIr-Ah8V4m-G3Di88PxFQKt47LrUSE7gaSJg3GaKNq-VgRob7Hm87mNSh4KUJfRm6TAxiV5IdApPJW8PykKvAAIgzRhsRqJ1K87D2VHBilssbvR9ifXbww5SfHSRAsBvZSEEtTWUrXn1SVKt5m0ru7zVYRR7ODk4SrKpjiZyZclUZE7j9CZqx1mjE2iDUDpmcSSZ3mf8qBiO_RWysTUsvVNj0JlFdJfzAnd2UPS4HnEX6jp3Lo1M5d7N36cjef5MPnC79qeqaIZa8K99EP6ihL4uQLhUC8ir05nN-sZOUjRkA6b7yIEXDwVQyzY1tecT69BvG8XVQIQLcQJZjPmadzsCJp3BKvRSDfvv0RUU2zS9=w799-h800-no)

The XR650 and GS800 however were fair game.

Visiting a sticker we placed 2 weeks earlier at Ronnie's

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/LHb3Hx924CSLbJehiJjypD7aD33Y8U6O-2PxrL5Q57_NMGekBCdhUqP2M5Mh80QbSxMXsNF94qJYPp02_Fita3natAOHy0O_UxUwCtXUogaNn0XyMVeljWYF5ficaUcAa4MPYxDduWqfl1qjaJR2PWhQD-qxE8C5LTt41byJ3bzs-u1mIZanYYzyoPHzebACM3zUQnDymOBSLAhDQizsSSGvkHbk4ZAfFcd30UoUozkATolW_RyBcb_xmiLZUWDKeVew1EM1obMec4YBed9jX9OvMNzPqsZauKh-rPPtmi2HyGqHBsh6GtAlccdNEPLm-bzL7kWr6HK_P_jbYNDFkykmfKTfrEJjlK65lzKxUgtlqQVmmnQOB_hnr_1WiNVeq_fQ4ouNQBaqQj5Q0X0YFNk5sBEFAElfgpliR-t_Ttai_zP3B9wCuo0gk6dcpdBEJiifbLtdZFGABO2-y-FUheVlRD_Fh4WelxZruwEbIkqdZbIw-qmqNrwf7bc9uTQo3p7M05DvY7nYhSym8vRiBklJKoehFVmI7ZsVHgz6r0dbRNEgNhTHfPq5dMFukOJKlFsDuE7W6V_unORDxGAvW3BIVtWPStGhh-HZf68p3Ymh76d9NmdKq6hfGXGr3Bg7d1Uf8pMx3iZ08nJSADY1fAyONb0h-Wwu=w800-h600-no)
 
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/M1h1FH3o42T1kgS5izA_v0AJYBhLy1oVzEVGMyXXPwjJ-0wyuCPQYWxpTNSnDlYee5qDNzUSwF_u3cWApz9KH5a7O8iP1_4gfVpKUZ6VnU63BHJHLm6HA6b3X7IUKqyr_NVpQWmzd4EXtAURcV0skyuMlDR_0mooOvDoWr2mNe1rp0CKGr-E1bTWtifSeVdP2SZey6T4DNUQ1LzKIJL_rZrprLGIt_uf0q-i-nXW48_EjXwkSFCjns9fZnCr0UY2v1M4gS05Lg4N-IaXDK24-PJ8ZSIXeC-Z8s3hV39wRDVxB_1EvPHOjA1KpyIIAGbL7V_e37fiq1O8VNpTsvFOKbDV8Q7yyG2M_JlHED344ul_KGVexIqudZH9SgJgRwMoBoQHs2ZQXIJmYMDjoAhOs-K0DoPZZQtwUtsKJ9shVcnjcMxEGkOxbpG16YwNSs3YhzfV5ioUPeANtqmorneVwlLSU9i_Vp1jnLM5S6ue9agOjEWHwEPUhXyTO-Ds9mYeWZmX-N304ywgahxVzskIDZxXDIU3Z-0acIACFWed26v44UNp4OiNi9BFzFXAciN3eW9un2Ht95KrQoCwCk2FJQ7yoYq3uMbsKJ-XJSARayQjY06TZheE36s4d0Oq3bkYYChx466mxqcQe7DsiUK72ER7oFUHQCsd=s800-no)
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on September 05, 2018, 01:44:42 pm
Just assisted my 5 or 6th Rally sale, Honda SA should be paying me #justsaying  :ricky:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sidetrack on September 06, 2018, 08:19:12 pm
Also starting to spot more. I see the silver ones are selling overseas, are Honda SA not bringing in anymore or still selling old stock ?
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Offshore on September 06, 2018, 08:42:43 pm
Lekker Thread this, keep it coming.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on September 06, 2018, 08:49:03 pm
..this one sold yesterday, next door to us, beautiful condition, hardly run in...!
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on September 06, 2018, 09:07:20 pm
Yip, that was my doing Cris, I rode with Kevin 2 weeks ago in the Klien Karoo - didn't take him long to find one 🤣
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Aaklige Attie on September 07, 2018, 06:40:02 am
My son got his on wednesday, damn the boy was happy. He will be attending ADA over the weekend to do his first ridding course!

He is driving me crazy though cause he can't ride it before his crashbars has arrived from Rockfox and will have to do his course on one of the ADA bikes.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on September 07, 2018, 07:56:40 am
Are the rockfox bar available
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: K9dog on September 07, 2018, 08:16:58 am
My son got his on wednesday, damn the boy was happy. He will be attending ADA over the weekend to do his first ridding course!

He is driving me crazy though cause he can't ride it before his crashbars has arrived from Rockfox and will have to do his course on one of the ADA bikes.
Lekker - enjoy, I really enjoy riding with my son , he's on the CRF 250l

Sent from my S60 using Tapatalk

Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: deapsquatter on September 07, 2018, 08:29:43 pm
I blame @teebag ;) who impressed me so much with his riding of this bike that I had to go out and buy one for myself. Thanks to Brent at Scotts Motor. He delivered the bike himself on the back of his bakkie sparkling wine in hand. Excellent service.

Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sidetrack on September 07, 2018, 09:41:59 pm
I blame @teebag ;) who impressed me so much with his riding of this bike that I had to go out and buy one for myself. Thanks to Brent at Scotts Motor. He delivered the bike himself on the back of his bakkie sparkling wine in hand. Excellent service.
Great ! What silencer do you have on the bike ?
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: deapsquatter on September 08, 2018, 08:00:39 am
Came fitted with a Bosson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=723yxFllcUU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=723yxFllcUU)
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sidetrack on September 10, 2018, 12:42:53 pm
Came fitted with a Bosson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=723yxFllcUU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=723yxFllcUU)
I was waiting for you to start it up  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on September 11, 2018, 06:40:20 pm
Quick photo shoot on the way to work this morning.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180911/c428d4217a265b82a485e2a44d8b11b1.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180911/68b5514b71130ae5785304e7f793d578.jpg)
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on September 17, 2018, 08:03:30 am
Took some selfies this past weekend (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180917/5b04c890ce0f9d4544c2129d1daae553.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180917/ec48cc8d0de7559691e3b83ff1b952c2.jpg)
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sidetrack on September 17, 2018, 08:23:19 am
Lekker, you should change the heading. Surely run in by now  :ricky:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: adamktm on September 17, 2018, 09:25:50 am
Quick photo shoot on the way to work this morning.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180911/c428d4217a265b82a485e2a44d8b11b1.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180911/68b5514b71130ae5785304e7f793d578.jpg)

What saddle bags are those @teebag? I'm looking for some small cost effective ones for my 690
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on September 17, 2018, 10:01:03 am
Giant Loop Mojave - not sure you can call them cost effective
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: adamktm on September 17, 2018, 03:23:53 pm
Thanks bud, youíre not joking. R3500 :bueller:

I canít believe how expensive the soft luggage is. I will start a new thread and ask advice.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on September 22, 2018, 09:09:45 pm
Quick morning run with @deapsquatter

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180922/4f6e17bd494fe1c2fca76227c67c1de9.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180922/893c6ac55fcbc61251fc602b527a05cf.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180922/32ab7aecc5f3d1aea98d0debf3325614.jpg)
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on September 22, 2018, 11:22:37 pm
Love the pic on the railroad tracks :thumleft:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Aaklige Attie on September 23, 2018, 10:46:53 am
Very nice photos indeed. @teebag did you use the plug under the l/h shroud for your GPS and if so where did you get the plug from if not from the dealers?
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on September 23, 2018, 11:53:23 am
Very nice photos indeed. @teebag did you use the plug under the l/h shroud for your GPS and if so where did you get the plug from if not from the dealers?
From the numberplate light
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Aaklige Attie on September 23, 2018, 01:04:32 pm
Very nice photos indeed. @teebag did you use the plug under the l/h shroud for your GPS and if so where did you get the plug from if not from the dealers?
From the numberplate light

 :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sidetrack on September 23, 2018, 04:10:34 pm
Very nice photos indeed. @teebag did you use the plug under the l/h shroud for your GPS and if so where did you get the plug from if not from the dealers?
I just bought some generic spade connectors
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Aaklige Attie on September 23, 2018, 04:39:48 pm
I dont want to mess around with the wireing harness and have issues with Honda at a later stage
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: superfoxi on September 23, 2018, 04:43:12 pm
Thanks bud, youíre not joking. R3500 :bueller:

I canít believe how expensive the soft luggage is. I will start a new thread and ask advice.

Flying Brick is selling a high quality copy of the Mojave - for about a third off the price...
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on September 23, 2018, 06:25:55 pm
I dont want to mess around with the wireing harness and have issues with Honda at a later stage
That's why I just unplugged the plate lamp, and cut the connector off, I can easily solder it neatly back in place if need be. I used the blank from the front to keep the open plug in the rear nice an weatherproof.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on September 23, 2018, 07:28:18 pm
+-15k km time for new teeth. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180923/fdbb4db48f2b18cd299f96a99c6f79d6.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180923/f091138c38d6c3964b73f0100fa186bf.jpg)
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: adamktm on September 23, 2018, 10:04:29 pm
Thanks bud, youíre not joking. R3500 :bueller:

I canít believe how expensive the soft luggage is. I will start a new thread and ask advice.

Flying Brick is selling a high quality copy of the Mojave - for about a third off the price...

Was in to see Chris this week. Def going to get a set of those panniers :thumleft:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on September 24, 2018, 12:29:36 pm
Being Heritage day I thought I would take the older 250 out for a spin this morning. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180924/63c1d53dc77c9b723c4b6f6ad3fa264f.jpg)
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Intense on September 25, 2018, 08:30:10 am
+-15k km time for new teeth. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180923/fdbb4db48f2b18cd299f96a99c6f79d6.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180923/f091138c38d6c3964b73f0100fa186bf.jpg)
I am only a hundred or so short of the 15000km mark and my sprocket still looks brand new.
Using my 30% chainsaw 70% engine oil mix on my chain
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Constantinople on September 25, 2018, 09:42:36 am
Thanks bud, youíre not joking. R3500 :bueller:

I canít believe how expensive the soft luggage is. I will start a new thread and ask advice.

Flying Brick is selling a high quality copy of the Mojave - for about a third off the price...

Cannot find the bags on their online store. Link please? Name?
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on September 25, 2018, 10:45:17 am


Quote from: Constantinople on Today at 09:42:36 am (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=218937.msg4134907#msg4134907)


>Quote from: superfoxi on September 23, 2018, 04:43:12 pm (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=218937.msg4134368#msg4134368)


>Quote from: adamktm on September 17, 2018, 03:23:53 pm (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=218937.msg4130495#msg4130495)>Thanks bud, youíre not joking. R3500 :bueller:

I canít believe how expensive the soft luggage is. I will start a new thread and ask advice.



Flying Brick is selling a high quality copy of the Mojave - for about a third off the price...



Cannot find the bags on their online store. Link please? Name?

NEW  e-commerce website just 5 days old, SOME items not uploaded, see all HERE for now: https://business.facebook.com/flyingbrickmotorcycleaccessories/

thanks
Chris & Team


Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Constantinople on September 25, 2018, 01:03:44 pm
Thanks Chris!
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Aaklige Attie on September 25, 2018, 07:12:00 pm
I dont want to mess around with the wireing harness and have issues with Honda at a later stage
That's why I just unplugged the plate lamp, and cut the connector off, I can easily solder it neatly back in place if need be. I used the blank from the front to keep the open plug in the rear nice an weatherproof.

Went past Honda today and got two pieces of electrical whires with the correct termenals on them off of a old bike harness. Connected them into the blank off  amd onto the GPS harness and bobs your uncle GPS in working order!
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sidetrack on September 26, 2018, 08:59:35 am
I dont want to mess around with the wireing harness and have issues with Honda at a later stage
That's why I just unplugged the plate lamp, and cut the connector off, I can easily solder it neatly back in place if need be. I used the blank from the front to keep the open plug in the rear nice an weatherproof.

Went past Honda today and got two pieces of electrical whires with the correct termenals on them off of a old bike harness. Connected them into the blank off  amd onto the GPS harness and bobs your uncle GPS in working order!
Cool which dealership ? Maybe they have more
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Aaklige Attie on September 26, 2018, 09:52:40 am
I dont want to mess around with the wireing harness and have issues with Honda at a later stage
That's why I just unplugged the plate lamp, and cut the connector off, I can easily solder it neatly back in place if need be. I used the blank from the front to keep the open plug in the rear nice an weatherproof.

Went past Honda today and got two pieces of electrical whires with the correct termenals on them off of a old bike harness. Connected them into the blank off  amd onto the GPS harness and bobs your uncle GPS in working order!
Cool which dealership ? Maybe they have more

Honda East Rand

Sidetrack I am going that way again today, can maybe pick you up a pair and give it to you on Saturday!
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sidetrack on September 26, 2018, 10:14:13 am
I dont want to mess around with the wireing harness and have issues with Honda at a later stage
That's why I just unplugged the plate lamp, and cut the connector off, I can easily solder it neatly back in place if need be. I used the blank from the front to keep the open plug in the rear nice an weatherproof.

Went past Honda today and got two pieces of electrical whires with the correct termenals on them off of a old bike harness. Connected them into the blank off  amd onto the GPS harness and bobs your uncle GPS in working order!
Cool which dealership ? Maybe they have more

Honda East Rand

Sidetrack I am going that way again today, can maybe pick you up a pair and give it to you on Saturday!
Yes would be great  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Aaklige Attie on September 26, 2018, 01:26:19 pm
I dont want to mess around with the wireing harness and have issues with Honda at a later stage
That's why I just unplugged the plate lamp, and cut the connector off, I can easily solder it neatly back in place if need be. I used the blank from the front to keep the open plug in the rear nice an weatherproof.

Went past Honda today and got two pieces of electrical whires with the correct termenals on them off of a old bike harness. Connected them into the blank off  amd onto the GPS harness and bobs your uncle GPS in working order!
Cool which dealership ? Maybe they have more

Honda East Rand

Sidetrack I am going that way again today, can maybe pick you up a pair and give it to you on Saturday!
Yes would be great  :thumleft:

Got you a pair .  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Constantinople on September 26, 2018, 01:46:15 pm
I dont want to mess around with the wireing harness and have issues with Honda at a later stage
That's why I just unplugged the plate lamp, and cut the connector off, I can easily solder it neatly back in place if need be. I used the blank from the front to keep the open plug in the rear nice an weatherproof.
Went past Honda today and got two pieces of electrical whires with the correct termenals on them off of a old bike harness. Connected them into the blank off  amd onto the GPS harness and bobs your uncle GPS in working order!
Cool which dealership ? Maybe they have more

Honda East Rand

Sidetrack I am going that way again today, can maybe pick you up a pair and give it to you on Saturday!
Yes would be great  :thumleft:
If you guys don't mind posting stuff to me please get some for me as well! The plug is there. Is is literally just the terminals and seals I need
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: wilfwalk on September 26, 2018, 01:46:50 pm
Teebag, your photos are great ! Please keep them coming, B&W especially - the one of the bike on the rail tracks is superb. Thanks for adding them to the thread. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sidetrack on September 26, 2018, 02:19:39 pm
Teebag, your photos are great ! Please keep them coming, B&W especially - the one of the bike on the rail tracks is superb. Thanks for adding them to the thread. :thumleft:
Yes thanks Teebag, I think the interest for this model has grown a lot since it's launch. There really is not 250 sized alternative to this bike with proper 18/21 dirt capabilities from the showroom floor. Really like my little Honda.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Aaklige Attie on September 26, 2018, 06:50:46 pm
I dont want to mess around with the wireing harness and have issues with Honda at a later stage
That's why I just unplugged the plate lamp, and cut the connector off, I can easily solder it neatly back in place if need be. I used the blank from the front to keep the open plug in the rear nice an weatherproof.
Went past Honda today and got two pieces of electrical whires with the correct termenals on them off of a old bike harness. Connected them into the blank off  amd onto the GPS harness and bobs your uncle GPS in working order!
Cool which dealership ? Maybe they have more

Honda East Rand

Sidetrack I am going that way again today, can maybe pick you up a pair and give it to you on Saturday!
Yes would be great  :thumleft:
If you guys don't mind posting stuff to me please get some for me as well! The plug is there. Is is literally just the terminals and seals I need

Not making any promises but will pass there tomorow morning and see if they are willing to hand out another pair. Shipping would be for your account so please pm me your details and I will see what I can do
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: blauth on September 28, 2018, 08:08:44 am
Being Heritage day I thought I would take the older 250 out for a spin this morning. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180924/63c1d53dc77c9b723c4b6f6ad3fa264f.jpg)

This reminds me when I was a young one, I had an XR200 and bugger all money. That little bike used to use so much oil, I'd keep topping it up with second hand car oil. It also slicked in the little screws from the carb butterfly and mashed them between the piston and the head....twice. Just filed the piston flat again and put it together and off it went again. It never let me down despite the abysmal abuse I gave the poor little thing. Fond memories.....
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on October 01, 2018, 10:50:48 pm
So the Mighty Rally is taking me to meet the cousins - Today we were introduced to the bikes, fitted some accessories, learnt about our fellow team mates and embarrassingly how little most of us know about Africa Tomorrow we ride the CRF1100L DTC at @HondaQuest boot camp, should be interesting.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181001/2bd9c12f5eeca7856f011075fd9a4865.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181001/f5bb9fad5532cb6a1af744db1b123b66.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181001/95f6a3e6774b2fbea1f4b40aa4721202.jpg)
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sidetrack on October 02, 2018, 09:10:42 am
Good luck Teebag  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on October 02, 2018, 12:02:59 pm
Early morning start(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181002/b96dd4ab4a7d1b97e2da867cad1f6bff.jpg)
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on October 02, 2018, 12:12:30 pm
Cool pic!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Robin Brown on October 08, 2018, 12:01:37 pm
Just interested. If I buy a CRF250 Rally will I find enough guys in Cape Town to ride with??
I ride an Africa Twin so it is no problem to keep pace on and off the road with the majority of guys I ride with.
But may be hard on them waiting for me when I become far slower!
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on October 08, 2018, 12:07:51 pm
Just interested. If I buy a CRF250 Rally will I find enough guys in Cape Town to ride with??
I ride an Africa Twin so it is no problem to keep pace on and off the road with the majority of guys I ride with.
But may be hard on them waiting for me when I become far slower!
Depends where you ride, you'll probably only be slower on the tar.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Constantinople on October 09, 2018, 08:57:14 am
Only slower on tar. Which my riding groups mostly avoid.

Except if you join a bunch of 120+ km/hr gravel "tarmac" riders. Not my cup of tea either...
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: 0012 on October 09, 2018, 12:17:21 pm
Only slower on tar. Which my riding groups mostly avoid.

Except if you join a bunch of 120+ km/hr gravel "tarmac" riders. Not my cup of tea either...

Jy moet daai @Just Blip It!  hardcore manne ontmoet, daai manne gooi met die big bore ktms op 2spoor tracks laat jou oe so staan   :eek7:

 :lol8:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on October 09, 2018, 09:04:04 pm
So Little Red went to Honda Quest Bootcamp and met Big Red
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on October 10, 2018, 06:55:35 am
Ah, but the Rally just looks so much better...  :ricky:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: wilfwalk on October 12, 2018, 04:11:13 pm
Ah, but the Rally just looks so much better...  :ricky:
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: RallyMan on October 25, 2018, 02:03:46 pm
Got a Q4 on the way thanks
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on November 05, 2018, 09:31:59 am
It died :eek:

My rally let me down today, low fuel, bike stalled, I thought I had run out so I pushed to the garage,  bike starts and dies after about 10 seconds, or as soon as you open the throttle.

I didn't have a single tool on the bike, I had removed them all after returning from Quest, so I called my son and asked him to come to my rescue.

We checked everything battery-power, plug-spark, injector-fuel,  removed the tank, the pump, stripped that, filter blocked. Cleaned the strainer, and put it all back together - purrs like a kitten again. So all good,  just a PITA. You need to remove all the plastics to get the tank off, and the hose release on the tank is very fragile and finicky I think it would be very easy to break the clip.

As a side the bike seems to be running much stronger than before, so I guess it has been partially blocked for sometime already.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Constantinople on November 05, 2018, 09:38:05 am
What was blocking it? Gunk or something larger?
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on November 05, 2018, 09:59:32 am
It actually looked like fluff and debris, I have no idea how that got in the tank.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: blauth on November 05, 2018, 10:16:56 am
Teebag,

If it's anything like the TransAlp fuel pump, there is a mesh filter at the end and then internally, there is a fine filter. My TA had a similar issue but I had to 'backwash' the filter in order to get the correct pump pressure. Would be difficult to do in the field.

Which filter was blocked?

Regards
Barry
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on November 05, 2018, 10:38:26 am
I didn't take a pic at the time my hands were full of fuel, below is schematic(sorry for the fuzzy pic), only one strainer (#2) inside the fuel pump casing, the fuel inlet to the pump is the slot circled in red - very small area, this slot was full of debris.

If it ever happens again, I will try shake the bike from side to side, which may temporally dislodge the blockage.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Constantinople on November 05, 2018, 10:40:14 am
It actually looked like fluff and debris, I have no idea how that got in the tank.

Thanks. I must actually take a closer look at the filler cap, because quite a lot of dust sits beneath it every time. I think dust and debris sneaks past that bolt on ring and then as soon as you open the cap it blows into the tank without one knowing it...
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on November 05, 2018, 11:03:25 am
Found a pic - the strainer is inside the pump and you have to separate the 2 halves.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: blauth on November 05, 2018, 12:25:56 pm
Ok, not like the TA filter.

Thanks for sharing. This is very useful information for future.

Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: Grappa on November 05, 2018, 01:29:04 pm
Thanks for sharing teebag. I've noticied a noticable drop in power and my fuel consumption is no longer what it used to be. The mileage is currently on 28k odd and it was last serviced by Honda at 24k. I've inspected the air filter recently and it appears to be clean enough. I have a bad habit of running the tank empty on my long trips, before topping up with spare fuel. I suspect that some residue may worked it way through and blocked the filter to a certain extent. I intend to remove and inspect as a precautionary measure.
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sidetrack on November 05, 2018, 02:20:48 pm
One of the reasons I would have liked a bigger tank, running any injection system low can cause all sorts of trouble so basicly 1-2L of fuel should always be in tank. On 2 occasions I have driven my hilux on very low fuel level and the fuel filter light will come on also because of crap getting in there
Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: teebag on June 17, 2020, 12:17:30 pm
A good read

https://theferaltraveller.com/honda-crf250l-rally-does-size-matter/

https://theferaltraveller.com/honda-crf250l-rally-the-steed/

And now that we have the ability to move around a bit more - mine is back on the market if anyone is looking

Title: Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
Post by: sidetrack on June 17, 2020, 12:24:45 pm
A good read

https://theferaltraveller.com/honda-crf250l-rally-does-size-matter/

https://theferaltraveller.com/honda-crf250l-rally-the-steed/

And now that we have the ability to move around a bit more - mine is back on the market if anyone is looking
Nice write up and exactly how I felt about mine and this comment still rings true :

I would love it, as a lot of other adventure bike enthusiasts would, if Honda would stick a 450 engine into the Honda CRF250l Rally frame, with ~40-50bhp while maintaining the 8,000 mile service intervals, for me this would give the perfect bike, but until that happens Iím happy for with the 250.