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CRF250 L as an ADV bike for my lady
« on: January 04, 2014, 03:34:14 pm »
Hi Guys
I'm looking for a small bike for my girlfriend. She had an XT660R and it was a little heavy for her in the technical slow stuff.

I went and test rode a CRF250L today and man it blew my mind!!  :drif: In sand it was so light and easy to handle, in the traffic it's a breeze and I was sitting at 110/120km/h on the freeway no problem. I reckon if it is run in nicely, I change the pipe and the filter it should pull quite a bit better. The dealer says I can expect about 200 - 250 km on a tank on the open road. The seat looks like I can get it padded a little better and I can get a little luggage rack made. and it's low enough for her and the suspension is awsome!

I do feel they are a little pricy though, sooooo....

My question is.....
Is it worth it?
What other bike should I concider in the class /range?
Can these motors handle to be ridden at 100-120km/h for extended periods of time?
Do they use oil?

What else should I know?

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Re: CRF250 L as an ADV bike for my lady
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2014, 03:40:41 pm »
I think it would be a great buy for  girlfriend/small person.Its a low key road going mx bike/light.

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Re: CRF250 L as an ADV bike for my lady
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2014, 03:44:47 pm »
These engines are pretty tough, and don't use much oil. The fuel consumption is good, but the tank range is not... I don't know if there's a bigger tank available yet? Normally, when touring/gravel riding over longer distances we don't go faster than 100kph anyway, so IMHO, get it! I've ridden an XR125L form Jozie to the KZN midlands at 80 - 90 kph, and the bike surprised me immensely, so I recon the 250 should be lekker for your lady! :thumleft:
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Re: CRF250 L as an ADV bike for my lady
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2014, 04:13:04 pm »
Ok thanks guys. I was also really impressed with the bike and I'm now searching to see what is available.
I'm not to worried about the tank size because I can just carry a couple ltrs extra with me if needed.

and....I think it's gonna look so good in my garage next to the Xrrrrr  :ricky:
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Re: CRF250 L as an ADV bike for my lady
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2014, 10:38:07 pm »
Howzit Ryno. I had a CRF250L for about 6 months before I traded it for the NC700X. Great little bike the 250L. Can't remember how big the tank was now but I used to get between 3.5 and 4 liters /100 riding it mostly flat out. With a lighter rider and moderate throttle control this should be much better still.
The seat is actually better than expected though it does not look the part so no probs there. I used to get up Field Hill at an indicated 100km/h with my 100kg geared up. On a long downhill with wind from behind and lying as flat as possible I once saw 159km/h indicated. The front forks are great but I found the rear end a tad underdamped for my weight. Turning up the preload on the spring helped a bit. Oil consumption - zero in 2200km. Overall I think this would be a great bike for your lady.
 

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Re: CRF250 L as an ADV bike for my lady
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Re: CRF250 L as an ADV bike for my lady
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2014, 01:02:42 am »
XR650L is a better dual purpose bike. CRF 250L does not have that much aftermarket available for it yet. In the US the WR250R has a lot more going for it in terms of tanks and other little goodies. Clarke and IMS have no talks of making a big tank available for it yet.


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Re: CRF250 L as an ADV bike for my lady
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2014, 06:26:20 am »
When I got back into riding i started on the little XR250 tornado.

Sweet little bike. Tough as nails and could carry my fat arse at 100km/h for hours at a time. AND they cheap to maintain and run.

I serviced mine myself. oil filter. R50. Airfilter R80. etc etc

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Re: CRF250 L as an ADV bike for my lady
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2014, 09:28:16 am »
Thanks Thorsten. Always good to hear your opinion :thumleft: Hope you well man! When we riding. Please send me your number. 078 756 2370
I agree with you, the seat is actually quite good. She is light so i think the suspension is perfect. (like my XR for me)
The tank is 7.7 ltrs. That is plenty!

Adv: I have the XR650l and yes it's a great bike, but it does not tick the boxes for my GF.
I looked at the following.
-Seat hight from Ground....this 250 is the right height (remember she is comming of a 660xt)
-Weight of the bike when lying down.....I could fart it back onto two wheels!
-Maintance wise..... It's a honda :ricky:
-Fuel tank size.....If we did a trip where she did need extra millage, I'll use a 2-5ltr Jerrycan and she will go further than my XR.
-Screen....I can make a real nice little screen for it myself, and have someone who can do a nice little luggage rack.
-Speed on the open road..... With my XR i like to go between 100 and 120. I like to look around, take my time and enjoy the ride, and for this I think the CRF is capable :ricky: :ricky: Plus, if I put a nice little zorst on and a good filter it should make a little difference.
-I can also use this little thing on some of my own trips or day rides. i think of it like a Suzuki Jimny, it can go anywhere!.

Shit, I guess I've made up my mind. Now i just need to find one:)

Watch this space!! :thumleft: :thumleft:

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Re: CRF250 L as an ADV bike for my lady
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2014, 09:59:35 am »
My girl should have bought a Honda 250 L  but we both bought  a 650 X Challenge bike too high for  her
 X weight only 150kg !   almost the same as the Honda  250 !
We have to lower the bike but that would cost R10k for a lower shock and lower seat
small tank 10l not  a problem we get 250lm on a tank...
We only do gravel road...
So the Honda 250L is the perfect bike for gravel road and it is on the road .... (road worthy !)

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Re: CRF250 L as an ADV bike for my lady
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2014, 08:37:28 pm »
The 250l is also over priced.  :ricky:
 

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Re: CRF250 L as an ADV bike for my lady
« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2014, 03:19:29 pm »
See this a OLD post, but here goes. I own  a 250L, lekka bike, if you do a couple of mods. Change your sprockets front and rear. Expensive but worthwhile change,  a full FMF exhaust. Do not not why Honda SA nuter the bike with that standard exhaust its crap and heavy. I also fitted a fuel injection kit.
 

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Re: CRF250 L as an ADV bike for my lady
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2014, 02:05:43 pm »
Hi Sypie,

I am also looking to buy one of these bikes for commuting and try to turn in into a proper adventure bike.
Could you maybe let me know what kind of $ are we talking about when doing this upgrades?

I would also like to hear about upgrading the suspension with progressive spring etc? Have anybody done it that can indicate what is the best to do and how much money it will cost?

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Re: CRF250 L as an ADV bike for my lady
« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2014, 06:28:57 pm »
Also have a look at the DR650, DR also complained about my XT, but now calls her DR her motard!
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Re: CRF250 L as an ADV bike for my lady
« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2014, 07:41:19 pm »
The CRF250L is totally over rated and under rated at the same time. A very good easy going 250 for the road but soon gets to its limits when offroad being let down by an under sprung rear shock.
All else is pretty much spot on for a lightweight DP bike if it weren't for the sticker price.
 

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Re: CRF250 L as an ADV bike for my lady
« Reply #15 on: August 10, 2014, 08:35:11 pm »
For a guy, get yourself a good 2nd hand DR 650 SE.

With the standard suspension lowering function of the DR 650 SE, it's ideal for most ladies too!

A friend has the Honda with all possible mods done, and he's still after my DR.

The Honda is over priced, and under powered.

BTW, the DR is only 147 kgs, without fuel. About the same as the Honda with fuel. Add about 13kgs for the DR's fuel.


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« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2014, 08:47:25 pm »
and my XR650L is 137kg with an empty tank too. Not gonna get you very far.
 

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« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2014, 09:54:07 pm »
324 lbs = 147.27 kgs. Honda and Zook 650s the same dry weight.


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« Reply #18 on: August 11, 2014, 04:21:59 am »
324 lbs = 147.27 kgs. Honda and Zook 650s the same dry weight.


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That may be true for an XR650L straight off the showroom floor. Once all the crap has been removed and a lifepo4 battery fitted the scales will report back a weight loss of 10kg = 137kg tank empty
 

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« Reply #19 on: August 11, 2014, 12:35:00 pm »
324 lbs = 147.27 kgs. Honda and Zook 650s the same dry weight.


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That may be true for an XR650L straight off the showroom floor. Once all the crap has been removed and a lifepo4 battery fitted the scales will report back a weight loss of 10kg = 137kg tank empty
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