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Re: CRF250 Rally/DS
« Reply #100 on: October 17, 2017, 03:45:05 pm »
I think what a lot of people struggle to understand with the little 250's is that they are just so damn easy to live with and cost to run compared to much bigger bikes is significantly less.

I do feel I am left a little wanting for some power to do power slides and wheelie over obstacles (and for fun of course). I found that I had to change my rising style to accommodate the lack of power. Having said this, I've just come off a 700 Transalp that I was commuting on and I can honestly say that I don't miss the Transalp one bit. The diversity of this little thing is more than the TA and this 250 is better placed for the trip to my dads place which is a lot of off-road (jeep track). The Rally would just be even better of course.

I was gonna suggest we do a trip but you're a bit far from me (or me far from you). Would have been a nice opportunity to start promoting these little bikes. I can feel another trip coming soon.   :thumleft:

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Re: CRF250 Rally/DS
« Reply #101 on: October 18, 2017, 01:54:54 pm »
Yup! Very easy to live with. That is part of the reason I went for the Rally.

That will be awesome, will remember when I am close that side or intending to do a biggish trip! :ricky:

Oh, about the "increased diameter is better". That was coming from a general mountain biking experience. I had a Fox fork with generally good internals, however I rode that thing so hard I could feel it flex in the corners. Even to a point where it was making it unsafe, since it messes with you controlling the bike. So in general if the internals are nearly the same a larger diameter will help with rigidity and hence handling.
 

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Re: CRF250 Rally/DS
« Reply #102 on: November 07, 2017, 08:37:26 am »
I went to the Honda dealership on Saturday to check the bike out for myself.
I am in love. I can't eat, I can't sleep and I think about the bike constantly.
I want need one  >:D
 

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Re: CRF250 Rally/DS
« Reply #103 on: November 07, 2017, 08:40:18 am »
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Re: CRF250 Rally/DS
« Reply #104 on: November 07, 2017, 08:42:32 am »
Is it possible to fit a carrier rack to the bike without having to drill holes or alter/cut the fairings?
 

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Re: CRF250 Rally/DS
« Reply #105 on: November 07, 2017, 08:53:08 am »
I went to the Honda dealership on Saturday to check the bike out for myself.
I am in love. I can't eat, I can't sleep and I think about the bike constantly.
I want need one  >:D
I rode the rallye at the Honda experience and although I'm the biggest Honda fan with a all Honda garage  I'm not sure I would be able to ride this bike daily even on weekends.

I have a crf 250x in the garage which I play with on weekends and after that the rallye is dissapointing. I base it on one and only one thing. .power.. it just doesn't have enough for my riding style.  The bike looks beautiful and built well.. it will serve a segment in the market very well.

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Re: CRF250 Rally/DS
« Reply #106 on: November 07, 2017, 09:16:01 am »
I went to the Honda dealership on Saturday to check the bike out for myself.
I am in love. I can't eat, I can't sleep and I think about the bike constantly.
I want need one  >:D
I rode the rallye at the Honda experience and although I'm the biggest Honda fan with a all Honda garage  I'm not sure I would be able to ride this bike daily even on weekends.

I have a crf 250x in the garage which I play with on weekends and after that the rallye is dissapointing. I base it on one and only one thing. .power.. it just doesn't have enough for my riding style.  The bike looks beautiful and built well.. it will serve a segment in the market very well.

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Fuzzy, isn't the CRF 250X a two-stroke? I would imagine it pulls way better than a small 250 4-stroke.
I want to use the bike for commuting in the week (I stay approx 8km from work), and on weekends do short trips.
I also had a look at the Kawasaki Versys 300, but I like to Honda better.
I cant/don't ride fast or long distances, but it is a lot of cash to fork out, so I must be sure it's the right bike for me    :-\
 

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Re: CRF250 Rally/DS
« Reply #107 on: November 07, 2017, 09:29:20 am »
Allow me to add the XR 250 Baja to the mix, this will be my ideal small dual sport bike. The trusty and highly rated RFVC motor with kick and electric start with kickass Baja wannabee styling. Decent fuel range stock and the lights should be plenty. Very light too. I have looked far and wide but cant find one is SA  :'(
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Re: CRF250 Rally/DS
« Reply #108 on: November 07, 2017, 09:31:58 am »
I went to the Honda dealership on Saturday to check the bike out for myself.
I am in love. I can't eat, I can't sleep and I think about the bike constantly.
I want need one  >:D
I rode the rallye at the Honda experience and although I'm the biggest Honda fan with a all Honda garage  I'm not sure I would be able to ride this bike daily even on weekends.

I have a crf 250x in the garage which I play with on weekends and after that the rallye is dissapointing. I base it on one and only one thing. .power.. it just doesn't have enough for my riding style.  The bike looks beautiful and built well.. it will serve a segment in the market very well.

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Fuzzy, isn't the CRF 250X a two-stroke? I would imagine it pulls way better than a small 250 4-stroke.
I want to use the bike for commuting in the week (I stay approx 8km from work), and on weekends do short trips.
I also had a look at the Kawasaki Versys 300, but I like to Honda better.
I cant/don't ride fast or long distances, but it is a lot of cash to fork out, so I must be sure it's the right bike for me    :-\
No it's Honda's 4T enduro offering, smaller brother of the 450X. It's highly strung though and not a fair comparison to a DS bike.
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Re: CRF250 Rally/DS
« Reply #109 on: November 07, 2017, 09:43:42 am »
I commute 75km / day on a Honda XR250 Tornado and it's perfect. Don't be too worried about it (CRF250 Rally) not being suitable as a commuter. It will be 100% fine. Only area where it's not great is the highway cruizing if you're gonna go far on the highway....and the price tag.

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Re: CRF250 Rally/DS
« Reply #110 on: November 07, 2017, 10:01:37 am »
I commute 75km / day on a Honda XR250 Tornado and it's perfect. Don't be too worried about it (CRF250 Rally) not being suitable as a commuter. It will be 100% fine. Only area where it's not great is the highway cruizing if you're gonna go far on the highway....and the price tag.

What he said. Not a powerhouse (Honda does not market it that way anyway, however quite fun at 6000-8000RPM). Not for long distance high speed cruising, but who is buying this bike for that purpose anyway?

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« Reply #111 on: November 07, 2017, 10:06:26 am »
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Re: CRF250 Rally/DS
« Reply #112 on: November 07, 2017, 10:39:31 am »
I went to the Honda dealership on Saturday to check the bike out for myself.
I am in love. I can't eat, I can't sleep and I think about the bike constantly.
I want need one  >:D
I rode the rallye at the Honda experience and although I'm the biggest Honda fan with a all Honda garage  I'm not sure I would be able to ride this bike daily even on weekends.

I have a crf 250x in the garage which I play with on weekends and after that the rallye is dissapointing. I base it on one and only one thing. .power.. it just doesn't have enough for my riding style.  The bike looks beautiful and built well.. it will serve a segment in the market very well.

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Fuzzy, isn't the CRF 250X a two-stroke? I would imagine it pulls way better than a small 250 4-stroke.
I want to use the bike for commuting in the week (I stay approx 8km from work), and on weekends do short trips.
I also had a look at the Kawasaki Versys 300, but I like to Honda better.
I cant/don't ride fast or long distances, but it is a lot of cash to fork out, so I must be sure it's the right bike for me    :-\

No the 250x is a 4T but its really geared for racing so the power delivery is very different,.  This is why I said the bike is not for me, I have a Transalp 700 to commute with so I was riding the Rallye like I would when I hit the sand, dunes, and endure track.. make no mistake the bike will take you anywhere, I think it will be a brilliant bike for riding trails and single spoor, but it will be lacking in sand IMO.

When you say you need it as a commuter, what kind of commute? how far, what kind of road conditions on average? I think that 250 rallye will be an awesome commuter but don't discount the 190 that they have for R48k odd..
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Re: CRF250 Rally/DS
« Reply #113 on: November 07, 2017, 10:49:14 am »
I have looked far and wide but cant find one is SA  :'(

PM Kilroy.  He had one and might be willing to sell
 

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Re: CRF250 Rally/DS
« Reply #114 on: November 07, 2017, 06:25:15 pm »
I have looked far and wide but cant find one is SA  :'(

PM Kilroy.  He had one and might be willing to sell
He has the MD22, looking for the 30  :thumleft:
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Re: CRF250 Rally/DS
« Reply #115 on: November 11, 2017, 02:18:42 pm »
I had a look and sat on a Rally today. The seat height is ok, I'm around 176cm. While quite a bit lighter than most dual sport bikes it is quite a bit heavier than the 250's I had before. I'm also still not convinced that the lower plastics will hold up well to falls. The styling well I reckon it is a love it or hate it afair. Some angles it looks great others not so much. My wife reckons it's a dinky toy bike  :-\ Only if it sold in the lower to mid 60's price range I might have given one a go, seems to 2nd hand ones avaliable. I would also add to the budget a proper fatbar and handguards. At 80 - 85k there are still too many other bikes that offers better value imho.
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Re: CRF250 Rally/DS
« Reply #116 on: November 13, 2017, 07:21:20 am »
We just bought 2 of these bikes and rode the knarliest 4x4 trails in the graaf reinet mountains with all the other plastic bikes and they went everywhere the plastic bikes did.  Yes they are expensive but they are beautifully built and a dream to ride. These bikes will go places you wouldn't dream of taking other adventure bikes. And yes they crash pretty well plastics are tough and at least you can pick it up on your own without calling for a crane
 

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Re: CRF250 Rally/DS
« Reply #117 on: November 13, 2017, 08:45:08 am »
Allow me to add the XR 250 Baja to the mix, this will be my ideal small dual sport bike. The trusty and highly rated RFVC motor with kick and electric start with kickass Baja wannabee styling. Decent fuel range stock and the lights should be plenty. Very light too. I have looked far and wide but cant find one is SA  :'(

That Baja looks almost EXACTLY like my Suzuki 250CX Djebel:
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« Reply #118 on: November 15, 2017, 05:29:41 pm »
Quote from: Edgar on November 07, 2017, 08:42:32 am>Is it possible to fit a carrier rack to the bike without having to drill holes or alter/cut the fairings?


Yes - Precision Motorcycle racks in the states make one - for the CRF 250L, but fits the rally perfectly and works like a bomb.
 

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Re: CRF250 Rally/DS
« Reply #119 on: November 16, 2017, 09:48:30 am »
Honda Tygerberg also sells one, bolt on. R2500 when I bought one.