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Crf 250 rally on serious off road
« on: November 13, 2017, 07:00:53 am »
Well I know not many of you guys have these bikes yet but I just wanted to let everyone know that they are very capable machines off road. My good mate 2 Chops and I recently decided we wanted smaller adventure bikes and sold our big beastys and bought 2 crf250 rallys and all I can say is wow. If you are looking for a cross between a plastic bike and adventure bike this is it. We just came back from the Richmond rally with all the plastic bikes up in the high mountains round Graaf Reinet. Must say some of the loose near vertical rocky sections terrified me as I'm not great at the technical riding but to everyone's horror (the dudes on the plastic bikes that is)  the crf250 rallys went everywhere they did . Obviously the rallys are alot heavier than a plastic bike so I did drop it a few times but at least I can pic it up again with ease. Some of the mountains we went over climbed 1500m on knarly loose 4x4 tracks and these bikes just cruised up them. What an awesome motor well done to Honda the 250 is super smooth and   revs freely giving you a very usable power range with great torque for a 250. The abs it a dream to use never once felt I was not going to stop and never even came close to loosing the front end. Fuel consumption was a dream we rode the whole day on a third of a tank and the seat is pretty comfy too. All in all a great bike and I'm looking forward to some adventure riding now I know what the rally is capable of. So if you thinking of buying one you won't be disappointed
 

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Re: Crf 250 rally on serious off road
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2017, 03:12:38 pm »
How is the lower plastics holding up and cruising speed on tar ? I know it's a 250 but can you at least keep a steady 100km/h without too much fuss ? I had a XR250 Baja and that bike hated those speeds.
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Re: Crf 250 rally on serious off road
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2017, 03:30:19 pm »
The one I rode was peachy at a 100km/h.  At 120 it felt a bit buzzy.  It was very new still.
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2017, 03:31:16 pm »
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Re: Crf 250 rally on serious off road
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2017, 05:43:31 am »
No problem cruising at 100 bike  has a beautifully smooth free revving motor and so light on juice
Love this bike if you like more technical trails it's perfect
. Just bought some giant loop coyote bags for it so my Christmas safari this year will.be on the rally. Just trying to find a slip-on pipe now, not to many options

 

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Re: Crf 250 rally on serious off road
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2017, 08:37:23 am »
Nice to hear good things about the bike.
Please post some pictures as well  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Crf 250 rally on serious off road
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2017, 08:46:39 am »
No problem cruising at 100 bike  has a beautifully smooth free revving motor and so light on juice
Love this bike if you like more technical trails it's perfect
. Just bought some giant loop coyote bags for it so my Christmas safari this year will.be on the rally. Just trying to find a slip-on pipe now, not to many options
Buddy of mine just fitted the Yoshi on his Rally. It looks and sounds fantastic.
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Re: Crf 250 rally on serious off road
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2017, 02:34:14 pm »
I agree wholeheartedly. I left Willowmore on Monday last week with a Rally. Over 4 days we did a relaxed trip through Grootrivier & Antoniesberg, Baviaans and Prince Alfred and a bit on the tar to PE & Jeffreys and back to get another bike repaired. The Rally ate hills offroad with ease, stock tyres, suspension and all. Where the 660z and 800 GS were a handful coming out of Grootrivierpoort and the last sections up to top of Antoniesberg, the Rally sailed up without a hitch. On Tar I saw a maxed out 131Km/H with a 95Kg rider and 20Kg of luggage. 100km/h was easily maintained, often 120km/h was maintained for long periods, with a necessary downshift on the hills. Fuel consumption for the trip was 3.2l/100km. It doesn't like long trips on tar, but it was no worse than my old 660z, possibly even better in terms of wind protection and general comfort. I only had 156kms on the bike before we left, so the Karoo was a run-in period for it (Yeah, I know, but I didn't get enough time to run it in before we left). The engine loosened up nicely during the trip and we cruised the road between Nuwekloof and Uniondale at a comfortable 70-80km/h without a buzz or a rattle. All in all I am properly, properly impressed with this little bike. On that subject. My riding mates said that, at 6' tall, I looked a bit big for the bike, but I never felt cramped or felt this at all. I put on a Renthal high bar before we left and the ergonomics were perfect. I did take the precaution of adding a bashplate and hand guards. The bashplate took a bit of a hammering from small stones, but despite the rally's overly soft suspension there was no rock scrapes or bottoming out. I'm a conservative rider, hence the decision to go with this bike, and riding it within its limits this bike will reward you. The big decider for me was, after my last trip, I was reluctant to get back on my bike, it had been that unnerving and tough. This time I was planning the next trip before this one was finished. Nuff said.

 
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Re: Crf 250 rally on serious off road
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2017, 09:58:18 pm »


Which bashplate did you fit?

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Re: Crf 250 rally on serious off road
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2017, 06:00:33 am »
Just ordered a Yoshi pipe for mine looks good hope it sounds great too
. Not many accessories available yet thinks rally is still to new. Like your Wolfman saddle bags did you import them?  Compared to the stuff we rode up last weekend grootrivier is tame, these bikes are very capable even with stock gearing. I also need to fit some higher bars found the standard ones a bit low for standing. Great to see you also went from tenere to rally, my tenere was a beast to pick up, the rally is such a pleasure dropped it 4 times on the weekend you can almost pick it up with one hand, rather than a block and tackle for the tenere. I do most of my touring alone so need a bike I can lift on my own. Love this rally. Can't seem to be able to post pics maybe they are to big. No idea how to resize I'm a bit technologically challenged
 

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Re: Crf 250 rally on serious off road
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2017, 12:03:44 pm »
I agree wholeheartedly. I left Willowmore on Monday last week with a Rally. Over 4 days we did a relaxed trip through Grootrivier & Antoniesberg, Baviaans and Prince Alfred and a bit on the tar to PE & Jeffreys and back to get another bike repaired. The Rally ate hills offroad with ease, stock tyres, suspension and all. Where the 660z and 800 GS were a handful coming out of Grootrivierpoort and the last sections up to top of Antoniesberg, the Rally sailed up without a hitch. On Tar I saw a maxed out 131Km/H with a 95Kg rider and 20Kg of luggage. 100km/h was easily maintained, often 120km/h was maintained for long periods, with a necessary downshift on the hills. Fuel consumption for the trip was 3.2l/100km. It doesn't like long trips on tar, but it was no worse than my old 660z, possibly even better in terms of wind protection and general comfort. I only had 156kms on the bike before we left, so the Karoo was a run-in period for it (Yeah, I know, but I didn't get enough time to run it in before we left). The engine loosened up nicely during the trip and we cruised the road between Nuwekloof and Uniondale at a comfortable 70-80km/h without a buzz or a rattle. All in all I am properly, properly impressed with this little bike. On that subject. My riding mates said that, at 6' tall, I looked a bit big for the bike, but I never felt cramped or felt this at all. I put on a Renthal high bar before we left and the ergonomics were perfect. I did take the precaution of adding a bashplate and hand guards. The bashplate took a bit of a hammering from small stones, but despite the rally's overly soft suspension there was no rock scrapes or bottoming out. I'm a conservative rider, hence the decision to go with this bike, and riding it within its limits this bike will reward you. The big decider for me was, after my last trip, I was reluctant to get back on my bike, it had been that unnerving and tough. This time I was planning the next trip before this one was finished. Nuff said.
Very nice, I like 250's. Just the right size for doing proper offload however sometimes a bit lacking on the tar bits. If this bike came in 400 or 450 size it would have been near perfect imho.
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Re: Crf 250 rally on serious off road
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2017, 12:12:19 pm »
Just ordered a Yoshi pipe for mine looks good hope it sounds great too
. Not many accessories available yet thinks rally is still to new. Like your Wolfman saddle bags did you import them?  Compared to the stuff we rode up last weekend grootrivier is tame, these bikes are very capable even with stock gearing. I also need to fit some higher bars found the standard ones a bit low for standing. Great to see you also went from tenere to rally, my tenere was a beast to pick up, the rally is such a pleasure dropped it 4 times on the weekend you can almost pick it up with one hand, rather than a block and tackle for the tenere. I do most of my touring alone so need a bike I can lift on my own. Love this rally. Can't seem to be able to post pics maybe they are to big. No idea how to resize I'm a bit technologically challenged
Trust me it sounds awesome :thumleft:
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Re: Crf 250 rally on serious off road
« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2017, 02:28:02 pm »
I ordered the B& B Offroad bashplate - great product and pleasant company to deal with - Ozzie outfit.

There were three things I couldn't find here in SA, the bashplate, the rear rack, which I got from PM Racks in the States, and a usb plug that plugged into the Honda's harness without the need to re-wire anything.

Oy vey - that Wolfman bag, between the import duties AND VAT (yup - they can and did charge both), I could have bought a small country with what that bag cost me.... works well though!


I reckon there's still lots more to come from the small displacement bike thing, but agree that 250 cc is a tad on the small side - I believe that Honda has a 300cc engine that is a "plug n play" fit into this frame, but that they do not have a 400/450/500 engine that would work....

I'm keeping an eye out on the 310 GS to see how that pans out.

 

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Re: Crf 250 rally on serious off road
« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2017, 02:34:05 pm »
I ordered the B& B Offroad bashplate - great product and pleasant company to deal with - Ozzie outfit.

There were three things I couldn't find here in SA, the bashplate, the rear rack, which I got from PM Racks in the States, and a usb plug that plugged into the Honda's harness without the need to re-wire anything.

Oy vey - that Wolfman bag, between the import duties AND VAT (yup - they can and did charge both), I could have bought a small country with what that bag cost me.... works well though!


I reckon there's still lots more to come from the small displacement bike thing, but agree that 250 cc is a tad on the small side - I believe that Honda has a 300cc engine that is a "plug n play" fit into this frame, but that they do not have a 400/450/500 engine that would work....

I'm keeping an eye out on the 310 GS to see how that pans out.
Exact same baseplate I am leaning towards

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Re: Crf 250 rally on serious off road
« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2017, 03:03:22 pm »
I can recommend that bashplate. Thereís some tricks I worked out that I wish Iíd known beforehand, so if you do get one drop me a pm and Iíll share the stuff I learned. Nothing hectic, just an installation sequence that would have worked better.
 

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Re: Crf 250 rally on serious off road
« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2017, 01:31:58 pm »
Is the Yoshi a full system or just the slip-on can?
 

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Re: Crf 250 rally on serious off road
« Reply #16 on: November 17, 2017, 12:45:33 pm »
Just a slip on but it a totally different bike now. Super responsive and  sounds great. Will take it for a burn tomorrow. I got giant loop coyote roll top bag for my bike not bad about 5k and works great, no rack needed. Does anyone know where I can get the online suspension upgrade kit in sa
 

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Re: Crf 250 rally on serious off road
« Reply #17 on: November 18, 2017, 03:11:37 pm »
I can recommend that bashplate. Thereís some tricks I worked out that I wish Iíd known beforehand, so if you do get one drop me a pm and Iíll share the stuff I learned. Nothing hectic, just an installation sequence that would have worked better.

How did you order it, they don't seem to want to ship to CT.
 

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Re: Crf 250 rally on serious off road
« Reply #18 on: November 18, 2017, 03:20:40 pm »
Drop Sarah a mail at admin@bboffroad.com.au

I emailed her when I saw that SA wasn't on the list of shipping destinations. They did a quote for me and then sent me a Paypal invoice (also gave me the option of doing a Credit card payment). Black coated Bash plate cost me AUD 297 shipped.

I found them super helpful. Let me know if you don't come right.
 

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Re: Crf 250 rally on serious off road
« Reply #19 on: December 16, 2017, 03:53:23 pm »
 8) thanks I see a WMC sticker on there too - took mine on the WMC dirt weekend finished running it in somewhere in the Overberg ;)

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