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Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
« Reply #40 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.

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Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
« Reply #41 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.
 

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Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
« Reply #42 on: March 01, 2018, 12:51:23 pm »
The local dealer is most thankful !

Tell him to send me some HRC stickers
 

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Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
« Reply #43 on: March 01, 2018, 01:20:31 pm »
 Will give it a try  :biggrin:
 

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Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
« Reply #44 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.
 

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Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
« Reply #45 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.
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Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
« Reply #46 on: March 01, 2018, 08:55:15 pm »
I see Honda Menlyn has R10000 discount on the 250 Rally
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Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
« Reply #47 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.
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Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
« Reply #48 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.
 

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Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
« Reply #49 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

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Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
« Reply #50 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.
 

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Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
« Reply #51 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:
 
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Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
« Reply #52 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.
 

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Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
« Reply #53 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.
 

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Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
« Reply #54 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 !
 

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Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
« Reply #55 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.
 

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Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
« Reply #56 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 !!
 

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« Reply #57 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.


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Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
« Reply #58 on: March 07, 2018, 05:21:39 pm »
Congratulations,  looks good
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Re: Running in the CRF250 Rally
« Reply #59 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:
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