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Old 04-02-2004, 01:30 AM
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Question CRF250R

Hi all, i'm a born again biker and after a good 10 years break i'm expecting delivery any time now of my new baby, yep a gleaming new crf 250r. I've finally seen the light.

Being new to 4 strokes, is there any pre or post riding checks or alterations i need to do before thinking of trying to break her in.

Oh any ideas where i can get a good book or video on bike maintenance, the memory isn't quite what it used to be...

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Old 04-02-2004, 01:42 AM
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baldy,

I'm sure you'll get a lot of good responses, but I'll go ahead a post a couple before I retire for the night. BTW, Welcome to ATM, hope you post often and let us know how the beast works out for you.

First off, some if not all the dealers have a bunch of no-nothing monkey's that put the bikes together. I would make sure the air filter isn't overly saturated with oil, they can't ever seem to get this right. I would also adjust the chain and check the alignment of the rear tire by taking measurements from both sides of the swing arm pivots to the rear axle. Check your suspension setting by turning them all the way clockwise (don't force it when it stops) and back them out the specified # of turns (your manual will have the specs). I would set the race sag on the rear (again, check your owner's manual for instructions) to around 100mm. I would also make it a point to check the shock linkage, swing arm bearings and steering neck bearings to make sure they have adequite amounts of grease. Some bikes in the past have come with just enough while others are bone dry. Check the oil level and then proceed to heat cycle the engine by letting it run until it's warm (up to 10 minutes) and then let it completely cool. Do this three times, but remember to keep a close eye on things as these thumpers tend to get warm pretty fast when they are just sitting there. After your first initial tank of gas you put through it I would change the oil/oil filter to help eliminate any of the contaminents that might be suspended in the oil from your break-in period. Good luck and have fun!
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Old 04-02-2004, 05:47 AM
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What Faded said. My friend just got his CRF 250R, and I know your going to love your bike. Can't wait to get mine.

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Old 04-02-2004, 06:28 AM
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Tighten the spokes too!
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Old 04-02-2004, 06:34 AM
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baldy-locks....
Keep an eye on the oil and check the spokes often during break in.
Break it in hard.
Just got the "X" and have dual sported it.

Umm...are you from the Isle of man (England)?
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Old 04-02-2004, 07:04 AM
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hi baldy,
welcome to ATM. CRF's are a great bike. you will enjoy it. change your oil often when you first are breaking it in and try not rev it out too hard but dont be afraid to open it up. check the spokes. i have heard of people putting the cable ties around where the spokes cross just incase.
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Old 04-02-2004, 07:19 AM
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I own a CRF250 and have to disagree with the break in procedure that Faded recommended. The bike should be started and then run like your trying to kill it. DO NOT heat cycle it! There are endless posts on ThumperTalk about this particular bike and the oil consumption issues that arise from not seating the ring properly.

this is a quote from the TT thread:
ok guys these are single ring slipper pistons,and when they are assembled if the tech put any oil on the cylinder it is never going to seat the ring at all, we have 4 crfs this year, we had 6 the last two years and these things get beat hard by pro riders, if you take the top end off(witch is so simple it takes all of about 45 min)then you can ck the clerances,and you will find they are spot on, then you can hone the cylinder to brake the glaze(takes 20 sec with a dingle ball hone)than wash everthing up in a parts washer removing all carbon and oil then kleen everthing with hot soap and water, head valves piston rings cylinder, then assemble the head with new seals and brake kleen everything going back togethere- than put the new rings on the piston indexing the rings corectly(i have my own way but the manuel is fine also) washing the piston and rings off with brake kleener and washing down the cylinder with brake kleen also and keeping your hands very dry and kleen and trying not to touch the hone marks on the cylinder,--- i mean putting this together very dry, the only area of lub i use is on the valve steem i put some 30 wt on a "Q tip" and just kiss the inside of the guide and assemble the valves then run normal 20 50 wt non syn for the first race day then put what you like in it but dont fill it full run the 450 in the middle making sure it is stink hot and setting leval and run the 250 in the center of the stick when hot and setting leval, these things are trick and need to be assembled like a race bike not like your lawn mower, you need to be learning how to do this stuff your self and start gathering tools and knowhow because if you think the kid at the shop is going to do it the way it needs to be done you are sadly mistaken---- oh yea run it hard do not fo fo it around thit is not a air cooled D.K.W. the slipper piston must have cylinder presure on it to keep it bloated out and sealing on the cylinder with a low tention ring(realy any racing engine for that matter)so dont blame the bike, you wanted a real race bike you got one now learn how to service it. thats all i do is build race engines of all kinds they all go together like this the cylinder and rings can not have oil on them at all when assembled.


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Old 04-02-2004, 08:23 AM
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All that remains now is to get the engine broke in, it seems there is varied opinions on how this should be done and some myths aswell. Ive read the favoured article in ://mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm
and am totally confused now.

Help ?
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Old 04-02-2004, 08:44 AM
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Baldy I've had mine for about 5 months. I brought it home from the dealer, checked the fluid levels, and made sure everything was tight. I then rode it carefully the first time to make sure everything was holding together and then it was anything goes. I changed the oil and filter after a couple hours. Don't worry about the small metal flakes in the filter, it's normal at first. As far as using oil discussions. MX Action discussis this in this months mag. It's normal and you should check the oil regularly. Change regularly also. Hope this doesn't confuse you more.
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Old 04-02-2004, 08:52 AM
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Do it the mototuneusa method. that's the method I subscribe to. as well.
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Old 04-02-2004, 08:58 AM
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of course, i really wouldnt know what im talking about. because i have never had the pleasure of owning a new bike. or a CRF for that matter. lol.
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Old 04-02-2004, 09:06 AM
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warm it up. make sure everything is tight. beat the crap out of it. ride it like you stole it. also, keep an eye on the spokes since it seems everyone (including me) has had to constantly retighten them the first few times out riding. i assume this is beacuse the factory Honda spokes strech at first before breaking in. make sure the chain is fairly tight otherwise you will ruin your chain guide very quickly and if you bog the bike and run it at low RPMS the cahin slapping agains tthe swing arm (and maybe even the case!) will drive you batty. other than that, i have nothing else to offer. my CRF came ready to run, even had a full tank of gas in it. = )
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Old 04-02-2004, 09:18 AM
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I rode my 450 hard to break it in. It makes sense to set the rings that way. I don't notice any oil consumtion either. Check the spokes often like everyone says. Be cautious of the torque specs the manuals give for some of your bolts. Many have snapped bolts due to overtightening. Especially the drain bolts. Have fun. You picked an awesome bike.

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Old 04-02-2004, 10:13 AM
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Quote:
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Many have snapped bolts due to overtightening.
Who would do such a thing!?!


Welcom to ATM Baldy-Locks (I love the screen name, btw). Sounds like you have gotten some good tips.
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Old 04-02-2004, 11:47 PM
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Thanks for the advice gents, i'm collecting the bike today (saturday) and eager to get going. Only problem the heavens have just opened and as true to form in England, its raining...

Oh well there is always tomorrow to ride it...
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Old 04-03-2004, 12:09 AM
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Congrats on the bike...I hope you enjoy it
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Old 04-03-2004, 12:15 AM
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Chhers, think i'll be giving it the once over today, getting acustom to where everything is and digesting the manual. Well what else can you do on a rainy day...
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Old 04-03-2004, 01:30 AM
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Hey baldy-locks use the hard break in method. I did and my bike runs perrrfect. Don't over rev the thing to the moon in one gear, but ride it pretty balls out. My bike doesn't use up much oil and I haven't had any troubles with it. Make sure you change the oil in the baby after the first initial ride and check your spokes, they loosen up until they set in. Have fun, and its also raining over here in New England.
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Old 04-07-2004, 11:06 AM
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I'm looking to get a paddock stand but what height do i go form more to the point, Whats the easiest method of getting the bike on there ?
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