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Old 10-09-2007, 09:49 AM
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Question 1990 cr250, Life or death decision!!

Hey guys,
Have been on this site now for a few weeks, basically since I bought my first bike, the cr. Every time I ride it it just amazes me how quick I can get from one side of the wood to the other (and how much petrol can be burnt doing it ) found brilliant helpful info here and I love how nice evry1 is here.
The sad thing is I think I may have to let my precious cr go because the more I ride it the more I realise how much work it needs. Starts perfect and pulls like an animal through every gear but I am starting to get some clutch slippage and other small but annoying problems. The last time I rode it it was mis-shifting quite a bit, but that may have jst been me and my crappy riding skills
Anyway, the point I am trying to make is that: Is it really worth keeping an older bike? I can get parts to fix it up, but they get harder and harder to find as the years go by like! I want to keep the bike for a good while and am prepared to put the cash and time into it, but would it just be easier just to sell it off and come up a few years, just for the simple reason that I cant afford to be spending crazy amounts of money for simple parts just cos its an old bike.
Thanks for reading this long post, and I look forward to any helpful suggestions
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Old 10-10-2007, 10:31 AM
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It just depends on how bad you want to work on it. Upgrading to something like a 2000 may not change that too much either though. I hope no one ever told you this was going to be a cheap hobby. ;-)
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Old 10-10-2007, 11:53 AM
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Hey guys,
The last time I rode it it was mis-shifting quite a bit, but that may have jst been me and my crappy riding skills
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Mine kept finding neutral found out the shifter was loose problem fixed and it was free
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Old 10-10-2007, 04:02 PM
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Hello Garvbox, I once heard a saying.... If you're having fun, you're spending money! I have a 90' cr250 as well, and it sat for 6 years before I bought it for $250. I spent a few hours cleaning the carb, changing the spark plug and a few other things. I even had to soak the chain in oil to free it from rust! At the time I didn't have much money, so I rode the bike and had fun with what I had. Slowly as I saved I bought a new chain. When I replaced that I noticed how bad my sprockets were! I replaced those. Little by little I am coming closer to rebuilding this bike one piece at a time!! But you know, every time I go out I get comments on how good my old bike runs! I even beat newer bikes in some drag races that I've been to.
As far as parts go, E-bay is a great source for these old bikes. And, don't forget that just cause it is a 90' doesn't mean that other years parts might fit as well. In my opinion if you already have this bike, keep it! Go get a service manual and read it. Use the winter to go through the bike and fix what you can. You have the support of a forum like this there's nothing you can't do...in time!! New or old, bikes take work and effort to keep running in top order. And money is going to be a factor with both.
I hope my 2 cents may help you.
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Old 10-15-2007, 05:22 AM
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Ok, I was thinking about my predicament during the weekend, so I took the bike for a spin around our farm at home. Whipped the throttle open from idle in 2nd, grass flew evrywhere behind me, and the front just wouldnt go back down no matter how hard i leaned!!
Thats It, the CR stays
Going to order a few parts from ebay as soon as I can, getting a clutch kit from a local shop, and also a new rear tyre, so the rebuild begins!

Also, spaceyd, very nice bike, where did you get the plastics? Is that a larger tank than normal?
My CR is blue and white at the moment, thinking of going black plastics with a red frame. Will post pics at the weekend, in college at the moment and bike is at home
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Old 10-15-2007, 02:27 PM
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Thanks!! I have put a ton of work into it. I got almost everything from E-bay. It just takes time to go through 16 or more pages to find all the things you need! The tank is an acerbis. I think it's an enduro tank, but it is much larger than stock. It came with the bike. I wish I had a good picture of when I first got the bike. The plastics were White and Red. The red was all faded out and looked orange in spots. But no matter what it did look like, everytime I rode it I would have a huge grin on my face!!! Glad to hear you are keeping it! Good luck!!!
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Old 10-16-2007, 03:30 PM
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i had a '90 cr250. pretty good overall bike, rocketship motor, poor suspension. but for play riding, it should be fine. you'll be real happy with it.

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Old 10-26-2007, 03:48 PM
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at least when you buy somethin second hand and you fix things yourself in the end you know what u have and if you fix it properly at least you dont have a heap of scrap!!
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i know this is an old post, but i went throught the same thing with my 90.
ran great at first but then the clutch went out, followed by the piston, then the crank bearings were bad, then the transmission bearings needed to be replaced. then i had to replace the rear spokes, and the rear fender because i crashed it as soon as i got it.

the good thing about older bikes is that what parts you CAN find are usually pretty cheap. now i ve got it all fixed up with plastics and a muffler and stuff and it runs great.

its a great feeling when you can go twice as fast as your friends with brand new 250fs.
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