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I like my 2003 XR250.  There is a 2004 CRF250 available for a good price.

Don't know much about them. It is liquid cooled and the frame is different.

I ride mostly in the woods, not much in the fast open areas.

Wondering if the CRF would be an upgrade, or am I better off with the XR?

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Avoid the 2004 CRF250, they had valve and other issues. 2006-2009, 2011-on are good years.

They are high revving, lower torque, close range gearbox, very high maintenance, light weight, great suspension, have to be ridden aggressively to stay in the powerband, easy to stall, expensive to repair.

I have a 2012 CRF250R, it is a great bike, but a completely different experience from my xr400. You can't even idle it for more than a minute or it will boil over!

IMO, if you can afford two bikes, then sure, buy one, they are fun. But don't sell your XR, you will miss it

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+4, the late XR250R, like yours, has a just about perfect chassis for trail riding. 

The CRF250 negatives are; a longer wheelbase, higher saddle, lack of bottom end torque, water cooled, only a 5 speed, hard seat, etc.

The CRF250 advantages are: more horsepower, lighter weight, better suspension, more suspension travel,  watercooling if you add a fan kit. 

The X version has electric start, coolant recovery tank, and a wider ratio gear box; and is marketed as a XR replacement.

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Thanks for the input.

Keeping the XR, CRF doesn't sound like it would work for me.

It took a long time to even find an XR for sale, that says something right there.

Found one for $1900 this summer.

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Thanks for the input.

Keeping the XR, CRF doesn't sound like it would work for me.

It took a long time to even find an XR for sale, that says something right there.

Found one for $1900 this summer.

 

I could be wrong but, I'd think an XR would serve a much better purpose in Alaska than a CRF ever could.  I can just imagine sitting there with a broken radiator or coolant hose while a grizzly meanders over the horizon, LOL.

 

GOOD choice!

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Brewster,

I have been chased by a bear before, but it happened on a snowmobile.

We also have a moose problem riding sleds in the winter. They won't get off the trails when the snow gets really deep.

It can get dangerous when they decide to stand their ground.

 

I also ride the Prescott National Forest in AZ.

That area looks like it may have a few mountain lions lurking around.

I'm always thinking one will snatch me right off the bike.

 

 

Here's a couple pics from last November in the PNF.

I can ride from our friend's ranch where we stay for the winter.

Wild and rugged, no people around.

 

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Brewster,

I have been chased by a bear before, but it happened on a snowmobile.

We also have a moose problem riding sleds in the winter. They won't get off the trails when the snow gets really deep.

It can get dangerous when they decide to stand their ground.

 

I also ride the Prescott National Forest in AZ.

That area looks like it may have a few mountain lions lurking around.

I'm always thinking one will snatch me right off the bike.

 

 

Here's a couple pics from last November in the PNF.

I can ride from our friend's ranch where we stay for the winter.

Wild and rugged, no people around.

you go from alaska to arizona to ride? what brings you here?

it would definatley suck to be stuck in the middle of  frozen wasteland (no offense), you picked the right bike buddy

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you go from alaska to arizona to ride? what brings you here?

it would definatley suck to be stuck in the middle of  frozen wasteland (no offense), you picked the right bike buddy

I like the desert. My wife has horses in Prescott and Queen Creek.

We only have 6 months with no snow, getting a little old after 37 yrs. living here.

Stayed in Prescott from last Oct. until June this year. Headed back when it started getting hot.

Looking to move there but the summers don't look like much fun.

Hotter than Hell and then the Monsoons.

I'm thinking summer in AK. and winter in AZ. might be the way to go.

 

Here's a pic hauling the toys to AZ.

9000 mile round trip.

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Holy. Smokes, I couldn't afford the gas for that rig if you gave,it to me.

I have a friend that spends summers at mt hood Oregon and winters north of Cabo San Lucas. Works great for him. He also built a bar at Denali and a house in Fiji. His workmanship is that good that he was flown to both places for the job.

I have friends in Prescott and Scottsdale. We did a lap around Arizona looking for a new place to live. Northern Arizona is mountains. I liked Flagstaff. You could probably move north and south in Arizona. Too bad it doesn't have any ocean front areas. Deal breaker for my wife.

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I also winter in AZ.  We have a place in Mesa and like all of the many activities available in the Phoenix metro area.  We have friends who live year round there and they don't mind the summers, others have summer homes in the mountains north of Phoenix.

 

PHX may not be ocean front but there are many residential areas on lakes and many mountain reservoir lakes close by that provide boating, so it is not waterless. 

 

And riding areas are close.

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I also winter in AZ.  We have a place in Mesa and like all of the many activities available in the Phoenix metro area.  We have friends who live year round there and they don't mind the summers, others have summer homes in the mountains north of Phoenix.

 

PHX may not be ocean front but there are many residential areas on lakes and many mountain reservoir lakes close by that provide boating, so it is not waterless. 

 

And riding areas are close.

I saw more boats in Arizona than in San Francisco.   Every third car was towing a boat.   Or so it seemed.

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FYI:   We need to be specific about CRF250's.

 

CRF250R - MX bike

CRF250X - Off-road bike

CRF250L - Street bike that looks like a dirt bike, but weighs 300 lbs.

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FYI:   We need to be specific about CRF250's.

 

CRF250R - MX bike

CRF250X - Off-road bike

CRF250L - Street bike that looks like a dirt bike, but weighs 300 lbs.

 

Yeah, but the CRF250X is a very HIGH STRUNG off road bike, basically a de-tuned R. 

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Brewster,

I have been chased by a bear before, but it happened on a snowmobile.

We also have a moose problem riding sleds in the winter. They won't get off the trails when the snow gets really deep.

It can get dangerous when they decide to stand their ground.

 

I also ride the Prescott National Forest in AZ.

That area looks like it may have a few mountain lions lurking around.

I'm always thinking one will snatch me right off the bike.

 

 

Here's a couple pics from last November in the PNF.

I can ride from our friend's ranch where we stay for the winter.

Wild and rugged, no people around.

 

Its a small world, I do the majority of my riding in the Crown King area.  There are hundreds of miles of jeep/single track trails in that area.

 

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