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2003 CR250R Rejuvenation

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I have been off dirt bikes a while and with my son riding, I decided I wanted another bike. I grew up riding and have had many bikes. The latest one before this was a 2006 CRF250X. I wanted something faster to ride and have always loved 2 strokes. I looked at some new ones but I just seem to be a Honda guy. I started looking for a CR250 about six months ago and finally found one to meet my criteria. This is a one owner low hour 2003 CR250 that had been serviced all its life by Dallas Honda. The owner and I made a deal and I brought it home. It ran good but was on the rich side so I added a JD jet kit, dialed the jetting in, and rode it a couple of weeks. I had plans to tear the bike down for a refresh so I got started. The plans are new top end, new tires, new brakes, new bearings if needed, new plastics, send the suspension off to get rebuilt and replace anything else that I may find wrong.

Here is  the bike the day I got it

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The start of the tear down.

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Top end off.

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The piston looked to be an original and the cylinder was in good shape. I replaced the piston with a new Vortex,  ruffed up the cylinder with a scotch bright pad and cleaned the power valve.

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I got the top end back together and pulled the wheels for tire replacement.

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While the tires where being changed I ordered a new V force read cage. The reeds where getting bad in the stock cage so I thought I would try the V force out. I got the new rubber mounted and the rest of the top end finished.

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While waiting on the new factory plastics, chain sliders nuts bolts etc, I polished the frame and installed the exhaust.

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This is how it sits now. I ordered the wrong plastics and have new ones on the way. I am also waiting on brake pads chain sliders and a few nuts and bolts. 

 

 

 

 

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Do you live in the Dallas area? I just moved here last year, we ride at River Valley a lot. 

 

I have a 2005 CR250 similar to yours (see pictures).  

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Thanks for the compliments guys, My work area is my office at my house. Its nice to be able to work in the heat or a/c. Its separate from the house so no fumes or dust bothers my girl friend. I live in Longview about 2hrs east of Dallas. We trail ride and race or ride at Swan raceway in Tyler. It is a very nice track and well maintained. I like to work on the bikes as much as riding them and promised my self I would not sell this one but I always say that.

This was my 250X that I sold after playing with it for a year or two.

When I bought it.

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When I sold it.

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Wow, I'm a woods rider and wish I had a shot at that one. Very underrated bike once dialed in. I'm down in the Beaumont area, remember me when you tire of the CR. I'll be there pronto. And hurry up!

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1 hour ago, Piney Woods said:

Wow, I'm a woods rider and wish I had a shot at that one. Very underrated bike once dialed in. I'm down in the Beaumont area, remember me when you tire of the CR. I'll be there pronto. And hurry up!

Thanks and will do.

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My 03 is one of my favorite bikes of all time. Campaign it almost every weekend. When things cool off this Fall, I have access to a 15k acre dirt bike lease with the best single track you will ever see. Located in the Southern Texas panhandle.

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Yes it is awesome. Been racing there since the 70's. Wish we had one like that in E TX. Very nice CR. :thumbsup:  But the "very best s-track",,,,, no.

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34 minutes ago, hondaxr650rrrr said:

Nice bike! I have heard of problems with the RC valve and cables.

Have owned (8) 02-07 CR250's dating back to 2003 & have never had any issues with the RC cables, valves or motor.   I've seen issues on forums, but my guess would be the bikes were neglected by an owner that didn't care.       

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I have read a few threads on the RC valve as well. While I had mine torn down, I cleaned it very well and checked the electric motors operation  per the service manual. Every thing looked fine. The cables looked new and where easy to adjust. I will leave the cover off to check its operation when I heat cycle the motor. All my plastics should be here today so I hope to heat cycle it this weekend.

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I finally had time to finish getting the bike back together this weekend. I got it out to do some heat cycles and it started on the first kick. I gave it two heat cycles yesterday and will give it another today when I get home. The only problem that popped up is when the bike is on the kickstand, fuel runs out of the carb overflow tube. When it is standing up no fuel runs out. I am thinking the float got out of whack some how. It did not do this before the rebuild and I did not touch the carb. I had installed a JD kit in it previously and it was fine. Ill check the float and find out. I did order new radiators that should be in by the end of the week. My left one was tweaked enough that the radiator shroud would not line up.

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48 minutes ago, Piney Woods said:

Inline filter, I prefer the brass Visu-Filter. :thumbsup: 

You could be on to something, I dumped the tank with the old fuel, filled it with fresh Sunoco 110. probably got a piece of trash from the funnel, ratio cup etc.

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