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i did one on saturday for the first time. it was pretty good actually. not nearly as good as say, an xr, but the bike still worked really nice

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Definitely one of the best handling/suspended bikes out there, but the gear box (high 1st/low 5th) and the bike being hard to start are the only issues...Look at an electrical start bike or a 2-stroke for serious HS work...Wouldn't stop me from riding one every once in awhile, but if I'm going for the points I would pick another ride, just .02...

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I agree with the above posts, but I personally won't choose another bike to race harescrambles with. Where I sacrifice in mid pack starts, I gain in the woods. The crf250 is one of the best handling "woods" bikes out there (my opinion). It's all personal preference and what feels good to you, so pick a bike and go have fun.

Ryan

STORM V87

04 CRF250R ('06 head)

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I feel extremely comfortable on the bike in the woods but whats worrying me is reliablility and wear and tear on my motor. I have a 04 with kibblewhite valves and springs.

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I feel extremely comfortable on the bike in the woods but whats worrying me is reliablility and wear and tear on my motor. I have a 04 with kibblewhite valves and springs.

My bike has 83 hours with the original valves. One seat recut and new springs @ around 52 hours.

Just checked then 10 minutes ago and they're perfectly in spec. Frst time I checked them in around 25 hours.

BTW- these are actual hourmeter hours, not guesstimated.

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It's been 20 years since I rode a harescramble but rode one back in June. I have an 05 CRF250R which is the best motorcycle I have ever owned.

I weigh 200 lbs. and had racetech set-up my suspension for a 200 lb motocrosser. The bike is a blast to ride on a mx track (where I spend most of my time) and is great on open trails in the woods but honestly it damn near beat me to death during the harescramble.

I have absolutely no doubt that if the suspension was set-up for harescrambles it would be a rocket, however if you have your bike setup for soaking up 50 doubles, it may not work so good on fresh single track. IMHO.

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The bike will be great, if you take care of it. Also you will need to change a few things on it to make it a woods bike. The only reason I went for an X over the R was the gear box and the fact I did not have to change anything like the rear rim, etc.

I see a number of people that have done the changes and the bikes works very well for them.

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i run my 06 hs and gncc and i like it better than my gasgas runs sweet but hard to start 1st kick dont heat them up to hot on the line

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I love my bike as a harescramble bike. I do agree with the before mentioned problems with the gearbox, it could really use a 6th gear. I have problems starting mine in a dead engine start too, maybe its just me though, i get a bit nervous each time I line up. The bike starts great every other time though, no valve issues. I race A class with no suspension mods just adjusted the clickers and set the sag and I think that it works fine. Good luck :ride::thumbsup:

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I race A class with no suspension mods just adjusted the clickers and set the sag and I think that it works fine. Good luck :ride::thumbsup:

I race the A class too. You'll be amazed at the difference a revalve through Factory Connection will make.

It's a 100 times better than stock.

I'm running 13/51 gearing now, but trying 13/50 this weekend.

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I race the A class too. You'll be amazed at the difference a revalve through Factory Connection will make.

It's a 100 times better than stock.

I'm running 13/51 gearing now, but trying 13/50 this weekend.

How did you like the 13/50 geraing?

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How did you like the 13/50 geraing?

So far I like it. There's a lot more clutching involved in the tight stuff and I'm using first gear a lot more than before, but on the straights you can really open it up. It feels like a bigger bore bike with the 13/50 gearing.

I think for a novice rider 13/51 or 52 is better.

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