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  1. ryanlaw

    Husqvarna FE350 2017

    There isn't a better dual sport bike on the market.
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    Husqvarna FE350 (2017)


    There isn't a better dual sport bike on the market.
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    new dirtbike/dual sport rider

    The two best things I learned in Jimmy Lewis Riding School was to weight the outside peg and stay balanced on the pegs. Balance on the pegs and holding the bike with knees/ankles so much that if you can't release the handle bars at ANYTIME you are doing it wrong. Jimmy Lewis could do sand whoops on a KTM 1090 with only fingertips on the throttle. I'm not that good, but still practicing it and never have to worry about where my body position is supposed to be, I just have to worry about how I can get my body to the right position so I'm balanced on my pegs holding the tank with my knees and ankles.
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    "The Recovery Room"

    Speaking of recovery.... as in "Recovery Room" this is me the day after thanksgiving in the Mojave Desert running the LA to Barstow to Las Vegas run. All desert but for an occasional fire road. 244 miles day one and 272 miles day two. Put 17 hours on the tach in those two days. Truly a grueling two days even with Race Tech suspension, scott steering stabilizer, Michelin Desert tires and a TON of other mods. I'm getting too old for this. A crash the second day in a sand wash broke my finger with 250 miles to go. Lucky I'm on medicare, eh? LOL
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    "The Recovery Room"

    I've been to Colorado a lot and I've never seen scenery like that. Maybe Finland or Denmark? Maybe my Dreams?
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    "The Recovery Room"

    I'd like to consider the neck brace. Price?
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    What did you do to your crf250l today?

    Normally the Arkansas doesn't have water but sometimes I have to work around it.
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    What did you do to your crf250l today?

    I installed my Scott's steering stabilizer and removed the kick stand switch. Thanks force for the link on the switch. Easy peezy taking about 30 minutes including digging out my solder gun. Took it down to the Arkansas River behind my house and with the stabilizer and RT suspension I'm amazed how well it plays in the sand with stock tires. Not quite as stable as my Husky TE 510 but still impressive. Also, I have about 2000 miles on it and it's still getting stronger. I've done all the mods and with 13/42 sprockets it will easily do 80 mph on the hiway which is almost bumping the governor.
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    What did you do to your crf250l today?

    I ordered the fast way air EXT from Rocky Mountain ATV. Whew those must be made of gold. Thanks for the tip. Did you put yours on the lowered install? I'm 5'10" and thinking I'll go lower as I stand a lot on trails.
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    What did you do to your crf250l today?

    Scott's will be like yours. On top of the triple clamp between the risers. I just got the "complete Kit" from Scott's. You had them well trained by the time I called. Tell me about what you are doing for foot pegs. I have pretty good MX boots and hadn't had a reason to question the pegs, but if they help, I'm in. My goal is to build a bike a monkey can ride, because I'm pretty much a monkey rider.
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    What did you do to your crf250l today?

    Just look at your bike without the decals. I've pretty much followed your lead on major items. Haven't mounted the tires or stabilizer so my shy girl isn't ready for her swimsuit issue just yet. I ordered the stabilizer from Scott's yesterday and you are right about them being very informed and helpful, waiting for the delivery boy for that. I'm waiting to mount the desert Michelin's shortly before the desert run so they are fresh for the Pucker Bush Battle. (For those of you unfamiliar with the desert ride experience... a pucker bush is a small bush on the desert floor that as you race toward it you think you can crash through it. But, as you get closer to it you see it is packed full of sand. But you've already committed your line to bust through it. All you can do then is pucker up because you're going over the handlebars.) Pucker Bush
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    What did you do to your crf250l today?

    I used a solvent to clean the throttle tube after I carefully cut the OEM grip off with box cutters. That left some residue and rubber on the tube as I didn't want to mar the tube. I tried a couple of solvents and ended up using goof off to clean it. I then let it dry over night and installed the new grip with ProTaper grip glue. I highly recommend the grip donuts with the pillow top grips. Combined with the pillow top grips and some light riding gloves I can ride hard and not get any blisters.
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    What did you do to your crf250l today?

    I've had my 250L for 18 months and haven't updated you'all on what I've done to make it a pretty nice bike. I sold my Husqvarna TE510 and replaced it with this bike because the 510 was too tall and it kept hurting me as I was unable to keep from using what seemed like unlimited power on a 245 lb bike. Fun but after careers in college football, rodeo and unnumbered motorcycles I've gotten tired of concussions and broken bones. This little 250 is perfect for me as I'm enrolling in medicare this month so you can see I'm not a young lad anymore. Here's what I remember I've done to the Honda. removed cannister and valve Unifilter vents in the airbox EJK fuel controller FMF Q4 Muffler with Megabomb Header 12 oclock labs Fender eliminator Edge 2 12 oclock labs SpedoERD correction Brake lever Superlite 13 front and 42 rear sprockets donut grips HDB Next Gen Handguards and next Gen mirrors Protaper Contour Carmichael 1 1/8" handlebars and top C clamp 3.5" Rox Risers Heel Guard Protaper pillowtop hand grips folding shift lever K&N air and oil filters Acerbis 3.1 fuel tank Manrack tie down loops pro Moto fender rack Works connection Tach/hour meter Flatlands skid plate Race Tech shock and golden valve fork suspension Scots Performance Steering Stabilizer michelin desert tires front and rear It's turned into a sweet machine, but I have about $4200 in parts and labor after the purchase of the bike. Don't let my wife see this If you want my reaction to any of these mods, feel free to ask, I'd be happy to share. I'm training to get ready for the La to Barstow to LV Dual Sport run this Thanksgiving. I think the bike is ready to go. http://www.advpulse.com/adv-rides/la-barstow-to-vegas-off-road-adventure-ride/ Anybody doing that run this year? My son (joining me in the run so he can drag my body home) and I could use a driver to get my truck from LA to LV so we don't have to drive back after the run. Anyone?
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    Ride Reports (CRF250L/M)

    Getting my 250L ready to run the LA Barstow 2 LV this Thanksgiving. http://www.labarstowvegas.com/ last year's run. Has anyone put the 250L through that run? If so do you have any specific recommendations for mods or prep? I already have the tank installed (needs about a 200 mile range across the desert), have removed all emissions, EJK, airbox mods, FMF exhaust. Mainly thinking I need a Scott Steering Stabilizer (already installed a Carmichael Bend Bars and Rox risers) and I have to decide on tires. Haven't come to a conclusion on the tires. I'll be running with my son on his Husky with our wives as pit crew. I have a great wife by the way, she has two bikes of her own and we have some nice rides together. This is a ride report thread and I'd tell you about our run to the lakes in the Ozarks but no 250L was along, I took my Triumph Thunderbird and wife rode her Honda Shadow. (This paragraph is in sarcasm font since old farts just can't make their bodies do things they used to) I'm also working on getting into shape as the best modification to a bike is a good rider. I'll be 65 when I make the LABAR2LV run and due to football, rodeo and 60 years of motorcyle riding I've seriously abused my body (if I'd known I was going to live this long I'd have taken better care of myself.) Anyone got a magic wand for an old guy to get into shape? Other than gnath telling me to drink veggies? And, anybody want to join us this Thanksgiving? Two days in the desert trying not to break or crash sounds like a riotous time, eh? There's about 500 bikes that make the run. Here is a good read on a blog about running it http://www.advpulse.com/adv-rides/la-barstow-to-vegas-off-road-adventure-ride/ Wish me luck!
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    What did you do to your crf250l today?

    Had a stall in traffic last week so I turned the idle screw in 1/2 turn. That was too much after a ride and I turned it back out 1/4 turn. It will now idle a bit fast and then the ECU will sort it out and return to correct idle. I can try to stall it now and it won't. Also, was getting a bit of popping so reprogrammed the EJK. Dropped the first three modes so G went from 3 to 2.5, Y from 3 to 2.5 and R from...... oops I forgot, tough getting old... whatever it was set at I reduced it by .5. That helped a bit, didn't get to ride as far as needed after the reprogram, but it reduced the popping. I'll probably reduce the full throttle setting another .5 and test it. I'm running air box mod, FMF, no pair valve and not evap can. Next project is to take the fuel pump out of my Acerbis and bend the float. I ride 75 miles before the gauge drops one bar. When the low fuel starts to flash I have about 6 ounces of fuel left. Just hate having to take the Acerbis off, the back bolt is a bitch to get in, I have to use tie down straps to bring it to center.... maybe I'll wait for a really hot day to soften everything up a bit.