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  1. Woodzi

    New 2018 CRF on my radar...thoughts?

    Mine is reluctant to start below around 5C, even with the battery warm up trick. It has never not started, but it does require some cranking and playing with the throttle.
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    New 2018 CRF on my radar...thoughts?

    I have heard about others overheating, so I check my coolant regularly. So far, I haven't lost a drop. I had the clutch recall done. No other problems, but I dont have a lot of hours on it yet.
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    New 2018 CRF on my radar...thoughts?

    I love mine. I am 53, 6'3" and around 200#. Made it to Intermediate when I rode MX in my teens and 20's. Mostly ride around the farm on some trails and a small track. Last bike was a YZ250. I havent ridden a lot of other 250F's, so I can't comment much on the power compared to others, other than it has way more power everywhere than the Husqvarna TXC250 I had. Apparently it has less low end than the other 250F's, but so far, I have not felt any need to improve on it. (Other than the TXC, I have only ridden 250cc+ 2-strokes and 400cc+ 4 strokes, since I sold my '85 YZ125, so I generally like power) The suspension and handling are fantastic, brakes are strong and the ergos are comfortable with minimal changes to open up the cockpit a bit. The only bad thing is that so far, there doesnt seem to be many aftermarket parts available. Most of the chassis parts (I got a side stand and damper mount) are the same as the 450, but I would like a quiet exhaust - currently running PMB inserts.
  4. Woodzi

    2019 crf250r

    To be honest, I haven't tried anything else. Every review I have seen says 108 is the number. Cornering and overall handling is better than anything I have ever ridden, so I see no reason to mess with it. Overall, I love this bike. My only complaint is that I dont put enough hours on it, but I have a plan to fix that for next year.
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    2019 crf250r

    I don't think they changed the suspension from the '18. Assuming this is the case, it is very good as-is. Set your sag at 108mm, adjust the clickers as needed (shouldn't need much) and enjoy.
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    YZ 450 DIET no thanks

    Strength and durability are not the same thing when it comes to steel vs. aluminum. Aluminum has a fatigue limit. Steel does not, as long as the stress is kept below a certain upper limit. An aluminum part subjected to cyclic loads will eventually break, no matter how small the load. The part needs to be designed to keep the stresses low enough to give an acceptable life, which means extra material. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatigue_limit
  7. Woodzi

    CRF450L Ride/Review

    Maybe because he is switching his old red bike for a new red bike and the wife will put a stop to it if she needs to drive him to pick it up. Once home, as long as the colour didn't change a lot, it could be a couple of months before it is noticed that the bike is different.
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    CRF250R 2018 oil choice

    I use Motul because that is what my dealer stocks. I wouldn't hesitate to use any quality brand. I am all in around $10k on a brand new bike, so I am not going to try to save a few dollars on oil. I don't know why automotive oil would cause issues with valves, but it will not work with a wet clutch.
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    CRF250R 2018 oil choice

    Yes, the 2018 shares the oil between the engine and transmission. I use quality 10W40 intended for use in motorcycles.
  10. Woodzi

    Good Question

    I was out in the shop yesterday and a car came in to ask for directions. Their kid (around 5 years old) saw all the toys in the shop and wated to take a look. So I showed him around and when he got to my bike his first question was "why does it have two mufflers?". That's what everyone wants to know was my answer. One huge benefit for me is how well it runs with the PMP quiet inserts. I dont think you could do that with a single exhaust and get the same results - quiet with minimal power loss.
  11. Woodzi

    Need advice

    Scotts has both over and under the bar mounts available. My personal preference is the Scotts over the GPR.
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    Battery Problems?

    Do you have the correct charger? You need one that works with lithium batteries. Maybe your battery was never correctly charged, or your bike's charging sytem has an issue. Mine often likes a bit of throttle for a cold start, but I have never had a problem with the battery.
  13. Woodzi

    Went counterclockwise on TDC

    I am not familiar with this specific engine, but the procedure is usually specified to ensure that the automatic decompressor is not engaged when you are checking the valve clearance.
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    07 250r cam shaft- ever seen this before?

    I think any of us who has done any amount of their own work has done something stupid and damaged parts - although it sounds like that is not the case here. Do you have kids? I occasionaly find things damaged/misplaced etc., but of course the kids (or the wife) never admit fault.
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    Crf 250 2018 broke basket

    Stock as well. Tops out at 72 mph on the GPS. Most of the magazines are saying one or two more teeth on the rear works better. I can see how that would work to avoid 1st gear in the tight stuff as much as possible and allow more use of 3rd on a track. Haven't got around to trying it yet. Having too much fun on my weekly outings to worry about it too much.