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  1. Thanks andrzej. Okay so thought I would update everyone. I cheated a little today: I brought the tailgate down on my truck, propped my front tire into the bed of my truck with my frame against the tailgate and tied the bike down to my bed using tow straps, so my bike was locked in solid against my truck with the back tire on the ground (the bike was basically in a wheelie position). I hopped on the bike and tried to stand on it and find a position where my weight was *not* on my hands. I couldn't find one. When I sort of "hopped" from a seated position to standing and pushed the handlebars into my pelvis, weight came off my hand completely for about 2-3 seconds and was all on my feet, and so I can start to really envision hopping over bigger obstacles (I estimate the height of my front wheel while it was in my truck was a little over 3 feet high) but I cannot envision riding a stand-up wheelie. I can't for the life of me figure out how anyone does it. I can wheelie sitting down with no issue whatsoever (I've never whiskey throttled sitting, no weight on my hands at all), but standing at this point seems to be out ...
  2. Hello all - so I've read this topic multiple times, especially all of 2Ply's posts, I've gone riding to practice, come back and read and went and practiced some more. But I can't seem to stop whisky throttle when standing and attempting to wheelie!!! In fact, one of the last times I tried, I got so stuck pulling on the throttle that if the bike had not just run out of lift, I would've definitely ran right into a tree. And when the bike finally did come down and I could let go of the throttle, my right wrist got tweaked and almost sprained. I'm going nuts!! I'm at the point now where when I go to lift the front wheel, I drop my rear end, roll my feet forward on the pegs (I don't "walk" forward or anything, just spin my toes down), to the point where I'm almost straddling the gas tank. Because of that, the front end barely comes up. If you can visualize what I'm doing, my lower legs are almost parallel with the ground. Even still, when the front end really starts to come up, I start whisky throttling and I just cannot understand what's wrong. I would love it if anyone can provide any tips. Please note: I don't care about wheelies as much as I care about being able to reliably loft the front wheel to be able to get over logs and larger obstacles. The first time I tried on my bike (I have a 3 week old 250x), I went up to a log and hit the throttle and pulled back on the bars the way I would've when stand-up wheelie-ing my street bike, and the bike flat out launched over the log, and I got thrown off the bike (I "looped" it, but hey, I cleared the log! ). It's really killing me to figure out what I'm missing in my posture or in my feet/legs. If I might summarize, here's what I think I need to do: pre-load the suspension to get some bounce/help blip the throttle (the bike lifts the front wheel with no further assistance necessary, but I also tried clutching up) as the suspension rebounds Roll my feet forward, bringing my knees down lower in my stance, pull my arms in to get my chest closer to the bars No matter what, I can't seem to get my weight off my hands. I've watched videos of other people doing stand-up wheelies (on dirt bikes), clearing obstacles (on dirt bikes, not trials, mostly enduro), and I closely study their stance (regular and slow-mo), and honestly they don't seem to do half of what I try with my legs. My wife seems to think they sort of "jump" to meet the bike up in the air and do a sort of pelvic thrust, but I'm not sure I see that. I've watched guys who offer "stand-up wheelie instruction" and to be honest it seems like he's hanging off his bars, while his body is back and his legs are almost parallel to the ground; how is that possible!?!? For some quick background: I come from a street background, where I road raced (mostly track days) and eventually joined a street bike stunt team when I got tired of fixing my bike. When stand-up wheelieing, I always had my left leg on my passenger peg, which completely took the weight off my hands, so I never ran the risk of whisky throttling. I know how to wheelie (used to maybe?), and could ride stand-ups and sit-downs around turns at balance point for miles (okay, my max was 1.25 miles). These days, I don't care about tricks (I'm too old for that), I just want to challenge myself to be able to clear logs and obstacles at my local single track, and help my kids develop good habits for standing riding. I greatly appreciate any help you guys can give me ... As a side note: I've been meditating on the whole thing (yes, I'm obsessing), and I wonder if I stood with my rear sort of poked out in the air (legs straight up and down) and just before I blip the throttle, I sort of pull straight up with my hands (taking the weight off of them and also helping lift the front end, perhaps by visualizing doing a front shoulder raise/lift when lifting dumbells) and attempt to stand on the pegs and sort of "meet" the bike in the air if that would make it work. It's just so baffling how it seems some guys when they're clearing large logs, the bike is vertical and so are they and they're not falling off the bike and pulling more throttle the way I did in my "looping" incident ...
  3. I appreciate the posts everyone. Thanks Mojo for your tips, I'll be checking out Hensim and SSR for sure!
  4. Hi all - so this past weekend, my son drove his practically brand new 2012 CRF50 into sitting water, which was deeper than he realized, and his engine sucked in water until it died. I followed all the advice I could find online with regard to draining the carb, changing the oil, etc. However, after the engine wouldn't start, and upon disassembling the top end and removing the cylinder, I found that the piston rod was bent. It's unfortunate, but I guess sometimes that happens with toys. I'm writing this post because I'm hoping to get some advice from you guys. Obviously Honda doesn't sell new crate engines that I can just pick up and swap out. My choices are as follows: Get my local Honda shop to rebuild the engine. They quoted me $600 parts and labor + machine shop fees, because they say the piston rod is sealed and the crank needs to be disassembled to replace the rod Buy a new "pit bike" engine from someone like Tboltusa, for example a LIFAN engine. Part the bike on, move on to another bike, since my son is actually a smidgen big for the 50 but too small for a 70 (maybe a KTM?) For the money, picking up a new engine from Tboltusa seems to be the best option, however, I don't want to buy some piece of junk Chinese engine and the thing breaks down in a month. What should I do? Are LIFAN engines any good?
  5. Hi all - so I'm new to these forums, and dirt riding overall, although I come from a street background (racing, and stunting when I got tired of fixing my bike). I bough the 250L last month as my first foray back into riding after about an 8 year hiatus (okay, after having kids, I admit it). I bought the 250L because I wanted a trail-capable bike for not too much money; I honestly never cared about the bike's "streetability". After having the 250L, we joined a single track trail near our house that has some very technical and slow parts, lots of challenges (hills, logs, lots of whoops, etc.) and some speed parts. Overall the trail just rocks, it's epic. However, I could feel that the 250L was just not handling the way it really could. It was 95% the stock tires, as they are very focused on the street and "light trail duty". I thought about changing the tires, and picking up the Best Dual Sports kit, but I couldn't get passed how heavy it also was, especially on the really slow technical stuff. So this past weekend, I called a dealer who had a 250x, and they practically gave me the 250x for free with my trade. The area the dealer was at tends to be more popular for street bikes, and there's really NO place to ride outside of an MX track. So I guess the 250L is pretty popular there. I took the 250x out for a ride today, and it is by far the bike I *should've* gotten in the first place The 250L is a great all around bike, very user friendly, very comfortable, generally fun, and it is pretty capable off road (I did some logging and such, it was more of a challenge than it needed to be though) and it is generally fun. However, I'm writing this post to let everyone know that if you are looking for a serious trail bike (harescrambles, single track, etc.), the 250L could *probably* be pretty capable, but in all seriousness, switch to something else (like the 250x). The 250L is just too heavy and underpowered to be a "serious" trail bike (trust me, I pushed it hard, I really tried with it other than the upgrades). The 250x feels like a 10 speed bicycle now going through the really technical parts of the trails, the logs are not "even there" any more (my first log, I actually looped my motorcycle, gave it too much throttle haha). The ground clearance, the sprocket size, the tires, the weight, the sound, the incredibly fast revving engine, the 250L is just not that. It's great to be sure, and if you just want some light off road fun, you will enjoy the 250L for years to come. Me, I'll stick with the 250x, but then again, I don't care about riding on the street *at all*. I'd rather ride with my kids off road, who can't go on the street anyway (at least, not for another 10 or so years <g>). Thanks everyone for the great 250L-centric posts and all the great information; I wish everyone well with their 250L, but I must bid adieu ...
  6. Hi all - I'm new around here, but I am barely a month into owning a 2013 CRF250L. Of course I love the bike, but that's besides the point. I wanted to share pictures of my bark buster installation. I did it myself, and it was just about cake to do. If anyone needs any tips, feel free to let me know. Otherwise, enjoy the pics!
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    That's awesome - I bought my family some bikes a few weeks ago as well. My wife and I used to ride street before kids, now our oldest son is old enough to ride so I went all out Here's a pic of my 250L and my son's 50 on the trail head
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    Honda CRF250L/M Pics & Video

    Here's my baby - only 14 miles on it, just bought it the day before this pic!
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    CRF250L Review

    Where's the review? I have a brand new 250L I bought about 2 weeks ago, and need to put bark busters on mine. Any tips on your install and thoughts on your bark busters? I'd also love to hear how your tires worked over stock.