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SoftwareDevJason

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  1. SoftwareDevJason

    Has Honda has confirmed higher HP ratings for US models?

    I follow about 4 different local dual sport, adventure and supermoto groups where I live. The misinformation and lack of clarification on the 25HP has killed most of the early hype for the 450L at least with the FB groups I follow. The hondaprokevin site numbers have spread EVERYWHERE . This article also seems to indicate mid-40's: http://www.advpulse.com/adv-bikes/things-to-know-honda-crf450l/
  2. SoftwareDevJason

    Honda CRF250L/M Pics & Video

    Niece and I went and rode some fun gnarly trails. Tons of fun, very rocky. Enjoy!
  3. SoftwareDevJason

    What did you do to your crf250l today?

    Probably as long as you want given you don't run out of battery power and storage space! However, I believe because of the filesystem used on memory cards, videos will get spit up into chapters when the file size reaches approximately 4GB, maybe less because of other software settings. So, if you record 30 mins of video at the highest settings, you may end up with 3 files (I think the naming convention varies): GP00001.mp4 (first 12 mins of video) GP10001.mp4 (second 12 mins of video) GP20001.mp4 (last 6 mins of video) Then you just rejoin these files while editing. I use a 64GB card and carry two spare batteries. I typically end up killing all 3 batteries before I fill up the card.
  4. SoftwareDevJason

    Ride Reports (CRF250L/M)

    Full day riding forest roads and then hitting up some local OHV trails. Good day. Decent test of the RaceTech suspension in part 2.
  5. SoftwareDevJason

    Riding alone, day trip adventure advice.

    Since never IMO. There is obviously some ambiguity in what the phrase "use your head" means to certain people. Back to the topic at hand: I took a day trip on Sunday. As predicted, I had no cell service for at least 75% of the ride. I downloaded the entire area from Google maps to work in offline mode. It worked well. Also, next time I do tire change, I'm going to try to do it with just what I have in my kit.
  6. SoftwareDevJason

    Riding alone, day trip adventure advice.

    I like my chances better if I use my head and be prepared for things out of my control.
  7. SoftwareDevJason

    Riding alone, day trip adventure advice.

    Yeah, in the past I have always subscribed to this practice and it works well right up until it doesn't! I've had a couple flats, a pinched tube and 1 issue with gas. Not a big problem in civilization. Call someone or push the bike 1/4 mile to a gas station. It becomes sort of an issue on the side of a mountain with no cellular service, no gas stations, on a road that only exists on forest service maps and on a week day when no one else is riding. In those situations, it's probably best to follow the Boy Scout motto - "Be prepared".
  8. SoftwareDevJason

    Ride Reports (CRF250L/M)

    I've started trying to thoroughly document my rides for a future web site. Bear with me! Ride Report: Brown Mtn OHV to Table Rock Round Trip Date: Sunday June 25th, 2017 Starting Location: Brown Mountain OHV Park. Bike was trailered to this location. Ending Location: Brown Mountain OHV Park. Bike was trailered home from this location. Key Roads: Brown Mountain Beach Rd, Table Rock Rd, FS 210 B, FS 496, NC 181 Key Destinations: Brown Mountain OHV Park, Table Rock Duration: 3 hrs – full day. Depends on the amount of time spent at Table Rock hiking and the amount of time at Brown Mountain on the OHV trails. Route: Starting at Brown Mountain OHV Park, head west on Brown Mountain Beach Rd toward NC 181. Make left onto NC 181. ¼ mile, turn right onto Simpson Creek Rd. ¼ mile, turn right onto Table Rock Rd. Table Rock Rd is a gravel Rd. Follow Table Rock Rd until you run into FS 210 B on your left. Follow FS 210 B until reaching pavement. Follow pavement to the Table Rock parking area. When leaving Table Rock, get back onto FS 210 B. Turn right back onto Table Rock Rd, the way you came. Almost immediately after getting back onto Table Rock Rd, turn left onto FS 496. Follow FS 496 all the way to NC 181. Enjoy NC 181 all the way back down to Brown Mountain Beach. Return to the OHV Park. Review: The goal was to simply hit a few forest service roads to see what they were like and document them. I’ve been meaning to do it for so long it’s kind of sad. In an attempt to do my research, I found the Forest Service website for NC has several detailed maps listed for the National Forests. These maps show the forest roads as well as the ones that are typically open. I compared these maps side by side with my navigation software (Google) to set my waypoints. The night before, I downloaded the entire area for offline access. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nfsnc/landmanagement/planning/?cid=stelprdb5188503 I simply picked a few roads that were close to Brown Mountain OHV Park on the map and the decided to make Table Rock the primary destination. Table Rock Rd, FS 210 B and FS 496 are all gravel roads. I would categorize all of these gravel roads as more relaxing and peaceful than exciting. They are maintained very well and you can easily drive most cars/trucks down them. The forest is beautiful in the area with abundant wildlife. I saw both turkey and deer. During one stop I saw several postings about it being a bear sanctuary so I wouldn’t be surprised to see black bear as well. The riding on Table Rock Rd and FS 210 B was extremely easy. Mild switchbacks on manicured gravel roads with gradual climbs. There were a few larger rocks that had surfaced from under the gravel and a few turns were rough from washing. I’m not sure what the speed limit is on those roads or if one exists but I was in 3rd gear most of the time. The switchbacks on the paved portion leading to the Table Rock parking lot were probably the worst and sharpest ones I came across. The vegetation was really high along the paved portion which made the turns blind. I ran into the only other dual sport of the day on near this portion. It was some sort of Husqvarna I believe. At least half of the vehicles in the Table Rock parking lot were normal 4DR sedans. That should tell you how well the roads were kept. Once I arrived at Table Rock, I stuffed my tank back into my backpack and headed up the 1 mile trail to the summit. It’s only 1 mile but it’s not the easiest 1 mile walk. Lots of rock steps and a steady incline the entire way. Carrying the gear that was on my bike and my helmet didn’t help. I only carried my helmet so I could keep my GoPro and mic setup functioning. After leaving Table Rock I took FS 496 back to NC 181. The conditions of FS 496 were the same as the others. I was hoping for a little rougher terrain or a creek crossing but no luck. I found one small pull off location on FS 496 where you could almost make out a waterfall about 100 yards into the woods. I didn’t venture in there since I had other plans. I took the short drive down NC 181 at the exit of FS 496 to get back to the OHV Park. I ran into a couple dozen bikers during that 10 minute descent on 181. 181 is a fun road and popular with bikers. The roads are twisty but perhaps better suited for larger displacement dual sports/supermotos or sports bikes. They are probably what I would call high speed twisties. The 250L did fine but the FZ-09 I pulled out behind made it look effortless everywhere that wasn’t a sharp turn. Also, the profile of the MT43 rear scares me a little in sharp turns. It hasn’t slid out from under me yet or showed any signs of doing so but it just looks so square. I need to just find an empty parking lot and find the limit. It was getting later in the day when I made it back to the OHV Park but I had another hour or so to burn so I headed up the main trail at Brown Mountain. The trail is just marked “Trail 1” I believe and is the easiest trail up there by Brown Mountain standards. I think I’ve been on every trail at that park on my CRF 230F but I still enjoy hitting trail 1 then taking trail 8 back to 1 for my warm up ride. It’s very rocky and sandy but a ton of fun. Even on this trail, the RaceTech suspension and new tires really shine. The same sections I bottomed on previously are soaked up with relative ease. I goofed around on some of the rock surfaces at the top of trail 1 and then headed back down to the truck. Trail 1 and 8 are listed as 6 miles total, I assume one way. OHV Map: http://explorecaldwell.com/uploads/media/pdfs/brown_mountain_ohw.pdf I believe I spent about 6 hours total riding/exploring and another 2.5 or so commuting. Tip: If you see areas on the side of the forest roads where many people have pulled over, check it out. There is probably something cool in the area (e.g. rock formation, waterfall, hiking trail). If you are going to take up a truck/trailer spot at the OHV Park, the least you could do would be to purchase an OHV pass. Technically, you probably only need a pass to ride the trails at Brown Mountain, not park in the parking lot. However, this feels like a shit thing to do especially knowing the lot is full on the weekend during summer. I bought a pass and made sure to hit up a few trails before leaving. I’m unaware of other public parking areas that would be friendly to someone parking and unloading. However, I did see a few people parked in public camping areas in the forest. That might work too.
  9. SoftwareDevJason

    Riding alone, day trip adventure advice.

    Yes, this is a good point, thanks for mentioning it. I believe google maps allows this as well. I would just need to be sure I've saved the maps of the area for offline access. Do you have any idea how well google maps works with forest service roads? When playing with basic google directions, it seems to always divert me away from them back to a main road. Perhaps there are some settings that eliminate that. I would hate to turn on a forest road and constantly be told to turn around because the "quicker" way would be to take the highway! Regarding my videos, I hope you find something useful. I tend to do my own work on bikes/cars but I'm not a mechanic so I tend to break stuff and do things wrong often
  10. The first year I owned my 250L, I gooned around in supermoto trim 100% of the time. If I wanted to ride off-road I would trailer my dirt bike since there are no extensive public trails within 1 hour of my home. 6 months ago I wore out my street supermoto tires again. Got busy, never ordered replacements so I swapped over to the stock wheels and tires. I started venturing further out to do more off-road. This eventually led to rim locks, better tires, skid plate, full RaceTech suspension and some supplemental luggage. The luggage I've been carrying is basic. Wolfman enduro tank bag, Wolfman fender bag, Wolfman bottle holder with 1L of extra fuel. I also ride with an off brand CamelBak. I carry basic tools, 1 spare tube and 2 spoons, phone, charger, air pressure guage, bike pump, zip ties, GoPro stuff. I'm getting bored of the local riding area and I want to start taking full day trips. I ride alone most of the time, I probably prefer it even. My questions: What is your must have gear for day trips that might also fit in my current bare bones luggage? I don't want more bags. I don't have rain gear except for my tank bag. I figure if it's calling for rain I'm not going and if it rains late in the day, I'm headed home. Bad idea? Do any of you trailer your bike to get closer to the action? Most of the riding I want to do is in the mountains of NC. I'm about 1.5-2 hours east of the roads I'm trying to get to. That's an extra 3+ hours of riding to get to the good spots and get home! What do you use for GPS? I use google maps on my phone typically. However I don't expect to have service in some locations. Does anyone use a device like the Garmin InReach? My wife would prefer I get one of those since I ride alone and will be on remote forest roads. Thanks for the advice.
  11. SoftwareDevJason

    CRF250L Suspension/Handling Upgrade Thread

    The lack of traction in gravel riding two up wouldn't really surprise me. You are adding a lot more weight on the rear of the bike that the rear shock probably? isn't setup for. The only time I've ever ridden two up on my 250L was bringing my father down off a mountain after he broke his leg. The front end was super sketchy on the gravel roads with essentially two of me on the back of the bike. If it's that bad with just you, perhaps check the rear sag with all your gear on you and the bike? What kind of tires? Do you carry a lot of luggage? As far as the bottoming, I'm not sure. I haven't hit anything big since the upgrade but I've gotten at least a couple feet off the ground jumping down steps and small jumps. Those same jumps bottomed before RT. I also had some hard hits with square edged rocks on the trails. Those kinda hurt but I don't think it bottomed.
  12. SoftwareDevJason

    CRF250L Suspension/Handling Upgrade Thread

    Man, that's a bummer. I had problems too but not that bad. The top eyelet on my rear shock was assembled with the wrong part. I didn't realize until I had the whole subframe and swing arm disassembled. Had to wait on them to mail replacement parts so I could fix it myself without shipping it back. Bike sat in pieces until I could get around to it again. Hope they get it sorted.
  13. SoftwareDevJason

    CRF250L Suspension/Handling Upgrade Thread

    How can you tell it's the wrong order? If I recall correctly, the RT components for the front are pretty generic (as in not customized for you) - fork spring kit, FMGV 2002C RT Gold Valve kit. The valving stack has to be calculated and built by you or a shop. I'm guessing the only things they could have messed up is sending you someone else rear shock or the wrong gold valve kit? Is that what happened? That would make me cry.
  14. SoftwareDevJason

    What did you do to your crf250l today?

    Yes, I would like the tubliss system as well. I run 8 with a tube and rim locks in the nasty stuff. I was running 15-18 for purely street commuting. I carry a small hand pump and low pressure gauge in my tank bag and adjust as needed. I wonder if 20 would be better for long street commuting with a tube?
  15. SoftwareDevJason

    What did you do to your crf250l today?

    Yep. I'm thinking I had a slow leak that I didn't notice because I'm constantly airing up for the street and airing down when I hit the trails. This may have caused me not to notice the losses. Perhaps it got down very low after several days of only street riding and the heat from the 45 min commute ride at low pressure popped it. I run the MT43 at low pressures anyway. We will see. I know it's the tube but not sure if I'm going to be able to fully diagnose it.
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