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  1. Looks nice! I have a 2017 CRF250L and installed the DRC Edge 2 Fender Eliminator Kit. Looks great, but the damn white license plate bulb just went out. I think it might be due to moisture building up in the housing. Keep us posted if you any issues.

    Honda CRF250L/M Pics & Video

    Trail ridding down in sunny Jupiter Florida.

    New Owner of 2017 250L

    Had my 2017 for a few months and it is awesome! The bike has about 1500 miles on it so far. It is a regular thing for people to ask about it and compliment on how it looks.

    What's your "no BS" top speed?

    Is the stock speedometer not accurate?

    Places to ride near Jupiter, FL

    Went out to Corbett two weekends ago and it was flooded! Would be nice if it dries up this fall/winter even though we are getting a lot of rain right now. Damn near everything is illegal to ride around Jupiter. Hungryland has some good dirt roads. You can ride up and down the C-18 canal or other canals even though it is illegal. There are some small little pockets around town in between neighborhoods and apartment buildings, but nothing serious. Corbett seems to be the best place. Better to ask for forgiveness than for permission.

    How much weight can realistically be taken off?

    2017 CRF250L Weight: 317.5 lbs. 2018/2017 other dual sport weights (info from manufacturer): Suzuki DR200S: 278 lbs. Suzuki DR-Z400S 317 lbs. Yamaha WR250R 295 lbs. Kawasaki KLX250 304.0 lbs. KTM EXC-F 250 235 lbs. Husqvarna FE-250 238 lbs. Any thoughts on how the Husqvarna and KTM models are much lighter?

    are Cam Chain Tensioner problems frequent?

    I have a 2017 model with 1100 miles and the chain/tensioner makes noise in the 5000-6500rpm range. The noise started around 300 miles. I had a Honda F4I that also made chain/tensioner noise and I put on a manual tensioner, which eliminated the noise and slack. The F4I tensioner failed and I know that the tensioner in the CRF has not failed since it is damn near brand new. So is the tensioner in the CRF a bad design? Is it normal for this engine to have chain noise on a new bike? Does it vary from bike to bike? Hell if I know and I will continue to ride it like I stole regardless of this noise.
  8. I am in Jupiter. Most spots around Palm Beach County are illegal, but there are many places to ride.

    2017 CRF250L First Service and Valve Clearance

    I have a 2017 model.

    2017 CRF250L First Service and Valve Clearance

    Tonestire, Did you ever install the manual chain tensioner? I have about 1100 miles on the bike now and I noticed that the chain noise has gotten slightly louder. I used to have a Honda 600 F4I and it also had a problem with the OEM chain tensioner. Bought a manual tensioner and the sound went away and never came back.

    What's your "no BS" top speed?

    2017 stock CRF250L with 175 lbs rider. Top speed paved road no tail or head wind 81 mph. Was able to do 85 mph with a draft behind a truck right before I passed him. Was able to do 75 mph on a dirt/sand road.

    2017 CRF250L First Service and Valve Clearance

    Thanks for all the feedback! Tonestire, please let me know how the chain tensioner works out.
  13. I tried searching the forum for this specific question and found nothing about performing a valve clearance check on a 2017 CRF250L. I just purchased a 2017 CRF250L and have noticed how the new model varies from previous years on when you should check the valve clearance. On previous years it is recommend to check the valve clearance on the first service which is at 600 miles along with changing the oil and oil filter. According to both my Owners Manual that came with the bike and also the Honda Repair Manual, they both state that it is recommend to check the valve clearance at 16,000 miles and it does not mention checking the valves at 600 miles. Is this one of the changes that Honda has made to 2017 model? Also, the bike has 730 miles on it and I have changed the oil and oil filter. I have noticed that the bike started to make some "valve train" noise at about 150 miles. The engine noise is audible from 5,000 rpm to about 6,500 rpm after the engine is warmed up. The noise slightly dissipated after my first oil change and I started to ride it much harder, but the noise is still there. Not sure if this is normal for the engine. Found some people on other forums talking about this, but I found it difficult to find a solid answer. Any thoughts? Any feedback would help. Thanks.