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Michael Bauer

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  1. Michael Bauer

    Honda CRF250F 2019

    I've been riding on the street for about 25 years. When I was younger, I rode a bit on the dirt but haven't been back to it since. I recently picked up an XR50 for my daughter, and set off to find something for myself. After a ton of research, the CRF250F seemed like the perfect fit - especially given the price point. Since I won't be riding every week, the prospect of low maintenance combined with the Fuel Injection was right up my alley, along with having disk breaks front and rear and electric start. I only have a few hours on mine - so far, I'm loving it. I'm 6'1" and about 215. It hauls me around well enough, but it could use a bit more travel front and back - I am sure options will become available with time. I have been able to keep up with friends riding bigger machines with better suspension. It's probably not going to make a great enduro bike, but it's perfect for trails, fire roads, and single track if you aren't a super aggressive rider. It fires right up, and I haven't felt a lag in the FI. Future state, I'd like to see some suspension options, FI mapping options (looks Like DynoJet has one), and I'm in the process of putting on some risers and slightly taller bars to make standing up in the saddle a bit more comfortable
  2. Michael Bauer

    Who has bought the 2019 Honda CRF-250F ?

    Which pipe did you order - looks like there are two options currently?
  3. Michael Bauer

    Who has bought the 2019 Honda CRF-250F ?

    You're getting just the header, correct, not the muffler as well? Are you planning on adjusting the FI with the new pipe?
  4. Michael Bauer

    2019 Crf250f Power Commander V

    I’m sure there will be a ton of mods just like the 230. It’s all just a matter of time. The DynoJet is encouraging.
  5. Michael Bauer

    2019 Crf250f Power Commander V

    Interesting.......now all we need is a good uncorked pipe
  6. Michael Bauer

    Who has bought the 2019 Honda CRF-250F ?

    I’m looking forward to hearing your review- although the ratio of bike cost to modified rear shock cost...
  7. Michael Bauer

    CRF250F - first ride, new bar question

    For the collective, looks like RR has a write up on a variety of brackets - will need to research if/how they might fit the 250: https://www.rickramsey.net/CRF230Ffootpegs.htm
  8. Michael Bauer

    CRF250F - first ride, new bar question

    Chuck - what did you use to move the pegs back? Just wondering if there is a preferred set of pegs or spacers I ordered up a set of Tusk risers in the hope they will fit in terms of bolt spacing. I considered the Rox risers but I wasn’t sure I’d want the full 2” of rise and to get them lower would require angling them. The Tusks seem like a good place to start along with the CR High bars. I am going to chop an inch off both sides, as I like the stock width and these are a bit wider Michael
  9. Michael Bauer

    Don't buy the 2019 CRF230F

    Hold off on the taller bars bud, that's a common dirtnoob mistake. Try adjusting your body positioning to the lower bars, get your chin over the number plate and your balls on the gas tank, elbows up and bent. You'll be amazed how much more stable this feels and how much more control you'll have. You can rotate the stock bars up and forward a bit to help you get used to it. Hey - yeah - I tried all of that. I ordered a set of Renthall's that are about 2" taller than stock. I'm 6'1" and the stock bars are really short to me, even if rotated forward. The new bars may be enough. I'll give them a few rides to see. I wasn't unstable so much as just bent over more than I liked.
  10. Michael Bauer

    Don't buy the 2019 CRF230F

    Sweet. Uncork that thing and gives us the ride report! Not sure what happened...wrote a post, it didn't save correctly I'll be happy to uncork it once a controller and exhaust are available The long and short of it - initial ride: - It's the perfect bike for someone who is just getting back in to dirt riding after 25 years riding on the street - FI is dialed in and responsive - While it was easy enough getting over obstacles, I could use another couple inches of clearance (and so could the bike - ha!) Rear suspension could be a little stiffer. I haven't played with the adjustment yet - Disks front and rear work well, it tracked well and is perfectly responsive - I have a taller set of bars on order; wish the shifter was a tad longer - Overall, I am happy with it - I'm able to keep up with the guys on bigger bikes (as long as they aren't flat out) and it's the perfect platform for me. Just waiting to see what the aftermarket brings
  11. Michael Bauer

    Who has bought the 2019 Honda CRF-250F ?

    I ordered a higher set of bars - not sure whether or not I'll also need risers yet
  12. Michael Bauer

    Don't buy the 2019 CRF230F

    The new one? You buy the new one? Yes, the 2019 250F
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    Don't buy the 2019 CRF230F

    Yeah - I don't know. I guess I've always considered a true dual sport as something that's a bit more comfortable on long pavement hauls. As someone who spent some time riding a 650 single on the street in my youth, even that wasn't exactly comfortable for long hauls. I guess I've always approached the question of a dual sport from a street riders perspective Maybe it's just the riding that I plan to do - I don't see a ton of highway miles - I'll trailer my bike to the place I"m going to ride, and back. Perhaps I'll get tired of that at some point. Just getting back in the dirt, it's the perfect bike - with the exception it could use another couple inches of clearance. I'm sure I'll mod the heck out of it once parts become available.
  14. Michael Bauer

    Don't buy the 2019 CRF230F

    Well, you clearly aren’t the target market for this bike. I think folks that don’t buy it because of the 5 speed will have a whole host of other reasons not to buy it I think it could be plated at around 6lbs - the limiting factor would be the headlights. The rest of the reqs would be fairly light weight. In my mind it’s not a great platform to dual sport it as you describe - it would simply be for short hops where a plate is required - or if you want to explore places such as the FS roads here in WA
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    Don't buy the 2019 CRF230F

    It’s not a highway bike, it’s a trail bike. If you’re maxing out 5th gear on a trail, then it isn’t a trail. (At least not the trails up here in the PNW)
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