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  1. By Sean Goulart, ThumperTalk Sr. Contributing Editor When it comes to off-road motorcycles, there are certain tools that you simply must have and we’ve spent some time talking to riders, racers and manufacturers about just what they are. You might be surprised as to what makes the list of “The 9 Tools Every Off-Road Rider Must Have”. Of course, we’re not saying that this list has the ONLY 9 tools you’ll need; these are the tools our audience felt they “must have”, not “should have”. That said, let’s take a look at our first “must-have” tool. #1 - TIRE REPAIR KIT A complete tire repair kit that can cover both tube-type and tubeless tires is a must-have item. A flat tire will end your day quickly and can be a real disaster if you are far from the trail head. This kit features the ability to repair tube and tubeless tires and also includes tire irons as well as a cool hose from the spark plug to pump up the tire when done. Stop and Go Deluxe Tire Repair Kit - $49.95 MSRP #2 - SPRING PULLER This affordable simple item is rarely used, but when needed - nothing else will do! Riders used to call this an “exhaust spring puller” because it was mainly used for two-stroke pipe springs. But smart mechanics know it can be used for a variety of tasks that other tools just can’t handle; like getting into tight spaces, picking up or “hooking” lost or misplaced items, getting underneath gas tanks, removing cotter pins, and holding items out of the way. You need it because no other tool in your tool box does what it does. This T-handled spring puller from MSR Racing shown here is just one example of this cool tool. MSR Heavy Duty Spring Hook - $9.95 MSRP #3 - LOW PRESSURE TIRE GAUGE Having the right inflation for the terrain and tires you run is extremely important. If you’ve over or under-inflated your tires, you know the drill - incorrect tire pressure brings on a myriad of handling and traction-related woes, not to mention the potential damage to your tires, tubes, and rims. Working with old gas station compressors and $3 air pressure gauges just ain’t gonna cut it. Most gauges read in 2-5 PSI increments and because the scale is so great, the low pressure accuracy is lost. You need a gauge that reads in ½ to 1 PSI increments to get those tires dialed in right. Features like longer hoses and bleeder valves are required and the unit shown below has what most off-road mechanics require at an affordable price. Cruz TOOLS TirePro Dial Tire Gauge - $19.95 MSRP #4 - SMALL GRANULARITY TORQUE WRENCH Over tightening bolts on motorcycles is easy due to the small size and relatively low torque values applied. This can do serious damage to your bike especially on bearing related and load bearing items. Things like fork tubes are very vulnerable to damage when not following the specific tightening values as outlined in your shop manual. Many torque wrenches are built for automotive applications and do not offer the granularity needed for low-torque applications. We like to use a specific lower value torque wrench with a ¼” drive to try to avoid ham-fisting expensive assemblies. One such example is the unit shown below, available in ¼”, ⅜” or ½” drive(s). You need this if you care about doing the job right. Bike Master Digital Torque Wrench - $124.95 MSRP #5 - IMPACT DRIVER We’ve all spent time with stripped screws and know what a pain they can be. One old fastener can turn into a day of frustration if the right tool isn’t available to remove it. Although many methods are used to get out these stripped fasteners, the old fashioned impact wrench is our go-to tool for this problem...it pretty much works the first time, and every time. Always replace stripped screws with new units and use a torque wrench to avoid over-tightening. One issue when using impact drivers is missing the tool and smashing your hand, so here’s an impact wrench that uses a newer design for the handle that addresses that, although pretty much any decent unit will get the job done. Note: Many issues with removing fasteners is due to the incorrect driver being used to begin with. Are you SURE that Phillips Head driver is the right tool? To learn more about the Japanese Industrial Standard, or JIS - Click Here Bike Master Professional 1/2in. Drive Impact Driver - $24.95 MSRP #6 - T-HANDLE WRENCHES Every time I visit the pits, I look at what the mechanics use, no matter if it’s the Nationals or a local race. And one items that you always see is the ubiquitous T-handle wrench set. This is a tool than we use a bit more at the track/trail than we do in the garage, but it’s always closeby...and for jobs like taking on/off plastics, quick, low-torque applications; it can’t be beat. T-Handle wrenches are inexpensive, usually have no moving parts and this would be a good example of what’s available out there: Malcolm Smith Racing T-Handle Wrench Set - $46.95 MSRP #7 - QUALITY TIRE IRONS Unless you’re made of cash or have a trust fund, you probably mount your own tires. Needless to say, thIS job is among the least liked, but the show must go on and once you get good at it, well... it still sucks. But one thing that can make it better is having the right set of tools for the task - namely tire irons...and not those short stubby knuckle-busters that came in your OEM tool kit, we’re talking about irons that actually help you get the job done the first time. Once you use these you’ll never look at those stubbies again! One such set are these from Motion Pro and wow are they trick, take a look: MotionPro T-6 Combo Lever Set - $54.99 MSRP #8 - HARDWARE KITS When doing routine maintenance and inspections, lost fasteners are always a problem, and can end your day on the track or trail due to a missing or broken 10 cent screw or bolt. Add to that the fact that many hardware outlets do not carry the correct fasteners for our noble steeds and it all adds up to riders using the wrong item for the application. This can be avoided almost entirely by adding a hardware kit to your tool arsenal. Most off-road motorcycles use the metric standard so we would recommend a kit like this (or larger) to fill most of your hardware needs. Remember that using the right fastener for the job is a safety issue! Motion-Pro Metric Hardware Kit - $14.99 MSRP #9 - CHAIN BREAKER PRESS AND RIVETING TOOL This tool almost didn’t make the list but after discussion, its merits won us over. Changing chains can be a real hassle when they aren’t the perfect length and Murphy’s Law says it’s bound to catch up with you...and when you need to install a chain, shorten a chain or press out a pin, no tool works half as well as the right one. A good chain tool will feature different dies for different size chains and hardened pins for long life. This unit from Motion Pro is just one example of a complete kit. The Motion Pro Chain Breaker Press and Riveting Tool - $89.99 MSRP Thanks for checking out our "9 Tools Every Off-Road Rider Must Have!" article. If you're still hungry for more moto-tips, we've got em'! Just click HERE to browse. Or, if you don't see what you're looking for, use the search function. Hot Topics > SEASON OPENER: Prepping Your Bike for the Highest Performance > SUSPENSION: The Little Things Can Mean BIG Improvements! > STAY WARM! How to Ride Longer Into the Season. Official Launch of the Highly Anticipated Leatt GPX 6.5 Carbon Helmet Sponsored Content View attachment: tube kit_1-1.jpg View attachment: springpuller_2.jpg View attachment: pressure-gauge_3.jpg View attachment: torque-wrench_4.jpg View attachment: impact_driver_5.jpg View attachment: t-handle_6.jpg View attachment: tire_iron_7.jpg View attachment: hardware_8.jpg View attachment: chainbreak_9.jpg View attachment: leatt_6.5_youtube_player.PNG
  2. 2 reviews

    Customize any bike with these versatile light kits Sold in pairs with mounting hardware Kit not DOT approved Universal Mini Marker Light
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    This is my first dirt bike after many years on crotch rockets so Im still learning the dirt ropes but I do love this bike.
  4. 1 review

    Even more inconspicuous than our Arrow Head model Lightweight ABS construction Waterproof wire grommets Super bright LEDs Rubber anti-vibration mounts Plated hardware for long life
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    I love this thing. It cruises great on road and does even better off. She's a little heavy but if my 130 lbs can muscle her around you all will do great.
  6. 1 review

    Light output is 3 times that of a halogen bulb and 10 times that of a regular bulb Plug-n-play installation 6000K light temperature will give you the whitest light possible or 8000K will give you a blue colored light Kit comes complete with a fused wiring harness, HID Xenon bulb, super slim ballast, relay and waterproof connectors
  7. 3 reviews

    Pivoting base protects the mirror from breaking by heavy brush or in a fall Folds away and is protected from damage when not needed Universal stem fits left or right side
  8. 2 reviews

    Solid billet aluminum CNC machining and Turning sets this piece apart from ALL the others Take a close look at the patented swivel Mirror can be located inboard or outboard of the bar end Gives you the functionality of bar end mirrors, but with almost no added width Supplied with longer bolts so it can be fitted with hand protectors High quality swivels for perfect placement without slipping Sold as a pair
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    Recently I sold my CRF250L due to taking a new job with a 104 mile daily commute. I again almost purchased the WR250 but I decided if highway comfort, simplicity, and displacement were my prime concerns that the WR would still not fit my needs. Out of the shop I noticed that it was idling too low and stalling quite a bit. The bike easily reached 80mph for my ride home even though at this speed the vibrations were killer. I rode on it untouched for about 2 weeks and practically paid for expedited shipping from seat concepts. My other first impression of the bike was wondering where they had time to go to home depot and replace the seat with a 4x4 post. The other complaints were the rubber mounted stock pegs that made you feel like you would slip off standing up and the cramped peg location in relation to the seat and the bars. I mean it is cramped for me at 5' 8" 29 inch inseam. Where my last bike became far more fun in the woods the DR felt... a bit much to handle. The stock tires earned their reputation of the name of deathwings being far less capable than the GP22's that came stock on the 250L, yes I missed the GP22's. The rear suspension was thankfully significantly better and only required some dampening adjustment. The front suspension comparatively to the 250L was far far far worse. If you were to mix the rear stock suspension of the 250L with the front of the 650 you would have created the most poorly suspended bike conceived by man. After going from my Racetech setup on the 250L back to whatever Suzuki calls suspension I felt a bit cheated. Now here came the real test was a 329 mile back roads ride from Austin to DFW and back. (my preferred motorcycle proving ground) The average speed limit was still 75 posted and same as last time I was glad I invested in my seat concepts low seat. The bike easily plodded along at 70 - 90 mph with little complaint or trouble minus a bit of excess arm pump and vibration in my right hand. In strong cross winds the DR650 was a bit better planted but the front end due I guess to its horrifically poorly designed nature introduced more wobble than the 250L and with tucking down in wind made the ride a bit harrowing. This go around I was shy on cash and spent my first $270 on bars, grips, seat, and peg lowering kit from JNS engineering. (I also sprung for a 16T front sprocket to mitigate vibration at high speed) I could not repeat could not have made any trip over 50 miles on the stock garbage seat without reconstructive surgery on my rear. The massive upside to this bike is the ease of work on it. A valve job for instance is 4 tools and about 3 hours of work and the best part is no shims just an old fashioned tappet adjuster. The other real test was arriving at my old stomping grounds in Decatur TX at rocky ridge. This is where the 650 showed me all of it's additional weight feeling nearly unwieldy with the exception of its lower reach to the ground. My lap times which were 28 minutes modded 32 ish minutes stock on the 250L climbed up to 36 minutes on the 650 with the mixture of nearly unusable front suspension and god awful tires. At the minimum before another dirt trip this bike will have new tires and front springs. Stock for stock on the Street/ Highway the DR650 substantially outperforms the 250L but in the dirt the 250L is a good bit better for the job. As far as modding goes however I think I can achieve near if not better performance from the 650 with less money. Right off the bat for instance front and rear suspension will run about 600 to 700 less than a Racetech setup for the 250L so time will tell if this review flips. I had about $2400 into the 250L and as of this week about $307 into the 650, even if I go all out with suspension, pipe, and pumper carb I would only be out $1300. Food for thought.
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    Having not hit the trails or an enduro for the better part of 14 years I decided to pull the trigger on a 2015 CRF250L, I almost purchased the WR250 but the price and my credit kind of pushed it out of the running, not to mention that I tend to be a bit short 5' 8" and the WR felt like I was climbing a minor mountian. To preface the last time I rode 2 strokes were legal, and a fuel injected bike didn't exist. At any rate having recently gotten my 93 DR350 running but lacking a title to go street legal I opted for the CRF. Out of the shop I noticed that it was for lack of a better term kinda nutless. Here in Texas many of the backroads are 75 mph so it is somewhat harrowing to push the bike that hard. <br /><br /> <br /><br />I rode on it untouched for a month, I did like my commute gas bill going from $44 a week in my truck to $5.44 every 2 weeks on the Honda. Where the bike was a pure joy to ride was the woods. No you won't be climbing mountians on it but it is so nimble in the woods vs the old DR. The suspension and stock tires are a bit hard to deal with but honestly who in their right mind buys a dual purpose with the intent of nailing doubles at the local MX track. I have kind of gotten a bit out of shape and still the stock suspension suits my needs. To be honest I like how it dives a bit in the turns. The real test was a 329 mile back roads ride from Austin to DFW and back. The average speed limit was 75 posted I was having trouble holding 70 and about 100 miles in thanked god I changed the seat. In strong cross winds the higher center of gravity is a bit harder to deal with. I also noticed it seems to run a bit hot especially on your left knee as the fan kicks on. I was a bit afraid of overheating but Captian Slow plodded along. (yeah I named the bike after James May on top gear UK) If you are shy on cash and you have $300 to pick any mods I would stress the 13t sprocket, seat, and handgrips. You will thank yourself so will your rear and hands. After it's paid off I plan to go full on modding.<br /><br /> <br /><br />I finally dropped a bit of money into it (not the warranty voiding variety)<br /><br />I went to a 13T front sprocket (made all of the gears useable with the 14T i considered 4th gear an option and nigh useless)<br /><br />got a seat concepts low profile seat (yeah I am short 5'8" and 210 lbs...)<br /><br />Tusk Fat bar with adapter<br /><br />Holeshot pad for a gps / smart phone<br /><br />Tusk hand guards<br /><br />Protaper Pillow grips<br /><br /> <br /><br />This notched the comfort level up a good bit, I wanted new suspension and the FMF but I like my warranty and after a full bottom and top end rebuild on the DR I don't feel like turning a wrench on my commuter.<br /><br /> <br /><br />Pros:<br /><br />It is cheaper than the competition.<br /><br />5 year warranty for $400, yeah that is nice.<br /><br />Gas mileage is not the 73 it claims it is closer to about 56 - 60 but still...<br /><br />The Service intervals, it is a cheap ride if you take care of it.<br /><br />It is a good bike if you trend shorter<br /><br />Nimble in the woods<br /><br />It runs well on 87 octane actually mine seems to prefer 87...<br /><br />Brakes are pretty darn good.<br /><br />I have to say it but it is a good looking machine stock.<br /><br />The clutch has a 1 finger pull, easiest I have ever had.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> <br /><br />Cons:<br /><br />It's power is underwhealming even vs a 22 year old air cooled 4 stroke.<br /><br />The stock seat is like having a 2x4 wedged up your crack<br /><br />The stock bars and grips transfer excessive vibration and cause a good deal of arm pump.<br /><br />The stock 14t front sproket makes the bike run a bit jerky especially in lower gears.<br /><br />Since it has a fuel pump and fuel injector I fear running gas out on it will end up torching the fuel system.<br /><br />The low fuel indicator comes on at half a gallon left and is very touchy with slopes.<br /><br />I think the idle is set too low from the factory and it likes to stall.<br /><br />The clutch feels like it does not fully engage ever.<br /><br /> <br /><br />Conclusion:<br /><br />If I could go back in time and pick a different bike as a dual sport I would petition Honda to make a 450L, none of the other offerings are in my price range or near as a complete package as a 250L. The WR is nicer off the floor but for the price the performance isn't a lot better (got to try a friends) The Suzuki was almost my choice but it had a bulkiness to it I didn't quite like and was too tall. Anything 650? No thanks. I would still walk off the showroom floor with the same 250L. Update: Stage 1 mods, very fun I can now accelerate in a headwind. Decided to go back to stock gearing since it is my commuter and the stage one gave it some balls. Saving up for a racetech or YSS rear Racetech front suspension rebuild. If the tax return is big enough this year maybe I can pay it off and 305 it as well. Man I don't think I could like this bike more except I got to try a road legal 2015 WR450L that well makes me kind of wander, then again even with all the mods the CRF250L still comes out $700 cheaper also the seat height on the WR would make me have to carry phone books in my riding pack.
  11. 1 review

    If you are looking for a radical and unusual look, here you go Great looking futuristic and mean looking Creates a unique look with the barbed surface Rear window allows you to see when the signals are on Sold in pairs
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    Love this bike. Very low maintenance and very reliable. Wish it could hang with wr450 a little better but nothing a big bore and better suspension cant fix. Transmission is my biggest complaint, its way to notchy.
  13. 1 review

    BikeMaster digital torque wrenches are the ultimate wrench accessory for any precision garage. They give you remarkably accurate torque settings. They come available in various drive sizes with either 4 or 5 measurable torque units. Extremely easy to use and read, they come equipped with digital displays with auto shutoff. A techy mechanic's dream, these wrenches have an alarm and red light that indicate when the desired torque value is reached. They come with a heavy-duty protective carrying case for storage. Socket Drive: 3/8 in. Torque Wrench Scale: Ft.-lbs. Torque Range: 20-100 ft.-lbs. Torque Wrench Style: Digital Torque Wrench Material: Steel Torque Wrench Finish: Chrome Quantity: Sold individually. Notes: Features 9 in. overall length.
  14. 3 reviews

    PRODUCT INFORMATION BikeMaster 12 Volt Power Adapter with Mount Allows access for 12V accessories where no power source currently exists Comes complete with plenty of cable and fitted with ring connectors Fused to protect the rest of the machine’s wring Waterproof adapter for accessories like a cigarette lighter and best of all, comes with the mount Fits 7/8” and 1” handlebars
  15. 2 reviews

    Chrome-plated Fits 7/8in. to 1in. diameter bars Sold individually
  16. 1 review

    Similar in style to some of the latest OEM trends, but with the added bling Latest Class 2 super bright integrated LED turn signals Polished, and looks better than the OEM flat black look Precision locking adjustments Includes hardware for Harley-Davidson and all metric applications
  17. PWM

    Honda CRF250L (2015)


    Just picked it up today, August 7, 2015. I had the shop install a FMF Power Core 4 pipe and FMF Programer before I picked it up. It runs well but I only put 40 miles on it. So far so good.
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