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  1. pete690 Some rare positive coverage for CRF250l (p 95) and Rally (p 10) found in issue 31, Adventure Rider Magazine. Karen Ramsay and friend rode through the Himalayas on the CRF. P 95 states the “250 handled Himalayas without a problem”.

  2. Dirk I’m thinking of dropping size from my KTM 690 to a CRF250L, so I’m interested to hear how you find the 250.
    I see someone was on one on that recent Sth Coast trip (Potato Point?) accompanying much bigger bikes, so I assume the 250 kept up ok. Sadly the crf250 is virtually the same weight as the 690. I’d only change because I think I can lower the CRF more than I’ve achieved (at great expense) with the 690 . You’d think there’d be a number of other light, comfortable dual sports on the market (that can be lowered enough), but alas no. At the moment the most enjoyable riding I do is on my Kawasaki Super Sherpa 250. It’s 15-20kg lighter than CRF250, and low, but its getting old & pretty agricultural (that can be a plus for roadside repairing in remote parts. Main gripe is it’s woeful at over 90kph for anything more than a few minutes, whereas my test ride of the CRF250 indicated it’s just purring at 100kph, although still pretty gutless, and that was with no luggage and I’m only 65kg). … Pete690

    1. Hi Pete
      I’ve been riding the CRF250L for 18 months and covered 14500 km. I weigh 100kg in riding gear and 184 cm tall. Importantly, the 250L is the only trail/dirt bike I’ve owned and ridden for long periods. Previously and many years ago I had road bikes.

      I am happy with the bike and I manage to keep up with the bigger bikes (or are they being kind?). I can ride on highways, flattish stretches, loaded with camping gear, spares and repair kit at speeds between 100 and 110 kph, this requires regular gear changing and high revs. It will sit on 110 kph at 7000 to 8000 rpm. But even at those revs and speed I find the bike smooth, very little vibration through the handle bars. I am happy with its performance on dirt. I has a great first gear. It hardly ever stalls and if I put it down I can get it upright and going without too much fuss.

      But one of the things I’ve noticed is that the 250L lacks credibility and pose value. You may experience this if you go from a 690 to the 250L. I am regularly asked: Am I going to get a bigger bike? I’ve had some insulting comments: girls bike, beginners bike, shocking suspension, no power, too heavy, etc. I’ve been told to upgrade to the WR250F. The only regular positive comment I hear is that it is cheap ($6500 approx on road) and reliable. In my experience, it seems there are very few riders who think the 250L is suitable for adventure riding.

      1. Yes I’ve read all those negatives too, but dismiss them…well, mostly (have to admit there’s a little dent to the pride of ownership caused by those perceptions). But there’s a growing (I think) movement here & USA & elsewhere to small Adv bikes easier to handle (& pick up) & less pricey when/if damaged. I’ve got 3 bikes from 1200 BMW, 690 KTM & 250 Kawasaki Sherpa & to be honest the most carefree fun I have is on the 250. At freeway (which I avoid unless urgent) the Sherpa is 6000 or 7000rpm? (no tacho) is near its limit & not nice, but on my test ride of CRF250 it was surprisingly smooth even compared to the 690, & although similar revs to my Sherpa I think CRF has a few more thou revs to go, so it copes much better. I could keep the Sherpa but pretty sure it would not be welcome on the group rides with this club, they cover much bigger distances than I’m accustomed to. And a CRF would just be a generally nicer more modern bike (fuel inj etc). Be careful considering a WR250, which I have too. Higher horsepower sounds alluring but its at high revs, and less low torque. Also seat is a shocker and its outrageously tall. Honda nice seat, lower, torquier. Better all rounder IMO. Thanks for you feedback. … Pete

        1. Thanks Pete. I’ll definitely stay away from the WR250F. I once considered the WR250R but it has been discontinued in Australia.

  3. I have been riding the CRF250L for 15 months (1300 km) and I like so I am very interested to see how the 450 is received by the commentators later this year.