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post #11 of 17 Old 10-15-2012, 10:41 PM
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Ya lord only knows I have never had a day ending failure from a carbureted bike. Whether the float sank or some other issue.

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post #12 of 17 Old 10-15-2012, 11:01 PM
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Now if only honda would make a modern xr650l. I'd like to try a motard version of this new little thumper.

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post #13 of 17 Old 10-15-2012, 11:14 PM
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Two little giants.

As I type, my 2006 Wee-Strom sits between a CBR-125R and a CBR-250.

All three are wonderful machines, and have separate but overlapping appeals
to me. I hope to continue riding all three of these fine machines for many years.

Do not imagine the little machines are poor company on a ride. I have ridden the 125 and kept up with far bigger machines on a cross-Florida ride. I am just getting to know the 250, but it has everything I need to tour with far bigger machines.

As Richard Feynman said, "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom".

He was actually talking about storing information in very compact sites, but
the same notion applies when small and large motorcycles are riding in company.

If you wish to study the limits of the CBR-125, you can start by studying Bob Munden, an intrepid Canadian who has ridden his 125 from Windsor ON to Key West FL to Deadhorse AK to Hyder AK to Key West FL in ONE MONTH, and has ridden another 125 over 1500 miles in one day. Yes, ONE DAY.

Try it some time.
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post #14 of 17 Old 10-16-2012, 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Big B View Post
FI systems are pretty rock solid, having a failure on my WR when I am off the beaten path is honestly not a concern of mine.
While the FI on 'Stroms is perhaps atypical, there seem to be issues as they age (and realize the oldest, at least in the US, is 10 years old, roughly). And these bikes get nowhere near the exposure to dust, mud, and water, for the most part, that dirt bikes do. I'd be more optimistic, except my Vee recently exhibited the low-beam failure that appears somewhat common due to connectors that are not up to the task. Fortunately that was pretty easy to diagnose. I suspect an FI issue would be tougher, at least without a diagnostic computer handy. I guess time will tell. For what it's worth, never had a carbed bike leave me on the side of the road or out in the field due to carb issues.
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post #15 of 17 Old 11-01-2012, 03:59 AM
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2013 Honda CRF250L

My local shop is hunting down one of these for me. If I like the test ride, and we can come to financial terms it will be coming home with me. I'll be trading in a Kawi Vulcan cruiser that I no longer ride. Should be just about an even up trade.

From what I've read it seems like a fun little bike. I hope that it is as much fun as my TW200, but more capable in the mountains (no rejetting at elevation).


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post #16 of 17 Old 11-01-2012, 11:54 PM
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I like it, for my second bike it should work just fine. It's $2000 less then the Yamaha WR250's, it's fuel injected, and it's 6 speed. What else could this 67 year old guy want.

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post #17 of 17 Old 11-09-2013, 11:51 PM
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I'm really wanting one of these too. Honda released a motard version overseas but who knows if it will ever make it here.The EFI is the big selling point to me.I have a couple friends that went to Colorado and Utah that said if they did it again they buy a 250 with FI to deal with the altitude changes.Doesn't hurt that it only weighs 300 pounds either.

Update,I bought one of these used this past weekend.Kid bought it new in April and now he's trying to buy a house and wanted to unload the bike & loan.Let me have it for payoff.Its no power house for sure, but its this winters new project.

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