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Here are my first few minutes on the 2003 Honda CR250R project bike. Yes, this is the bike that we spent the better part of 2018 working on. My friend and riding buddy Scott Seely did all of the work on the bike. Now, for the first time, I’m getting to ride it. The bike has a ton of power. It all comes on at once though! Not really much low end torque on this bike while in the lower rpms, and then it all comes at once. This causes some traction issues for sure. The power isn’t as linear as the KTMs and Sherco’s that I’ve been riding recently.
Even though I have the bike set up with the same sag specs, it doesn’t feel like it’s balanced when riding it. It feels like the front half of the bike is supporting the bulk of the weight. It feels like there is a heavy weight on the front wheel of the bike making sure it stays planted to the ground. It wants to plow through things! It’s hard to the the bike to “stand up”, or “stand to attention” and the the front wheel over things. Sure, you can do it, but it just takes more effort that I’m used to giving to make something like that happen on the newer bikes I’ve been riding.
That was a bit of a theme overall. I felt like everything I wanted to do on the bike needed to be planned out a bit sooner in advance than many of the other bikes I’ve been riding recently. You have to think about things about 1/2 second to a full second sooner on this bike. Braking, gas, turning… you name it. Those things need to be a more deliberate action on this bike than it’s newer competition.
More to come!
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