One of the first things many riders change on their new CRF250L is the handlebars. The stock handlebars are 7/8" in size and made out of steel. Most people will swap those out for a high quality aluminum handlebar, which is lighter and more durable for off-road riding.
Handlebar Sizing: The stock CRF250L has 7/8" size handlebars. If you want to stick with 7/8" handlebars, all you'll need to do is pick out a new aluminum handlebar in that same 7/8" size and it will bolt right on. If you want to upgrade to oversize 1 1/8" handlebars, you'll need adapters (see info below) to convert the stock 7/8" lower bar mounts to the 1 1/8" size. Please note that oversize handlebars are only "oversize" on the center part of the bar where it bolts up to the bike. They taper back down to 7/8" where the controls mount, that way all your stock controls will go right back on. Additionally, 7/8" handlebars will have a cross brace, whereas 1 1/8" bars typically will not.
Handlebar Bends: Manufacturers like Pro Taper and Renthal offer their handlebars in a variety of bends so you can customize the fit and feel of your new bars. Which bend you choose is a personal preference thing. For the Honda CRF250L, we like Pro Taper handlebars in the "CR Mid", "CR High", and "Henry/Reed" bends. On our personal CRF250L's we use the CR Mid bend, but the CR High and Henry/Reed bend seem to also be popular with our customers.
WHERE TO BUY:
If you want to stick with 7/8" handlebars, all you'll need is new handlebars...
• Pro Taper SE 7/8" handlebars at SRmoto
If you want oversize 1 1/8" handlebars, you'll need the 1 1/8" handlebars as well as adapters to convert your bikes lower bar mount to the larger size. Pro Taper calls them Universal Solid Mounts...
• Pro Taper Contour 1 1/8" handlebars at SRmoto
• Pro Taper Universal Solid Mounts at SRmoto
NOTE: When replacing handlebars, many of our customers will also replace their grips, mirrors, and levers, while also adding handguards for extra protection. Since you're removing all of these items when replacing the handlebars, its much easier to do it at the same time rather than later. Some of these items are listed below...
• Zeta PRO Armor Handguards at SRmoto
• Zeta Armor Handguards at SRmoto
• Pro Taper Pillow Top Grips at SRmoto
• CRF250L Supermoto Mirrors at SRmoto
• CRF250L DoubleTake Mirrors at SRmoto
• CRF250L Zeta Pivot Levers at SRmoto